The Daily Grind: What MMO really shouldn’t attempt a classic server?

    
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Back in August, Standing Stone Games told players to stop trying to make a classic Lord of the Rings Online server happen. It is not going to happen. “You think it was perfect back then, but I remember our bug queues at the time and I can assure you it was not,” SSG’s Jeff Libby said. “Thirteen years of bug-fixes just disappearing? Yikes!”

He makes a good point, and it’s certainly a more convincing argument than “you think you do, but you don’t,” right? On top of all that, LOTRO already has a specialty progression server that does a lot to fill the niche, so of all the core MMORPGs on the market, it’s one that probably doesn’t need to throw money at such a project.

But I bet we can think of others. What MMO really shouldn’t attempt a classic server? Which games would be detracting from their core playerbases or just be wasting time if they put one together?

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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Isaiah A

FFXI Classic Server would be great! Proper developer support and server mergers if required to maintain population required for a group-centric game.

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jimthomasUS

Tabula Rasa.

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Jeremy Barnes

Massively should keep a list that people can check of MMOs with classic/progression servers

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styopa

Star Citizen.

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Oleg Chebeneev

EVE Online server how it was at launch would be amazing.

Oh wait. Its about which one not to do? Probably TESO then. Classic TESO server is just TESO with less content

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Malcolm Swoboda

ESO – which only needs a better content flow than presently, not a classic. FFXVI 1.0 (though I’m actually more optimistic than the devs about 2.0, sure why not, and add new 1.0 quest flashback material ).

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Utakata

All of ’em. Including the ones that already have it. That’s because I’m not really a big fan of Classic Servers to begin with. So pay no attention to what the pigtails say here if you must… >.<

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Evasive Dice

I agree no game should have a class server. I can get private servers doing it for super small circles and a good laugh for about a month. But a serious, high money invested classic experience? Not sure why people want to go back to the clunky-ness of games and all the bugs and exploits that come with it. This used to just be a niche thing on private servers but seems big companies capitalised on it and made it “sound cool”. Not sure why people wanna play archaic mechanics from 10 years ago. I’ve played a few of the big mmos and their classic versions over the last year and yikes. It ruined my memories as a kid of the game. Revisiting what I THOUGHT was fun 10+ years ago ended up turning me off from the games I tried classics on all together. People are just reaching for the nostalgia ( the good ole days) and big companies are trying to cash in on it.

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laelgon

ESO. As much as the current open world content is mind-numbingly easy, everything else about the game was worse before One Tamriel.

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Ironwu

Let’s put it this way, if a company is going to make a true Classic Server, along the lines of Classic WoW or EQ1 Project 99? Then I say go for it!

But, if all the company has is another one of these lame progression servers where they just dole out the current content as if it was something ‘new’? Well, y’all can just keep that garbage in the can, please.

Just my feelings on it.

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Evasive Dice

Daybreak does this with everquest religiously, it’s cringey to watch them make a new server of the same game every few months. Only adding actual mediocre content once a year. Daybreak ran everquest into the absolute ground.

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Bruno Brito

Guild Wars 2.

The only feature i miss from those times are the talent trees. And they’re not worth the abysmal lack of content.

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Bryan Turner

My download is taking for ever, any suggestions? You never mentioned whether you play on the NA Mega server or not.