MMO Year in Review: Daybreak gonna Daybreak (December 2018)

    
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We’ve been taking a time-machine back through our MMO coverage, month by month, to hit the highlights and frame our journey as we head into 2019!

Where do you even start with December 2018? With Daybreak, of course: It followed up mass layoffs with a new game announcement – PlanetSide Arena, an MMO battle royale – and a big “limited” sale of lifetime MMO subs, which sold out and were promptly refreshed.

Meanwhile, Bethsoft did its best to right its Fallout 76 wrongs, Ashes of Creation launched and then paused its Apocalypse battle royale, and Wildcard announced, delayed, delayed again, and launched its buggy but ambitious new MMO Atlas. Blizzard continued struggling this month too, all but giving up on HOTS, losing traction with WoW and Overwatch, downsizing staff, and dealing with Activision’s influence.

We also put out our entire batch of 2018 awards, picking Final Fantasy XIV, Warframe, Torchlight Frontiers, Elder Scrolls Online’s Summerset, Grinding Gear Games, and Project Gorgon for special honors. And don’t forget our weirdest stories countdown, music awards, and bloopies – don’t miss the Schlaggies either!

Read on for the whole list from December of last year. And then… we’re done! Happy 2019!

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Alyn
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Alyn

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to all the good news and successful mmo’s out there I salute you!

-for 2019, i wish for a much better year than 2018!

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Roger Edwards

Usually, when I read about corporate shenanigans it’s usually in industries that don’t directly touch upon my life. It’s all seems very abstract and distant. The whole Daybreak “thing” is made more interesting by it’s potential to impact upon my leisure time. But that’s life in a nutshell. If you have a proverbial “dog in the fight” then it becomes far more personal.

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rafael12104

2018 sucked. I’m glad it’s over.

And yet, with Daybreak every year is 2018…

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Akagi

Just cause the calendar updates doesn’t mean these bad things will stop happening.

For such things the time of occurence is only coincidental. It’s not like they were planning to announce (for example) that Blizzard will now switch to mobile and shut down all PC games, but someone inside says “oh, it’s 2019, we missed our chance to announce this in 2018, because this was the bad year, now we will never achieve our goal of switching to mobile and shut down all PC games ;(“

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rafael12104

I know. I was kidding. :)

Heh. With Daybreak, it’s plan on the worst and hope for the best.

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Xijit

2018 has been a very not good time.