The Daily Grind: How much does fear of an MMO shutdown affect your playtime?

    
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There are two basic reactions I’ve seen to people who fear that their favorite MMO is going to shut down. Not people who know, people who fear it. People who see the writing that seems to be upon the wall, but with no official word. Some people fall into hardcore evangelist mode, pushing the game to everyone and trying to play as much of it as possible while the game is still alive. Others basically write the game off ahead of time and warn friends not already playing to not start, because it’s going to die in five months.

I’ve seen it happen with games from Final Fantasy XIV to WildStar, and the only game that I’ve played intensely that seems to have avoided this is City of Heroes (which actually did shut down, but absolutely no players saw it coming until it was happening). And I think it’s interesting in that situation whether you tend to do your best to push the game’s number’s up or just try to accept the death preemptively. So what about you, dear readers? How much does fear of an MMO shutdown affect your playtime?

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Max Sand

Ironically it is what keeps me from going back to Wildstar, knowing if people came back to it it would be less likely to shut down but also knowing me coming back doesn’t mean thousands of others will too lol.

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Basically kills my interest in the game. MMOs are about slow, long-term progression. Knowing it’s going to all get taken away means there’s no reason to keep going. I was just getting back into City of Heroes after a long break when that news hit, I had just put in a ton of time to get my main all set up for endgame stuff to run with people. Aaaaand then it was all worthless

I got in on shutdown/mourning type events but I couldn’t bring myself to really run missions or anything.

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Richard de Leon III

An impending shutdown affects me immensely, especially since CoH, as some previous posters have said. I dont play wildstar that much anymore because of its situation. I still play EQ1/2 and DDO sparingly because I feel they will be around a long time, even after their own pitfalls.

The only mmo ive striven to play more due to shutdown worries is SWTOR, I’ve even bought some coins to buy some stuff in the shop above and beyond the monthly sub. But this is only because I love Star Wars (and star trek too :P) to the point I dont want it to disappear. So much potential in an MMO and they seem constrained by budget limits.

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Celestia

Since CoH was taken away, I think about it constantly.

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Dug From The Earth

I refuse to even try playing Wildstar because of it.

Even though I hear its a solid game, with tons of content not just aimed at the upper 5% now. Even though I like the graphics and the humor. Even though the combat system seems fun and enjoyable.

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Max Sand

It is all those things and among my favorite modern mmo’s but I also dont dare jump back in because it seems inevitable at this point it will go away.

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Joe Pacinelli

I don’t get to play anything much right now, but when I do it’s one of 3 MMO’s. Warcraft, FFIV, and EQ on Project 1999. Blizzard and Square aren’t going anywhere, so no worry there. P99 has a written agreement with Daybreak to operate legally, which made me super appreciative of DBG, regardless of the current fiasco. While not in threat of being shutdown by DBG, being that P99 is an emu there is always an inherent risk that it’s developer can shut it down at any point for any reason. When I do have time to play on P99, I enjoy it for the old school aspect of MMO’s, but if the server went away tomorrow, I don’t think I’d fret over what was lost with regards to my virtual cache of treasures (which isn’t much :D).

If it did appear that one of my favorite MMO’s was about to close down, I would probably just stop playing and find a new game. As much as I enjoy the characters that I’ve created, only the friends from the games are real and we can always migrate to another MMO.

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Rheem Octuris

Not really at all. Maybe its because I’ve never lost an MMO while I was playing it, but I’m more likely worrying about micrtransactions and games taking drastic turns mid-development or backing something and it taking three years + with no release in sight. I miss the old days when you found out about a game right before a free closed or open beta and there were no microtransactions or founders packs or “collectors editions” or exclusive content if you ordered it from distributor x.

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Toy Clown

With SWG’s shutdown awhile back, there weren’t that many MMOs on the market to choose from. Naturally I went straight into SW:TOR, but I found from that point onward, of hopping MMO to MMO that no other MMO out there within the bursting scene had features like SWG did.

I fell into collecting a few favorite MMOs over the years, and none of them are in danger of being shut down in any immediate time frame. The one in worse shape appears to be SW:TOR, but I don’t see them shutting the game down, even with all that’s gone on within their studio. I still them working hard to make changes in an effort to get players back. It’s when a studio stops trying, stops communicating to their players, and a bunch of bogus news springs up about them they try to sweep under the carpet that I see the writing on the wall.

For example, for a little while I worried about Secret World, but the team seemed to genuinely try to keep up communications and I also watched them work hard to keep the impending shutdown at bay, and now they’ve pulled ahead.

An opposite example would be if I was still playing EQ2. I would be very worried about it being shut down if that was the case. The studio is involved in a lot of shifty behavior and I feel like the news of EQ3 and PS3 were ploys to get everyone off of what was really happening. I feel bad for anyone playing old Sony MMOs, because if I was playing those, my fear of shutdown would be real.

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Play and enjoy while you can and don’t worry about tomorrow’s MMO maybe’s.

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rafael12104

Fear? Hmm…

No, fear doesn’t play a role. Not for me. Like others, I play because I’m having fun. That is the end all and be all. I don’t look at time invested, that time is gone. And I don’t really look that far ahead either.

Does knowing a game is going shutdown have an impact? Damn straight, it does. It colors everything and every aspect of the game. It is an automatic evacuation for some. It is desperate game play for others. I walk that fine line. If I’m still having fun, I’ll be there playing until the final moments. If not, I’ll be long gone sampling other games.

But, it’s not fear. If it is an MMO that I like, I don’t regret my time there. Nor do I look at past game play as an investment that requires a payoff.