MMO Year in Review: A new New World (January 2020)

    
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December’s many article roundups and awards always remind us that it’s hard to remember what happened last month, let alone what happened way back at the beginning. So! As we did in 20152016, 2017, 2018, 2019 (yes we’re still going!), let’s poke back through our MMO coverage, month by month, to hit the highlights and frame our journey ahead of 2021, all the while hoping it’s better than 2020. Shall we start at the very beginning?

January was a month of rebirth for multiple games and studios. New World announced it was changing directions into more of a PvE title, Torchlight Frontiers dropped the “Frontiers” part and shed its MMO status, and it became clear Funcom’s DUNE MMO would be more of a survival title instead. Daybreak formalized its split into multiple sub-studios as well, and WoW’s Visions of N’Zoth released to dismal reviews. Then Camelot Unchained capped off the month by announcing a second game. Meanwhile, we were already seeing cons closing down in China as the first whispers of COVID-19 began.

Read on for the whole recap from January of this past year!

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Godnaz

2021 will end up much like the past. I was hoping for a break out MMO but New World is still finding it’s identity, Lost Ark is struggling is compelling repeatable content and many of the promised upcoming titles like Pantheon, Ashes of Creation and Amazon’s Lord of the Rings are still in development phase with no ETA on a release.

I’ve played and finished the content for GW2, ESO and FFXIV. It may be time to finally play one of the longest standing MMO’s, World of Warcraft. Crimson Desert could ‘maybe’ fill the gap if the lessons of BDO were learned.

We’re just trying to get people back in the studios in 2021. Hopefully we get a sleeper title out of no where.

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Dankey Kang

I don’t have a good feeling about Crimson Desert. After watching the trailer again it looks like the mobs are mostly braindead and exist simply to be killed with epic finishers. Not to mention the usual scumbag business practices of PA: constantly release classes which make the old ones redundant, charge people through the nose for convinience stuff etc..

I doubt 2021 is gonna make waves through the MMO world, NW might surprise us but I think it’s possible it might see another delay into 2022.