The Daily Grind: Are there any MMO anniversaries you’re looking forward to in 2019?

    
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She brought the ship back, let's be fair.

It’s weird to think that World of Warcraft hits 15 years this year, but that’s the way linear time works. Five-year intervals are big ones, too, and considering last year’s several slapdash moments I’m very curious about what’s going to happen this year. Sure, it’s not until November, but it’s still on my mind even now in January. And since it just takes basic math, I’m willing to bet there are some other anniversaries other people are looking forward to.

There’s some interesting stuff to consider; for example, Guild Wars 2 is seven years old this year, which is how old the original Guild Wars was when the sequel came out. Final Fantasy XI is 17 years old and still getting patches despite its maintenance mode. And there are several games hitting new annual milestones, some of which call out for some big surrounding celebration. So today we ask you about precisely that. Are there any MMO anniversaries you’re looking forward to in 2019?

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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Mordyjuice

Not really, it’s nice to get free items I guess but I’d trade my anniversary gifts for another year for them to remain relevant and Hype Worthy, unfortunately our whole genre is ancient and cliche as far as Video Games go so even games that turn a profit are making small change with small populations compared to Mobile Gaming or Battle Royale games like Fortnite.

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Richard Bartle

MUD will be 41 next year (yeah, you missed the 40th, but then so did everyone else).

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Bruno Brito

Wildstar.

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rafael12104

Well, Blade & Soul’s 3 year is coming up next week. I’m looking forward to the events and the refresh of an old pleb raid with no lockout and which anyone can join.

But it also highlights the frustration I sometimes have with good Korean MMOs. And yes, there are a few good ones out there. Heh.

BnS launched in 2012, but we didn’t see it here in NA/EU until 2015. WTF! It is bullshit to say that it took that long to localize the game. And I’m afraid we are seeing the same thing play out with Lost Ark.

I’ve been critical for NCwest’s inability to customize the game for their Western audience, but that isn’t really the problem. What I’ve learned is that they do what they can, but Korea makes the calls. And on their own time table. So here we are in BnS west, ready for a few promised updates that were never delivered last year but still on hold.

I enjoy BnS as you guys know, and I’m quite happy with BDO too. Lost Ark is my hope for the next great game I will play, assuming it isn’t a p2w nightmare. But it seems Korea is still not maximizing their profit by catering to the west.

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Wilhelm Arcturus

EverQuest turning 20 will be interesting, in part to see how Daybreak runs with that opportunity. They also get EverQuest II turning 15 this year as well. It is odd to think that SOE was looking to replace EverQuest just five years into its life.

I am sure that WoW Classic will be the vehicle by which Blizzard celebrates WoW turning 15.

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PanagiotisLial1

I wasnt pre-biased as i hadnt played any of the 2 EQ’s before when I tried them both quite a while ago. What I did notice is while EQ2 had a lot more QoL, the fantasy element in EQ1 playstyle and design was stronger. So I think the best course for SOE prob would had been just a renovation of the graph engine back then. But what is done, is done

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PanagiotisLial1

Well it depends on if the companies plan anything too, else its just another day in a game you like. Example STO gives every anniversary a free ship

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Utakata

I will celebrate anniversaries in any year when they give a reason to do so.

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JoosO

in a few months EQ Reborn will turn 1 years old. Its the best classic EverQuest emu server I have found. Kunark release will be soon after that and I want to be prepared with my shaman and necromancer!

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Armsbend

No – the only thing I’m looking forward to is more esports and battle royales. Hopefully all of the money will go into making those.

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Mordyjuice

Man and I thought I was a Salt Mine, you and I should team up and turn this world into a desert.

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Hirku

I’m looking forward to Champions Online’s tenth. That’s a nice round number and last year’s event was fun.