The Daily Grind: Do you wait until after launch to start a new MMO?

    
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Launch day! The date when everyone is talking about a new MMO, there’s a mass of new players, overcrowding, disconnections, and all of the bugs are being discovered! Yes, launch is usually a tumultuous time for any new MMO, and there’s something to be said for taking a look at all that tumult and deciding that you’d be better served by just kicking back and waiting a month or so for all of the immediate hubbub to die down.

Obviously, this carries a downside wherein you’re not one of the first people in the game and you’re not necessarily getting in with the main crush of people playing for the first time. At the same time, you may also be dodging the worst queues and bugs in favor of a more polished experience, and if you time it right you’re still getting most of the sense of being part of the new hotness. So do you wait until after launch to start a new MMO? Or do you tend to be there on opening day if you’re going at all?

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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Anstalt

If I’m going to play an MMORPG, I’m gonna play it from day 1. Yes, there are bugs, and queues, and disconnects, and overcrowding…..but that is all far outweighed by the excitement and joy of exploring a new virtual world with likeminded players.

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Tizmah

Even if I get burned, I do enjoy the starting hours of a new MMO. It’s just something you don’t get to experience often, everyone is excited and bustling with energy. So yes, I usually do start at launch. It sucks to wait and arrive in a new MMO and all the energy has left the starting zones.

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Jokerchyld

I love the smell of 0hour launch day in a new MMORPG.

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Rhime

At this point, I am (and have been for a very long time) just waiting for a new MMO to launch…

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Castagere Shaikura

I learned my lesson with Anarchy Online years ago. I always wait before starting any MMO. Read all the player reviews.

The Weeb formerly known as Sray
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The Weeb formerly known as Sray

Are we talking about the launch day of the paid beta test of what the studio and publisher claim to to be a finished product? Then my answer is: yes, I do wait.

Or are we talking about the actual launch that happens 12 to 18 months later? You know, the one that happens after we’ve spent a year+ whining about how these games keep getting released in “broken states” (example: literally every live service multiplayer game released in the last 5 years), only to go rushing back once our favorite Twitch streamer has been paid to tell us “it’s fixed now” (example: literally every live service multiplayer game launched in the last 5 years)? Then my answer is: yes, I do wait.

At this point, I usually wait until a store/platform/subscription service gives it to me for free before I bother.

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PlasmaJohn

Oh hell no.

I want to see how the first one or two scheduled patches go then I’ll know if the studio has what it takes to operate a 24×365 entertainment service. Treating an MMO like traditional shovelware that gets ignored after the first month the gamesdev industry craps out just doesn’t cut it.

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Peregrine Falcon

Well after launch day.

I’m the guy who goes around telling everyone to never pre-order anything, never buy anything on launch day, always wait for the post-launch reviews to come out, etc.

Because of this I didn’t lose money buying Aliens: Colonial Marines or Mass Effect: Andromeda or Cyberpunk 2077. It’s interesting how much money you will save when you just have a little bit of patience.

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HawkeWar

At this point in history there aren’t any games worth being present at launch day, and there hasn’t been for a very long time…

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NeoWolf

I usually test in the beta of MMO’s I’m interested in, in order to gauge whether it will be worth my time to even pay any notice to its launch.
So with that in mind NEW MMO’s that are relevant to my tastes aren’t typically “new” to me by release.