The Daily Grind: Which MMOs are enjoying a new lease on life these days?

    
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Just because pretty much every MMO peaks pretty early and enjoys those 15 minutes of fame and glory before settling down with a family and a quiet life thereafter doesn’t mean that our games can’t rise again. I think about how Dungeons and Dragons Online surged back into the gaming mainstream when it championed free-to-play or how last year’s progression servers pushed RIFT and LOTRO back into the limelight.

Of course, it doesn’t always take a major event to give an MMO a second (or third) renaissance. Sometimes it can merely be the result of a lot of great patches, positive word-of-mouth, and solid development.

So which MMOs would you say are enjoying a new lease on life these days? Bonus question: Which MMOs are due for another shot at glory?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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Feyd Darkholme

Even with the turmoils and the recent dissolution of Trion, Rift seems to have a healthy player base again. It was pretty dead for a bit there, but I’ve seen a notable uptick in the population over the last year or so. That’s the regular servers, not Prime. I’m routinely surprised at the number of people I run across, particularly around holidays.

Seems like very few of the MMOs I play regularly are doing badly really… even ones that don’t get much press.

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Barnoc N'Draak

GW2 seems to be booming. There seem to be a lot of WOW player’s who have been turned off by the last expansion who are giving it a try.

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Bannex

None. They all suck and really haven’t changed in 10 years.

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I don’t personally play it anymore but it is an undeniable fact that LOTRO have had a major surge in popularity due to all Legendary servers.

For your bonus question – the answer is WoW Classic ;-)

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Mordyjuice

Rift now has a stable roof over their head at least

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rafael12104

Hmm. LOTRO seems to be the consensus. I haven’t played it in a looooooong time and I am curious. Meh, we will see. I have other gaming priorities at the moment.

But the other is just as unlikely IMO, Runescape. I don’t understand it, myself, but Runescape streaming has gone up in popularity. Heh. Not my cup of tea at the moment, but hey, more power to them.

Last but not least is FFXIV. There is a resurge of interest as the new patch looms. And of course, that is in no small part given the Blue Mage. But I also think that players like me who last year couldn’t find shelter from the crap remembered FFXIV.

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Fervor Bliss

Pokemon Go seems to have settled down into a good grove.

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GamingSF

LOTRO does seem to be doing well at the moment.

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Jack Pipsam

Runescape I suppose, while Runescape remained popular the entire time, the interest in the old players coming back was a huge surge and hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down.

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Maggie May

I played old school RS over the christmas break on my tablet. (Easier to sneak on around company.) It hasn’t changed at all. Same grindiness, same community (gold sellers) and same addictiveness, I had my fill but you gotta hand it to the makers. Not sure of the difference to the newest iteration but it played well on the tablet.