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MMOWTF - A Look Ahead at 2008

Posted Jan 04, 2008 by Jon Wood

MMOWTF - A Look Ahead at 2008

MMOWTF columnist Dan Fortier brings his own brand of cynicism and sarcasm to a look at what MMORPG fans can expect from the industry in the coming year.

Now that we’ve cleansed ourselves of 2007, it’s time to look ahead to what the New Year might hold for us MMORPG addicts. Many of the games that are scheduled to be released in 2007 were pushed back to this year. While I might poke fun at companies that take forever to produce a title, it is nice to see that a couple of the major companies did the smart thing and decided to avoid the mistakes of the past and not release a game in Beta. For those of you who made a New Year’s Resolution to stop reading my weekly crap...you’d best stop reading now as I gaze into the future and predict the rise and fall of MMO kings and nations.

There are only a few titles that have openly announced release dates within 2008, but what they lack in numbers, they more than make up for in popularity. EA Mythic’s vision of the Warhammer universe was delayed into the second quarter of this year in order to finish the game properly. While it boasts several new and interesting features like Public Quests, I’m more than a little disturbed that they have decided to leave out stealth entirely in order to try and make PvP more balanced. No one is less surprised than me that they have stuck with the “game over world” mentality by making WAR more of a giant persistent multi-layered carnival than a freeform adventure. At my core though, I’m still a big Warhammer fan so I’m hoping that WAR will succeed in finally driving ‘teh grind’ from the field of battle.

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