The Daily Grind: Should there be an MMO ‘caretaker’ company for unwanted titles?


A couple of weeks ago, I watched through the entirety of Vanguard’s Jeff Butler’s three-hour interview concerning MMO projects that he worked on and the genre in general. One part stood out to me, when the two gentlemen were speaking about a strong desire to see a company or companies become caretakers of MMORPGs that parent studios are no longer interested in running.

“I am a big proponent of games never sunsetting. At a minimum, there should be a subsidiary company that takes everybody’s MMOs and keeps them going,” Butler said.

What do you think about that? How would such a company function, in your view? Should studios create these maintenance mode subsidiaries or sell the MMO off to another company that will keep the lights on?

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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