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?