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MMO Year in Review

Posted Dec 27, 2007 by Keith Cross

MMO Year in Review

Gamasutra has posted their look at 2007 from an MMO point of view.  2007 wasn't exactly a shining year for the MMO industry, but it wasn't all bad.  2007 had it's fair share of ups and downs, to put it diplomatically.

This has been an unbelievable year for Massive games. Unfortunately, I don't mean that in a positive sense. When I made a few back-of-the-napkin prognostications about the coming year in December of 2006, I thought I was being a huge sourpuss.

It turns out I wasn't nearly sour enough. Closures, projects failing in their development phase, the departure of notable individuals from high-profile titles, weak launches, minor scandals, a number of games that were just plain delayed ... it's been a hell of year.

It wasn't all bad, of course. Specifically the mainstream acceptance of World of Warcraft and the successful launch of Lord of the Rings Online speak to future successes for the genre. There have also been several 'dark horse' contenders showing their heads, plenty of new companies throwing their hats in the ring, and (finally) some measure of success for foreign games imported to the states.

Read more here.


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