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« on: March 21, 2008, 12:03:36 AM »

Now that Ubisoft has purchased the rights to the Tom Clancy name, it's time to make an MMO out of it:

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In a conference call that followed the announcement (the webcast can be heard here) Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot revealed that his company is now looking at making a Tom Clancy MMO - which Clancy brand is not known. Development has not yet started and Ubisoft is still evaluating the MMO market. Guillemot did hint at the fact that many of the publisher's Clancy games have solid multiplayer aspects, so it's not too hard to imagine that kind of gameplay on a much grander scale. Guillemot also gave a rough estimate of how much an MMO could cost Ubisoft: upwards of $50 million. We'll bring you more on Ubisoft's MMO aspirations as we hear it.

So...how are you gonna hunt rats as a level 1 spy in this game? biggrin
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« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2008, 12:36:44 AM »

so when are we going to get Tom Clancy's Prince of Persia:  War of the Splintered Ghost Rainbow?
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« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2008, 01:08:50 PM »

There was a time when Tom ClancyTM, the author, actually was asked for some of his input on the Tom Clancy'sTM Rainbow SixTM games (just very early on for the PC original and Rogue Spear I think). I'm not really sure he even actively writes books anymore. It's like the late Robert LudlumTM, who died decades ago but you keep seeing books that say "a Robert LudlumTM novel," and then in fine print, it's "Written by Joseph Schmoe."

Now that Ubisoft can make "toilet simulation" games and tack Tom ClancyTM on it, I think Clancy's just desserts would be a game called Tom Clancy's Whirlpool Vortex: The Toilet SimulationTM  Roll Eyes icon_lol

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« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2008, 01:47:15 PM »

Quote from: Blackjack on March 21, 2008, 01:08:50 PM

Now that Ubisoft can make "toilet simulation" games and tack Tom ClancyTM on it, I think Clancy's just desserts would be a game called Tom Clancy's Whirlpool Vortex: The Toilet SimulationTM  Roll Eyes icon_lol

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Love your sig BTW. biggrin
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« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2008, 05:17:26 PM »

Thanks. Although I guess I'll have to change the message now and then to keep it fresh.  icon_smile

I dunno. I just feel like the Tom ClancyTM name is getting yanked around in so many directions. To me it really meant something with the early R6 and Splinter Cell games. At this point, I bet they could yank Tom ClancyTM from "Rainbow Six Vegas 2" and no gamer would bat an eye, regardless of platform.

A Tom ClancyTM MMO would mean nothing to me. If they somehow found a way to turn any of the various franchises (R6, GRAW, Splinter Cell, etc.) into a solid MMO, that would be more meaningful to me. Just the humble BlackjackTM Opinion fwiw.

Oh, hey, the legal situation (buying Clancy's name in one-lump fee without having to worry about royalty payments in the future) reminds me of the Activision/Gibson situation where Gibson is suing Activision. Apparently, according to news items, Activision didn't want to continue the royalty deal that allowed it to use Gibson guitar likenesses in box art and promotions for the Guitar Hero games. I'm curious if maybe Activision wanted to do something like this Clancy royalty-free deal, but perhaps Gibson wanted to continue having future royalties and some approval-abilities instead of just a lump-sum one time payment.
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« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2008, 12:32:57 AM »

Quote from: <name removed to avoid trademark infringement> on March 21, 2008, 05:17:26 PM

I dunno. I just feel like the Tom ClancyTM name is getting yanked around in so many directions. To me it really meant something with the early R6 and Splinter Cell games. At this point, I bet they could yank Tom ClancyTM from "Rainbow Six Vegas 2" and no gamer would bat an eye, regardless of platform.

yeah, do you even hear anyone refer to it by it's full name anymore?  his name is barely noticeable on the front of the package as it is.
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« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2008, 12:03:01 PM »

I think it's totally appropriate to have "Tom Clancy" and "toilet" together in the same sentence.  Basically the same two things that went through my head the last time I tried to read one of his books.
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« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2008, 01:01:09 PM »

From what I've heard about the last few novels Clancy personally wrote, I think Ubisoft not getting his input is actually a good thing. 
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« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2008, 02:41:36 PM »

wow, according to Wiki it looks like he hasn't written anything since 2003.  I read The Bear and the Dragon and didn't think it was too bad (it's always nice to see the Chinese get beat up on  icon_twisted) and have Red Rabbit gathering dust somewhere, but I can't believe he made a book starring Jack Jr.  Talk about milking a name.
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« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2008, 02:48:56 PM »

Quote from: CeeKay on March 26, 2008, 02:41:36 PM

wow, according to Wiki it looks like he hasn't written anything since 2003.  I read The Bear and the Dragon and didn't think it was too bad (it's always nice to see the Chinese get beat up on  icon_twisted) and have Red Rabbit gathering dust somewhere, but I can't believe he made a book starring Jack Jr.  Talk about milking a name.

I heard that Red Rabbit was an excellent cure for insomnia and Teeth of the Tiger is supposed to be absolute trash. 
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« Reply #10 on: March 26, 2008, 03:17:15 PM »

Quote from: Kevin Grey on March 26, 2008, 02:48:56 PM

I heard that Red Rabbit was an excellent cure for insomnia

I kinda figured it wouldn't be too suspenseful.  it seemed kind of dumb to do an earlier adventure about a Jack-  you know nothing is going to happen to him and that the world will survive.  and after reading the description about Teeth I'll definitely pass.
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« Reply #11 on: March 27, 2008, 01:52:04 AM »

Know what WOULD be neat?
An mmo that spans through all of the games.
Something that would let you pick a class for close combat operations (Rainbow Six type), espionage missions (Splinter Cell type) or battlefield type missions (Ghost Recon).

I keep seeing some kind of a neat mission that involves the GR players escorting a transport to a hostile base at which point the RS players exit said transport to take out the indoor enemies, while the SC players sneak through the base to de-activate the alarms and retrieve the objective in my head.

Not likely, but damn would it be neat.
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« Reply #12 on: March 27, 2008, 02:26:55 AM »

Now that Take-Two is apparently tossing around PowerPoint slides claiming that Bioshock (!) and Civ (!) can be MMOGs (!!!) [see http://www.bluesnews.com/cgi-bin/board.pl?action=viewthread&threadid=86397), it's becoming clearer that publishers just pull out WoW's numbers and figures and are blinded by dollar signs. They don't see how much hellish work, servers and manpower goes into maintaining and keeping an MMO up and running, or pay attention to how many of them fail, or become utterly marginal (I'd throw about half of SOE's stable of games into that category), or simply don't beyond their initial launch phase.

I think basically every publisher now sees monthly fees and/or microtransactions as the Holy Grail. They don't seem to realize the state of our nation's economy, the price of gasoline, or the rising costs of just about everything. If I were them, I'd take their WoW-colored glasses off and try having a reality check. And stop letting accountants attach "could be an MMOG!" to every freaking game in their portfolio.  disgust icon_lol

That's all I have to share as teh Mad Prophet of Doom for the Gaming Industry.  icon_twisted And yes, to get back on topic, I think a Tom Clancy MMOG is just as ridiculous!
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« Reply #13 on: March 27, 2008, 01:30:29 PM »

I think that a Tom Clancy setting would be about as effective and appropriate for a MMO as The Matrix and we all know how well that worked out.  I don't want to be took negative, but my gut tells me this MMO will play out like Phantasy Star Online with a Splinter Cell/Ghost Recon/Rainbow6 overlay. I'd much rather see something that borrowed on the mplay of Chaos Theory and Rainbow 6 but had a slightly more enhanced online experience similar to Guild Wars.
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