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?