38 Studios‘ Copernicus IP has me feeling a bit uneasy.Â Reading the interviews and statements from Brett Close, I’m not sure what to expect from the studio anymore.Â Originally I was expecting a company from Curt Schilling, with talent like Ryan Shwayder, and Steve Danuser (to only name a few) to put out a product that would feel familiar.Â Honestly and simply, I was expecting a better EverQuest.Â However, it appears that 38 Studios is taking their MMOG(if we can call it that any longer?) in a different direction.
In Brett Close’s interview with Joystiq you’ll find the reasons for my unrest.Â He talks about Copernicus (btw, that’s still a code name right? right?) being this IP and turning into books and graphic novels, extending to other platforms, printed on underoos and t-shirts – okay, perhaps not, but you get the idea.Â It seems to me that they’re trying to really sell the idea of this property becoming the next big name.Â Does 38 studios want Copernicus to be the next Warcraft?Â EverQuest? What?Â That’s the biggest problem that I am having right now:Â I don’t know wtf Copernicus is anymore.
Originally, the idea of Todd McFarlane and Salvatore being the creative force behind a MMO, with what we know Curt Schilling likes (And what people like Ryan and Steve are comfortable with already), had me thinking that perhaps we would see the next step in the EQ style of game being refined and brought up to speed with what the masses and fans of McFarlane and Salvatore can appreciate/enjoy.Â There is nothing wrong with that.Â The greatest successes in this industry have come from brilliant minds willing to take what we know and improve upon it.Â The biggest flops in this industry have come from people who think it’s time for innovation simply because they feel it’s time to be innovative.Â Innovation for the sake of innovation is wrong.
Brett Close states that there is nothing like Copernicus out there and that he believes no one out there is even working on something like it.Â *RED ALERT! ALERT! DANGER! DANGER!* ….Â I’m not the only one, right?Â Â Without enough information I’m left to form assumptions.Â Some of my more disturbing assumptions would be this recurring nightmare of some oddly put together game mixing Guild Wars with Choose your Own adventures and Free Realms in a Spawn-like Forgotten Realms Metaplace available on the iPhone, DS, and PC!
I’ll remain uneasy about this game, IP, platform, whatever, until the specifics are out.Â Curving the hype is a marvelous idea and I applaud them for it, but at the same time I just want to know what type of game we can expect.