The Daily Grind: Are you ever sad when a long-awaited MMORPG expansion arrives?

    
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We’ve been joking about Lord of the Rings Online never getting to Gondor, never mind Mordor, that I’ve become super sad that it’s actually happening, however slowly — and I’m gratified to know I’m not alone. Massively OP reader Kithred commented earlier this week to that effect. “I kind of hope Mordor will never come,” he said. ” I used to think how there’s always new stories to tell and places to explore in Middle-earth, that Mordor would be just one stop along the road.”

In LOTRO’s case, it’s because the storyline is so central to the game’s premise that when the books’ story is done, I’ll worry for the game’s longevity. But I also enjoy the suspense of waiting for something amazing, and that’s true for all games. As absurd as it might sound after the many months of content drought, I’m still sad to know that come August 30th, World of Warcraft will be sucking us all into Legion again. The anticipation will be over, and for me, that’s half the fun!

How about you? Are you ever sad when a long-awaited MMORPG expansion or update arrives?

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Wandris My imagination has me thinking of a future ‘archive’ of MMOs that run private servers, legally or not. Its not happening soon, but I can imagine it. So we’d lose our favorite main characters and their progress, and official support, and ability to play with so many other people, but there could still be the ‘worlds’ preserved, with 1s, 10s, 100s, 1000s? playing at the same time, into the future.

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Loopstah I can see WoW running out of things, but not ‘Warcraft’. Technically there’s many ways that the lore can and may indeed expand. Its just that it happening in WoW may not be fair, and I’d instead hope for a Warcraft 4 or WoW 2 or whatever to cover it. WoW’s ‘main arc’ (as I see it: Burning Legion and Old Gods, maybe some more, on Azaroth) has a soft ‘end-point’, even if the universe can take much more than this story.

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mysecretid If Classic+ROTHC+SOR was ‘Mass Effect 1’, and KOTFE (up to 2, 3 ‘seasons’?) was ‘Mass Effect 2’, then years from now, I’d think a ‘Mass Effect 3’ may happen. No, forget about the ending complaining – I just mean that it’ll be less about the basic structure of things, and less about collecting companions and some resulting final mission (assuming that KOTFE seasonal endings are actually the impactful that EA is trying to suggest), but instead will be of arcs that have some good choice-consequence throughout. And the ‘ME3’ period would indeed have us continue in more of a leadership role, just centralized into an architype because no more class stories.

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Hmm.. let me think of ones that I’ve really had much exposure to.WoW expansions (BC, WotLK, Cata, MoP, WoD) make me sad in that it seems that at least for months, most MMORPG attention will go there by players of the genre. I still don’t care much about WoW so it is annoying. But I think this trend is now waning.SWTOR expansions (RotHC, GSF+GSH, SoR, KotFE) don’t make me sad, but remind me that EA is actually bothering to do something, anything with this game. It’ll never be what most hoped it would be, but at least I get a boost of “Oh right, this continues!”TSW ‘expansions’ (Issues, Tokyo arc) are like SWTOR for me, but I did get sad when Tokyo/Kaidan happened and as it progressed, as it increased my worry that there may be little-to-nothing released afterwards…RIFT expansions (SL, NMT) don’t make me sad except to remind me that I’ve done so little of the content/achievements of the versions so far. Its only in NMT that I’m even starting to feel like I made my fill of Classic RIFT, and it’ll probably be 4.0 where I feel like I’ve made my fill of ‘most of Telara’ (Classic + SL). And each version, I get further and further behind; In Classic I managed to get a little into T2 raiding, but that changed to T1 in SL, and now barely Expert Dungeons in NMT…

I don’t pay attention to many expansions beyond these, I think.

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mysecretid 
Part of why I wanted a KotOR3 instead of TOR; the MMO genre has limitations that play against the historical strengths of Bioware in crafting enthralling tales.

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ManastuUtakata Karl_Hungus 
Even gnomes get their facts straight every now and then! <3

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I am sad every time an EQ1 expansion releases, it means that i must wait longer for EQ1’s death before my friends will finally try a new and better game.

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My friends and I have been wondering what happens in the next Star Wars The Old Republic expansion, after the Fallen Empire storyline ends.

While the devs have already alluded to post-FE content being created as I type this, we all wonder where the SWTOR story can go after the events of Fallen Empire (insert the requisite “to the cash shop” joke here, so that my point doesn’t get completely derailed, thanks).
Television series and movie franchises run a similar risk —  if you set up a story arc where Big World-Changing Stuff With Far-Reaching Consequences is implicit in the drama, what happens after the dust settles becomes an issue.

If everything goes back to what it was before, then the story feels like a hoax, because it had no real impact, despite implying that it would. But actually dealing with repercussions to the status-quo can turn a franchise (game, TV show, movie) into something different from what people come to the franchise for …

As I posted elsewhere here this past week, after leading a galactic alliance to take down a threat to all civilized life in the galaxy, going back to lunching on Alderaan and running quasi-legal cargo to Voss would seem like quite the step down for my SWTOR Smuggler.

Superhero comics have typically dealt with this conundrum by allowing for temporary big changes, while the core nature and struggle of the genre remains constant.

But one of the ways superhero comics manage this (when they do it successfully) is through carefully avoiding boxing themselves in by promising radical, permanent change. Even death isn’t permanent in the superhero genre.

Meanwhile, in SWTOR’s Fallen Empire, as recently as the latest chapter, major NPCs have been suggesting my character make a plan for ongoing authority/oversight post-war, claiming that simply defeating the main enemy won’t be enough to stabilize the galaxy.
As above, it’s probably not a great idea to appear to be promising radical change in the game-world status quo, if the plan is simply to hit the reboot button, and go back to the familiar business-as-usual, once everything’s finished.
So yeah, I do wonder about the arrival of new content in online games. :-)

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We’re all waiting for the death knell of the expansion with Sargeras. Even those of us who have moved on and hate WoW. …Or stuck around and hate WoW in an addicted relationship.

You know. The expansion that some [teenage] year old claimed his friend’s dad/brother works on with Blizzard, so he’s totally got the inside info? The same one who’s been saying that “this is the last expansion” since Wrath, even though he didn’t get started until the middle of TBC?

The same one that said EQ2 will never die and later that Warhammer 40K will be the WoW killer?

And that City of Heroes will be around forever, since AAA games don’t close these days?

Yeah, that guy.

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