Dungeons and Dragons Online’s mysterious ‘2’ image raises sequel speculation

    
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Bill, strange things are afoot at the Circle K. As Dungeons and Dragons Online gets ready to kick off its 15th anniversary this week, Standing Stone Games tweeted a mysterious image of the number two with the anniversary announcement. Is this a countdown? A new season? Or, dare we hope, a sequel in the making with the blessings and financial backing of new owner EG7?

The image has a whole lot of the DDO community buzzing about its meaning. One player posted the general sentiment: “I gotta say, announcing you got something special for an anniversary coming up and showing a big picture that is nothing but a giant number two, the first thing that will enter most people’s minds is sequel, not ‘two days away’ or ‘two gifts.’ Unless this is intentional misdirection?”

DDO’s Executive Producer Rob Ciccolini will be joining the anniversary livestream on Wednesday afternoon for a Q&A session with the community.

Source: Twitter. Thanks DDOCentral!
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Crowe

I’d check out a sequel… with a new engine, new UI, and decent network support.

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Richard de Leon III

Part of me thinks a true Part 2 DDO is a bad idea considering what happened with EQ1 and 2 splitting its fans. BUT, if the new game uses a completely different system(5e) and is a fresh new world (not eberron) maybe it could work since the old game is very convoluted for new players to get into.

To be honest I prefer DDO as it is, its wonderfully complicated enough to scratch that min/maxer itch a lot of DND players have. My only concern for a new DDO is having the time to play while maintaining what ive built in the first one. Its hard to just abandon all that playtime invested if the new game is too similar.

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cannotweep

I don’t mean to burst anybody’s bubble here, but as far as the company and most gamers are concerned, DDO doesn’t really have much of a playerbase. It’s not quite on life support, but it’s close. Any remotely sane company that thought making a sequel would be worth it and had the right funding would go ahead and do it. DDO is never going to become a hit at its age, but a sequel could.

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ThePeon25

I bet you it will be a sequal just like blade and soul 2, Aura kingdom 2. Meaning we will get ddo2 for mobile devices. I mean think about it more and more mmos jump on that bandwagon when there is millions to make on easly addicted mobile gamers that spends 100s of dollar on mobiles. Why do you think Genshin impact makes so much money beeing f2p easy people spends up to 200+ dollar on gacha pon to get the charcter they want. They dont spend that money because it is the best p2p game in the world but because they have a gamebling addiction.

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Vincent Clark

Bit of a troll move on the part of SSG (granted, not surprising). A small part of me wants a sequel to be true just to watch the die hard LotRO fans’ heads explode at the fact that DDO got an “upgrade” before they did.

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Richard de Leon III

Kinda mimics real life, DND gets ‘upgrades’ all the time with new novels and rpg editions while LOTR relies on tried and true classics and their ttrpgs not doing quite as well as DND >.<

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rk70534

New novels? D&D has had three novels published since 2016.

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wratts

I know there’s a lot of doubt, but EG7 didn’t buy DBG/SSG at that price just to sit on what they’ve got. While a sequel seems unlikely based on how few companies are investing in AAA MMOs, it still seems the most likely based on limited information

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rk70534

If that would be the case, I would expect some activity on the part of new owners – press releases coming etc – as a DDO2 should have positive impact on the stock price, and rumours should move that already.

Looking at the EG7 stock price, yesterday there was a small increase at first, but in the end the price ended lower than when the day began, a drop of -9.5 %.

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rk70534

I think the sequel talk is just wishful thinking. Online message with ‘2’ on it against the fact that there is no other evidence whatsover for a sequel… But people live on hope, and MMO players even more than people usually.

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Armsman

Maybe they’ll just add “Advanced” to the game’s name. ;)

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Dug From The Earth

With the mmorpg corporate motto being “Why spend money developing a new game that doesnt have a guaranteed customer base, when you can just better monetize an older game for very little effort and cost”, I find it hard to believe that a sequel would even ben contemplated.

That said, it doesnt mean that Im not excited at the concept. DDO was fun, but its way too dated now to really enjoy as a main stay game. (also really expensive to catch up on if you havent played in awhile).

My bet is that they are releasing “part 2” of an already released game expansion.

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MrReaper

No way it could be a sequel. Standing stones seem very limited in what they can do. Maybe 2 new classes or races with an expansion.

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TomTurtle

Maybe they’ll do an “Overwatch 2” kind of sequel. /shrug

Interesting nonetheless.