The BBC has up a short piece on the hopes of game developers and investors to 'beat World of Warcraft
'. Representatives for the upcoming Age of Conan
, recently-released Lord of the Rings Online
, and Star Wars Galaxies
all discuss what it's like competing in a post-WoW world
. Funcom game director Gaute Godoger has a point when he says, "The industry so needs competition to World of Warcraft ... We need other strong games that can make people understand that there's more to it than WoW."
The article discusses some of the features each of these games offer that differ from WoW, and theorizes a bit on where the MMOG genre will go next.