The Daily Grind: What were you disappointed to not hear about from PAX East?

As the man on the ground at PAX East this year (and every year), I bear the brunt of your displeasure if there was something I straight-up did not attend or cover. If you were really hoping to hear about Quake or Mass Effect: Andromeda or Whatever Other Non-MMO Games Were On The Floor I Wasn’t Keeping Close Track from me, all I can do is shrug and apologize for disappointing you. I had the appointments I had, and I did the best I could with what I could actually be told.

Of course, this is more about what you were disappointed about that specifically swirled around the soul. Were you disappointed by the lack of an on-hand demo for TERA’s console version? The non-presence of DC Universe Online? A dearth of new announcements for Conan Exiles or The Secret World? What were you disappointed to not hear about from PAX East? Were there specific games or studios that you feel didn’t offer enough if anything to convention-goers?

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Ben Stone

ESO battlegrounds

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zoward

I didn’t attend Pax East for the first time this year after attending the last four. One thing that drove me bonkers is that game companies seem to go out of their way not to discuss any of their games except the one they came there to push. Overwatch everywhere you looked in the venue last year, but I couldn’t get two sentences from Blizzard about where World of Warcraft was going. This year, Conan Exiles was everywhere, but what of The Secret World?

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Suikoden

DCUO should have had a presence, especially as Daybreaks flagship, not to mention the IP itself would have generated big press. With some major movies coming out this year, Rebirth is less than a year in, and DCUO itself has some big gameplay changes coming. Confused as to why they would pass on that.

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Bryan Turner

GW2 being absent.

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Mr Poolaty

FFXI MOBILE

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Michael18

some news on Pantheon would’ve been nice.

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Pandalulz

It’s been a busy few months, and will be pretty busy again in the next few. It’s nice having a lull honestly.

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Bryan Correll

I had the appointments I had, and I did the best I could with what I could actually be told.

Next year go disguised as Mark Zuckerberg and imply you’re interested in MMO investments.

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Space Captain Zor

I think the “early access” era we are now in has really reduced the headline value of these conventions. The age of surprise reveals and even anticipated ones is over and done with few exceptions. It’s even to the point now where I honestly get this weird feeling and almost involuntary reaction of uncertainty to seeing a game I had no idea existed being announced like the good old days. I’m mistrustful of both early access grabs AND traditional publisher development because “woah why didn’t we know about this sooner like everything else? Does that mean they don’t have faith in it so the kept it hidden?” Yeah, I realize that makes no sense as it was the traditional way things were for so long but the tide of EA has changed that.

I cannot remember the last time I was pleasantly surprised by a convention or expo announcement, unfortunately.

Nathaniel Downes
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Nathaniel Downes

Let me see if we can do so my good man.

Crow
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Crow

I cannot remember the last time I was pleasantly surprised by a convention or expo announcement, unfortunately.

And in fact, it seems we’re intentionally seeking things to attack and harm. I can’t remember the last time an xpac was announced and people were actually just excited. There’s always a long laundry list of demands and nitpicks and general negativity.

It is like the scene in The Guild when they’re waiting for the new expansion outside Gamestop. Like, that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. A new xpac is another opportunity to just bitch and moan.

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Lord Zorvan

Wasn’t disappointed by anything. I consider PAX to be a waste of time.

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Oleg Chebeneev

No new Age of Wushu 2 info :(

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Shiro Madoushi

I was hoping to hear anything about ArcheAge after being disappointed by 3.0 and subsequent patches. I haven’t seen even the tiniest bit of news on it from PAX. Their twitter account says they were there. I guess they were just hanging out looking at other games. Last year they released a lot of info at PAX.

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Manastu Utakata

No pigtail raising surprises…so yeah, disappointing. :(

Nathaniel Downes
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Nathaniel Downes

I was holding out hope that Funcom would not only announce, but be on hand with a surprise beta of an upgraded engine for Anarchy Online, complete with new HD graphics.

A guy can dream, can’t he?

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Oyjord Hansen

AO is perhaps the most criminally underdeveloped MMORPG in history.

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deekay_plus

can’t say i was expecting anything legitimately interesting to come out of pax mmo wise so the lack of interesting to me news doesn’t dissapoint :P

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Witches

I expected news from TSW, i mean the changes are supposed to happen soon, but they don’t seem in a hurry to start releasing info about it.

And of course there’s the now almost mythical Bless, is it still happening? The way they just seem to disappear for months without saying a word makes me think about the level of communication with the players when (if) they eventually launch.

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Bannex

Gw2 expac. That game is in dire need of updating.

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Bhagpuss Bhagpuss

Just exactly when is ArenaNet going to announce anything about the second GW2 expansion? They have confirmed they are working on it but that’s the entirety of what we know. It’s been 18 months since Heart of Thorns. Surely we’re long past the time they should at least be letting us know the name of the blasted thing.

I was hoping for an Autumn 2017 release date (well actually I was hoping for a Summer 2016 release date because expansions for MMOs should be annual as a minimum standard…). With the complete absence of news it’s starting to look as though it might not even happen this year.

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BalsBigBrother

As I never expected anything from PAX it is kind of hard to be disappointed about not hearing about a particular game /shrugs

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Coldin Torrence

It seemed like announcements in general were in short supply at PAX. Just lots of rehashing of information we already know.

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bigangry

Not an MMO, but sad there wasn’t another XCOM 2 expansion pack or XCOM 3 announced. While we just got Long War 2 the other month, I’m chomping at the bit to find out what happens next and maybe take the fight to the Aliens’ home planet.

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Katriana

Funcom acting like Conan Exiles is its only game right now and not giving us even a hint of what the relaunch of TSW is going to entail.

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Manastu Utakata

It’s all rum, dong waving and the lash. :(

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Patrick

^ This.

I understand why Conan Exiles GOT attention at PAX – it would be foolish of Funcom not to – but at the very least tell us the date you plan to relaunch, or the date you’ll give us more information about the relaunch.

We want to be strung along. Or, rather, we would prefer to be strung along as opposed to being ignored completely.

I dunno. Is there another event Funcom will be at that would be a better platform to launch the news from that I’m not aware of?

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Oleg Chebeneev

That would be like… “Here is date. We relaunch! Pls buy k?”.

Crow
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Crow

I love TSW, but we need to come to terms that it is a failed game barreling toward maintenance mode. I just don’t think it is a priority for Funcom, and to be honest re-working the game to be less dependent on additional content seems like a likely part of the rebirth. I’ll bet we’ll see a trickle of content and new stuff that dries up in a similar way to how AoC was strung along for years with minimal support. Now that Conan Exiles has hit it big there are less and less reasons to focus on TSW.

The most cynical part of me considers if the TSW re-work was their “backup plan” in case Conan Exiles flopped. Now that Conan is a success, their need to work more on TSW has become even less. Funcom are great at keeping servers on, but they’re terrible by record at supporting those games even though they’re still running. taking into account that everyone with any real talent was pulled from the MMO team(s) for Conan, there isn’t a ton of anything to stake a lot of hope on for TSW.

camren_rooke
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camren_rooke

You don’t get invited to many parties do you?

Crow
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Crow

Eh?

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