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:
I have a few...
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.”
“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!