Overwatch 2 and Path of Exile 2 being announced in such close proximity, plus rumors of an Anthem reboot in the weeks and the re-announcement of Mortal Online 2, are starting to make for a trend – and I’m not entirely sure I’m happy about it.
MMO players are traditionally wary about sequels in our home genre. Sure, sometimes you see franchises like EverQuest and Final Fantasy where the original and sequel MMOs live in relative harmony. Then there are games like Guild Wars 2 and Defiance 2050, which all but crushed their predecessors. The caretaker’s care matters a lot here.
So the new school of sequels – these sequels that aren’t exactly a new game but also aren’t exactly just an expansion to the old game – might seem like a good way to keep parts of the old game (and your old time and money investment in them alive). That’s a good thing, right?
On the other hand, how convenient is it for these massive gaming companies that they get to effectively have their cake and eat it too? That they get to put out something kind of like an expansion but charge new-game money for it, while ensuring they retain far more of their original players and get all the hype of a big new game launch?
I don’t hate it, I suppose; I hate the cynicism of it. How about you? Are you onboard with the online gaming industry’s new take on sequels?
Are you onboard with the online gaming industry's new take on sequels?
- I totally love it. (4%, 7 Votes)
- I can see pros and cons, but the pros win out. (20%, 33 Votes)
- I'm entirely on the fence. (10%, 17 Votes)
- I can see pros and cons, but the cons win out. (18%, 29 Votes)
- I super hate this. (14%, 23 Votes)
- I actually don't care - just get us the games and content. (12%, 19 Votes)
- I won't care until it actually starts affecting core MMORPGs. (5%, 9 Votes)
- I have no idea what's going on. (6%, 10 Votes)
- Something else (tell us in the comments!) (4%, 6 Votes)
- Elf butts / view tally without voting. (7%, 11 Votes)
Total Voters: 164