Microsoft quietly launches new casual, online multiplayer game

Microsoft quietly launches new casual, online multiplayer game

Summary: Microsoft has kicked off an open beta of a new multiplayer game called Neosaurs, which it is attempting to propogate virally via Twitter and Facebook.

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Microsoft has kicked off an open beta of a new multiplayer game called Neosaurs, which it is attempting to propogate virally via Twitter and Facebook.

The open beta commenced on December 9, according to the Web site for the game.

"Neosaurs is a new massively multiplayer RPG (MMORPG) adventure that you can play, right here in your browser for free! No downloads, no wait times. Click 'Play Now' to jump in the game and start playing right away with your existing Facebook or Windows Live account," according to the Web page.

I asked Microsoft about Neosaurs and received the following statement from a spokesperson:

"Neosaurs is a new game under development at Microsoft Game Studios in partnership with Camelot Media Investments (CMI), a global leader in the casual MMO space. The game is actively under development and currently in beta. We will have more to announce soon."

Camelot Media Investments is part of the Al Ahli Gaming Division, "now in final launch stages with one of the top gaming studios and Internet engine partners in Korea," according to a quick Web search.

"Al Ahli Gaming has invested directly with the launching of Camelot Media Investments and will have first look opportunities to the line-up of coming games about to be released. Industry experts have classified these new games as 'the new face of gaming,' according to Al Ahli's site.

Neosaurs is interesting on a couple of fronts. For one, it is evidence of Microsoft's growing interest in the casual gaming/social gaming space.

Microsoft quietly purchased the assets (though not not the people) associated with Vivaty, a 3D virtual world gaming vendor, earlier in 2010. And there've been rumors that Microsoft wanted more leverage in the virtual-world and/or social gaming space and that the company was making overtures to various companies in order to get a foot in the door.

(Thanks to MSNerd for the Neosaurs pointer this week.)

Topics: Mobility, Microsoft

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • RE: Microsoft quietly launches new casual, online multiplayer game

    Because they know it will fail....loudly.
    james347
    • RE: Microsoft quietly launches new casual, online multiplayer game

      @james347

      Remember Asheron's Call? Rather Asheron's flop??? Microsoft's pathetic attempt at taking on Everquest....EPIC FAIL.
      cyberslammer2
    • Im convinced MS management needs to be replaced

      @james347

      starting with Ballmer. Sr management is incompetent. All the time and resources wasted on side projects when they should have been focusing on their phone OS, as well as modernizing windows.

      Instead they waste time trying to acquire Facebook, building an alternative to Google search, KIN, ...etc. Then they kill off PC gaming, (anybody remember the group that made the successful Flight Sim titles?)

      MS really needs leadership, and the current team isnt cutting it.
      otaddy
      • RE: Microsoft quietly launches new casual, online multiplayer game

        @otaddy snooze.............the only interesting thing about your post is that you could use it again and again for any number of different articles about microsoft!!!

        then again I could use this one also in reply!!
        RonanSail
  • RE: Microsoft quietly launches new casual, online multiplayer game

    I was part of the closed beta in sept on this title, kind of an interesting game actually. And I enjoyed Asheron's call and many of my friends and co-workers stopped playing EQ to play it, Asheron's call was the first good MMO to offer no zones in the overworld map. unlike everquest where each zone had a limited number of points of entry/exit so the game could loads the new area and unload the old area when you crossed the line. Asheron's Call worked more like an Elder Scrolls game wher you can just keep on traveling in the overworld without ever hitting a loading zone.
    aiellenon
  • RE: Microsoft quietly launches new casual, online multiplayer game

    What could demonstrate less intelligence than turning a simple post about a game beta into an anti-Microsoft tirade?

    Oh, wait, I know - bad mouthing a game you've never seen, let alone played.
    1DaveN
  • RE: Microsoft quietly launches new casual, online multiplayer game

    Epic Fail
    ThereThere
  • RE: Microsoft quietly launches new casual, online multiplayer game

    why couldnt they have built it in silverlight and not flash?
    brentos@...
    • RE: Microsoft quietly launches new casual, online multiplayer game

      @brentos@... didn't want it in the apple ecosystem?
      zclayton2
      • RE: Microsoft quietly launches new casual, online multiplayer game

        @zclayton2

        Since when did silverlight not work on mac?
        pjalm
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