It’s been a while since we last talked to Derek Smart. A year and a half, almost, if you’ve been keeping count. Last time we talked about Quest Online and Alganon, focusing on aspects of free to play and how Quest Online was promoting the game. With the approach of Line of Defense and a few changes over the past year in the free to play market, I thought it was about time to get back in touch. In the interview, we discuss Line of Defense including plans for the game’s monetization, the use of lockboxes in other titles, and some thoughts on the competition for Line of Defense. I always enjoy the opportunity to have a chat with Mr. Smart, he’s one of the few people I can trust to not hold back or filter his answers through a PR machine.
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Line of Defense is the latest free-to-play online game by Developer 3000AD. Line Of Defense, is a true MMOFPS with a massive and persistent open world gameplay and battles on a large scale. Derek Smart, the Lead Developer at 3000AD, took a moment to talk to Kirk fromhttp://mmoattack.com about their upcoming free to play first person shooter title.
WESTON, FL – DATE – 3000AD, INC welcomes comic book fans to the edge of conflict. Designed by videogame veteran Derek Smart, Line Of Defense, developed by 3000AD, takes place in a rich environment where Galactic Command is deep in conflict with opposing forces hell bent on taking over the resources of a distant planet and apparently building a super weapon while they’re at it. DC Entertainment produced the Line of Defense comic book for 3000AD
A special limited-edition, “First Issue” comic based on this upcoming videogame will be featured at the DC Entertainment booth at San Diego Comic-Con this year, as well as several other trade shows during the year.
Fans of the game who can’t make it to San Diego will still have a chance to pick up a copy. On July 11th, 2012, DC Entertainment and 3000AD will be sending free copies of the comics to the top 100 comic book shops in America. The comic will also be made available for free download via the DC Comics app.
For many years the Terran military forces of GALCOM have been engaged in various conflicts with the Insurgents – a splinter group of military personnel opposed to the Terran governing body. In a surprise move, the Insurgents setup shop on the long abandoned planet of Lyrius, previously used by GALCOM for weapons testing, R&D and other forms of military operations. This move wouldn’t normally warrant a deep space troop deployment, except for the fact that the Insurgents were rumored to be developing a super weapon on the planet. The comic tells the story of the brave direct action team sent by GALCOM to neutralize the threat and destroy the weapon.
Written by Ricardo Sanchez (Resident Evil, Telara Chronicles, Alganon), Line of Defense features interior art by Brian Ching (Gears of War, Batman: Arkham Unhinged, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic) and Cover art by Puppeteer Lee (Blacklight Tango Down, Storm Lion).
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About 3000AD, INC
Located in Florida and established in 1992, 3000AD Inc. headed by twenty year industry veteran Derek Smart, is a privately owned independent developer of videogames. The company is most famous for its industry recognized Battlecruiser series conceived in the mid-eighties.
About DC Entertainment:
DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating its content across Warner Bros. Entertainment and Time Warner. DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world. In January 2012, DC Entertainment, in collaboration with Warner Bros. and Time Warner divisions, launched We Can Be Heroes—a giving campaign featuring the iconic Justice League super heroes—to raise awareness and funds to fight the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa.
The next year is going to be a big one for MMO shooters, with several high profile launches. Unfortunately for fans of true MMOs, most of the games that are attracting attention are focused on small scale, arena style battles – not so with Line of Defense.
Line of Defense is a free-to-play MMO FPS from 3000AD, the developers of games such as Battlecruiser Millenium and All Aspects Combat. Line of Defense stands out for several reasons. The focus on large scale battles is one reason, but the big thing about it, at least in my eyes, is that Derek Smart has a clear audience in mind for this game, and he’s writing it for that audience. This means that Line of Defense is not going to be a watered down game that tries to do too many different things, it’s going to be a solid, niche game that you’ll either love or hate.
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