Another likely way forward is user-created content. Looking at the user contributed content for Neverwinter Nights, it's hard to separate the game's success from it's players' enthusiasm for DMing. One thing that's certain is that any games company that wants to make a profit is going to invest heavily in DM and content creation tools. The first game company to figure out how to recruit and reward users for contributing content and admin skills to their realm is going to win big.
The Foundry is one of very few user generated content systems that actually allows for storytelling as opposed to randomised mission generation. Will it prove to be a big step forward?
the ability to create your own star trek story is just incredible. its something i never expected to see in such a well established IP.
I know UGC can be a bit hit and miss but im really impressed with the tools and ive been impressed with the level of quality ive already seen from the community already. once this things goes live and everybody jumps in all the way i expect to see some stunning stories.