One Shots: The Sunset Club

    
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WildStar is about to be inducted into the worst club there is in the gaming world — the club whose only requirements is that you are a former live MMORPG that was shut down and is no more.

While some claim that its closure is justified, Reader Utakata is still carrying WildStar’s standard with pride and feels that the MMO should have gone on for years to come. Looking at today’s color-drenched headlining pic, I have to agree. Such a waste to see this game head into the sunset.

In today’s edition of One Shots, we’ll be revisiting the final moments of many other MMOs that exist only now in the Sunset Club.

“I’ve only found a few from games that are no more,” said Ryuen. “One being a shot of my monk in Vanguard.”

Vanguard is one of those MMOs that I only had very passing familiarity with yet was rooting to see it win. It had great ideas, amazing music, gorgeous scenery, and a small but devout fan base. Will Pantheon take up its mantle and do this game justice as a spiritual successor?

Or if you like a little bitterness with your shutdown memories, here’s Mysecretid!

“Here is the Human Torch (in an alt-costume) from Gazillion’s once-glorious Marvel Heroes game. I miss playing that game on a semi-regular basis, and I still wonder how a game and a game publisher which seemed to be doing everything right managed to eff it all up so horribly.”

Reader Amorey brings us this stunning (literal) sunset pic: “This week’s challenge brings back a lot of sad memories of my last day in Landmark. No building game has replaced this little beauty of a game. I miss it every day, it was a fantastic place to relax and meet other world builders. I will never forgive Daybreak.”

And you knew this one was coming from the second you saw the title of this piece!

“My screenshot folder’s chock full of shots from the night City of Heroes shut down,” said Skorry. “I was looking through them when I caught this one, my night widow holding a torch alongside the late and horribly missed Ascendant. Some things are bigger than our games. If y’all will excuse me, I need a moment.”

For this week’s screenshot challenge, I’m going to toss out an unusual request and ask for our reader’s favorite pieces of concept art from their favorite MMOs. True, you won’t have taken them yourselves, but you can share them with us and let us know why they’re special to you!

Every week, One Shots shines a spotlight on the best community screenshots from your MMO adventures. If you have a great pic to share, email it to justin@massivelyop.com with the subject “One Shots.” Make sure that the picture is over 880px wide and comes with a description or story!
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Joe Seabreeze

I’m surprised it lasted this long.

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mysecretid

Here’s a “blast from the past” — some very early concept art for Star Trek Online from back when Perpetual had the IP license

Of course, we found out later — when Cryptic bought up their assets, partly to bail out some of the devs who were friends of theirs — that astonishingly detailed concept art was the one thing that Perpetual’s Trek had in great quantity.

According to one purported ex-employee who worked at Perpetual, the studio only had a single computer running a partial prototype of the game when things closed down at Perpetual.

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mysecretid

Not the bitter type, Justin, merely genuinely puzzled. Sorry the tone didn’t carry properly. Thank you for the feature, sir!

Bree Royce
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Bree Royce

Heya peeps. We updated the comment plugin yesterday, and we’ve been smashing down bugs… apparently, images are distorted, as became super clear in today’s One Shots. We’re working on this one now! Thanks Schlag for pinging me about it. :D

miol
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miol

Seems it’s already starting to take effect! \o/

Thank you MOP for the constant hard work!/bow

Bree Royce
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Bree Royce

I figured out how to unbreak the big ones so that at least they aren’t distorted… still trying to figure out how to make the smaller thumbnails galleries work again. :D If I can’t, I may just leave it this way and reduce images per individual comment… some folks may prefer that anyway (so you can just scroll the whole thread and not be interrupted by thumb galleries). I also turned on lazy loading for the comments, which should help with these threads every week.

Sorry if anything loads wonky while I tinker! <3

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Utakata

But Mr. Schlag always “distorts” his images. Why would he complain? >.>

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Hikari Kenzaki

Does Post-Concept Art by the Lead Artist count?

Spirit of Paragon was made after the announced closure of City of Heroes.
https://www.deviantart.com/dna-1/art/Spirit-of-Paragon-340120576

This is such an evocative image of the spirit to move forward and onward despite the loss of the past.

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hurbster
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hurbster

ESO and proper The Secret World.

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Utakata

Well, where do I begin…

…first, from my robust collection of anime wallpaper: Here’s someone else’s “concept” of what appears to be Ms. Sylvanas in a bodacious (or salacious) disposition. I am pretty she wears way more than that and not that endowed though. o.O

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Utakata

The second one also from said wallpaper collection: Is a nice sun setting sample from Sword Art Online…which was a MMO that never really moved beyond the concept. O.o

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Utakata

And finally, and back to WoW: Here a plethora of concepts hanging on the Magi Hall up the stairs to the said Hall’s main “Library”. As well as yours truly trying not to get the pigtails in the way from the readers perspective of mentioned concepts. >.<

PS: Thanks for adding my WildStar memoriam to this weeks OS's collection, Mr. Justin. /bows

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Utakata

“I am not sure fan service art constitutes as concept art, Uta.”

Well, yes…it seems troublesome that way among other things. Plus I put it up as satire…though I am not sure many are taking that way either. If it’s too problematic, feel free to ask it to be flagged for removal. My apologies if it tends to lean on the too offensive side of things. :(

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Arkady Dust

From a favorite MMO, here is how young charr could have looked like. Better than with the full sized horns they have in game, IMHO.

Edit: MOP commenting system does strange things to non-square pictures. Need to click it to see without distortion

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Arkady Dust

And from a non-favorite MMO (never had time to play it), here is Allods owning their Russian roots.

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Mewmew
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Mewmew

It’s true that it *should* have gone on for years, but it simply *could not* due to lack of players.

Wildstar had more chances than just about any other game would have got for the dwindling player numbers, and yet somehow they chugged it along still without it being profitable for some time. It had its chances. I thought it was a beautiful, fun, wonderful world and game too – but it wasn’t fun as a ghost town. It’s time to let it go.

I guess they could always try some changes yet again and launch it as a totally new game player wiped and all instead of a re-launch of the current game. They haven’t tried that yet. The thought of it makes me sick but sometimes it works such as in Secret World Legends (though for Secret World Legends, that was their first try at a re-launch), sometimes it’s a horrible cash grab with little changes such as in Defiance 2050.

Why do people not want to try old games and the only way to get them to try something is to re-launch it? It’s frustrating. It’s not how I play, I will try anything, but it’s how the vast majority of the MMORPG players do things.

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rafael12104

Hmm. So, what about a game that is designed around an artist style and thus the artists own illustrations become concept art?

Meet Korean artist Hyung-Tae Kim. He is the Artistic Director of Blade and Soul. In fact, it can be said that the game was built around his art style. It came first, then the design of the game.

His style is unique. It is a fusion of East and West. It isn’t anime, but it certainly was influenced by anime. But western lines make it something else.

It is hard to explain, but easy to see. Here is a sample of his work.

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miol
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miol

Ah! Now I see your jpegs! ^^