The PS4 was arguably one of the most anticipated announcements in gaming history, and Sony did not disappoint. Showcasing a number of potential new titles, Cloud streaming technology, and a rather impressive looking control pad; they've impressed the console fans multiple times over. However, is there anything for us MMORPG game fans to look forward to? Something to get excited about?
Well, not exactly. Although a number of the new titles boast an always-connected approach, none of them really came out and defined themselves as an MMO centered game, but there's still hope. Bungie, original developers of the popular Halo franchise, revealed their new title recently in the form of Destiny. Again, this hasn't been sold as a brand new approach to MMO gaming and hasn't even been confirmed for the PS4, but the features and mechanics its boasts can be a great sign for the future potential of the online world.
This always-connected approach is pretty much what defines every MMO game out there. A living, breathing universe that continues to exist and evolve even when you're not playing. Combine this with the extensive budget and expertise available to the Bungie studios, and we could be left with a truly innovative approach to the MMO universe.
Another benefit of the next-generation consoles is the streaming potential. Much like the way we stream movies on Netflix and Love Film, the future of gaming could potentially offer endless titles as the touch of a button. No more waiting for painfully slow downloads and patches, instead we'll stream content straight to our TV sets, but what does this mean for MMO fans?
Well a massive bonus is the severely reduced hacking capabilities, to the point where it will be almost impossible. Current games store certain aspects on client side, meaning the information and algorithms are stored on the side of the user, offering plenty of potential to develop programs that can read and manipulate code. Streaming places content 100% in the hands of the developers and publishers. So for fans of MMOFPS titles such as PlanetSide 2, players can expect to experience a completely fair battlefield, without texture hacks, aimbots or wall hacks.
It's very early days for the Playstation 4, well we haven't even seen it yet, but the technology is there to finally see the MMO world truly expand into the console environment. What are your thoughts? Do you think we'll see some brand new MMO titles announced in coming weeks? Drop a comment below and let us know.