The Daily Grind: What MMO has the brightest future right now, at the end of 2019?

    
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The Daily Grind: What MMO has the brightest future right now, at the end of 2019?

A few years back, we did an Overthinking on the MMO with the brightest future. It was so popular we started making it an annual thing every December. I like this topic because it is (and should be!) a very different sort of discussion; having a bright future is different from current health, from revenue, from population, from game of the year, from a lot of other ways to measure a game’s success. “Imagine you have a friend who wants to play an MMO but doesn’t want to get involved in a game that’s in decline or might not be around in five years,” is how we put it in that original piece. “Where do you steer that friend?”

I’d nominate Final Fantasy XIV, which might actually surprise you since I don’t even play XIV. But the game’s content consistency and the developer’s resolute support of the game rather than other games make me confident that among all of the big MMOs out right now, it’s the brightest star of the bunch.

What MMO would you argue has the brightest future right now?

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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Ernost
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Ernost

Probably Black Desert. i can’t think of any other developer doing so well that they can actually buy other developers, as well as announce multiple new games at once. All of that was financed by Black Desert.

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Rodrigo Dias Costa

I’m sure it’s Lineage 2. Korea alone will carry that MMO forever. I don’t expect this not even for WoW.

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Sarah Cushaway

Though I hate it with a passion, FFXIV has a steady player base. ESO is doing well. WoW is a distant third. Everything else is just kind of limping along.

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Dankey Kang

Probably FF14

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Zero_1_Zerum

Pretty sure ESO looks like it’ll be okay. I mean, they wouldn’t be releasing a new expansion soon, if they were going to be winding things down in 2020… right?

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rafael12104

Hmm. Well, IF Ncsoft delivers, then from my perspective it has to be BnS. UE4 is happening on BnS, there is no doubt about that. Korea and I think China already have it implemented in a fashion by actually having separate UE4 servers.

And it is much more than a graphics update. UE4 is changing the game. It will be an open world and there is talk about housing and mounts as coming attractions. Granted there is a great deal of speculation at this point, but the devs weren’t talking pie in the sky. They are basically soft booting the game and it is already happening.

It is a make or break venture for BnS. If the devs can pull it off, it will reinvigorate the game and give the game longevity beyond all expectations.

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Robert Mann

Of the current crop, sure. I really don’t care that much, other than that those who are enjoying them as a whole get to continue enjoying them. I’m… still waiting on a game that gives me more WORLD. That means it has to drop the hyper-focus on combat, and do some other things some people won’t like. I believe, however, that the effort to do that really well would be something many would find interesting.

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Sorenthaz

Final Fantasy XIV easily comes in first place.

Elder Scrolls Online is a solid second.

Wouldn’t really know what would take third out of the swarm of MMOs out there.

I’d say ironically WoW Classic has a brighter future than WoW currently does, especially when Burning Crusade and WotLK servers come out. BC was basically Vanilla+, the one and only expansion that wouldn’t remove/replace things outside of the ridiculous honor rank system in Vanilla and events that were temporary in nature. WotLK meanwhile was the expansion that’s most fondly remembered.

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Jon Wax

Wild West Online

Nowhere to go but up!!

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Sorenthaz

Considering Titov’s group now controls it, he’ll find a way to make it sink lower.

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MurderHobo

The best thing is still the next thing, as far as I can tell. I think next year will be one of struggle across the industry, and can say that with no qualifications or experience, being a clownish chucklehead.

Also, I stand by my belief that CiG is in one of the strongest positions entering this year, whatever your moral complaints about their business model. Star Citizen is my pick for brightest *possible* future, even if it’s 2025 before they realize it.