Back in 2015, I made a few predictions about MMORPGs that I thought had a chance – even if only a slim one – of going free-to-play. Of the six games we addressed, two of them have gone full or at least semi-F2P; Eve Online has a F2P option, while The Secret World dove headlong into F2P in 2017.The other four games on our list – Elite: Dangerous, The Elder Scrolls Online, Final Fantasy XIV, and World of Warcraft – haven’t made any significant changes to their payment models over the past four years, but those aren’t too surprising. I gave them all low-ish chances of doing it, and they didn’t do it. That means I was correct, right? Right? That said, I was a little prescient in one of my side comments: Also, I decided not to include games that haven’t yet launched, like Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade or Star Citizen. Maybe next year? Eternal Crusade is indeed free-to-play now, while Star Citizen launched in 2016 … I mean, 2017 … [Read more...] about What Will Go F2P Next? We Offer Up 6 Predictions
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Oh, you might have thought the news would slow down ahead of the holidays, but we are just getting started, clearly. This week, Daybreak announced PlanetSide Arena officially, Star Wars The Old Republic launched Jedi Under Siege, EverQuest launched The Burning Lands, Elite Dangerous launched Beyond Chapter Four, and Wildcard delayed Atlas a pinch. Meanwhile, we’ve begun week one of our end-of-the-year awards rollout; so far, we’ve tackled the most underrated MMO, the biggest surprise, the best business model, the best trend, the worst business model, the biggest disappointment, and the best player housing, with many more to come! Read on to catch up with the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions today as every Sunday in Massively Overpowered’s Week in Review! THIS WEEK’S TOP STORIES Daybreak’s new game is PlanetSide Arena, and yes, it’s a battle royale - Earlier this week, Daybreak began sending emails to players and former players … [Read more...] about MMO Week in Review: Daybreak’s all-in on battle royale
It’s launch. Can we collectively accept that? Marketing, developers, and players alike? Launch is launch. When your game launches, it has launched. If I can reach another decade on this planet without ever hearing the term “soft launch” again except as a historical footnote, I will be… well, I don’t know that I’ll be happy, but I’ll certainly be happy with that particular development. Unfortunately, I appear to be on the wrong side of this. Early access and points related have disrupted the very concept of a launch state, and developers have been working hard to redefine “launch” as an arbitrary goal line rather than a term referring to the point when a game is bought and paid for. But I think more so than the ambiguity of testing terms, the way we’ve diluted the idea of launch has really had an impact on our perceptions of products and the state of a game. On some level, this is a matter of trying to fight a tide of progress … [Read more...] about The Soapbox: Calling an MMO launch a launch
Today does seem to be the day for big financial bombshells, doesn’t it? Turns out Daybreak had a card up its sleeve too. The MMORPG company announced today that a holding company, NantWorks, has invested in Daybreak and created a new subcompany to build out H1Z1 and EverQuest for mobile. “NantWorks, a diversified holding company, today announced that it has made a strategic investment in Daybreak Game Company, a leading developer and publisher of multiplayer online games. In connection with the investment, NantWorks has obtained a controlling interest in a new joint venture with Daybreak, NantG Mobile, LLC, which has been formed to develop and publish mobile versions of Daybreak’s current games – H1Z1 and EverQuest – and to build and publish video games across all platforms. In addition, the JV will now assume control and management of the current PC H1Z1 Battle Royale game. Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, CEO and Chairman of NantWorks and Owner and Executive … [Read more...] about Daybreak announces new investment, new H1Z1 and EverQuest mobile titles, and a new esports arena
With the constant clamoring from fans for Daybreak (or someone) to create an honest-to-goodness next-gen sequel to the EverQuest franchise, you’d hope that it would actually happen someday. Obviously EverQuest Next itself didn’t pan out — not that everyone considered that title a sequel or even deserving of the EQ name. But it was impossible not to find a glimmer of hope at the news that Daybreak was hiring for positions involving a new game. And then even that tiny flame of hope was snuffed out. The upcoming unannounced title is apparently a first-person shooter, a multi-platform FPS. That doesn’t sound very compatible with the Norrath people want. But that doesn’t mean it won’t be the Norrath people get! Now before you hyperventilate: This is just speculation. I know EQIII the FPS is a longshot. If it has any ties to Daybreak’s existing portfolio at all, the new game is much more likely to be related … [Read more...] about EverQuesting: Could Daybreak’s new FPS be an EverQuest?