The Daily Grind: What does reception to Crowfall and Elyon say about the MMO genre right now?

    
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Choppy choppy.

Real talk here for a sec: I’m a smidge nervous about Crowfall and Elyon and what they portend for the next stage of the MMO genre.

I backed Crowfall but found I couldn’t get into it when it launched, and it appears I wasn’t alone, given what are apparently relatively low player counts (especially compared to those who initially showed interest) and now layoffs. And Elyon? Well, Elyon’s beta didn’t exactly blow MMO gamers away, so Kakao delayed the launch to dodge New World and then changed its business model to be more accessible too.

Now, it looks like New World really is going to be the genre’s next big thing, so I’m not saying the genre’s in trouble. And Endwalker will end the year on a high note for sure, so 2021 won’t have been a bad year at all for MMORPGs. But I didn’t really expect Crowfall and Elyon to be received so poorly. And I might have hoped for a better showing from PSO2 New Genesis and Bless Unleashed, for that matter.

What does reception to Crowfall and Elyon say about the MMO genre right now? How are you feeling about our prospects in 2022 and beyond?

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Beef Bologna

Tired of competitive multiplayer. I don’t like having to commit large chunks of time to get any sort of enjoyment from a game. I also don’t enjoy the constantly intense rage that the players seem to have. It’s why don’t play most FPS games.

Can’t wait for ANYTHING to come out that will bring large amounts of players together in a persistent and cooperative without having to lean on the same, tired gameplay loops.

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Gamewench

These two developers seem to be stuck on one aspect. I realize folk have enjoyment with pvp that’s quite ok.
What makes them think they have any hold over what the mmo genre will be? Diversity is key imo.

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Tobasco da Gama

If I wanted that “full loot” experience, why would I get it from an MMO where dying means I lose out on potentially dozens or even hundreds of hours of effort when I could get the same thrill of PvP competition and taking other people’s hard-earned loot in a much less punishing form from Battle Royale game?

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Cypher

Honestly, the best PVP experience i’m getting right now is from mobile games, yeah, MOBILE!!! (seriously, tacticool on ios/android is pretty… cool!)

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Charles Riley

Crowfall was just a massive turd. Bad game design all around.

Pvp was like a slide show, and my PC is no slouch performance wise.

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Leyaa

I think that people would gladly enjoy a good PvP MMO. Unfortunately, neither Elyon nor Crowfall can provide that, both for their own reasons.

Mortal Online 2 on the other hand looks really awesome. Sadly, they went with full loot pvp ruleset.

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Ken from Chicago

What’s the difference between a PvP MMO and a Shooter? Levels?

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lispychicken

I just now looked at Elyon, and it’s every single terrible and horrible (to me.. just to me) asian RPG in terms of looks and action. Oh joy, giant 9ft sword the hero drags behind them, and what’s this? 4908 particles of color on the screen when they go for the big anime-looking attack.. yay.. said me, never.

Sure, it has a market, it’s not the US.

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John Mclain

Both of those things are what bother me as well. Adding to it pre-pubescent children also carrying 800lb slabs of steel effortlessly.

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Schmidt.Capela

Crownfall and Elyon say almost nothing about the state of the genre.

A kickstarted PvP-focused MMO (Crownfall) failing to make a splash is pretty much par for the course.

The same with a PvP-focused Korean import (Elyon) failing to make a splash.

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Bruno Brito

I think Elyon and Crowfall themselves say more about the MMO genre than their reception.

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Aeden

Trying to use Crowfall to gage interest in the MMO genre is like using Pluto Nash to gage interest in cinema.

The MMO scene is saturated with mediocre and outright bad games, but interest is still very much there. People just want a quality experience, not a cheap production designed solely to milk its players.