Sony wants to topple Warcraft with console MMO

Sony Online Entertainment boss John Smedley has big plans for his division of Sony — ones that involve the seemingly impossible. He has stated his belief that a console MMO has the potential to be as successful, if not moreso, than Blizzard’s dominating World of Warcraft for PC.

“… In fact I think by having a stable platform where every customer has an online capable box is a huge, huge potential advantage in building an MMO because you’ve already got an online userbase,” Smedley suggested after stating he “absolutely” believed a console MMO could match WoW. “It’s a massive advantage over the PC and we don’t have to worry about graphics cards or things like that. It’s going to be very big.”

Sony is currently working on strengthening its position in PC gaming, and is looking to release more PC games on the PS3. We already know that The Agency, a spy-themed MMO shooter, is being released on computer and PS3, and Sony’s DC universe project and Free Realms game will be released for both mediums. 

As the owner of a PC that seems to suffer from Alzheimer’s, I’ve never been able to try MMO’s, so I’m still looking for a solid console version to try out. The market is still ripe for a console MMO to take hold and Sony seems to know this. Will it create something bigger than WoW? It would seem that only WoW 2 could ever do that, but stranger things have happened.

Jim Sterling