May 17th, 2012, 01:23 Posted By: wraggster
UK-based developer Lionhead is working on an "MMO-like mulitplayer experience" for the next generation Xbox.
The confirmation comes from a job ad posted on Linkedin by the Microsoft-owned studio, which also says that the game won't be based in the Fable universe.
"To assist in the development of a major brand new IP that is being targeted for the future generation of platforms and will be an RPG-based game with a radical new take on how co-operative and multiplayer gameplay feeds into the experience, while blending online and single-player into one complete experience," the ad reads.
“[The game] will have a complex progression system, multiple routes through the campaign, and an MMO-like multiplayer experience that will affect the outcome of the player experience, and many other attributes surrounding their profile (such as the environment and the outcome of certain actions)”.
It's encouraging to see Microsoft moving into the realm of MMOGs (or, at least, MMO-likeGs), as it could lead to the company relaxing its tight control of the Xbox's hard drive and allowing other developers to follow suit.
Sony has long been open to MMOGs, with Free Realms and DC Universe Online already doing well on the service, and CCP's Dust 514 on the horizon.
Last year, it was reported that Microsoft was gearing up to offer a free-to-play service.
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