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All future SOE MMOs to release on consoles

Plan to be "dominant players in the MMO space on consoles," says Sony Online Entertainment

Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley has said that the developer is keen to become "one of the dominant players" in the growing MMO space on consoles.


He told MTV Multiplayer that consoles are set to become more MMO friendly and that all of the company's future MMO projects will be released on PS3.

"For us, the opportunity that we see on the PS3, and potentially the PSP, is something that we can't pass up on," he said. "I would say that we would be one of the early adopters on [bringing MMOs to consoles], and we plan on becoming one of the dominant players in the MMO space on consoles.

"... I think what's going to happen is you're going to see a whole new generation of players that have been playing Resistance now start getting introduced to MMOs. I think it's going to be a cool way for them to experience games that have been on the PC for a while, but have a totally different kind of gameplay on the console."

SOE is currently developing three MMOs bound for PS3 in the form of Free Realms, The Agency and DC Universe Online, but will console players be willing to pay MMO subscriptions?

"I think that's an interesting question," said Smedley. "I think it's about making a great game, but we also believe that there's a chance, maybe [the games] won't be subscription-based. Maybe the free-to-play model is the right one to use there, too. We don't know yet. We're going to find out with Free Realms, and adapt as we see things go."