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GDC Austin: Mythic admits mistakes with Warhammer Online

Thursday, 17th September 2009 23:13 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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During his keynote at GDC Austin, Warhammer Online executive producer Jeff Hickman spoke to attendees about three of the major mistakes Mythic made with the MMO.

These mistakes being challenging play, the lack of economy, and the fact that the game was so easy that social tools were made irrelevant.

“There’s a big difference between easy play and ease of use,” he said. “One of the lessons that we thought we learned from ourselves and other games, was that it’s important to have ease of use, and it’s also important to hit the right balance between easy gameplay, challenging gameplay, and too difficult. We thought we hit that, but Warhammer, in PVE, in the beginning, is too easy. It doesn’t make you thrilled to do it.

[As for] our economy… we just missed the mark. If you look at the reasoning behind the economy, you’ll see things like, ‘Hey, we’re not going to let gold farmers in our game.’ ‘We’re going to try to make sure we have controlled inflation.’ We had all the best reasons in our game, but what it caused us to do was build a game where economy is not important enough.

“Economy brings people together.”

There’s loads more from his talk over on Gamasutra.

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  1. El_MUERkO

    well hopefully they’ll learn from there mistakes and we’ll get a huge expansion / spectacular relaunch next year where finally servers will be able to handle 500-v-500 in one location and the game will explode in popularity and the world will be happier and free chocolate for all

    what?

    a guy can dream cant he?!

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Grimrita

    Hopefully they will learn from this as WAR wasnt that bad. Im stunned he didnt mention the fact that the released game was so unpolished, the Auction house was a mess but overall, the PvP element was brilliant – far better than WOWs.

    Mythic had better do something fast because new kids on the block – Aion and then Star Wars: The Old Republic could kill this baby off

    #2 5 years ago