Metal Gear, Biggest Console MMO of ’08?

Posted by: Matt Vella on April 15

mgo.gifI can’t help but wonder about that, especially given the flurry of excitement over initial tidbits of information about the upcoming release of Metal Gear Online for PS3 on Sony’s (SNE) official Playstation blog. (That post alone has more than 230 comments.) Sure, anticipation for that title and the stand alone Metal Gear Solid 4 – likely the most anticipated PS3 game of the year – bleed together. But, my sense is that MGO may represent a more important milestone for Sony and online console gaming.

Though there’s generally more online play – both collaborative and combative – than ever before, there’s still a dearth of high-quality, richly layered multiplayer experiences on consoles. For now, you can forget all-consuming fantasy MMOs like World of Warcraft. Despite some lackluster examples, console-accessible persistent online worlds have yet to really be widely tested.

While not an exact corollary – MGO’s gameplay is obviously significantly different than a WoW, for example – it could be an interesting test of waters ahead of future planned releases such as Playstation Home and The Agency. Meanwhile, Metal Gear sales are likely to be robust. Analysts at Hudson Square Research expect Metal Gear 4, which comes out this summer, to sell about 6 million units this year alone.

Reader Comments

jonathan

April 16, 2008 12:22 PM

is this a sick game

Justin Bailey

April 16, 2008 08:11 PM

Metal Gear isn't an MMO. It has multiple players but the game has instanced battles. Comparing this game to something like World of Warcraft is a bit asinine as neither of them are likely to sway each others respective demographic.

CheapyD

April 16, 2008 10:54 PM

Metal Gear Online isn't an MMO.
It's a pretty straightforward 16 player online game.

eric

April 19, 2008 02:36 AM

mgo is a mmo. a mmo is a massive multiplayer online game. it does not have to be a rpg like wow to be a mmo, so cod4 is also a mmo (at least the online componet is).

Roflcopters

May 5, 2008 10:27 PM

Somebody get a dictionary for Eric. MGO is not an MMO. It will be however an awesome game.

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