It’s not hard to play Final Fantasy XI or Guild Wars at this point. Both titles are in maintenance mode, yes; they’ve gotten their last major updates and what you have is essentially the same game forever. But there’s a certain peacefulness to that. The stories are finished, the games are set, and the various quirks of the game are largely set in stone. both are kept running with an eye toward careful maintenance and stewardship through the remainder of the game’s lifespan and holding together the world for players to explore.
Certainly I find it nice to wander around in these games again, to explore the world as it stands even knowing that there’s a lack to how much more will be added in the future. At the same time, I also can understand people who find the concept rather disappointing or would rather focus on games still flush with life. So what about you, dear readers? Do you try out MMOs in well-maintained maintenance modes, or would you rather making your “new” games something else entirely?