Massively Overthinking: One MMO wish for 2016

We gave out a lot of awards this month for things games did in 2015, and we talked about what we think will happen in 2016. But what about what we wish would happen next year? Do you have hopes and dreams about our genre’s upcoming year? If you could make one single wish about the coming year of MMOs, what would it be?

I posed these questions to the Massively OP team for this week’s Massively Overthinking, and we’d love for you to join in.

Brendan Drain (@nyphur): My predictions for 2016 were pretty specific and based on observations of existing trends, but I’d really like to be surprised in the coming year. Obviously I want to see EVE Online’s player activity increasing as it’s been on a bit of a slump recently, but I’d also like to see some new games announced in 2016 as there’s not much that I’m really looking forward to. In terms of technology, I’d love to see VR take off in a huge way and for Microsoft’s AR Hololens to approach something resembling the faked demos and videos they’ve been producing with perfect rendered overlays and no field of view limitations. Unfortunately, I think VR headsets are always going to be niche products and the limited FOV on the Hololens is reportedly here to stay, but I really want to be proven wrong on both counts.

I hope Star Citizen continues to release modules and lives up to expectations, and that crowdfunding remains a viable way for independent studios to fund their games. In a similar vein, I’d like to see the industry and people in general reach a greater understanding of what exactly Early Access should be and what to expect in an alpha or beta version of a game. There are plenty of developers out there with games perpetually in Early Access with no roadmap to release, and 2015 saw a number of them just cease development or seriously lose momentum after essentially going viral. I hope this doesn’t become a trend that poisons the well for those who rely on confidence in Early Access and crowdfunding for such lavish luxuries as living in a house and eating food.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): I am impatient: I want to see the pendulum swing back toward MMORPGs again, serious MMORPGs, not pump-and-dump themeparks and lobby shooters. I know it’ll happen eventually, but I don’t want to wait! I want to see big studios figuring out ways to make more intense MMO experiences profitable again. Failing that, could we just get Camelot Unchained, and could EverQuest Next maybe not suck?

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): I think my biggest gaming hope for the new year is that 2016 will be generally excellent for MMOs as a whole. I wish that the new games coming out and being developed would prove to be worthy of fan interest and that few (if any) titles would be sunsetted. More expansions. More new games that don’t waffle on the MMO label. A few specifics? Sure. I hope that WildStar would prove to be profitable and start to grow again, hopefully in the direction of a genuine expansion. Let’s have a couple of the smaller indies prove to be sleeper hits. I want Funcom to stabilize and pump out some great stories for The Secret World. And would it be too much to ask for one really, really good mobile MMO?

MJ Guthrie (@MJ_Guthrie, blog): As much as I would almost make a wish upon a falling star for the return of SWG, my actual wish is to see the progress of and then herald in the launch of EverQuest Next! And not just a game with that title, but the one with all the bells and whistles that have been thus far revealed. I want the features of the emergent AI, the myriad of classes to find, the rallying calls and the voxel world. As a part of that, I want to see the storyteller system make it into Landmark so I can finally begin making adventures. That is my hope and desire. Come on Daybreak, make my dreams come true!

Patreon Donor Archebius: My single wish would be that no games fail to deliver. That they’d be made, and be whole. I’m not going to wish that they’re all “good,” because that’s subjective – but I wish that they would all release, and meet their promises, and take root in the players that have helped give them life. May no hope be betrayed, this year. Merry Christmas.

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Veldan
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Veldan

One wish for 2016? That Black Desert may be a huge success!

thatchefdude
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thatchefdude

AGx It’s being developed by Nexon and will launch JP at least this year I believe….
It may never seen an NA release though, as the game is very old and will be considered far too hardcore for most western MMO players today.

G_Mo476
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G_Mo476

Honesty just wrap everything about SWG from its release in the best graphics you can and release it; would be the best MMO released  in a VERY long time. Maybe EQN can deliver, but who can blame us for being skeptical these days? And I don’t take the recent silence about EQN as a good sign. 

Remember SWG:
-30 custom classes that are at their  best when you get creative and make hybrids; all of them offer different play experiences and will set you on a different path.

-Pretty much biggest sandbox MMO outside Eve; if you had to walk across even a fractional distance across one of the many planets it could take hours. I got stranded without a speeder far from a shuttle or port one time, really makes you appreciate the scale…

-You can build everything;  Mineral Resources come through harvester that you need to build. Like in the real world minerals are limited and in certain areas you get different or better minerals. There are 474 crafting ingredient types in the game for everything  form weapons, armor, vehicles, houses, furniture, anything. You can build player cities to rival the NPC cities if you want. And with faction rep you can surround your cities with military bunkers manned by NPCs. 

– Faction Vs Faction Pvp, raiding  player built bases, guild wars, and of course bounty hunting that actually allowed you to get a contract for players and track them down anywhere in the galaxy to attempt to claim said bounty. Epic. 

-Becoming a Jedi is a monuments thing as is really should be. There was a hidden list of achievements that it took about a year for the first player to unlock Jedi even after release I believe. I was never a Jedi and that never bothered me; even if i started out wanting to be one I didn’t care after very long and the fact not everyone in the game was not a Jedi, or maybe was not even a combat class at all, made it such a rich world varied world that was that much more immersive.

AGx
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AGx

One wish? That mobile FFXI version SE was talking about.

AGx
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AGx

Zebrabox My name is AGx and I approve of this message.

KenFromChicago
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KenFromChicago

My one wish is for scifi, especially space based, mmos to achieve acceptance. Be it Star Citizen, Star Trek Online, Star Wars: The Old Republic or even space based mmos that don’t begin with “star” in the name, such as Elite: Dangerous and Wildstar.
But scifi also includes superhero mmos, DC Universe Online, Champions Online (please can that get some new content?), Marvel Heroes and City of Heroes’ “spiritual successors”, City of Titans, Valiance Online, Heroes & Villains.
And I don’t see this as a zero sum deal. Success for doesn’t preclude success for the others. I think all can do well. There’s a big enough market.

Thasrion
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Thasrion

libertylion7 Good luck with that…

captainzor
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captainzor

I just wanna know what game the headline graphic is from

Jacra
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Jacra

My wish would be for Landmark to become a game finally again – or EQN actually having convincing gameplay demonstrations. That includes building tools which allow instant columns etc, aka user friendliness instead that voxel-obsessive-tiny-stuff it turned into. It stopped feeling like a game that enables me, where I can build whatever I want and instead now is an exercise in frustration for me. It suits people with loads of time on their hand and the willingness to learn the quirks of the voxel engine but not someone who wants to build and not learn modeling. 
By now I’m WAY happier with SkySaga … despite the much more blocky looks. But I don’t feel like failing in SkySaga with the constant building-competitions in Landmark and driving home how much I am NOT proficient with that voxel engine and tools. :(

Vladamyr
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Vladamyr

Either for a WoW legacy server to open up or for an actual MMO that doesn’t require “action” style combat.  WoW became bad enough with constant movment.  I want a symphony of  abilities that require knowing priority style rotations and lot’s of theorycraft.

libertylion7
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libertylion7

Fenryr And I want the star wars IP to fade away for at least 10 years.

libertylion7
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libertylion7

My hope and dream is for old school styled mmos with modern graphics to be made.  But in the land of Mobas, all I will get is a lump of coal.

Zebrabox
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Zebrabox

DDO servers stay running
Harry Potter MMO announcement
Blizzard secretly starts development on a new MMO
Survival gameplay trends in new MMOs
Daily quests are abolished by the United Nations

I have no hopes for EQN anymore

GoJammit
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GoJammit

Hoping for a Star Citizen Launch. I’ve been pretty meh on MMOs and even video games in general lately. At this point, besides the multiple games I play regularly that I hope continue to see updates, I just want SC to launch. The pieces are there to provide a great game but once there’s more I’ll be able to say for sure.

Samizdat
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Samizdat

Hope the upcoming updates for Planetside 2 (base building, resource gathering, etc.) turn out well and put some life back into the game.

Hope the Crowfall team continues to impress with their very quick iteration, transparency, and already fun game.

Hope Worlds Adrift ramps up testing and gets some polish, though it already looks very fun.

JakeBoller
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JakeBoller

Mikey Moo I’m so craving a true MMO-ARPG. I am a MASSIVE fan of Lineage 1, so naturally my eye is on Lineage Eternal. I do fear that it will be heavily instance though. One of the things I loved about Lineage 1 was that everything was open world, no private instances to hide away in.

ZenDadaist
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ZenDadaist

Feeling valued as a dedicated, contributing player – not nickle’n’dimed out of a game.

Modrain
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Modrain

I’ll wish to deliver a great game, and to be positively surprised by MMOs. It didn’t happen much this year, but I know you can do better, 2016!

vicariousfan
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vicariousfan

Bannex19 you realize if Moba’s go away they are just going to start playing the games you play.  Do you really want to have toxic Moba’s playing your favortie game?

The Genre won’t blow up per say… You have the top 3 LoL, Dota2, and Hots, then a smaller one Smite, after that the rest will die off just like DC moba just did.

vicariousfan
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vicariousfan

Ripsnorta Damonvile not really, i mean SOE was easily worse then EA

srmalloy
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srmalloy

The successful completion of the negotiations to buy the IP and code for City of Heroes from NCsoft and its reopening. Barring that, City of Titans going into at least alpha release and proving to be a worthy successor to CoH.

JimGriffiths
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JimGriffiths

Star Wars Galaxies 2.0

Estranged
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Estranged

Nintendo understands fun. :-)

krieglich
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krieglich

One wish: I want Free Realms back.

Jadefox
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Jadefox

If we are making wishes…

The dumbing down of MMO’s will end.
Developers will realize that the MMO population will always de spread out do to shear number of MMOs out there. The days of multi million registered players is over.
The end of more action MMO’s like Tera, B&S, etc.
A return to more traditional styles of game play.
That an MMO is made that has: Meaningful character progression and customization, Sieges, Real player housing like SWG not Archeage, meaningful game play that makes you want to log in every day.

koryanders73
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koryanders73

I want a FFXI game with updated graphics and UI, played FFXI for 7 years, played ffXIV for 3 years and it pales in comparison to its cousin.  But I know this will probably never happen.

Rheem Octuris
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Rheem Octuris

I just want everyone to realize that EQNext, as it was envisioned, was an FPS, and it wasn’t fun to play, despite all the hoopla. I think Daybreak, now with Smed and Gorgeson gone, are reexamining the direction they took. I think I would rather see a solid, fun game put out rather than one that checks off everything we were promised. Especially if the alternative plays like Landmark.

Celestial
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Celestial

Since we’re wishing, I wish for the announcement of a new tab-target pure PvE MMOG set in any genre but medieval fantasy, with a group size of six to eight players, both individual and guild housing, immersive lore, nearly exhaustive character customization, and either B2P or subscription-based.

Extremely doubtful I know.

zoward
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zoward

ManastuUtakata Same thought here with Black Desert.  Merry Christmas everyone!

Xephyr
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Xephyr

Hmm… That it doesn’t take too long for GW2’s living story season 3 to kick off. :)

Yayuyo
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Yayuyo

I’m pinning some hopes on CU but my real wish is that we’ll see something completely original emerge that will actually move the genre forward.

I mean jeez, do I have to f*cking make it myself?

peyo01
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peyo01

I wish Black Desert Online does not fail !! Crossing fingers here… but I’m foreseeing another ArcheAge disaster and huge disappointment coming strong :-(

Oleg Chebeneev
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Oleg Chebeneev

I want to see Virtual Reality revolution and whole entertainment industry shift towards it. 2016 will be a deciding year since we’ll see several long awaiting VR helmets hit mass market

Bluetouchpaper
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Bluetouchpaper

Peace on earth and Star Citizen to be released :)

I know I Know !!! there is not much realistic chance of seeing either not only for this year but ever .

Happy Humbug everyone :)

BalsBigBrother
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BalsBigBrother

For everyone to have a safe and happy year playing mmo games that they have fun with. :-)

Fenryr
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Fenryr

I pray to the force that we’ll get a new star wars MMoRPg… a true mmo with modern mechanics and good quality of life improvements. A crossover of EvE online (Complex industry, player driven economy and player owned structures/cities/planets) and swtor’s or [insert random theme-park]’s story driven flashpoints / raids aka “safe group content”. Basically it should force (no pun intended) cooperation to some degree. Not like the average theme-park mmo where all people need to be online at the same time for a raid but more like interdependencies for city or ship/equipment building. Combat : I don’t really mind if its tab-target or action or even like Jedi outcast / jedi academy (1st person shooter and 3rd lighsabre action).

tl:dr Star wars eve online with better group content and a more interactive combat.

Noble_Einherjar
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Noble_Einherjar

StevenWilliams3 I’m about in the same boat and feel the same way. I’m going to try Blade & Soul, and I would love for Black Desert to be something that can hold my interest. But I’m not holding my breath like I used to. I’m playing SWTOR right now because a friend dragged me back and because we have some fantastic RP going on that we’ve always wanted to finish. But it’s hardly the game itself that’s keeping me there.
And from my perspective, MMOs need to step up their game. They’re not the only source for meaningful online interaction/gaming anymore. I can get a lot of what I love about MMOs from other games with online functions without having to jump through all the hoops MMOs usually come with. When an MMO does “it” (whatever your definition of that is) right, it can’t be beat. But I’m not going to waste my time enduring parts of a game I don’t enjoy just to get to the parts I love. FFXIV is a perfect example of that, and a perfect example of why I stopped playing it.

MrPoolaty
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MrPoolaty

FFtactics/ffxi job mechanic would be awesome imo!!!!!!

MrPoolaty
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MrPoolaty

Eso housing

MrPoolaty
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MrPoolaty

EQNext

CistaCista
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CistaCista

I hope that the continued decline of WoW marks the end the era of Western AAA themeparks, ESO and Wildstar should hopefully be the last ones to ever release :)

CloakingDonkey
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CloakingDonkey

I want MMORPGs to finally realize that they are not WoW and I want WoW to realize it’s not an MMORPG. It would benefit both immensely.

Apart from that, Camelot Unchained as a Winter Solstice 2016 present would be nice =)

Vunak
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Vunak

Everquest Next releasing with its original vision, performance optimized, bug free, and storybricks back in.

confectionally
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confectionally

Realistically I don’t actually expect it, of course, but my wish-upon-a-star is to finally get an MMO where combat is deemphasized and there are a lot of in-game tools to facilitate roleplay writing.

kimowar
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kimowar

CU…..Just CU

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

That Blade & Soul will blow everyones’ expectations out of the water, including mine. I know, wishful thinking…but it wouldn’t be wish list if it wasn’t. :)

boredinBC
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boredinBC

deekay_zero boredinBC What’s your point?  I’m not sure if you’re arguing with me, agreeing with me, or just naming games with subscriptions and cash shops.  
I never asked for a buffet and I certainly haven’t claimed to have the solution to problem of MMO monetization that is plaguing the industry.  I just said my christmas wish was for hostile MMO monetization reform.  Which was the point of this thread, Christmas wishes :)
I never said subs were the answer. I never said B2P was the answer.  I only offered them as examples of non-hostile options.

Koshelkin
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Koshelkin

Only one? oh well I’ll chime in more anyway: The release of Camelot: Unchained is #1, the recovering of The Repopulation is #2 and the announcement of a western version of Moonlight Blade is #3. :P

ApathyCurve
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ApathyCurve

I want to toast marshmallows over a burning themepark.

Seriously, enough with the themeparks.  That design trope pegged out the boredom-o-meter in about 2010.  Find some other reason to spread your legs, developers.  And I don’t mean survival sandboxes, either; I’ve had enough of that nonsense as well.

Bannex19
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Bannex19

The best I’ve played is a tie between bloodborne and mario kart. MMOS haven’t really been good for awhile now

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