MMO Year in Review: Turbine gave the ring to the eagles (December 2016)

This year, we’re taking a time-machine back through our MMO coverage, month by month, to hit the highlights and frame our journey before we head into 2017.

Ah, December: The month of endless annual awards... and end-year studio catastrophes. This round, all eyes were on venerable MMO studio Turbine as it announced it had spun out a new indie studio to take over Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons and Dragons Online, as published by none other than Daybreak. Lost in the shuffle? The Asheron's Call franchise, which will sunset in January 2017.

Meanwhile, gamers paid tribute to Carrie Fisher, Hero's Song went belly up, Star Citizen launched Star Marine, Elder Scrolls Online teased housing, and Nostalrius relaunched.

And we rolled out our annual MMORPG awards, plus our blooper awards, weirdest stories, and other meta roundups.

Read on for the whole list!

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MesaSage
MesaSage

Starting 2017 off right with epic article titles.

Rheem Octuris
Rheem Octuris

Livin' it up at the Prancing Pony, such a lovely place.

Celestia
Celestia

That's a fantastic headline.

kofteburger
kofteburger

I'm actually pleased by Daybreak taking over these games as publisher. It probably means that Columbus Nova has no intentions to get out of PC MMO market or sell off Daybreak.

Paraxamos
Paraxamos

@kofteburger I am as well. Not to mention, they are probably mainly there for infrastructure reasons since they operate in EU and NA and it's cheaper to go with an established one than build one yourself. They have probably very little say in what content we get (just see model updates) and only get a bit of a cut, not to mention that an old game fits right in there with EQ + EQ2 etc.


I am much more confident in terms of LOTRO now that they only have to sustain themselves instead of having to pay the bills for mobile stuff and a Lol clone (even though I really liked infinite Crisis) than I felt about it when they were still at WB.

se7engames
se7engames

You guys think LOTRO and DDO will be a part of the all access pass?

kofteburger
kofteburger

@se7engames I would love that but I don't think so. I think back in the day games that weren't developed by SOE weren't included in all access. Like  Pirates of the Burning Sea or Dragon's Prophet.

Gibbins
Gibbins

Turbine gave the ring to the vultures, Daybreak  will do nothing but pick over the bones.

JameZaye
JameZaye

@Gibbins WB already picked it clean. If anything, these vultures might bundle them up, give them a bit of a clean and file them all organised with the rest of their bones.

robertallenbaker
robertallenbaker

I'm excited to see what will happen with LOTRO and DDO.  They need a good graphic makeover for one thing.

Paraxamos
Paraxamos

@robertallenbaker They already have announced character model updates but I really don't think that Lotro needs a graphics update in general for everything.

I think the world looks still very beatiful (for such an old game) but what really drags it down is the insane texture pop in that also comes with a small 0,2 sec freeze combined with the beloved pixel trees. If that could be fixed (which it probably won't since it's maybe not possible) I'd be really, really happy.

Also the insane small font on 1440p displays, but that's also an engine issue.

nosz
nosz

*Those eagles would have had no chance against the Winged Nazgûl! ;P