The Daily Grind: What was the most painful MMO sunset of 2019?

    
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The Daily Grind: What was the most painful MMO sunset of 2019?

It wasn’t a great year. We’ll do our annual run-down of all the sunsetted MMORPGs of the year later on this month, but we’re guessing that one or two stands out in your mind as being particularly painful. Bless Online and Worlds Adrift probably leap out to you, since they were among the more notable losses our genre suffered in 2019. Fallen Earth crumbled under a sort of temporary sunset, too, and PlanetSide Arena is on its way out.

But if it were up to me, I’d pick the sunsets of Cryptic’s Foundry and Daybreak’s Player Studio. They weren’t MMOs, but they represented some of the last bastions of player-generated content in the MMORPG industry, and in losing them, we’ve suffered a tragedy a lot of people are still sleeping on.

What was the most painful MMO sunset of 2019 for you personally?

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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Jim Bergevin Jr

For me, it would have to be Atlas Reactor. I played the first year casually, but really got into it after that. So much so, that I became a Trion Creator with AR as my focus, and I’m a PvE player at heart.

It was one of the most balanced and interesting MOBAs I have played, and it’s a shame that it didn’t get more traction. But that’s all Trion there.

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cerement

Blizz pulling the “Blitzchung Sunset” just as I was starting to enjoy WoW Classic …

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Jim Bergevin Jr

Me too.

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Oleg Chebeneev

The only shutdown that was sad for me was Fallen Earth. I remember playing it first in beta, then at launch. It was so filled with people and activities

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luxundae

I’m being told that, as a full grown adult, I should really be over the death of The Secret World by now.

I’ll….I’ll get back to you…

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Bruno Brito

I want to say Fallen Earth like a lot of people but…yeah, it didn’t hurt for me.

The state of the game was garbage. It was an awful new player experience because of issues that couldn’t be fixed in that old code. Playing it was way more painful than not playing it.

I say that, of course, in the idea that FE will be back. If it was a permanent shutdown, it would hurt way more. But i have faith.

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krieglich

Tbh I don’t think it’s gonna come back. In a year or two they will just say that it is just too expensive and whatsoever to bring it back and they’ll let it die quietly.

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Bruno Brito

Maybe. I still trust the community to bring the game back with a emulator or something.

More specifically, i honestly think Nysek would want to bring the game back. Who knows.

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krieglich

Fallen Earth.
I miss my dog and my chopper. :(

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krieglich

Reply with image because the edit editor sucks. :D

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Robert Mann

I’d agree with the player generated stuff… if they had been online more than once in a conjunction of the galaxies. As it is, they may as well have been shutdown for years.

I didn’t buy into any of the others, but I will give World’s Adrift a nod here. The ideas for exploration were interesting, and that alone is the reason. It was a well deserved boot to the unlearning backside of certain people, who only too late realized some of their major errors in design.

Secondary award to Fallen Earth, simply for being a Sci-Fi game that was outside the typical MMO Sci-Fi we have.

The fact that these are the best reasons I can come up with is probably more of an indication of the lack of both variety and efforts in MMO-land that aren’t immediately shoved off to some mobile/browser monetization purgatory.

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WayTooLateTV

I was going to say Wildstar, but… somehow that was in November of last year and not early this year?? Good lord, 2019’s been a hell of a century.

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camren_rooke

It;’s been a rough three years for sure.

>.>

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Armsbend

Cheer up guys! Next year will be much worse.

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Bruno Brito

I’m hyped.

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

For me it wasn’t an MMO but a game you all cover. Elder Scrolls: Legends. It’s in maintenance mode, so I can still play it, but the kicker: Bethesda hasn’t formally announced it in maintenance mode, only on reddit. Really shady and a super bummer for me as I loved that game. Can’t believe FO76 gets to keep on keepin’ on and a fantastic card game with a healthy player base can’t because Bethesda can’t figure out how to monetize it properly.

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rafael12104

I couldn’t agree more. It was a fun game and lent itself perfectly with Elder Scrolls world.

And I don’t understand why it is shelved. As a cross platform game including mobile the game should be self sustaining. And, to be honest, I don’t see it being a huge amount of work to maintain and improve. It’s not an MMORPG after all.

I hope they change their mind but it is obvious they don’t care about Legends.

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Sixuality

Fallen Earth.

It always was and always would be a niche game, but with so few sci-fi and shooter MMORPGs out there that niche is still waiting to be filled.

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