The Daily Grind: What are the MMOs you’re worried about for the coming year?

    
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While it’s technically launching in Korea today, I’m worried that Elyon missed its ideal window here in the west due to all its redesigns and changes. There was a time when that game was pretty high on my list of things I was looking forward to, but since we’ve had only indirect clues that the game is launching here next year, it might be time to retire my hope (especially as I keep forgetting the game used to be Ascent: Infinite Realm, which was a more memorable title).

There’s lots of stuff to harbor worries about, always. Maybe New World won’t be able to stick its landing when it releases. Maybe World of Warcraft will flail about a fair bit with its expansion. Maybe Blue Protocol will never actually launch over here. Maybe RuneScape will accidentally shut down its servers for a week. Anything could go wrong! So what are the MMOs you’re worried about for the coming year?

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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Oleg Chebeneev

Pantheon. Id like it to see a daylight. And with 2 core devs passing out the future of the game looks troublesome.

Also Lost Ark. Im afraid population might dry out and it wont get updated much. Its such a gem.

Also Secret World. Im afraid owners might pull a plug some day.

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MolleaFauss

I still believe that New World is in danger. I kinda did enjoy the game in the alpha few months ago and I believe there’s a good foundation to build on, but I have no idea what are Amazon expectations of audience and revenue.
I hope they don’t think it will be an AAA success like FF14 or similar, because it doesn’t target that kind of audience. It’s a very niche audience, even after all revamps and the trimming down of the PvP focus.

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wratts

Maybe not next year, but 2022 I’d be worried for LOTRO. I don’t see how Amazon pays the Tolkien estate for the license, invests big in a new MMO, and shares the license with E7 who is now two studios removed from the development. My guess is if E7 holds any remaining license rights in ’22, they relinquish those in exchange for Amazon cash and the right to retain the mailing list

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Celestia

I’m worried for Pantheon. I fear it is fighting an uphill battle as the overall trend of action combat and no clearly defined class roles in MMOs grows as developers are increasingly streamlining their games’ core designs for console crossover.

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squid

Honestly, the recent release of EQ1 financials/accounts might help Pantheon attract the investment they’re evidently desperate for. It shows a solid, lasting playerbase for that type of MMO.

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wratts

Fair point, but my guess is that if someone is still subscribing to 20+ year old EQ1, they’re pretty much there till the servers explode

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Peregrine Falcon

The only MMO that I’m worried about its survival would be Homecoming. Not about CoH in general, because there’s so many rogue servers out there, but just about Homecoming specifically.

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Hurbster

I’ve gotten the impression in the last year or so that resources are being removed from ESO to whatever new IP is coming. There has been a definite downgrade in quality.

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Arktouros

As always I don’t worry about video games’ futures as I have nothing invested in their success or failure.

Elyon will most likely be another NA/EU cash grab localization Asian game (BnS, TERA, Revelation, Bless, etc etc etc) that doesn’t really do anything meaningful to set itself apart. Bit of flashy combat, bit of PvP, lots of half naked girlies honestly could swap the names around and probably not know the difference. End up with a small core audience but forgotten in 2022.

New World’s success will rely entirely on it’s commitment to continuously developing end game PvE content. PvE focused themeparks like they’ve transitioned the game to rely entirely on content drops to keep the player base interested and going.

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PanagiotisLial1

Its mostly for those in development, I feel like Pantheon has a lot of a rough road ahead, especially after losing 2 key members in just one year(feels cursed) and being so far ahead before it can even present a playable beta to attract people to its financing. Personally I want to see it come out but I can see the odds are against them

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Danny Smith

I don’t know if i care enough to still be worried per say but as someone who had a good time with Rift for a while i can’t say with confidence it will be here this time next year.

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squid

Legends of Aria seems destined for death. While I won’t miss the official server, I’m worried about the impact on Legends of Ultima (assuming LoU is still a thing, having missed it’s strongly-implied/announced launch date by nearly a year now).