The Daily Grind: What MMOs are you no longer anticipating in 2018?

I didn’t intend to leave Star Citizen off my personal list of most-anticipated MMOs this year, but I think it’s the first time in several years that I did so. It’s not so much that I’m not looking forward to it – I am! – but that I don’t see the point of getting my hopes up when it still feels so far away from being feature-complete for all the things I want to do in that world. That, and it turns out I have a giant list of other MMOs that are much closer in space and time that just bubbled to the top of my excitement list. This is a great thing for the genre!

If there’s one that used to show up in my list every year but no longer does, even though it’s still technically alive? Probably The Repopulation. Sigh. That reminds me, I’m going to go listen to Sentience again.

What MMOs are you no longer anticipating that you once were?

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Timber Toes

EverQuest 3,ArchAge 2, Guild Wars 3, World of Warcraft 2, Rift 2, Tera 2.

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Fisty

Probably Amazon’s New World. Seems like there’s been no news since it was announced, which had hyped me up at the time.

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Timber Toes

John Smedley, need I say more? Expect it around 2025 and 10 mil over budget.

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Crowe

Oh, crap. I knew Smedley was hired (which irritated me as I’m an Amazon stockholder) but I didn’t think he’d been put in charge of NW. Well, I guess I’ll cross that off the list.

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Pandalulz

I feel like a big *shrug* pretty much sums up my feelings on the multiplayer space right now as is (MMOs included). But at the end of the day, it’s still not you, it’s me. I have piles of single-player stuff to play, and if I can just make myself kick the MMO comfort food habit, I’m getting excited about playing those games.

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Eboni

I stopped being hyped about the next big thing and started playing alot of older games. Half of it was because I had an old craptop and couldn’t play any of the newer stuff. But, now that I have a decent computer, I’m still not jumping on any more hype trains. Honestly, its better for my wallet since I’m not buying any more more “early access” and ‘founder” packs.

That said, to answer the actual question. I’m no longer looking forward to The Repop. I was $15 backer, because I was looking forward to the SWG type game. I’m super confused as to what is going on with the game. But, it’s cool because once I get some free time I think I may just dip my toes into an actual SWG game and play on the emulators.

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Rolan Storm

For one I was very interested in Bless when it started to show early on. Story-driven MMORPG gameplay? Yesh… Now… All this hoopla with calling it off, relaunch… Too many interesting games to anticipate, this one gets a pass.

Star Citizen. No, not joining ‘they are a fraud’ nor ‘they are best thing ever’ crowds. I saw what I need to see, that’s it. It’s not going to happen soon. Not reason to be giddy about it. I will join when it is due.

Repopulation you mentioned striken off my anticipation list a long time ago. It is good game and I can even play it… But I no longer interested. SWG-like project would have been great, but… Again, too many good things approaching.

On the other hand I am very interested about Monster Hunter World. It was long time since I had such pure curiosity towards a game. Yeah, I know it is ‘what you do NOT anticipate list’, but it felt right to mention something I want after reading those comments. Ain’t right all this ‘I no longer want anything, muh-muh-muh…’. Really? It’s like at least ten of them goooood.

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rafael12104

For you Caddy Shack fans out out there my sense of it is:

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rafael12104

Hmm. Well, I really can’t say Repop, because for me it has been out of the picture for so long (ever since sabotage the project early on) that I can’t say that I anticipated it.

As for other stuff? Meh. Sadly, I’ve become jaded. There are a few, a very small few Lol, games that I have an interest in. But gone are the days of anticipation, I’m afraid.

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Bryan Correll

Well….this seems to sum up our community attitude about the future:
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rafael12104

Nice! You might be our new Schlag. Not that anyone can be Schlag, but we will need a resident meme expert to carry the satirical torch.

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Bryan Correll

I can only find and post images. I am completely lacking in Schlag’s artistic skill.

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Cadaver

I can’t really answer that question because I don’t think I’ve genuinely been hyped for a MMO since Vanguard. The best I can really manage these days is mild interest. So I’m mildly interested in any developments among the smaller indie titles – Pantheon, Lucimia etc – and of course, CU. Maybe that will turn into anticipation next year.

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Sorenthaz

I don’t even know what’s even being forecast to release this year for MMOs. Most anticipated stuff is still working on getting betas or alphas out.

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jay

Star citizen, after the whole land sale thing I just lost what little faith I had left in the game. Even sold off my ships and bought the family’s x-mas presents with the cash :)

Anthem is also one that I’m not even looking at anymore. After the whole SW:BF debacle, I just don’t trust any game EA has a hand in. I already saw what they did to SWTOR and the battlefield series. Just not giving them any more of my money, regardless of hype they generate.

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Castagere Shaikura

These games never turn out to be really good anymore to me. I play them for a month and get bored. BDO i didn’t last a week in. To me the Suits running the companies ruin anything good about the games.

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MagmaFist

I would say any of the CoH spiritual successors considering they are volunteer projects and SoH may be only slightly above those, it is hard to be excited because a year is not much time for them to make any major advances versus any AAA game. I’ve been actively following all of them for years and the lack of progress in seeing a complete game is starting to wear. I understand it is that last 10% where everything comes together that makes it recognizable and playable game but it is getting frustrating to watch all the boring stuff before any of them get to that last bit.

That said I was really looking forward to Star Citizen but since I see no indication they will have an alternative 3rd person view, my excitement is mitigated since FPS gameplay usually makes me nauseous. I’ve been excited watching their tech demos and really want to immerse myself in that world but only time will tell how well I will be able to handle the first person view. And their ever expanding timeline dims any excitement too.

Other than that, I’m also staying away from hype of the many upcoming MMOs and just trying to enjoy playing ESO until something releases LIVE (not any of this pre-paid alpha bullshit. I don’t actively play SC either) and make my decision from there.

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Dug From The Earth

Anthem

After the mess that is Destiny 2, the massive fumble with Biowares Mass Effect Andromeda, and the massive slap in the face with microtransactions from Electronic Arts, I have zero hope for this game anymore.

In fact, recent interviews from the Anthem team still point towards Anthem having plenty of microtransactions, regardless of if they are promised to only be cosmetic.

Premium games should not have microtransactions. Period. And you know that coming from EA, core elements of the game are being designed around them, rather than being designed around making a good, fun game.

Aside from that, I havent been anticipating any mmo’s for some time now. Id LIKE to anticipate some, but the list of whats out there is just rather sad and disappointing.

Brianna Royce (MOPs very own) said this

I’d love to see some AAA studios commit to real MMORPGs again.

in this article

Massively Overthinking: Our MMO hopes and wishes for 2018

I 100% agree

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Greaterdivinity

To be honest…pretty much all of them. I’m trying to get over getting hyped about games since it usually leads to disappointment or frustration. I’ll just take them as they come and give them a fair shake to see how they’ve turned out.

Most I’ll keep a bit of an eye on, some I’ll let fall by the wayside, but I think my days of getting hype and doing deep dives about upcoming games are over.

Now get off my lawn, you damn kids : |

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Dug From The Earth

Thats pretty much where im at. For the past year or more, ive sat back and looked at all the potential up coming mmo’s, and have just been really under whelmed. None of them make me excited or hyped. Barely any of them spark any level of interest what so ever.

The projects that have been releasing recently, and the ones set to come out this year, all seem like nothing more than a “quick dip in the pool” type of game, when im looking for something I can make a new, long term, gaming home experience. Something like I did starting with Asherons Call 1, Dark Age of Camelot, WoW, and even CoX though out the past decade+ of mmo games.

Mmo’s are not dead… but the genre is certainly in a sad and unexciting state… especially the mmorpgs portion.

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Melissa McDonald

Maybe if they weren’t all “PvP survival sandboxes” we’d have something to get excited about.

At least the Zombie thing has finally started to fade.

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Crowe

Zombies have been so overdone for the last few years. I think I’m going to have to wait until 2022 before I can even start catching up on the last few years of the Walking Dead.

That said, at least if a game labels itself as a “PvP survival sandbox” I can cross it off my list without looking further. (I am “meh” on PvP in general and totally detest survival games and haven’t found a sandbox that interested me for more than about 2 hours)

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Castagere Shaikura

PVP sandboxes are easier to make. That’s why the genre is failing for more people than the ones that like these niche pvp games that will fail in the long run. Non of them look interesting at all.

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Dug From The Earth

Probably because people just ignored the zombies in all the pvp survival games, and just killed each other… which spawned gameplay like pubg.

Survival games and battle arena games are basically the reality tv of the gaming world. No real depth, story, or substance, with the people in it being the ones that are creating the actual content and “entertainment”

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Armsman

I too am anticipating Star Citizen (and SQ42) – but yeah, I don’t see a hint of a retail release before around 2020-2021. Beta and maybe a SQ42 test mission series at some point prior to then, but again, A LOT of work remains to make either into a game. Right now the PU (which has a full Star System and missions) is still really a tech demo where they’re further iterating their featureset.

The last MMO I was anticipating was SWToR in 2011 – but I was rather disappointed in aspects of the Beta (no real space combat system to speak – and no a 3D scroller didn’t cut it – with the Devs trying to claim “Not much really happened in space in Star Wars – it was mostly ground…”) , and after launch EA went downhill fast in further support of the game. when you go from 200 servers down to 5 – yeah, there’s a problem here.

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hurbster

Nothing jumps out for me.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

All of them are on my ‘not anticipating’ list. We’re in the middle of a sandbox/OW PvP wave with lobby shoot ’em ups in the trough. I have no expectation that any of these titles that we’ve been watching for the last few years will be of interest to anyone but players who were looking for a game like that exactly.

In the meantime, my expectations have shifted to single player games for a flavor change. Civ VI’s expansion is hitting Steam in early February and my hopes are pinned on it being the game changer Civ VI’s needs to lift it out of mediocrity.

Meanwhile, the ears are tuned to the tom-toms for word of any unexpectedly delightful arrivals.

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connor_jones

Agreed. It’s my hope that the Civ6 expansion will improve it in the same way that the Gods and Kings expansion made Civ5 a much better game. Also, speaking of other SPG’s, I really need to finish Fallout 4 one of these days. Didn’t like it nearly as much as New Vegas, but it seemed to have its moments.

Ditto on your ‘not anticipating list’, though I hope a new mmo blind sides me or otherwise gives me a pleasant unexpected surprise.

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Bryan Correll

Camelot Unchained is the only game I’ve really been looking forward to for a while now,* and I still am. But I try to keep my interest in it on simmer to avoid pre-release burnout. I don’t expect a launch in 2018, but……….beta pretty please with sugar on top.

*In a more general sense I hold out some hope that at least one of the CoH successors will rekindle the magic of my all time favorite MMO.

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adri

Same for me. I don’t think we will get a launch this year .. maybe a Beta. Money’s tight so they need to do something.

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Sally Bowls

Picture the poor orphan at the start of the movie before the Hero arises as the voiceover says hope has gone out of the galaxy.

Not anticipating The Repop – It’s Dead, Jim.

Not anticipating SC – it is a huge force of nature and it will be what it will be, when it will be, and no amount of rhetoric or anticipation will change that. Just ignore it until PU launches, preferable after a patch or two. (TBH, if they announce some more feature creep like the toilets, I shall not be able to resist ridiculing them. But IMO that is on CIG not me.)

CU – my expectations are it will be at least good but I am realizing the chances of it being 2018 or for me are fading rapidly. I am nostalgic for the class-reveal-a-week days when the anticipation was palpable. The line from Deteriorata is “Gracefully surrender the things of youth

CF was never anticipated as I regard CF as some talented people with some good ideas wasting them in some PvP silliness.

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Melissa McDonald

If I reflect back there hasn’t been an MMO I was truly looking forward to and anticipating in quite a long time other than EverQuest Next. That crashed and burned, but Black Desert Online came out of seemingly nowhere to dry my tears and was a pretty darn good substitute.

I tend to think my next MMO is one I probably haven’t even heard of yet. It could possibly be Wild West Online, if they add enough content to make it something I’d want to play all the time. It’s pretty, and it has potential. I hope they do.

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PhoenixDfire

I will admit to being a little disappointed at the Frontier Expo. I knew that the walking around ships (space legs or Elite Feet) was a long way off in Elite:Dangerous but I’ve also given up on seeing atmospheric planetary landings as well.

Having seen the amount of work they had to put in to get scientifically accurate airless planets (which are being reworked for the Q1 update). I can’t see them being able to develop something to the same standard and put in some meaningful game play as well this year.

Oh well, at least there are new ships coming.

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Arktouros

I was initially excited to see how Crowfall handled the “trench-warfare” effect from PvP focused titles and their take on 3 faction warfare (probably the most interesting proposal for it yet). However the delays in 2017 and looking into the current state of their game and where they’re at as well as their arbitrarily priced cash shop makes the whole thing look unprofessional to me. Ended up downgrading it to “Let me know when the soft launch is” and ignoring it until then.

So that leaves basically nothing for 2018.

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life_isnt_just_dank_memes

Anthem. BioWare is not what it once was. How many games do they have to release to prove they are now a middling game maker?

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Alex Malone

Only one I’ve looked forwards to for years is Camelot Unchained…..and I still am!

When New World by AGS was first announced, that raised a glimmer of hope and anticipation in me, but as time has passed I am fairly convinced it won’t be an MMO.

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RJB

Crowfall

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Xijit

Only game I actually am interested in is Bless, all the rest of them I couldn’t care less about since they are either going to be more of the same bullshit or going to get delayed till 2020.

Granted, Bless is probably going to end up a dumpster fire, but I want to give it a chance.

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Wanda Clamshuckr

The only ones on my radar are CU and Pantheon, and neither of them will launch to the general public this year, so..

Not that I’m getting antsy to hop to a new MMO. I’m fairly content where I am. That said, when you’ve been following a game’s development for years, it would be nice to check it out in person rather than simply reading yet another article about it.

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K38FishTacos

Crowfall
Anthem
Destiny 2 DLC

I’m not really looking forward to anything. I will wait and see how Camelot Unchained is received after it comes out. If a solo can have fun in pvp via factions, it will work for me.

On the bright side, I’m having fun with Warframe, The Division, doing some of the original stories I didn’t finish in SWTOR, and though I’m on a break from it, I know ESO will be there for me if/when I want to go back.

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Oleg Chebeneev

What wrong with Anthem? Demo looked bloody fantastic and they havent released anything yet to ruin the hype

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Xijit

Because it is being made by Electronic Arts and the all the cool kids hate Electronic Arts … you want to be a cool kid right? nobody will like you unless you are a cool kid! What kind of a person are you if you don’t hate everything from Electronic Arts on general principle.

I don’t think we should be friends anymore.

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K38FishTacos

This is correct. I don’t like Anthem because I want to be a cool kid.

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Oleg Chebeneev

It is made by Bioware

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hurbster

Who are a shell of what they once were, sad to say.

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Oleg Chebeneev

I kinda agree. DA:Inquisition was utter trash and SWToR blows as an MMO. But it is the studio that made one of my favourite games of all time (Mass Effect 2) so I have a glimmer hope. Especially since Casey Hudson returned to work on Anthem

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Melissa McDonald

that was still funny, though :)

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Zen Dadaist

In terms of a release? Well it seems CU is unlikely to be releasing in 2018 so there’s that I guess.

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Roger Melly

To be honest I am not even sure which ones other than Crowfall have are expect to release in 2018 and I have already ruled that one out because of its lack of faction based pvp ( I suspect it will be a gankbox ) .

I have an eye on Camelot Unchained , some of the superhero mmos and wild west online .

Who knows there might be something that comes out that surprises me in the way Rift did 7 years ago .

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Archebius

Crowfall has different types of servers for different levels of PvP – some are pre-made factions like Order, Chaos, and Balance or deity-based teams, others are guild versus guild. So they’re aiming to have a mix of options.

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BalsBigBrother

Rather sadly as a general rule nowadays I try not to anticipate anything when it comes the mmos. Too many disappointment and my own apparently unrealistic expectations of dev teams keeping to their design goals or promises.

So no more anticipation from me I am just going to look at things when they release and judge them on their release content as is not as promised. Sadly those two things don’t often match up too well these days.

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shadanwolf

Agree.If the feature is not in the game.I accept no promises. ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE ava was my last mistake.

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Line

All of them.

At this point, it’s hard to care about crowdfunded MMOs that may as well be already released and already sent to the pastures, low budget Asian clones that will be dead in a year, or low budget Western clones that will be dead in a year.

But at least we have the existing 5 years+ ones with their “new” lootbox shaped palette swapped bosses to kill, or lootbox shaped mission rewards, or lootbox shaped lootboxes.

Just whatever, the genre is just sinking into irrelevancy, and I’m losing interest.
Even more so when the social interaction of old now means 5 players instanced dungeons and gankboxes with people screaming obscenities.

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TheDonDude

Probably Ashes of Creation. It looked neat at first but now it seems less revolutionary as they release more.

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deekay_plus

repop for reasons i’ve elaborated on enough in repop articles over the past year.

otherwise i’m not convinced any of the big KS mmo’s that were due years ago are going to launch this year, tho some may finally make it to non nda testing/ “beta” perhaps…. maybe?

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Chosenxeno .

Astellia and Peria Chronicles. They have TGC systems in their combat(one as Minions one as Weapons). I can already see the Legendary “Cards” “On Sale” in the cash shops. Astellia is being developed by NEXON. What further proof do we need? lol

Other than that I was only waiting on Ashes or Bless but 2018 overall, is getting even stronger for me, with the appearance of A:IR:)

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Rick Mills

CoE doesn’t look anything like I pictured it when I pledged – taught me a lesson, thats for sure.

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Utakata

Phantasy Star Online 2. There doesn’t seem to be much hope for MapleStory 2 either. :(

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Chosenxeno .

A lack of a PSO2 release west still puzzles me. PSO was a lot of people’s 1st MMO experience(including mine. I was fresh out the house and my PC was for emulators back then until I discovered WoW ). I would 100% pl;ay it. I know that it’s possible already but I’m not risking building a toon and putting time into it while it’s housed on foreign servers.

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Xijit

The entire business model of PSO2 is about cross promotions with 3rd party products. it is nothing but an advertising platform, and 90% of the shit they have added to the game is either not licensed in the west or is licensed by another company and would take a sea of lawyers to sort out who gets paid for what.

Off the top of my head I know they have had cash shop crap for FFXIV, Nier: Automata, Godzilla, 7-Eleven, and Hello Kitty … and that is only the tip of the iceberg for weird shit SEGA has put into the game.

Plus with all the english fan patches, they don’t even need to put out a western release since the players have already done it for them.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Camelot Unchained. They had 4 years to show at least something. When I’ll wish to play Devs Talking on Coach simulator, I’ll preorder.

Ashes of Creation. I was sceptical about it from the very beginning and latest footage only proved it will be another mediocrity I wont want to even try.

Dark & Light. Turned out not what I wanted.

Conan Exiles. I was really interested in it but hype dried out completely for some reason.

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Knox Harrington

I’m no longer anticipating Camelot Unchained because I don’t want my anticipation to inflate my expectations. I’ve got my Darth Malgus statue on my desk to remind me to never get too hyped for a game ever again.

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squidgod2000

I had be cautiously anticipating Wild West Online until I started to dig into it a bit. Just too many red flags:

Obviously the engine/developer stuff
Pretty much everyone on their forums is trashing the game<
Devs/CMs/whatever all share the same forum account so you never know who you're talking to
They've killed plans for PvE/NPCs and plan to be player-populated/PvP-only (with the exception of a few town npcs).
Their roadmap is almost entirely about building PvP-centric events, only casual mention of building out the world, non-combat activity, etc.

I think they saw the whole battle royale trend and are trying to adapt the game to cash in (and out) as quickly as possible.

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Yoshi Senpai

More like they are War Z devs looking to make another easy cash in game on the Red Dead hype just like back when Day Z was the hotness.

I have no idea how anyone could be hyped once they discover who is making it

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Zora

I had one or maybe I didn’t but it’s so not there anymore that I have no idea what it was to begin with. This one is tricky, like those mindpuzzles buddhist monks waste their youth and braincells onto…

If a game gets published in the middle of the forest and nobody is there to notice, did it release for real?

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