Warner Brothers Games will be focusing on the Live Service model for future titles

Written by Stuart Thomas on Tue, Feb 2, 2021 1:00 PM
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Live Service titles, love ‘em or hate ‘em, they’re all the buzz in the games industry at the moment. A game that can theoretically run forever and will keep taking money from players is a lucrative option for many companies, though rarely do they work. However, a recent advertisement for a position at WB Games revealed that the studio is putting a “heavy focus” on the Live Service model for future titles.

The job in question is for a Summer internship, but in a small paragraph below that describes Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) current slate, it mentions: “WBIE is currently involved in a variety of new projects, ranging from casual games to core games featuring our well-known franchises on all platforms (console, digital, mobile) with a heavy focus on live service.

That last part is the crucial bit, “a heavy focus on live service” does not bode well for any future titles that WB Games has in development.

Fortunately, the 2021 slate of titles from WB Games has already been announced, and so far there does not seem to be that “heavy focus” on live service as described above. Games like LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga and Back 4 Blood have shown no signs of in-your-face online elements and such. Even their upcoming co-op action-adventure game Gotham Knights seems like a Live Service title, but in actual fact is not a Live Service game.

Other games like Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League and Hogwarts Legacy (which was recently delayed until 2022) haven’t shown any signs of that kind of model… yet - there’s still time to put those elements in those games before release.

Most likely this Live Service focus pertains more towards games that are currently in development and have yet to be announced. WB Games saying they have a heavy focus on the Live Service model without many games coming out that are actually based on the model seems a bit weird to say the least. At least that’s our guess anyway.

What do you think? Are you a fan of the Live Service model? What WB Games in the future do you think will incorporate it? Let us know!

How do you feel about Live Service games?

Which game do you think is more likely to be a Live Service?

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12:53 Feb-03-2021

Warner Bros may chhose to focus on livee service all it wants but gamers will not be focusing on that. Thank you for playing WB.

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10:03 Feb-03-2021

another loss for them then

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05:06 Feb-03-2021

GGRIP!

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21:34 Feb-02-2021

Barf

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01:30 Feb-03-2021

I 2nd that

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16:25 Feb-02-2021

Well it makes my spending habbits easier then, i will never bother with live service, thanks warner brothers for saving me money in the future :)

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15:18 Feb-02-2021

Noooooo stop going for this type of game system it doesn't work and is harmful to the games themselves. So many games just fell apart because of this idiotic model >:/

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14:12 Feb-02-2021

Hope they handle this like Rockstar did GTAV and RDR2. Pack in the live service as a "secondary" game mode while still delivering a top-shelf single player mode

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13:38 Feb-02-2021

So I guess I will pass. Hopefully HP: Hogwarts Legacy won't be live service, since I was looking forward for that. But I guess they didn't learn from EA and are still clinging to live service model that is proven to fail, because same as with MMORPGs, people don't have infinite money and time, so 90% of live services will just die, because people will leave, but WB isn't bothered by that,...

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13:39 Feb-02-2021

... as long as they believe this is next get rich quick scheme. Such a shame, because they have IPs that could make so much more money. But then again, gaming industry never learns. So I guess we will see where this goes, but I will pass on their live service games.

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21:10 Feb-02-2021

With news like this I feel like it's safe to assume all future games, and probably all games currently in development, will be Live Services.

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00:01 Feb-03-2021

You are probably right, my hope for HP game is more like fools hope, because I just really liked the idea. Anyway, it is not like there aren't plenty of other promising games on the horizon to keep me busy. Live service craze, like MMO craze will move on eventually, publishers just need to bash their heads into the wall for long enough on it to get through their thick greedy stubborn donkey heads.

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