Sunsetted by PWE in 2014 and resurrected as mobile title in 2015.
This week I’ll be hijacking a question sent into the podcast that I thought was particularly apt for Jukebox Heroes to tackle. It comes from reader Chris, who has a rather interesting thought exercise to share.
Chris writes, “If you had to choreograph a fight scene in a movie (an EPIC one, of course), what MMO song would you pick? It’s a practical question, actually. My kids are martial artists, and they regularly perform for audiences or compete in tournaments where music is expected. We’ve used lots of music over the years, and we are ALWAYS looking for new stuff. So, Justin, when you see yourself in an epic fight scene, what’s the MMO song you hear? And, yes, you can pick your own weapon.”
Obviously my weapon would be “giant death robots with kill-ray hand cannons,” but as for the music? That’s going to take some winnowing down! To help out Chris and perhaps entertain you, here are six MMORPG music tracks that I could see being used for the soundtrack of an epic fight scene.
A cruel tease, a necessary fix, or a final judgment?
Players are in the dark this week regarding the sudden disappearance of Rusty Hearts Heroes from the Google Play store. The title, which launched at the end of January, was taken out of the store this week with no explanation. Droid Gamers is reporting that it looks as though this move might be for good, as the publisher has refunded players any money spent on the game.
Rusty Hearts was an action RPG that was shut down back in 2014 and then resurrected as a mobile title for Android this year.
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This week we welcomed Metal Gear Online’s multiplayer launch on PC, got a comprehensive lesson on the history of MMOs, took a peek at the cover art of Albion Online’s novel, wept at a heartfelt goodbye from two devs, and more!
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.
A few gamer spirits were broken in September 2014 when Rusty Hearts was shuttered by Perfect World Entertainment. Now those souls might have a chance at mending, as the game is coming back on a different platform.
Rusty Hearts Heroes was released on Google Play last week by Eyedentity Mobile (which also handles Dragon Nest EU), advertising itself as a “stylish action-RPG with quick and simple gameplay.” The characters from the PC version have returned for the mobile version, continuing the storyline that was put on hold over a year ago. It looks like it has the same frantic action combat and wicked rock soundtrack that made the original title distinctive, although it’s not clear how the mobile version stacks up in features and content.
The game is free to download and play, although reviewers have pointed out numerous issues with the initial release.