Turbine Unveiling Console MMOs Next Year

By Blake Ellison, Nov 06, 2008 11:55am PST Lord of the Rings Online (PC) developer Turbine is known to be working on console MMOs, but fans will likely have to wait to next year to get details on what the company has up its sleeve.

"I would guess by early next year we'll be able to be much more specific about what we're doing with console," said LOTRO executive producer Jeff Steefel to VG247, who dodged questions about whether Lord of the Rings Online was itself headed to consoles.

Mines of Moria, the Lord of the Rings Online expansion due November 18

"What we're doing now is the early development work and the work with the hardware manufacturers to understand where they're heading in the online space, where the connectivity between the console and internet is really headed," explained Steefel.

"That's everything from how the games really need to behave to the relationship between the hardware manufacturers and the developers to the publishing model, to the consumer business model," he elaborated.

In October, Turbine opened a west coast studio to support its development effort, picking up a number of Hellgate: London alumni along the way from now-defunct developer Flagship Studios.

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  • I think this will be very interesting to see how it turns out. How is certifying patches going to work out? What are the launch problems for every MMO going to turn out to be like? With the amount of patches that come out for MMO's that are going to have to be certified are they going to charge more each month to cover those costs? Are they going to get their own tier on the X360 or do ppl have to pay for Gold and pay the MMO sub on top of that? Who is going to get to play with who? Is each sandbox going to be a walled garden or do the PCs (if they come out for PC) get to play with either the PS3 or X360, but the PS3 and X360 don't get to talk to each other? How is the small amount of RAM in the consoles going to affect the experience (back in the day it was like night and day just adding RAM and going into Iron Forge)?