Knowing how the players can be, I bet if SV done this they would be patching in new mobs everyday XD You just know us players will be thinking "Animals can go extinct? Damn! I gotta try this" If MO was larger, like planet size then I would love to see a deeper dynamic system I would say though that the game could do the evolution of mobs rather than having to design new mobs constantly, this is assuming SV has the team large enough to do this ^.^ An artificial life engine was supposed to be implemented into the game. Starr Long, the game's associate producer, explained in 1996: Nearly everything in the world, from grass to goblins, has a purpose, and not just as cannon fodder either. The 'virtual ecology' affects nearly every aspect of the game world, from the very small to the very large. If the rabbit population suddenly drops (because some gung-ho adventurer was trying out his new mace) then wolves may have to find different food sources (e.g., deer). When the deer population drops as a result, the local dragon, unable to find the food he’s accustomed to, may head into a local village and attack. Since all of this happens automatically, it generates numerous adventure possibilities. However, this feature never made it beyond the game's beta stage. As Richard Garriott explained: We thought it was fantastic. We'd spent an enormous amount of time and effort on it. But what happened was all the players went in and just killed everything; so fast that the game couldn't spawn them fast enough to make the simulation even begin. And so, this thing that we'd spent all this time on, literally no-one ever noticed – ever – and we eventually just ripped it out of the game, you know, with some sadness.