The Daily Grind: What future games give you hope for MMOs?

    
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There is no doubt we have definitely moved into a different era of MMORPG development, with super-huge AAA-budget titles and releases being a thing of the past. However, there are still plenty of games on the way, enough to offer at least a glimmer of hope if not a shining beacon of excitement.

I’m leaning toward the latter. There are a lot of projects I have my eye on, such as the new Book of Travels, the promising Ship of Heroes, the colorful Torchlight Frontiers, the solid-looking Pantheon, next year’s Phantasy Star Online 2, and the hopeful future release of Project Gorgon (among others).

The coming years may look different, but MMOs are far from dead and gone. What gives you hope for the future of the industry?

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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Rodrigo Dias Costa

Right now I’m looking for Seed and Prosperous Universe. I’m pretty sure there are a couple of other with an equally interesting world simulation but I can’t remember their names right now.

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Mia DeSanzo

Well, I was looking forward to Peria Chronicles. :(

I hope that Pantheon is good. I played EverQuest forever and Vanguard in its last days, so I wouldn’t mind seeing another game in that sort of vein. It sounds like there are some interesting ideas going into it if they can pull it off.

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Skor

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Vaeris

After watching the last few years of this genre (and being with it since it started) I don’t have hope for its future. Multiple times the choices the developers in this industry have made pivotal decisions they have always went away from where I had hoped they would go and now we are at the point having this conversation of “what gives us hope?” That tells me their decisions were lackluster at best.

The only game I have an iota of interest in is Pantheon. They are taking development in the direction I had hoped the genre would have moved. We’ll see what Mr. Koster team comes up with but I’m not holding my breath. If he goes back to his old school UO/SWG basics and iterates them around their core then it might turn out to be something for me. If it’s a “Next best thing” shot in the dark then I’ll likely not be interested.

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Castagere Shaikura

Phantasy Star Online 2 is the only MMO I want right now. I don’t give a crap about those crowdfunded MMO’s at all.

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partiesplayin

I dunno everyone is trying out the new version of Archeage Unchained . The buy to play with no p2w version . Now I will say this about the game. It is a unique blend between sandbox open world MMORPG with a little of that old school vibe to it. It has a cool trading system, and real good crafting system, open world housing like swg, with a little more restriction on placement but not much more . It has a massive ocean with actual content in it. Boats yes it has clippers,merchant schooners,fishing boats, galleons,cutters and a couple others . Hmmm let’s see it has great tab target PVP system , tons of skill combinations . It has faction warfare with seiges , player factions territory wars A great character creator , good cry engine graphics, it has procedural PVE content or random events 50 player raids, instance dungeons,a good pet and mount system. I mean it’s all there compared to any other MMORPG I Think it’s systems and game mechanics would be hard to match . So honestly if your not playing Archage Unchained then you don’t like “sandbox mmorpgs, mmorpg’s in general, mmorpg’s with great pvp crafting trading, housing systems “. You probably prefer survival games.

No you probably prefer to have a more linear experience . A theme park MMORPG if you will like Wow,FFIX,ESO gated behind instances . The only insce you will find in Archeage is the actual Dungeon content.

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Purewitz

“…being a thing of the past”? Star Wars: The Old Republic, Final Fantasy XIV, and The Elder Scrolls Online are all still doing very well. Just because World of Warcraft is on it’s last leg, doesn’t me all AAA MMORPGs are.

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Morgan

There is so much out there to learn from I dont know how you could not see a mmo(rpg?) as a good investment except for the longer than usual development time 4+ years or whatever. I see the future as bright but it is also very very far away. Games that give me hope or at least a smidgen of it: Amazon’s Lord of the Rings, Cryptic’s Magic the Gathering, and Funcom’s Dune. I would like to mention the other ones like: Pantheon, Ashes of Creation, and Lucimia but I just dont know enough about them.

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ichi sakari

Star Citizen has a lot of people’s hopes up, mine included

thinking about trying RDR for PC, is that an MMO? :)

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MurderHobo

I don’t know. I feel like we need to clear out a lot of rubble before we can see the landscape. Interest and resources could stagnate and move on to more rational ventures, or we could be on the cusp of a renaissance in virtual worlds. Either way, somebody will carry the torch.

I’ll wait for Star Citizen till they close the studio doors, but I value the studio more for rescuing the Crytek engineers than anything else. They’ve given us a proper piece of the next-gen puzzle. Some good, foundational work has been done there that other studios were unwilling to tackle.

Dual Universe has yet to wow me, or convince me that they have any sustainable vision beyond being a gankbox.

I dunno, but something will come along.