Speaking to CVG, EA Mythic creative director Paul Barnet has predicted that a leftfield company like Nintendo will be the first to popularise MMOs on consoles.
“You would have to build something very console centric from the get-go,” he said. “I think probably the best chance of someone doing something like that is Nintendo – doing something crazy that no one expects.”
Barnet’s currently working on Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning for EA, and believes traditional MMO developers are chasing a WoW-shaped goal, one that obviously doesn’t fit on consoles.
“The number-one problem of a developer of an MMO these days is it’s very hard to be creative and keep your eye on the target when almost everyone has only ever played one of these games and it dominates their thinking,” he said.
Quite why no one’s made a “proper” console MMO yet is completely beyond us, frankly. Sort it out, development people. Also, why did Nintendo never do a Pokemon MMO? Mental.