Massively OP’s 2018 Awards: MMO with the Stormiest Future

    
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Massively Overpowered’s end-of-the-year 2018 awards continue today with our award for the MMO with the Stormiest Future, the equivalent of which was awarded to Star Citizen last year. In previous years, this award was usually called “Most Likely to Flop,” but we’ve decided to change the name this year; “flop” was already a softening of “fail,” but even then it seemed too harsh, as well as ambiguous, hence the switch. This category can encompass fringe MMOs as well as unlaunched games and represents a game we’re worried about for one reason or another: Maybe we think it’ll sunset or struggle or simply fail live up to insane hype. And we don’t actually want anything to have a stormy future!

The Massively OP staff pick for the MMO with the Stormiest Future in 2019 or Beyond is…

Chronicles of Elyria

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): We know it’s Star Citizen. It just can’t live up to the hype. For a little variety, though, Chronicles of Elyria. The recent plague outbreak event was nice in theory, but it was so confusing. The “vote for the map!” push was hard to get excited over, and like SC, they’re selling items for a game that doesn’t exist yet. Man, I really want the game to be good, but there’s no way it can live up to the Kickstarter ideals spelled out.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Chronicles of Elyria – with caveats! The award always feels like a crappy thing to give out, but I feel like it’s a necessary counterpart to “Most Anticipated.” This is gonna be the first time in a long time that Star Citizen didn’t get my pick here, but that’s because this year it’s really come around into a state that inspires real hope. Taking a look at the field of incoming games, I find Elyria is the one I’m most worried about: It seems well behind games that started development around the same time, and this year’s layoffs have me chewing my lip. Let that I’m wrong.

Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): I’m willing to give most developing games the benefit of the doubt – I still feel like crowdfunded titles are one of the more intriguing parts of this genre – but I am hard-pressed to think of a developing game that spends more time talking about almost nothing than Chronicles of Elyria. I’m flipping through the game’s news updates on its website now and absolutely nothing grabs. Runner-Up: Saga of Lucimia. OK, guys. OK. We get it. The ol’ days were a thing and tabletop gaming has some more immersive things than modern MMORPGs do. But please, how about you show and not tell like someone at a bully pulpit with the most obnoxious bullhorn possible.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): Star Citizen is just going to keep asking for money without delivering anything more than teases of the game. But you know, I’m as tired of saying that this can’t live up to the hype as you probably are of reading it. So let’s give the nod to Chronicles of Elyria, which just… yeah, I honestly don’t see this coming out well. Heck, I don’t see this coming out, period.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): Wild West Online’s weird offspring. This game is DOA and needs to be put down like a lame horse. And after reading up on public alpha reports, I don’t think that Legends of Aria is going to do any better than Shroud of Avatar or Albion Online.

Matt Daniel (@Matt_DanielMVOP): Elyria. As much as I want this game to succeed, I can’t help but feel that it’s too ambitious for its own good.

How does Massively OP choose the winner?
Our team gathers together over the course of a few days to discuss candidates and ideally settle on a consensus winner. We don’t have a hard vote, but we do include written commentary from every writer who submitted it on time so that you can see where some of us differed, what our secondary picks were, and why we personally nominated what we did (or didn’t). The site’s award goes to the staff selection, but we’ll include both it and the community’s top nomination in our debrief in January.

Chronicles of Elyria took our award for Stormiest Future. What’s your pick?

Reader poll: Which MMORPG has the stormiest future of as we head into 2019?

  • Chronicles of Elyria (11%, 76 Votes)
  • Fallout 76 (14%, 95 Votes)
  • Saga of Lucimia (2%, 12 Votes)
  • Shroud of the Avatar (8%, 55 Votes)
  • Ashes of Creation (4%, 29 Votes)
  • Camelot Unchained (1%, 9 Votes)
  • Crowfall (2%, 14 Votes)
  • Ship of Heroes (1%, 6 Votes)
  • Pantheon (1%, 6 Votes)
  • City of Titans (2%, 12 Votes)
  • Legends of Aria (1%, 6 Votes)
  • Fractured (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Dual Universe (1%, 4 Votes)
  • Valiance Online (1%, 6 Votes)
  • Albion Online (1%, 4 Votes)
  • Anthem (1%, 9 Votes)
  • Destiny 2 (2%, 11 Votes)
  • Sea of Thieves (1%, 5 Votes)
  • EVE Online (1%, 5 Votes)
  • Bless Online (4%, 27 Votes)
  • Black Desert (0%, 3 Votes)
  • EverQuest (1%, 6 Votes)
  • Ultima Online (0%, 1 Votes)
  • EverQuest II (3%, 23 Votes)
  • DC Universe Online (1%, 7 Votes)
  • PlanetSide 2 (2%, 12 Votes)
  • Secret World (1%, 7 Votes)
  • Star Wars The Old Republic (4%, 27 Votes)
  • Star Citizen (14%, 91 Votes)
  • World of Warcraft (9%, 59 Votes)
  • Nothing (2%, 13 Votes)
  • Something else (tell us in the comments!) (3%, 19 Votes)

Total Voters: 526

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Poll options include all games nominated plus other games we thought had a chance. Or more accurately, didn’t have a chance.
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Sean Barfoot

Extremely late to this, but I had to vote for SoTA. I don’t think they will last the year.

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Rottenrotny

I’m gonna go with Star Citizen. I doubt it will ever launch and in the end will probably implode gloriously.

The people voting FO76 are delusional. That game isn’t going anywhere and I don’t know why people are foaming at the mouth hoping that it will fail. It’s a damned fun game.

Also the voted for WoW are 999% laughable. WoW will still be around for years to come.

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Bruno Brito

Stormy =/= Doom.

WoW will have a stormy year in 2019, as will Blizzard. Same for FO76.

Before judging people, learn to read.

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Rottenrotny

WoW will have a stormy year in 2019, as will Blizzard. Same for FO76. Stormy according to those who don’t already like the games and won’t be playing them anyway.

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Robert Mann

WoW, because it has the furthest (in terms of numbers and being the ‘top dog’) and is currently seeming to finally drive people into the realization of how little they are valued by Activision/Blizzard.

Some have a lot to do to be decent, some are nigh dead already, but that’s not a stormy future per se. A stormy future means there will be ups, downs, and drama. So those games that may as well be dead… they don’t count in this choice.

As usual, I do not count games that are not in the thousands of players at a time on a single server (capable at the least) here. I also exclude games that are not at least in a solid open beta. Which excludes some other potential prime choices.

Given the list of current active games that are indeed MMOs… WoW is currently leading the pack in terms of falling, has the farthest to go, and has the money to try to mitigate that fall for some ups and downs. So there’s my vote. (By no means does that mean I think they are in the worst position on the list, but for a stormy and dramatic fall… I think they continue.)

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Ernost

I’m surprised to see Star Citizen get so many votes here. I mean the game is never going to launch, but people will keep throwing money at it regardless, so its future is not in doubt.

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dsmart

What are you even talking about? Money doesn’t have anything to do with it.

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Bruno Brito

^ I have to agree with that. The problem isn’t CIG capability to garner funds, but to use them. The product is lacking.

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Mikka Hansen

I just dont understand how SOTA isnt beating 3:1 every other game in this poll…combined.

133 average players in Steam after going f2p, someone correct me if Im wrong but that sounds like the textbook definition of “deader than a doornail”

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Suikoden

I do like the title of this better that “flop.” It’s more accurate and realistic.
That being said, I had to vote for Dual Universe. :)

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gelfred

Many of the above are going to have questionable futures, but Pathfinder online only just reminded me it existed by the article the other day.

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Arktouros

I think Atlas is going to be the new punching bag for the immediate future.

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Random MMO fan

Yea, I have the same feeling.

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Nathan Aldana

I mean can you really blame us at this point. theyre making fallout 76 look competent.

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Sorenthaz

Good, right around the time when Fallout 76 was starting to wear out.

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dsmart

“immediate future”? LOL!! Have you been to Steam lately?

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Arktouros

If you’re referring to the trashing most people do regarding games I’ve been around long enough that I’m more or less immune to it at this point. The whole “game hate” thing has been around forever and salty people who quit always trash games on their way out. I mean we literally meme on them in BDO but really you could replace that with any game and it holds up pretty well.

As for Steam Reviews, it’d be like going to GameSpot for a game review or Kotaku/Polygon for game journalism. Wholly useless waste of time. Who the hell bothers with steam reviews to decide their purchasing decisions? Just yikes.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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Utakata

:(

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Schlag Sweetleaf

Didn’t even make the list😞

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Crowe

But even more hilarious to those of us that get it!

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Oleg Chebeneev

is it Amazon’s New World reference?

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Armsbend

Ever, Jane

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mysecretid

Indeed. Ever, Jane understands the decorum required when promoting an indie game … unsurprisingly. :-)

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Zora

I always wanted to live during the regency but then I realized there was no internet back then…now we can haz both, please release already okay?

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mysecretid

“Oh, Millicent! If that handsome Lord Schlag Llewellen Sweetleaf doesn’t attend my Christmas party tonight, I shall be simply scandalized! Scandalized, I tell you! Society’s storms of gossip shall surely pick me up and sweep me away!” :-D

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Schlag Sweetleaf

the name Millicent deserves an updoot of it’s own;)

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PanagiotisLial1

While I see you got SotA up there, it has a very dedicated community. Sure wont be one of the huge productions(and judging the dev teams comments years ago it wasnt the plan) but it can continue and develop – at worst case scenario, at a slower pace.

My Vote goes for Crowfall(tied with Star Citizen). I think both games wont be able to deliver on their promise. Star Citizen cause it looks its dropping money on a bottomless barrel without enough progress to show for all that money “milked”.
Crowfall on the other hand goes into experimenting of making a MMORPG with a MOBA/Battle Royale type of world that isnt persistent. The problem with that is it will attract mmorpgs who want persistence. They may like the concept for 1-2-3 resets at most before getting tired and moving on. Generally if you try to develop in between(please a very wide type of players) you can lose them all in the end and because from what I understand it isnt a cheap production it will need probably significant cash influx to sustain.

For WoW while there is a rightful case that they flopped lately and lost a lot of their
fanbase, despite the costs to sustain all this structure, they got the resources to “flip the switch” and do good because they got the finances to do so. They could even fire those responsible for the “flops” and hire new high profile personnel with ease. Actually I think they can survive one-two more “dry” years and come up strong in lets say 2020-21. Lets not forget they also got the means to promote too when and if they flip that switch.

What really worries me more than all what you mentioned though is we will probably slowly lose a lot of high profile games/companies that switch to mobile market because development there is cheaper and brings more profit/expense ratio

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Armsbend

Of course Shroud has a dedicated community. The only people playing it put 100s/1000s of dollars into that monstrosity. It’s almost as if they have no choice. It is a sad bondage that will last until shutdown. How they maintain the facade of enjoyment should be studied by leading scientists.

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Bruno Brito

Game may shutdown before even getting a goddamn optimization upgrade.

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PanagiotisLial1

Do you play it?

Most people I met spend just for a subscription but on all games cash cows exist

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Bruno Brito

I did play it. Couldn’t get a good fps, went to check optimization for the game, it has several issues with it. Uninstalled.

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PanagiotisLial1

It has passed through many optimization patches since I first tried. One problem it still has and should had been fixed, is it uses a lot of your main memory(around 7gb running in window) for the level of graphs it offers. Which means its not playable with anything less than 8gb and probably its best to play it with 16gb ram.Another thing is the big loading times. By the way I can get a framerate of 45+ FPS with my 8gb PC too though, but my 16gb one is far better My Laptop cant run many games on the other hand – SotA included.

On the content and gameplay it is good, far better than many I tried and I try a lot. Has a true sandbox crafting which is fun and lots of RP options as well. Very good community too which isnt that common any more unfortunately. I remember a time this was almost a sure thing on games I tried.

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Bruno Brito

Which means its not playable with anything less than 8gb and probably its best to play it with 16gb ram.

This is a indie game. I’m not interested in upgrading my pc for a indie game that can’t use my hardware inteligently.

SotA is already known for being a extremely expensive cashcow. Now i have to upgrade my pc for a indie game too?

Not touching a game with optimization issues. I don’t give a shit about them trying to fix it, they have a playerbase of whales, so i only care if they succeed or not. They didn’t, so fuck’em.

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Armsbend

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