The Daily Grind: Which MMORPG could use a good reboot?

MMORPG reboots might be impractical and inadvisable, but games from Darkfall and DUST 514 to MapleStory and Linkrealms are all giving (or have given) it a go. But it seems to me that most of the games being rebooted during their lifetimes (or being granted a spin-off gameplay server of one form or another) seem to do so in an attempt to rescue themselves or cash in on a new playerbase — not necessarily to update themselves for a modern playerbase.

Some of my favorites unfortunately got sequels rather than reboots. I’d love to see Asheron’s Call get a solid reboot, for example, but I fear hopes for a player-modded AC1 to take us there are dwindling. Classic Guild Wars was a solid game too, and I’d argue that not nearly enough of it made its way into Guild Wars 2.

What do you think? Which MMORPG could use a good reboot — not a sequel or spin-off but a serious attempt to port the game into 2016?

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Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

World of Warcraft, no question.  If WoW got a reboot with everything that made it great in the first place and then had up-to-date graphics/systems on top of that, it would easily knock any other potential reboot out of the park.

AGx
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AGx

As much as I want to say FFXI, I have to go with WoW. If you could take all of WoW’s content and story and port it up to the visual standards of, say, Black Desert (combat and all) I think you’d have a seriously fantastic game. Of course, whether its FFXI or WoW I’d like to see some more modern changes made to the likes of the crafting systems. Maybe give us some of the boating systems of Archeage, etc.

grindhouse155
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grindhouse155

City of Heroes.

Callixto
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Callixto

LotRO.

codewar65
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codewar65

Rynn *this* It should be common sense these days that if your are a studio, you stay as far as you can away from NCSoft. They only kill games that are not making them tons of money in the asian market.

mysecretid
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dorn2 
It does seem like gameplay matters more to game-players than game-makers, sometimes, I agree.
Thanks for the post!
Cheers,

dorn2
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dorn2

Ultima Online obviously.  City of Heroes.  Star Wars Galaxies.  It’s kind of stunning how easy it is for people to agree on some of these choices. Really shows you the investors are ignoring valuable marketing data somehow.

I think an interesting point is that many of these games only failed due to small problems that simply required coding changes.  Many companies just won’t invest in the programmers and designers required to actually update the game.  They’ll pay artists to pump out “content” but they won’t spend a dime on “gameplay”.
Truly popular games spend a lot on gameplay.  Mobas are pretty much nothing but gameplay updates.  WoW is failing but the reason it held on so long was constantly keeping the game fresh.

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schmidtcapela

Captain Electric schmidtcapela Kageokami, oTQ Rhime 
A little correction, that would be a looming expiring trademark.

And, if they wanted to make a tribute: create and launch a good game from one of the franchises they acquired with Origin Systems. Good doesn’t have to mean AAA; given the following of those franchises a retro-style game could still have good results, while costing far less for the art.

That could work not only for the Origin franchises, but also for those acquired with other studios. Bullfrog (Syndicate, Dungeon Keeper), Westwood (Command and Conquer), Phenomic (Spellforce), among others. EA has a long list of franchises loved and cherished in the past that they acquired the dev and then mercilessly closed down, which is why Origin Systems fans often call EA “Destroyer of Worlds”.

Captain Electric
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Captain Electric

schmidtcapela Kageokami, oTQ Captain Electric Rhime Sometimes I wonder if that might have been somebody’s attempt to honor the late great OSI; but, yeah, even if that was the case, it would have been a misguided tribute and it was obviously poorly received.
And I’m sure a probably looming expiring copyright had nothing to do with it. /Sarcasm

Captain Electric
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AaronTallman “Ultima Online or City of Heroes.”
Best two MMORPGs ever made, right there. A reboot for either would have big shoes to fill and in UO’s case, I think a lot of fans could be pleased. But, in CoH’s case, I’m not sure a reboot would be better than a sequel, since it’s such a story-focused IP. I’m guessing fans would probably rather see the story pick up where it left off, with the impending Battalion invasion, rather than start over with the First Rikti War.