The Daily Grind: What other MMOs need the ‘Archeage Unchained’ treatment?

    
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Last year, it seemed like the trend was legacy servers for everyone. This year, the anti-pay-to-win push has been big, with ArcheAge Unchained at the vanguard. I gotta say, I would love for more live MMOs to try what Gamigo has done here.

I teased Gamigo’s Merv Lee Kwai in our interview with him a while back: I asked him where Trove Unchained was. He laughed and said if they ever do it, they’ll call it Trove Uncubed. But you know what, I’d legit play that, especially if it had some sort of offline or anti-pay-to-win component. I’d buy it four times for my whole family so we could play together and not have to worry about that mess. Is it happening? Probably not. But it’d be cool.

What other MMOs do you think need the “Archeage Unchained” treatment?

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Triona Falconer

DAoC! Not about the P2W, but the graphics overhaul. If they modernized the graphics, I’d be back in a heart beat.

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Drago Di Fenis

Why the hell would I pay for this game when I can just play the private servers for free and get all of the content for nothing that includes free patron status four times the labor and two times literally everything else?

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Lily Cheng

DEFINITELY Age of Wushu/Wulin/Kungfu depending on region. This was such an amazing game completely destroyed by essentially a mandatory subscription + the fact the only real way to earn tradable in-game currency was by paying real money for it.

I would immediately set it as my primary MMO if such a thing were ever to happen.

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Krista Allen

Definitely Lotro.

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Vunak

Non-P2W enchanting refresh on TERA would be nice

Non-P2W enchanting revamp on BDO would be nice

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GamingSF

Rift perhaps, though in a sense they probably need to work a lot more on fixing the problems so many had with the expansions to make the game a true success. Pay to win is not the only or original reason for the game’s fading popularity. I’m sure other games could be put in a similar category.

I’d love to see Allods become a true success just because I really loved the creativity of the setting, classes and races. In that case just give me a true PVE server please and I’ll be there – again P2W was a big problem with the game’s early days but not the *only* problem that drove players away…

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Sorenthaz

Rift sort of tried that with Prime. Didn’t end so well. They also tried reselling mounts I owned in the non-Prime game for like $20-$30 apiece. :|

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Bruno Brito

I’d love to see Allods become a true success just because I really loved the creativity of the setting, classes and races. In that case just give me a true PVE server please and I’ll be there – again P2W was a big problem with the game’s early days but not the *only* problem that drove players away…

Allods would also need a stat crunch, but other than that, the game was really solid.

Classic Allods is really fun with astral and such.

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laelgon

I’d like a non-p2w version of BDO.

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styopa

It’s a little early to declare AAU as ‘safe’ from the pay-to-win thing.

Let’s remember that they REPEATEDLY launched new ‘fresh start’ servers insisting that “this one now will be free of the previous shenanigans” only to wait a few months into the server’s maturity before…launching the pay2win store and/or collapsing populations etc.

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Lily Cheng

This is why I haven’t jumped on the AAU train. I don’t trust Gamigo enough yet to be certain the game will not be P2W in the future. Everyone that played the original AA knows exactly what Trion said when they launched that too.

I ain’t going to be burned twice. If Gamigo can successfully keep the game running for 3-6 months without being tempted to double dip into their customer’s pockets and prove that they are committed to a bot-free, exploit-free with suitable punishments then it might be a real contender. Until they can prove that greed won’t cloud their judgement of making a game that players actually want I’ll hold off on it.

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Daniel Miller

Honestly none. While archeage is nice, it AAU doesn’t change the biggest issue.

At some point, lets say 12 to 18 months, servers will merge. All land lost, maybe items. Unlike many mmos that merge, in AA case it drives players away.

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Armsbend

I don’t worry about games that were ever pay to win. I have no respect for the untalented developers so I choose to never play their games. It is an easy choice. The guts of the game are not worth considering.