Sony Purchases Worlds Apart and Starts Work on Electronic Version of Pirates Hobby Game
Furthermore, SOE announced that it has signed a deal with WizKids, a hobby company that creates collectible miniatures games such as HeroClix, to create an electronic version of the Pirates constructible strategy game. The Worlds Apart team, now called SOE-Denver, will create the game.
While it's understandable that SOE wants to ensure it has a toe in the online analog of the hobby game market, especially with so many MMOGs creating collectible alter-egos, it's hard to envision the online version of Pirates as a major profit center. The game is compelling because it is physical and offline. If you're at a computer, there are plenty of exciting electronic alternatives.