The State of the Industry

The wiseman speaks. Desslock, an avid gamer with an opinion and who you’ve probably read some of his articles over the last few years, reflects this time on the condition of the gaming industry just after the Y2K. From magazines to developers, from tech stock influences to MMORPG’s, he skims the gamut. A smidgeling:

For the first time ever, there are more online only RPG in the works than stand-alone RPGs. As we head into 2001, the only “major” single player RPGs that are scheduled to be released this year are Sierra/Troika’s Arcanum, Sirtech’s Wizardry 8, Ion Storm’s Anachronox, Bethesda’s Morrowind and BioWare’s Neverwinter Nights (which has a significant online component) — and Wizardry 8 doesn’t have a publisher and Bethesda has a terrible record of not releasing games on time (and excluding console ports). That’s an incredibly reduced list compared to the past several years.

This is part one so expect a little more jubilation in the near future.

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