The thing about surprising MMO shutdowns is that they’re just that: surprising. No one expected to lose City of Heroes when we did, even if the current rogue server projects seem caught in limbo waiting for legitimacy. But there are definitely games where the shutdown announcements aren’t only predictable but are downright expected. Just the other day, Bree and I were pondering when a certain seemingly doomed game was likely to call it quits, mostly as idle observers as veterans of this particular industry.
Obviously, neither of us is cheering for that; it’s a sad outcome, and no one wins in that scenario. It’s just a matter of seeing the writing on the wall and making reasonable predictions about the stuff that’s not going to make it much longer. So with the year half over, let’s offer some speculation. What MMOs do you think won’t make it through the end of the year without a shutdown or a shutdown announcement?