MMO Week in Review: Go. Hunt. Kill Skuls.

    
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What a week in MMOs, right? BlizzCon got dates, we explored Elder Scrolls Online’s upcoming Necromancer class, EVE Online rescinded its accusations against a CSM member, and we got big updates in Guild Wars 2, Neverwinter, and Elite Dangerous.

And then there was the City of Heroes drama: The first server was deleted over what turned out to be a hoax about legal action, then Titan Network announced it was negotiating with NCsoft on a lawful server agreement, and then the Homecoming team brought up another new rogue server, Torchbearer, and then still another, Excelsior, and then two more for a total of four servers while all that works itself out. A peak of 8000 people were all trying to log in to play on these servers concurrently this weekend as the game celebrated its 15th birthday. Dang.

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Definitely a crazy two weeks and unfortunately it has been showing in my performance at work. Time to re-balance work/play again. It was easy when I was playing ESO, not so much now. Another great weekend notched though.

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IronSalamander8 .

Also why I normally don’t do memes, I find this one amusing:
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Bruno Brito

I’m a hero, i refuse to kill, Bree.

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camren_rooke

You don’t kill, you “arrest” with extreme prejudice.

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Bruno Brito

With a sharpened rusty spear while damaging them for life with radiation.

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camren_rooke

but they aren’t dead, so it’s technically correct.

Which is the best type of correct.

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IronSalamander8 .

When I first read this I missed that second comma. I was all “I hope you refuse to kill Bree!”

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IronSalamander8 .

We’re at 4 servers now and according to the new discord we have 30k registered players! It’s been a bit spotty but I haven’t had this much fun in an MMO in years. This is why CoX was my main MMO in the first place!

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Matt Redding

I do feel pretty worried about the volume of enthusiasm. If each server caps at around 3000 players (and then is stressed like Virtue and Freedom used to be all weekend in city) then going by registered accounts we are talking about enough people to fill 10 servers. City had 11 US and 4 EU. Once the two new servers went up they quickly filled so during peak it was more like 12k people playing. It’ll be interesting to see how the demand is during the week ahead, of course there’s always more play on the weekend.

This does point out something else though. I think the community would probably really like to all play together. If other groups put up servers that’s great too but people love rando teams in this game. In other games PUG is a dirty word here it’s LFG Sewer group need warm bodies we love you stranger you’re our new friend we haven’t met yet!!

Maybe one way to split some people off would be a RP oriented server. I could see the dedicated RP crowd going ahead and settling on someone else’s stand alone server. That said I didn’t see much RP going on and that’s probably because the RPers are having fun doing gameplay right now. Hopefully NCSoft just agrees to fan license the game so we can donate to paying for enough servers. As someone pointed out the cost per server is roughly equal in dollars to its capacity which means a buck from every player would about cover it (maybe a little more to allow for the crowdfunding admin costs). You know plenty of people will immediately fork over 15, 20, 50 bucks to help.

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IronSalamander8 .

I would love to have an official server. I’d be more than happy to pay a sub for this again, I’ve paid for subs for lesser games before so getting this back would be an easy choice for me. So far I haven’t seen anything from NCSoft about this and I’ve been checking every day. I don’t know if it’s good or bad but I’d love to see an officially sanctioned and/or ran server(s), even in ‘maintenance mode’.

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Matt Redding

You, me, and 30,000 friends I haven’t met yet.

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camren_rooke

I had heard that Everlasting was the unofficial RP server.

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Hikari Kenzaki

The amount of time I’ve seen Everlasting actually functional has been pretty minimal. Yesterday was a rough day for the servers. I’m sticking around Excelsior for now, personally. I’m still operating on the concept that it could all go away tomorrow.

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Fisty

All four of the homecoming servers are in queue. Pretty amazing stuff.