360 already has “memorable” MMO “experiences,” says MS

Friday, 1st May 2009 08:45 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Microsoft has responded to claims from Bill Roper that Don Mattrick isn’t a “fan” of the MMO genre by saying 360 is already creating “memorable” MMO experiences for its 17 million Live members.

Cryptic design boss Roper told VG247 yesterday that he thought it unlikely Microsoft would announce a first-party MMO for 360 at E3, as Xbox boss Mattrick isn’t keen on the sector.

In a statement issued to VG247, a Microsoft US spokesperson said:

We’re already tapping into the robust Xbox LIVE community of more than 17 million members to create memorable massively multiplayer experiences on Xbox 360. In fact, we already have MMOs on the console, including “Final Fantasy XI” and “Phantasy Star Universe,” and even more on the way with “Age of Conan.” We’re even introducing the first a whole new type of massively multiplayer online game later this year with “1 vs. 100,” a dynamic, interactive game that lets the LIVE community play along in front of an audience of thousands and an actual host for a chance to win real prizes.

MMO games are a growing category on consoles today and they hold great potential for the future, and Xbox 360 is the only console with the rich online capabilities of Xbox LIVE to deliver those kinds of innovative experiences in the living room.

Roper himself is working on Cryptic’s Champions online, which is in development for 360 as well as PC.



  1. Blerk

    Y…eah. I’d like to see figures of just how many 360 owners are actually playing FFXI and PSU. And Age of Conan will never actually appear.

    Aside from that, great comeback!

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Michael O'Connor

    He said they were memorable, not popular.

    Big difference.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Blerk

    Except they’re not really memorable either. :-D

    Well… maybe FFXI. But PSU? It was DOA.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Retroid

    Yeah, I’d love to see the numbers. I’m guessing: not even slightly big.

    #4 6 years ago
  5. deftangel

    I’m surprised he mentioned Age of Conan at all…

    #5 6 years ago
  6. crackdude

    PSO had many people playing in the beggining. Not so sure about it now though..

    #6 6 years ago
  7. crackdude

    Sorry, I meant PSU.

    I still play PSO :P

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Gekidami

    PSU is barely an MMO…

    #8 6 years ago
  9. pracer

    I own both FFXI and PSU, don’t play either one. I do, however, still play PSO also lol

    #9 6 years ago
  10. Neolucifer

    PSO and FFXI are indeed memorable , but certainly not due to the 360 . it’s merely yet another added platform for it

    #10 6 years ago
  11. anasui

    I think he means memorable because a person can remember the fact they exist

    #11 6 years ago

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