We’ve been watching TERA’s latest move into — of all things — MOBAs with a quirked eyebrow and a quizzical expression. We’re never quite sure why developers do the wacky things they do with their MMOs, but a lot of times it feels like experiments such as the above are a way to jump onto popular gaming bandwagons and siphon off some of that success.
Not that experimentation is bad, mind you. It’s one of the great things about MMOs that a variety of different features can be grafted onto them. But did Ashes of Creation really need a battle royale, for instance, or did Lord of the Rings Online need to get itself a ranked PvP server? And *waves hand in the general direction of DUST 514* You know?
What do you think? Is it essential for the life and health of MMOs to take advantage of popular gaming trends — or does it smack of desperation and serve to alienate the faithful?