MS foot-dragging on 360 MMOs is “baffling,” says Cryptic boss

Friday, 28th August 2009 12:00 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Cryptic CCO Jack Emmert has described Microsoft’s apparent deadlock with developers over how MMOs are to work on Live as “baffling”.

His comments, made to VG247 in this week’s podcast, mirror those given to us by the FFXIV team in Cologne this month, which said the Square MMO was a timed PS3 exclusive partly because the publisher was in ongoing discussions with Microsoft about how it’s to work on Live.

“Microsoft’s a big company, and they have to work out all the various issues related to MMOs,” said Emmert.

“It just takes time for the big beast known as Microsoft to get moving. I really have no explanation other than that, because it’s as baffling to developers as it is to everyone else.”

Cryptic has a 360 version of Champions Online which is “ready to go,” according to the developer, but the chances of the console game releasing anywhere near its imminent PC counterpart sound distant.

“This year? I don’t know,” Emmert said of the 360 release.

“Right now we’re just talking with Microsoft. Right now the ball is firmly in their court. We’re ready to go, but until we get the go ahead from Microsoft, right now we’re sort of waiting.”

Champions Online releases for PC in both the US and Europe next week.



  1. Suikoden Fan

    Pat, what do you think of CO then? you think its worth subbing too iyo?

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Jadeskye

    i don’t really understand how live differs in the background to a PC based system. but as Live is all proprietary wouldn’t it be in microsoft’s best interests to see if their technology and infrustructure is up to snuff? an MMO is a very complex thing after all.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Patrick Garratt

    I strongly suspect it’s a money issue. FFXIV’s coming to PS3 no worries. Square described PSN as more “open” at GC. Live’s a subs-based thing. I think MS still has to make some decisions about who’s charging what.

    SF – I’m honestly not sure. The studio’s got a great heritage and there’s a lot of excitement for it, but I haven’t played it yet. I’m supposed to be getting access this weekend. I’ll let you know once I’ve had a trot around it.

    #3 5 years ago

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