2018 has seemed like the year of the legacy/vanilla MMO server, thanks to not just World of Warcraft but RIFT and Age of Conan too. And yet we’re far from a scenario where every MMO has one. Maybe it’d be too hard to do with ongoing plotlines, as is my suspicion with Guild Wars 2 and Star Wars The Old Republic. Maybe it’d be unnecessary, as is the case for newer MMORPGs still getting heavy updates – The Elder Scrolls Online is coming to mind. Or maybe the games are simply too underplayed or understaffed to justify the mode.
What actually provoked me to this Daily Grind, however, is playing Trove with my son this weekend; he turned to me and told me that he really missed the old Trove gate system and wished the game would revert the map changes. I couldn’t see that ever happening, not even a decade from now. Some games just don’t make sense going “vanilla.”
That said: What MMO still needs legacy servers?