It's become tradition to fare well the MMOs that sunsetted in the preceding year, but that wasn't always the case. At the beginning of 2015, in saying goodbye to 2014's sunsetted games, I tried to put that into perspective.
Almost exactly a year ago, I wrote about how Vanguard's early stumbles foreshadowed the changing MMORPG industry. In January 2007, when Vanguard lurched its way to launch, the genre was barely a decade old; it was booming, and it had never suffered hardship on a massive scale. In the west, we'd seen only three "major" MMOs sunset (Motor City Online, Earth and Beyond, and Asheron's Call 2), and only one MMO, Anarchy Online, had "gone F2P," though we hadn't yet thought to call it yet because it was such a rare and new thing. In fact, it wasn't until 2008's first big wave of AAA, post-World of Warcraft MMOs launched and mostly flopped that MMORPG players gave much thought to the future of the genre and how WoW had reshaped (and possibly broken) it. Maybe not even then.
In 2016 and in 2015, sunsets are increasingly common, a result of market oversaturation, business model struggles, and changing gamer tastes and investment options. Let's revisit the games we lost in 2015 and consider what their sunsets portend for the year ahead.
Just weeks after its Season of Siege patch came out, Archlord 2 announced that it will be shutting down on November 24th.
"Archlord 2 has been a great adventure for all of us, and we sincerely hope that you have enjoyed your time with the game and the friends you made while playing it," the team posted. "We know we have."
For the last two months of operation, Archlord 2 will make everything in its item shop free to buy and toss several permanent buffs on all of its players. Webzen is also refunding all Wcoin purchases made going back to April 1st, 2015.
The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we're deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That's why there's The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won't want to miss. See any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!
This week we'll look at the incredible account of a gamer who donated hundreds of items of Blizzard memorabilia to a museum, marvel at castle sieges in Archlord 2, give you a heads-up on SWTOR's expansion, and more!
The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we're deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That's why there's The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won't want to miss.
This week we'll be visiting an "evil island," enjoying a few reveals from the ChinaJoy 2015 show, taking a gamer personality quiz, and brushing up on Heavensward lore!