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Mythic on WoW's WAR "Imitation"

There's a Warhamnmer Online: Age of Reckoning interview on GamesIndustry.biz where Mark Jacobs discusses Mythic's recently released MMORPG. An interesting bit that's highlighted in a separate post is Mark's contention that PvP elements in the upcoming World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King expansion are inspired by the release of Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning: "It wasn't like all of a sudden the idea of open world PVP or leveling through PVP came into their heads and went 'nobody's ever done this before'. I don't think it was accidental that they're talking about doing it when Warhammer comes out. Four years and suddenly, miraculously, at the same time Warhammer comes out that's when they start talking about these things... I think it was Jeff Kaplan who said they like to look at other games and learn from them - well, I'm flattered."

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9. Re: Mythic on WoW's WAR Oct 21, 2008, 10:31 osage no onna
 
As was already pointed out, Blizzard has been talking about this stuff for a long time, so Mr. Jacobs is way off base here. Not to mention they already took tentative steps in that direction in the first expansion (Zangarmarsh/Bonewastes/Nagrand world PvP).

I have to say, as a beta tester, that Lake Wintergrasp (which is what the guy's talking about here) is a bit of a mess, but still.

He really should save his glee for when Blizz actually copies something from WAR (*cough*public quests*cough*)
 
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