It’s kind of crazy to me that Final Fantasy XIV is not only still running but is successful, has a thriving population and a third expansion being announced later this year, and managed to do what so many games would love to do with its successful reboot. Sure, some elements of the original game were lost in the transition, but a lot of what people loved was preserved, and a whole lot of new people came into the game as a result. It worked out well.
Of course, part of why it worked was because Square-Enix had plenty of money and basically could tear down and rebuild the game from the ground up. It seemed risky at the time all the same.
So today, let’s play a hypothetical. Let’s say that you can reboot any MMO currently live and operating, from Champions Online to World of Warcraft, and you don’t have to worry about budgets in the process. Which MMO would you pick, and what would you want to do to it?