Yesterday we told you that Activision boss Bobby Kotick said that even one billion dollars in development for a new MMO couldn't take over World of Warcraft. Now, Lars Buttler, formerly the VP of for Global Online at Electronic Arts and currently the CEO and co-founder of Trion World Network, would like Kotick to get his pinky out of his mouth.
"Nice try Mr. Kotick. We understand that Activision has to defend its merger and scare competition - but I have to call his bluff," Buttler told GameDaily. We couldn't be more impressed with what Blizzard has started but WoW is just the beginning; it's pretty wild to suggest that there's only one team that could ever realize the potential of the connected era - and that there's no one out there that can deliver, no matter what the investment."
Buttler's feelings are right in line with many of Destructoid's readers in yesterday's post. Not surprising.
He continues, "They are truly a great team but there are other great teams out there who will make smart decisions, leverage the full advantage of connectivity and define the future of interactive entertainment."
Even though Trion doesn't have much to show at this time, Buttler has no problems calling ActiBlizzard and Kotick out: "Our message to developers and gamers alike is: there's been a paradigm shift everyone; join the party! We would go so far as to say: if you disagree with Mr. Kotick, call us!"
Wouldn't that be nifty if whatever Trion is working on turns out to be the WoW killer?