38 Studios, the MMO developer founded by Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schillings, is old news. However, just this week at CES, the baseball star announced this would be his last year playing America’s favorite pastime. He told journalists “I’m done. This is my final year,” saying he plans to devote all of his time to the studios’ upcoming MMO.
The fact that 38 Studios would work on an MMORPG, of all things, doesn’t come entirely out of left field (horrible, horrible pun intended). Schillings is just as devoted an MMO player as he is a baseball player. His adventures in EverQuest 2 are especially well documented. He reviewed two of the game’s expansions for PC Gamer magazine and even hosted an in-game event to raise money for ALS patients.
Clearly, this is a man who knows MMOs. He’s assembled quite a team over 38 Studios too, including Todd McFarlane and fantasy author R.A. Salvatore. With any luck, they’ll create a game that can make a name for itself in the crowded MMO market.