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Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Blizzard CEO Discusses DRM, Mac Support, & The New MMO
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Wired's Blog has posted a new interview with Blizzard Entertainment CEO Mike Morhaime about the company's successful game franchises. Among other things Morhaime discussed DRM schemes for games, the popular World of Warcraft, the company's long support of Macs, and Blizzard's upcoming new MMO project. Obviously DRM is kind of a hot-button issue with fans nowadays. What kind of Digital Rights Management scheme are you guys going to be using in StarCraft II and Diablo III?
Morhaime: Those are things we’re still evaluating, but we do wanna make it pretty easy for players to play the game, wherever they are.
Nowadays people have multiple systems. They shouldn't necessarily be able to play the game ... they shouldn’t be able to log in multiple times on as many computers as they have without buying multiple copies of the game.
Like, you can play WarCraft III, or World of Warcraft even, from multiple locations. I think you should be able to do that. Mac support: I’ve got my MacBook here. I play all my games on this now. You guys have been, moreso than any other computer gaming company, have been really strongly behind the Mac as a gaming platform. All your games come out with PC and Mac versions on the same disc. Why do you guys do that, and nobody else does?
Morhaime: Well, nobody else does because the Mac gaming market is substantially smaller than the PC gaming market, and it does take effort to support the Mac.
We have internal expertise in supporting the Mac. We’ve been doing it for a very long time, and we have the volume of interested players in our community that makes it important for us, I think, to continue supporting them. ... You guys have had a lot of job postings, things that hint at a “next-gen MMO.” It’s a “secret,” but it’s not a very well-kept secret. I’m not going to ask you to detail the game -- because you’d say no -- but, is it going to be ... are we looking at a World of Warcraft sequel or is it going to be something totally different?
Morhaime: I can answer that. It’s not going to be a World of Warcraft sequel. Something totally different?
Morhaime: [Pause] It’s gonna be different. Just “different?” Not “totally different?”
Morhame: Uh ... that’s starting to get into details where I’d have to start explaining things... So let’s just say it’s going to be different and it’s not going to be a sequel to World of Warcraft. It will be different.
We’re not trying to replace World of Warcraft with this new MMO. We’re trying to create a different massively multiplayer experience, and hopefully World of Warcraft will still be going strong when that one is released.
Visit the site below to read the full interview.

Wired: Mike Morhaime Interview
Blizzard Entertainment

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