With 2018 drawing to an in depth and 2019 dashing as much as meet us, the Massively OP staff has regrouped for one other spherical of daring and goofy predictions for the yr forward. We’re feeling fairly good after our profitable predictions from final yr! What’s in retailer for the MMO style subsequent yr? Right here’s what we expect.
Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): Let’s do the dangerous predictions first. I can’t see PlanetSide 2 doing nicely. The Area announcement sounds prefer it’s dying bell. Additionally Dawn’s, as it’ll possible lose additional glory. Turbine is lifeless and Warner Bros. will proceed to be irrelevant on this website besides for any minor connections they’ve with the studio and its work with Niantic on the AR Wizarding World Recreation, which can see launch too quickly and be one other fad.
Pokemon Go and Niantic will shock me by truly persevering with to make the sport extra MMO-ish and extra just like the core collection, nevertheless it nonetheless gained’t make a grand comeback. Nintendo will nonetheless have a lukewarm on-line presence, however we might get some love from Animal Crossing. I’ll bug Bree about why I ought to be allowed to cowl it. She is going to roll her eyes and probably permit it if I clear Mo’s armor.
Amazon will present us one thing that could be hype worthy to some, however publicly or privately, these within the business gained’t be impressed.
World of Warcraft will proceed to be the hardly related MMO grandad we will’t ignore however sort of want we might, particularly because the studio tries to make up for Blizzcon. Nevertheless, we’ll in all probability see one thing cool in Overwatch this yr, or outdoors with their superior cinematics division.
Star Citizen and/or Crowfall – can I name launch this yr? I’ll get this ultimately!
Fewer battle royales in the direction of the top of the yr… perhaps. Our style will proceed to be area of interest whereas singleplayer video games proceed to get extra on-line multiplayer help.
Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, weblog): So let’s simply go all in with Guild Wars 2, we could? I feel the enlargement shall be a minimum of underwater-themed as rumored, and I don’t assume the subsequent dwelling story episode would be the final we see of water themes. Depths of Orr? Women Gone Wild: Cantha Version? Both means, I’m stoked for this. I additionally noticed somebody recommend GW2 would make an incredible console recreation. I agree, so let’s say GW2 makes it to the Change? It’s on the market. It’s actually only a want although. Go huge on predictions or go residence, proper?
Elder Scrolls On-line will certainly see a chapter and doubtless Three-Four DLC subsequent yr. I really like Hammerfell, so I’ll predict it’s a Redguard-themed nostalgia marketing campaign, however I do know the rumor is Elsweyr. Whichever. Cats are nice too.
Pink Lifeless On-line PC. Occurring by fall. WoW Basic will launch huge and trickle off inside a month; I strongly suspect we’ll see recreation leads from each WoW and Overwatch transfer on to new tasks. Atlas might be large (when it lastly stumbles out) and keep large all yr, crushing Sea of Thieves and ARK. Ubisoft will shelve Cranium and Bones.
New World will return into testing for some do-overs. Crowfall will lastly gentle launch. Not one of the different main crowdfunded MMOs will even come near delicate launch, although. Not one of the japanese video games we’re watching will truly make it right here in 2019, however Torchlight Frontiers will do extraordinarily nicely.
Dawn will lastly announce EverQuest III, and it’ll be a sandbox MMORPG constructed for PC and cellular with a battle royale aspect mode. Let’s name it… EverQuest Area.
SWTOR’s enlargement can be small however well-received and timed utterly incorrect to coordinate with theatrical releases as all the time. CCP will cancel the EVE cellular recreation. Gamigo will put Defiance, Defiance 2050, and Atlas Reactor in upkeep mode and do just one or two patches apiece for ArcheAge, Trove, and RIFT.
Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, weblog): We’ll see the battle royale bubble stabilize additional to the purpose that the “smaller” video games will shrivel away to go away solely Fortnite and PUBG. I nonetheless consider we’ll see a large number of crowdsourced video games make their approach into launch, which appears extraordinarily thrilling for sandbox followers. We’ll see esports start to right its progress with a little bit of a fiscal and viewership hit that leads into an eventual plateau interval. And I’ll try and hug as many members of the MOP employees as I’m bodily succesful… inside their private consolation ranges and my funds, in fact.
Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, weblog): World of Warcraft continues to sputter and flail round a bit with some course corrections, nevertheless it’s fairly clear that no matter goodwill the designers earned from Legion has bled out as Battle for Azeroth rolls on. There’s one other few makes an attempt to win again the gang, however the actual centerpiece is the announcement of the subsequent enlargement across the present enlargement’s one-year anniversary. Shocking nobody, individuals are grumbling, and it’s anybody’s guess whether or not or not Blizzard tries to win again the gamers it’s alienating or doubles down on what’s inflicting the problems proper now. (Significantly, that one’s a coin toss. Anyone received a coin?)
Guild Wars 2 broadcasts its third enlargement however flails a bit on supply, with its launch lastly coming across the tail finish of the yr. It shortly proves itself to be much less of an improve from That Path What Has All The Hearth and extra of a sidegrade-and-minor-downgrade, which produces some recent gnashing of tooth. Between that an a light-weight content material slate, a nasty style is in participant mouths.
The Elder Scrolls On-line continues on its development of DLC and manages to supply work that’s nonetheless strong with out fairly reaching its earlier heights of spectacular individuals. That’s to not say that it’s dangerous or something, simply that it doesn’t actually make individuals sit up and see that the sport is sweet or something of that kind.
Ultimate Fantasy XIV releases Shadowbringers. I’m inordinately proud of it. Most people enjoying it are inordinately proud of it. Some individuals are loudly sad, some new individuals test it out. There’s the primary minor content material patch in October-ish. The sport continues to be amazingly strong. FFXI Cellular is lastly confirmed as being in improvement hell and never going anyplace any time quickly.
Star Citizen continues to busk for cash whereas producing much less and fewer precise content material as its cash counter slows (however doesn’t cease) and the idea ships hold being bought for a whole lot of dollars. Extra individuals marvel if it’s ever popping out loudly. We might lastly hit the important mass of that in 2019, however who is aware of.
Planetside Area launches immediately into the bottom. Dawn has lengthy since handed utilizing up its goodwill and is now actively producing animosity. H1Z1 is lastly gone perpetually, and it wouldn’t be shocking if one other title on the studio’s roster shutters.
Following the Gamigo acquisition, Trion’s former portfolio has combined outcomes. Atlas Reactor and Defiance 2050 are banished to the land of wind and ghosts, and RIFT languishes. ArcheAge and Trove, then again, get a constant tempo of updates and do fairly nicely for themselves. This produces some very combined feelings from gamers about whether or not Trion’s acquisition was a superb factor or a nasty factor.
Neverwinter and Star Trek On-line proceed to maintain on keepin’ on, though the latter is displaying its age. We hear extra about Cryptic’s Magic: the Gathering MMO. I’m inordinately proud of this reality.
No less than one of many “plan Z” Metropolis of Heroes religious sequels truly reaches a constant check part. It’s not dangerous! It’s not lighting the world on hearth, although.
Standing Stone Video games truly hints at plans to do one thing new past Lord of the Rings On-line and Dungeons & Dragons On-line, probably frightened concerning the life cycle of these two titles. Few particulars are revealed, although.
Another person on the planet remembers Peria Chronicles existed sooner or later.
Black Desert releases a serious replace or enlargement that its playerbase completely loathes, leading to some actually massive shakeups behind the scenes. EVE On-line appears to do all proper for itself regardless of this reality.
Fallout 76 runs about wanting for gamers like a hen with its head minimize off. It will definitely declares a collection of updates which are more-than-likely going to utterly remake the sport on a elementary degree. Or it simply shutters; it’s going to be one or the opposite, let’s see which one seems to be like a much bigger black eye.
Sq.-Enix begins teasing one other MMO, though it’s simply faint teases (the main target is on lastly saying Ultimate Fantasy XVI, why not). At the least one MMO is underneath improvement from a totally sudden path. A small batch of survival sandboxes shut down, and an entire lot of battle royale video games discover out that there was by no means a style of battle royale, simply Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.
Overwatch begins slowing up considerably and that contributes to Blizzard’s flopsweat angle. BlizzCon 2019 is supposed to actually play to the gang. Warcraft III: Reforged is a large hit and renews calls for a brand new Warcraft RTS recreation.
Crowfall delays its smooth launch once more. (Show me improper, guys.)
Shroud of the Avatar quietly abandons plans for any kind of future enlargement. Pantheon will get into common testing and truly earns some constructive word-of-mouth for a specific crowd.
I’ll bury my face in a cat’s abdomen and shout “sir” on the animal.
Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, weblog): After a bruising 2018, this coming yr will bear many pleasant surprises and successes for MMO studios and followers alike. World of Warcraft will get its Battle for Azeroth act collectively and begin delivering content material that brings individuals again into the sport. Bethesda goes to pour assets into Fallout 76 and switch that recreation’s fortune round whereas additionally providing a single-player mode (with true VATS). FFXIV: Shadowbringers and WoW Basic will increase each of these video games’ profiles and attendance, whereas Torchlight Frontiers will probably be an honest hit in its personal proper when it launches. We’ll get phrase that Peria Chronicles is coming to the west and Misplaced Ark will head this manner earlier than the top of 2019. Cryptic will shut down Champions On-line however will offset that by revealing extra about its subsequent undertaking (which gained’t be that Magic MMO, unusually sufficient). John Smedley will return, stronger and balder than ever. EverQuest III might be revealed and hope for this franchise will kindle once more. Many indie MMOs will lastly debut, and it’ll be a brand new bounty of riches by subsequent fall.