The Daily Grind: Have you noticed an uptick in players in your MMO of choice?

    
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It’s no secret that MMOs and other online games are doing better than usual thanks to the pandemic keeping a large portion of the population inside their houses, many folks with more free time than usual. The convergence of COVID-19 response and the Easter holiday seems to have been a boon for several games in particular. This past weekend, my current MMO, the SWG Legends rogue server, broke 1900 concurrent players – it’s nearly doubled in the past two years, by my count. MMO blogger Wilhelm Arcturus likewise noticed a comfortable spike in EVE Online, reaching its best player counts since 2017.

I’m curious about the MMOs you play. Have the devs of your core MMOs noted an uptick in population? Does Steamcharts reflect a surge? Or have you noticed it

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Witches

CO population is about triple the usual population, there was an yearly event with good rewards running until today so we’ll see how much of an influence that was, but lots of returning players and new players.

COH is hard to tell because the server has been growing ever since i joined.

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Sorenthaz

Yep ESO seems pretty lively and XIV has been getting regular (small) queues again on Mateus.

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Nate Woodard

A couple of nights ago it was like 38 man queue. It was kind of funny. Sadly, I just cannot get into the game. I don’t know what it is. I get rolling. I’ll play for a week and I just get bored or something. I can’t quite place my finger on it with that game.

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Sorenthaz

For XIV? Guess I wouldn’t know but some of the things that can get tiring to me is the slower pacing, having to grind through a truckload of story content to get to newer stuff, and the open world being pretty linear/pointless with the ARR zones at least.

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Nate Woodard

All of that.

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Bruno Brito

The fact it doesn’t have character building and you don’t feel any substantial progression? I absolutely loathe that part of XIV where you can’t spend one iota of atributes to change your playstyle other than your class. And players actually defend that.

Not a bad game, but really not for me.

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Nate Woodard

I can get behind that as well. All in all, like you said, it’s just not for me.

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NeoWolf

PC NA and EU ESO has been packed every day but then they have had the anniversary event running too, which is great for free everything just by doing your daily writs which you’d do anyway.

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Izanagi

For PCNA Elder Scrolls online PVP populations have actually been drastically decreasing. I think more players are logging in, seeing the terrible game performance and deciding they have better things to be doing.

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Axetwin .

At first, yes, there were so many more people playing GW2 the servers were lagging super hard. Now though? Over the past few days though, it feels more dead than it did BEFORE the quarantine started.

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imayb1

IMO, GW2 experienced an up-spike because of the Cantha announcement and because of the lockdown. After about a week, people petered out again.

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Frank

WoW Pandaren starting area is absolutely overrun with first-time pandas asking when they can choose faction and leave and where the mailbox is.

Normally it’s fairly empty. Not sure if it’s because of the plague or interest in panda death knights.

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agemyth 😩

With the way WoW instances/phases people from however many servers into each others games it always feels like a lot of people running around. So, no it feels normal in that sense.

I logged into Champions Online and it seemed alive which is always nice to see, but I have no idea how active zone/global chat is normally.

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Utakata

…it’s been little more laggy of late though. Which suggests outside of client side issues (which I’ve mostly ruled out from my end), there are more players hanging out there then there have been.

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Bhagpuss Bhagpuss

Yes, definitely. I just wrote a post alluding to this in GW2’s World vs World, which has had queues at times of day when I haven’t seen them for a year or more. All the MMORPGs I’m playing are notably busier, although in at least two cases I noticed there were more people around well before most Western countries went into lockdown. I think there may already have been a trend of people returning to older games, possibly prompted by the huge publicity WoW Classic generated, even before the current crisis.

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Dagget Burmese

FFXIV has had steady queues on all servers for the past few weeks

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Giggilybits

Classic WoW, Incendius is extremely busy. Log in to Albion Online here and there and its jam packed.