Obsidian have spent a decade developing defiantly single player RPGs. Sometimes they’ve let you bring a friend along, sure, but only on the condition that they put their bunny-hopping and /dancing antics behind them to focus on the plot-at-hand. All the more surprising, then, to learn that they’re “involved” in the successor to Allods Online.
Allods veterans Mail.ru annnounced the partnership with Obsidian at Russian game developer’s conference KRI 2013 on Friday. The two studios will collaborate on Skyforge, a new MMORPG for PC.
"Skyforge is a very interesting and promising project. I am glad that Obsidian Entertainment is involved in working on this game," said Obsidian CEO Feargus Urquhart. "I am confident that the cooperation with the Allods Team will be a great experience for all of us."
Skyforge is expected to launch in 2014, and has been in the works at Mail.ru for at least a year - so I don’t imagine Obisidian’s influence will be too fundamental or far-reaching. Look elsewhere for the existential themes more commonly proffered by Chris Avellone and co.
Even so. What if it’s good? I’m not sure it's enough for an MMO to be simply good, is it?