Last night, I saw a tweet go out from the WildStar account that made me super sad. “It’s show time!” Carbine said. “Sara Conavius is in town September 14–21 to help renovate your homes for the best program on holovision.” I had no stake in this game at all, and I still felt awful for the players seeing that like a jolt on Twitter – heck, I can’t even tell whether the tweet was something the devs scheduled long ago and just forgot to delete, or they really are trying to drum up support for some final events in the game before it’s gone.
The player responses were similarly confused. What’s the point, they wondered, when it’s slated for execution?
I’ve certainly gone through those painful thought processes myself in past games. I had to force myself to log into sunsetting games to take screenshots. I couldn’t fake enjoying it; mostly, I’d log in to commiserate with other folks who were just as frustrated and angry as I was.
Do you log into MMORPGs that are scheduled for sunset? Do you play as normal, or do you go through some sort of wind-down routine to get used to the idea of the game going dark?