Well, the new Metaplace website is up and running, including an alpha test application, so you should all go check it out.  Here is a bit about what they’re trying to accomplish.

What is Metaplace? 

Our motto is: build anything, play everything, from anywhere. Until now, virtual worlds have all worked like the closed online services from before the internet took off. They had custom clients talking to custom servers, and users couldn’t do much of anything to change their experience. We’re out to change all of that.

Metaplace is a next-generation virtual worlds platform designed to work the way the Web does. Instead of giant custom clients and huge downloads, Metaplace lets you play the same game on any platform that reads our open client standard. We supply a suite of tools so you can make worlds, and we host servers for you so that anyone can connect and play. And the client could be anywhere on the Web.

We hope there will be millions of worlds made with Metaplace. It could get hard to find stuff if we’re right, so the portal lets you easily search, rate, review, and tag worlds and games of all sorts. You also get a user profile so you can find each other.

Definitely nothing earth-shattering, as we all know this is precisely what Raph has been talking about for the past few years.  I do think it’s cool that they already have a media kit to distribute to potential fan site creators.  Seems rather vague right now, but it definitely sounds like it has a lot of potential and I can’t wait to here more details when they arrive.



2 comments so far

  1. Lars on

    It does look like it has potential. There is also a company called Multiverse creating a middleware virtual worlds platform, though Metaplace’s integration with the web is a brilliant twist… Maybe one day I can stop complaining about the virtual worlds I play in and make my ideal home. 🙂

  2. Heartless_ on

    Lars, I agree. There is the potential of building your online home, but at the same time I am very wary. I will hold my judgment until I get to see some of the tools and more importantly, games.

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