Working As Intended: The MMOs we lost in 2017

It’s true that we lost a lot of MMOs in 2016 — bigger and more important ones than in 2014 and 2015. 2017, however, has been a different sort of beast. The list is long, and while it’s painful for those whose games are gone, the genre didn’t lose many major MMOs this past year. And that startles me.

Marvel Heroes was surely the most dramatic of all the sunsets, given that it shut down early without notice. Earlier in the year, we saw Daybreak put an end to Landmark after less than a year of live operation, while Turbine let the Asheron’s Call franchise go, Firefall formally closed, Club Penguin’s sunset broke the internet, and NCsoft called it quits with Master X Master. A number of other MMOs simply halted development – Perpetuum, Sword Coast Legends, and SkySaga being the most prominent of those. And on a more positive note, there were a few sunsetted MMOs that were revivified, including Otherland, Uncharted Waters Online, and RaiderZ.

Farewell, old friends.

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Slaasher

I am usually not one to hold grudges against gaming companies due to shit that happens.. after all “it” does happen.
However I am not sure I will ever forgive Daybreak for not giving Landmark the chance and opportunities that it deserved.
THE best building game to probably ever happen in what’s left of my gaming life and they didn’t even try. /shame

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Melissa McDonald

Gave me a memory of the 80s cult classic “3 O’clock High” where the bully Buddy Revell agrees not to beat up the wimp, but chides him, saying, “You didn’t even try. How does that feel?”

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Melissa McDonald

Landmark didn’t die, it was abandoned.

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Kherova

The only one I have tried from that list was Landmark. Digged up some resources, didn’t find a nice piece of land. Very strange. I would have not even called it a game. Looked more like a RL sim to me…

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Amorey

Good Night and sweet dreams Landmark. I will miss you always :*(

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BalsBigBrother

Jeez I had to take a moment seeing that.

I don’t tend to get caught up in missing games that have sunset but I have to admit Landmark is probably the only one that burns just a little bit. All that creativity and effort folks put into their claims just gone never to be seen again /sigh

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Andrew Ross

RIP Asheron. May Turbine/WB figure out your use or sell you to someone who can do you some justice.

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