Mark Jacobs’ Return (Sound the trumpets!)
I should have commented on this way sooner — busy, remember?
Mark Jacobs, the guy very much responsible for a great deal of Dark Age of Camelot and Warhammer Online has resurfaced in the gaming industry. Once again at the reigns of his own company (City State Entertainment), it looks like the ever-personable fellow has, in my opinion, a new outlook on gaming this time around. Just look at the picture of the City State Entertainment team and, once again my opinion, it looks like MJ (or someone he’s surrounded himself with) is hoping to lighten the mood of dark clouds surrounding a rather unfortunate reputation.
I actually really like Mark Jacobs. I won’t pretend he’s not arrogant at times and a little volatile with the communities, but he knows a lot and has done great things for the MMO industry. I do not believe for a second that he is solely responsible for Warhammer Online’s failure, or even mostly responsible, as many would have you think. Some of the people he worked with are real screwballs. My only real beef with the guy is selling out to EA. I would have preferred WAR never release and the entire debacle been avoided.
This time around it doesn’t look like we’ll see a return to grace — that is, Dark Age of Camelot. We’re more likely to see mobile games. I have my own opinion about mobile games. In fact, Graev and I have a philosophy about them. I have a feeling Mark is testing the waters, seeing how to be relevant in a changing market, but will return to what he knows and has done best. Let my prediction be ‘set in mud’.
Whatever happens, I’m following City State Entertainment. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if something bigger comes from this rebirth.
Update: Mark Jacobs has commented on his departure from EA. I’m glad my view of what happened is reaffirmed. Mark won’t say it as bluntly as I will, but WAR is EA’s doing. Mark’s responsibility for WAR ends and his fault begins/is found in the deal to sell Mythic.