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Community Spotlight: Your Most Looked Forward to MMO?

Posted by MikeB Thursday May 27 2010 at 3:15PM
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This week’s Community Spotlight focuses on one of GeminiStatic’s many recent simple but conversation sparking threads, namely, “Your Most Anticipated Upcoming MMORPG And Why?” where GeminiStatic simply polls the community on their most looked forward to MMOs.

While we do have a hype meter here at MMORPG.com, it’s often interesting to hear what people are saying overall.

What’s GeminiStatic looking forward to? Some of the usual suspects, with one exception:

“For me...

I have a few... 

Xsyon

The Secret World

and ... the most anticipated one for me is Guild Wars 2!”

 

MysteryB notes the “dry spell” of MMOs at the moment, and offers his own list of his most anticipated titles:

 

“There are so many coming out, I just wish they would start releasing more, its like we are in a dry spell of MMOs. I have played many games and I dont want a game just to play a game, I want an MMO home, somewhere to meet with friends almost everyday, a game that is fun for years not just for a month or 2. Anyways here are my most anticipated games:

SWTOR - Could be the Star Wars game that Galaxies never was, Bioware has alot to prove since alot of people still have a bad taste in their mouth about Star Wars MMOs.

Blade and Soul - I like NCsoft and this game looks like alot of action and alot of fun. Maybe not a long lasting apeal but little is known about the game so its hard to tell.

Continent of the Ninth - Looks very interactive, beautiful graphics and skill based gameplay. Could be really laggy though and no american release has been announced or even confirmed.

Guild Wars 2 - The new questing system sounds awesome and the first guild wars was great for pvp so hoping they raise the level cap on this one and improve the gameplay, could be a great game.

DC Universe - Though I am skeptic about SOE screwing up another MMO I am a long time City of Heroes player, that game has lost its magic and many of its players so a new superhero MMO needs to come along and take the title of king. I thought at one time Champions could be that game, than I played it and realized Cryptic lost their touch.

APB - Looks like a grand theft auto MMO, who wouldnt want that?

Dragonball Online - Yes I said it. I loved Dragonball as a kid and the game looks awesome, no american release has been announced but it is getting good reviews in Korea and Japan. Though they love to grind over there so who knows, hoping its not another Aion.”

Alberel and Dalgor are feeling the Final Fantasy XIV love:

“Originally posted by Dalgor

Final Fantasy 14 because they are the first AAA company to go back to skill based, free roaming MMOs

Going with this one here myself. The game is more of a hybrid than a complete return to a skill based progression system but the fundamental outcomes are the same in terms of being able to customise your character with whatever skills you want from any class. SE have also proven that they know how to build a positive community through game mechanics so I'm looking forward to seeing what they accomplish this time around.

I have to mention GW2 though purely on the grounds of it being so experimental. They're the first dev team in nearly a decade to attempt to fundamentally alter the advancement systems in an MMO (Level grinding >> quest grinding >> dynamic events?).”

Sulthar’s been bitten by CCP’s World of Darkness:

“World of Darkness :

CCP is the only one that can make a realistic world to fit White wolf's concept of WoD. Perfection would be acheived if you can play all the factions inside WoD like Vampires, Werewolves, Wraiths, Mages, Inquisition, Pentex corp. Fomories, even the all the Kindred of the East if they got time to include it, or as an NPC faction to be able to grind a bit !!  etc etc THIS GOING TO BE AWSOME!!! I also hope that they will make it in the good WoD Time line, and not bogus it.

I dont know how they will work on char advancement; is it like EVE or a level system based on XP and generation/rank or whatever clasification your type of char has. Sure thing, White Wolf wont let this game out if it aint WoD enough at their taste!

Great thing they work with the creators of the IP on this game so there will be no setting bogus ... well i hope :)”

Many of you who know me here at MMORPG.com can probably figure out that I’m pretty unabashedly excited for Star Wars: The Old Republic (though like everyone else, I’ve got my reservations) given the fact I am a huge Star Wars geek, but there are many other titles I am looking forward to as well. My list below:

The Secret World – Funcom dropped the ball majorly for me with Age of Conan, especially since they seemed so aware that they needed to avoid screwing things up given what happened with Anarchy Online, but with that said, Age of Conan has turned around tremendously since its tumultuous launch in the summer of 2008, and Ragnar Tornquist has never done me wrong with Funcom’s singleplayer adventure games. I’m looking forward to what Ragnar and his team put together with The Secret World, and I’m a huge fan of the theme, which leads me to…

World of Darkness – I’m a huge horror fan, and naturally, White Wolf’s World of Darkness IP, what with its werewolves, vampires, and more fit really well here. I received my first Vampire: The Masquerade rulebook as a birthday present when I was 10, and I’ve been in love with the World of Darkness IP ever since. I played the crap out of Vampire: The Masquerade: Redemption and the now defunct Troika’s VTM: Bloodlines. CCP has a track record for really pushing the envelope and fostering emergent gameplay, something I’d love to see paired up with this particular IP in the World of Darkness MMO.

Warhammer 40K – Truth be told I used to vehemently hate the Warhammer, and especially Warhammer 40K IP. My friends played tons of the original Dawn of War RTS and incessantly bugged me to play with them, but I simply scoffed as I couldn’t stand the IP. I had the same feelings about Warhammer Online during the lead up to both Conan and Warhammer’s launch. However, once I gave up on Conan and gave Warhammer Online a whirl I really found myself digging the fantasy IP, and after further exploration, the 40K IP as well. With that said, I’ve read up tons on both since then and played out Dawn of War 2, leaving me pumped to hopefully get my Eldar on in Vigil Games’ upcoming MMO. We’ll find out more about the game at E3, and we can’t wait to share it with you!

What MMO or MMOs are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below!

Nytakito writes:

Looking forward to the following:

FFXIV ->  FFXI was my first.. so this is like a homecoming for me in a way.

SW:TOR -> Uh.. It's Star Wars...

Guild Wars 2 -> Persistent world + dynamic events; I'll bite. 

World of Darkness -> I love EVE, and I love the White Wolf IP as well; When I heard of these two companies merging, first thing I thought of was some kind of White Wolf based Vampire MMO.. Glad I was correct.

Black Prophecy/JGE -> I put these together... I love sc-fi / space sims..  EVE is the only real offering in an MMO version right now, I'd love to see more so I'm anxious for these to release.

Thu May 27 2010 3:44PM Report
Thor79 writes:

Guild Wars 2 is definitely my #1

SWTOR after that

The Secret World is somewhere behind that.

Thu May 27 2010 4:05PM Report
Amphysvena writes:

FFXIV is my last hope for the MMO genre. FFXI was my first and favorite by far. No MMO since FFXI has kept me interested more then a couple of months while I spent 2-3 years on FFXI.

Thu May 27 2010 4:58PM Report
cyrana writes:

Rift always seems to get left off, so I'll say I'm most looking forward to it.  They were talking about 'dynamic' events and the such prior to the GW2 announcements and have an impressive dev team.  However, I'm also very much looking forward to GW2 and imagine I'll have to give SW:TOR a try, because like Nytakito says, "Uh..It's Star Wars..."

Thu May 27 2010 5:08PM Report
demolition44 writes:

FFXIV is number one on my list. I am looking foward to seeing how Square Enix will make FFXIV different from current games.

Hopefully the traditional level grind is behind us all. It's time to enjoy a game for it's content rather then the numbers that roll across your screen.

If anyone can bring a story line into the spotlight It's Square Enix.

Thu May 27 2010 5:48PM Report
Rain76 writes:

I'm looking forward to seeing both TERA Online & Rift Planes of Telara. I like TERA online cause some of the same creators from Lineage2 are on it so I've read...I've also seen plenty of eyecandy that caught my attention along with a couple really great videos & I like Rift Planes of Telara cause the storyline, gameplay & graphics are all spectacular.

Thu May 27 2010 6:04PM Report
Wraithone writes:

Warhammer 40K, Rifts and cataclysm(of course). ^^

Thu May 27 2010 8:57PM Report
Yamota writes:

If Guild Wars 2 will have open world PvP then that will be my choice.

If not I will be hoping for Warhammer 40k.

Fri May 28 2010 3:03AM Report
Blazz writes:

N/A.

Uni goes until the end of next year, no MMORPGs (except EVE) for me until then, and even EVE is a stretch, heh.

(And while part of me hopes that Blizzard yet-to-be-announced MMO will be a fantastic sandbox with a few themeparks inside it, the other part remembers what they did with WoW.)

Fri May 28 2010 3:25AM Report
Khalathwyr writes:

Pretty much World of Darkness Online. I'm keeping "Copernicus" and the Warhammer 40K MMO on my radar as well. If I don't like either of those three games I'm done with MMOs until there is a drastic change in the way they are made.

Fri May 28 2010 4:39AM Report
just1opinion writes:

For me...totally GW2, TSW, and WoD (although, and I've said it before, I don't think we're going to see WoD for years more yet).

Fri May 28 2010 6:33AM Report
Strap writes:

Not long ago I would have said SWTOR for sure.

Now it is GW2. Which is not to say I am not excited about TOR still, just if I could choose which one to have on my computer tomorrow.

Fri May 28 2010 7:32AM Report
john5101 writes:

Earthrise... it's been a long... long time coming and is gonna be Great!

Fri May 28 2010 7:40AM Report
Senadina writes:

SWTOR: Like almost everyone.

TSW: I have wanted a horror MMO for years. WoD sounds great too, but it has been so loooong since any word on it, I can't sustain any enthusiasm.

Rift: Planes of Telara is offering some unique dynamics that have piqued my curiosity.

I hated the first GW, so it is wait and see on GW2 despite some great features we are hearing about.

Fri May 28 2010 8:26AM Report
desiriel writes:

Warhammer 40k, no other !

Fri May 28 2010 1:32PM Report
Gruug writes:

The comment in the article that many are expecting that SWTOR to be "the Star Wars game that Galaxies never was", is not going to happen. It may be an excellent MMO and a great Star Wars game but it will never be anything like what SWG was in those first six months. SWTOR will not be a sandbox. It will not have a rich crafting mechanic. It won't have the multi-faceted character skills. No, it won't live up to that.

Sat May 29 2010 8:38AM Report
Rohn writes:

Mortal Online

Xsyon

Perpetuum

Copernicus

World Of Darkness

Sat May 29 2010 10:45PM Report
9GreenMen writes:

The Secret World - I like the sound of the system how you acquire skills, where you get experience and when you have enough you but an ability of your choice, no levels, and no grinding skills to level them up, you just purchase ones of your choice as you get xp. And the unique setting of course.

 

Guild Wars 2 - There's been a lot of news on this site lately which I know pretty much everyone likes the sound of so no info needed here.

 

Final Fantasy XIV - Meh I just like the idea of it.

 

Project Copernicus - Not much known but apparently going to give challenge, immersion and bring community back, and that's good enough for me.

 

And maybe Earthrise and the 40k mmo (however they must pull of the combat system right here, no way could I play something that is meant to be so brutal and fast paced action oriented like a traditional mmo, I'm thinking a gears of war style over the shoulder view with definitely some aiming, though no one-shotting or anything since most races armour can take an absolute hammering).

Sun May 30 2010 5:33AM Report
Fishmitts writes:

Earthrise for sure. Skill based, heavy death penalty, player run economy. EvE for ground pounders!

Sun May 30 2010 2:33PM Report
mhoward48 writes:

Rift:Planes of Telara,Copernicus,Wheel Of Time, if they ever get around to making it. A Song of Ice and fire, not sure when that one will be out either.

Sun May 30 2010 10:43PM Report
sfly2000 writes:

Hoping for an MMO that isn't an MMO.

Something different. Something more like the co-op/multiplayer feeling you get in NWN.

Of course..Bioware is a very good company and I am interested what they will release in SW ToR but still....I am afraid it will be like the rest....

Wed Jun 02 2010 4:05AM Report
DSBHR writes:

I completely agree that skill is not a component of MMO's having come from a FPS background.  

Clans that make it up the ladders in OGL in various FPS games can only due so 2 ways.  Skill or cheating.  I grew despondant about FPS games with all the cheating and hacks alot of people use.

MMOs on the other hand have built in aimbots etc.  At that point it really does boil down to "Time in Game"  or RMT to make a person a more powerful player.

 

That is really what the difference in the the genres.

FPS go for skill (or cheats)

MMO  go for power (time in grade or RMT)

 

 

Fri Jun 25 2010 10:14PM Report

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