The Daily Grind: What MMO franchises would you consider valuable?

It ain't 2001 any more.

Not everyone agrees with me, but I don’t think there are any valuable MMO franchises out there. There was a time when that wasn’t true, of course; there were times when a new EverQuest title or a new Asheron’s Call or a new Lineage would excite people. But I think that time has passed. While there are definitely franchises that have MMOs, those are franchises that largely exist outside of them and have a breadth of single-player games to get people excited; theoretically at some point we’ll get The Elder Scrolls VI instead of Skyrim re-releases, for example.

But I also recognize that not only is this opinion not shared by everyone, it requires splitting some hairs; after all, World of Warcraft might not be an MMO franchise by my definition, but it has been only an MMO franchise for a couple of decades now. And hey, maybe you think that I’m wrong and there is still a general audience that would be fascinated by the promise of another crack at Ultima Online 2. So what MMO franchises would you consider valuable?

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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