What do I think will happen, wait a sec...What I KNOW WILL happen in MMOs in 2014? (thats better)
World of Warcraft - Lets be honest WOW is gonna be WOW. It will continue to slowly bleed members, then pull a bunch back with an Xpack only see them burn through it and leave again. She was the prettiest girl at the dance but now she is an old Madam. Sure she could teach you a few things but you just can’t get past the aged wrinkles and sagging gameplay. The voxel finally slayed this dragon and made it’s capabilities dated beyond redemption. That knife will continue to twist as the new gen of MMOs featuring godly world building and destruction drives WOWs numbers lower than we have seen in years. I don’t see 2014 as being a good year for WOW and I see 2015 being worse unless they can pull off a truly game altering expansion that can somehow transform Azeroth into a new gen, new tech MMO...but we all know NEW has never been WOWs strongpoint. Rather we will see them continue to transform WOW into a MOBA because; LOL=money.
Voxels - Voxels will keep being the game changer in the genre. You will see two kinds of MMOs emerge, those with destructible worlds and those considered “old”. I catch a lot of flak for saying this but I really think the Voxel has finally pushed us into a truly new gen of MMOs. Minecraft be praised.
The Elder Scrolls Online - See SWTOR. I have not played this so my statement it based on what I have seen, read, and heard. TES is headed down the exact same path with one major disadvantage, I don’t think TES fans are willing to look past an abomination in the name of the IP the way we Star Warsers are. What has become TES’s biggest disadvantage should have been it’s advantage. All they had to do was take the sandboxy TES games and make them for multiple players. Sacrifice some of the “you’re the hero” for LIVING in a challenging world of danger! Instead it looks like we have something that is more like Diablo III with an instanced PVP option. IMHO the feature that drove me to TES games was an open world full of danger and consequence, and TESO seems to be the exact opposite of that. I LOVE this IP and I hope I am wrong and I hope I can enjoy TESO for a few years. Unfortunately hope is often wasted on the naive.
Kickstarter - The next year will start to clear up the and define the KS funded Game concept. We will begin to see some of the games crash and burn with our funds while others will maintain and even succeed. I’d like to think the majority will come to fruition but that is simply unlikely. I foresee many KS games getting exposed and many fans becoming bitter. Such is the way of things when relating to love or money, often a KS concept game involves the most stringent of both.
I’m just getting warmed up, I know, it’s that freakin cold out that all of those worlds merely warmed me! Part II will be up soon, I wouldn’t wanna keep the millions, and the Tierless means millions!, of my readers waiting.