The Daily Grind: Do MMOs need to jump onto bandwagons to stay relevant?

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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?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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