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.
Dream of Mirror Online has a new virtual home, as the cel-shaded anime MMO is now available through Steam.
DOMO has had a tumultuous history, as the 2005 title was shut down toward the end of 2012. Suba Games decided to bring it back with the help of a small Kickstarter campaign and officially revived the game this past February.
The Steam page makes a pitch for you to play DOMO: “Behold an anime-themed land of wonders, friendship, and skill, shrouded in the mysteries of an ancient world yours to explore. Forge relationships and find new friends, take up a job, or soar through the majestic skies as you rediscover a social MMORPG beloved by many around the world! ”
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 mourn FEAR Online’s passing, check out Atlantica Online’s latest mercenary, enjoy an intergalactic Star Citizen comic, and check out footage of Torchlight Mobile.
After several years of being out of commission, Dream of Mirror Online (DOMO) is coming back for a second shot at success. The closed beta of the anime fantasy MMO began on February 13th under the Suba Games umbrella.
DOMO originally launched in North America in 2007 and operated by Aeria Games but was cancelled in 2012. Since then, the title has been looking to make a comeback through an already-successful Steam Greenlight campaign.