Few days ago I wrote about the future of MMO games, and spoke about the need of innovation. Today I saw GameIndustry.biz reporting Perry to produce community built MMO. EDIT: Today I remembered that David Perry was the president of Shiny Entertainment and not the producer of Myst III: Exile as I first said in this post. Myst was produced by Dan Irish. Perry wrote a foreword for book The Game Producer’s handbook by Dan Irish, and my memory played a trick on me.)
Anyway, the key idea in that news is that Acclaim is offering community of developers – not just their “core team” – to contribute to the project. I don’t know if this project will be successful or not, but to me it sounds exactly something that could bring fresh new ideas to the whole massively multiplayer genre. With the increasing number of Web 2.0 applications and user generated content, it sounds like “MMO 2.0” could mean “player/community made MMO gaming”.
Howard Marks, CEO of Acclaim, commented this project named “Top Secret”:
“Top Secret is like The Apprentice meets American Idol meets The Video Game Industry”
I don’t know how far they will go by letting the community create the game, but at least for producers wanting to get in the game industry this looks like a nice opportunity. And hopefully the project will evolve to something else than a MMO game where players start by killing lots of rats.
If you are interested in help them in design/ideas/art/animation/audio or other, feel free to check out Top Secret Project website.