An article posted on various websites by a journo at Joystiq, gives me some hope against a backdrop of boring regurgitated shite that has been the recent MMO releases over the past 3 years or so. With the dreadful collapse of 38 studios and Big Huge Games yesterday, many developers are simply refusing to finish, or shelving MMO projects for the foreseeable future, with a lot of talented developers looking for jobs in the states and all over the world. My hope is due to recent MMO failures, + Amount invested in so called AAA Rehash MMO's, + Poor development, + Stay Safe Developer mentality. We may see, once the dust has settled, more independent studios taking longer and spending less money and innovating in the true sense of the word on any future MMO releases. Article from Joystiq: Nobody is buying MMOs any more. Not a single person. Zip. Zilch. Nada. So sayeth Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter in anarticle on Joystiq. Referring to the recent troubles at 38 Studiosand BioWare, Pachter said: “Nobody is buying MMOs after Star Wars fizzled. I think value is low, probably $20 million or so. There is just no demand for game assets right now, as THQ proved when it tried to sell theWarhammer MMO. I think [Electronic Arts] could step in, since they are the publisher, so you might see some alternative way to get 38 some bridge financing.”Electronic Arts denied any involvement in directly acquiring the Amalur IP. So he’s not referring to individual sales as much as he’s referring to sales of assets, on a corporate scale. But is all this tied to SWTOR‘s problems? Or maybe, as ArenaNet‘s Christopher Lye postulated, companies are realizing that making “safe” games — likeSWTOR and Warhammer Online — are actually more of a risk than actually trying something different? And as for 38 Studios and Copernicus? Well, the way that company looks right now, would you be backing up a truck full of millions of dollars to buy it? Didn’t think so. Maybe the statement needs to be amended to say nobody is buying “questionable” MMOs right now. Maybe we need better MMOs, not more or flashier ones. Just a thought.