, maker of social games FarmVille
, has declared its intention to take the plunge into the MMO market with a new game: CastleVille
. "Zynga is bringing massively multiplayer role-playing games to the mass market," creative director Bill Jackson
announced from Zynga's San Francisco HQ. What game mechanics justify calling the game an MMO? According to Jackson:
You can build your castle, show it to your friends, and craft things like potions or armor. You can follow the game's story and its characters. You can trade and barter with friends by visiting their towns. And you have to defend your town against beasts who are outside the walls. The game has more personalized storytelling; players explore the world around them. You meet characters and make them happy and unlock new characters as you progress.
Chief executive Mark Pincus
echoed his company's bold plans: "We want to give you more of a World of Warcraft
feeling, but packaged up in something you can understand in three clicks and five or 15 minutes."