The Daily Grind: Do you have a ‘port in the storm’ MMORPG?

    
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Yesterday, we covered the news that Elder Scrolls Online is actually implementing queues and adding more capacity and new hardware to handle what its devs characterized as a “massive influx of players” over the last few months. As we noted at the time, this is an awesome problem for an MMORPG to have, especially one that’s five years old. Given the awards the title’s won just from us in the last few years and the amount of content it’s pumping out annually, we’re not at all surprised to see the game performing so well in terms of playerbase.

On the other hand, anybody who’s watched the MMO market long enough knows that is this not a typical problem for an MMO to have. Especially in light of the timeframe we’re talking about here – January to April – I have to wonder where exactly these players are coming from because I am having a hard time believing they just spontaneously arrived from outside the genre, especially when ESO’s big 2019 expansion isn’t even out yet. My suspicion is they’re coming from other beleaguered MMORPGs, specifically World of Warcraft and Guild Wars 2, neither of which has had the best winter in terms of convincing its playerbase it’s alive and well for the long haul.

I suspect Elder Scrolls Online has become what MOP’s Chris called a “port in the storm” MMO for a wide chunk of the MMO-playing community – not necessarily a “home” game, but a game that’s seen as a great place to hang out right now because of its relative stability and security. What do you think – is ESO’s sudden burst of popularity because of that phenomenon? Do you have a “port in the storm” MMORPG when your usual games start to act out?

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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Maggie May

ESO and LOTRO are that for me, esp Lotro, it makes me happy to hang out in both of the worlds.

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em michels

For a while now all I have done is sail from one port to another. From Star Trek Online, WoW and EVE, to PoE, Minecraft, and World of Tanks. I tend to jump on one or more of them when there is new content or a special event (like WoT’s anniversary).

I own ESO, but have yet to play it. I was waiting for a real lull before trying it. Having never played it before I thought it would be a bit complicated to get into and I would need lots of time to get the learning curve down.

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Nordavind

I’m one of those players who started playing ESO in January (Xbox one). But that’s just because I picked up a (physical) copy of the game for $1 at a electronics store. The game is… okay. It’s a very, VERY mainstream MMO, holds your hand every step of the way.

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Rahayan_Darkleaf

ESO is exactly that for me. Awesome to play for a week here and there, but won’t be my mainstay.

Now that FFXIV is in a bit of a lull contentwise before the new expansion, ESO is my port in the storm game :)

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Celestia

After City of Heroes was taken away I never really found a replacement. For the last two and half years I changed my MMO time to the gym and I’ve lost seventy nine pounds so far.

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zoward

Trove and LotRO are both great Port in a Storm Games, just always fun to come back to after a while without any need to obsess over them.

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Castagere Shaikura

Even I have to admit ESO is the game right now. From what I hear they are getting a lot of new players from Wow and GW2. Its really too bad what’s going on with GW2 and Wow is showing its age now. The new zone completing system ESO just adding is really popular. Players are grouping up to complete zones and take on world bosses all the time now. World bosses used to be ignored. Seeing a group of players taking on world bosses reminds me of how GW2 was at launch.

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hurbster

I really like ESO, as you all know. But for a few months this year I will be taking a break in Classic WoW. This will be my port in a storm. I was hoping to alternate ESO with Secret World’s Legends, but that turned out to be a bit crap and I can’t really be bothered doing the hoops to install the proper SW.

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Ririrawr

i cheat by making grumpo play something like warframe or skyforge, instead, so i can sit back and watch (and bother)

to demonstrate how dum i am, neverwinter was supposed to be this for me… except it goes down for maintenance at the same time as star trek and champions because… cryptic … the sad part is i knew but during maintenance hours i’d be like, “can’t even play neverwinter and my progress keeps being put off because the games are all on the same… server… network… oh, right”

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PanagiotisLial1

Probably that would be EVE for me but STO comes close, just STO is far more recent compared to EVE, which I started Feb 2012