The Daily Grind: Do you ever worry that an MMO you’re watching will be shuttered before it’s done?

    
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It’s possible I’ve been doing this too long and have just seen a whole lot of casually delivered bad news on Twitter from gaming companies (hi Daybreak), but there are a couple of studios out there that like to play so aloof with their social media that they legit fool me into thinking that it’s bad news at the end of the link now.

For example, my heart skips a beat whenever BioWare does one of those “a message from Casey Hudson” tweets. Bethsoft got me with “A Note To Our Fans” last month too. CCP did one of these “please read” tweets last week and it turned out to be a serious do-over for one of its games, no fake-out at all. I have this momentary terror that these games aren’t testing well and that the studios have decided to pull a Titan/Paragon on them – either shut them down before they fail, or pull them back into private testing and dramatically change course. It seems like every game we’re watching in Asia at this point has made some radical shift in and out of beta according to the whims of test audiences. So now I worry about it all the time. And those cute social media cliffhangers aren’t helping.

Do you ever worry that an MMO you’re watching will be shuttered before it’s done? Is there one you’re watching worriedly right now?

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socontrariwise

Worried? I’ve been in MMO news years ago and was in beta for many many MMO’s in development that never saw release. Wish and Dark and Light (the real one with the giant Dodo’s and glider and all) were the most memorable of the bunch. Wish I was just about to finish downloading the client to my PC (originally had intended to use my gaming laptop) after upgrading to the nuts video card requirement they had … right after posting in the beta forums that I think it is a VERY bad idea to limit your audience so severely for a MMO by such a high minimal requirement – when they announced shut down.

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Vunak23

Yes. Everquest Next is a big one of those worries and has catapulted that worry even further. I’m patiently waiting to hear more about Project TL, but im worried NCSoft will can it, as well as TERA 2 from BHS.

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Reht

While i would be disappointed if a couple of forthcoming games were shuttered, it’s just not something i give much thought to.

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Utakata

I try not to think about it too much…and play the games I enjoy till the publisher reaper decides to visit. :(

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nobleeinherjar

This is pretty much why I’m not following any MMOs right now, not even ones I’m potentially interested in. I’ll wait until they release and then I’ll do my research to see if I want to jump in.

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harbinger_kyleran

Not so much, no MMORPGs currently in development that I’m terribly interested in, not even CU of which I am a KSer alpha backer. (Too much time has passed/ is still passing)

Perhaps once I see some new titles released and get to try their full experience I’ll regain some enthusiasm.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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Armsbend

Goddamnded Ever Jane I can’t believe we got trolled even for a second on that one :P

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rafael12104

Meh, nah. Not right now.

IMO, games that are going to be shuttered, these days, telegraph that probability. Wildstars numbers were fatal for a long time, for example.

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Armsbend

Gaming is crashing in the stock market again. I’d be worried about every game on the horizon for the next few years.

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Fervor Bliss

I used to care but Guild Wars ended that. Sure the shell of the game is still there but NCsoft burned that bridge and I will never go back. Now my relationship with games is much more realistic. Like an ice sculpture in the sun, enjoy the moment, then move on.