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Upcoming Mainstream MMOs (and my first post)

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My first post I am going to do a rundown of upcoming MMOs and my quick thoughts on them. Over next few days I may go into more detail. A quick rundown of me.... I am a PC Gamer at heart. I love all genres. Addicted to TV Shows on DVD. Love Martial Arts, MMA, Skiing, and Cooking. New Yorker living here in St. Louis.


Things are going to get interesting in the MMO world with more mainstream MMOs set to be released over next year and a half than ever before in such a time period.

A quick overview:

Huxley: Unofficially dead for the consoles and expecting a release for the PC only. However who wants a Korean FPS when there are a million others for free?

Star Wars The Old Republic: Holds more potential for uniqueness in an MMO since.... EVE Online. Also has the problem of having higher expectations of any MMO that I can think of ever....

Fallen Earth: Beta has shown it won't survive mainstream market

Champions Online: Early Beta reviews were poor, but things have been looking up. Should replace City of Heroes/Villians rather easily regardless.

DC Online: I have a feeling will win out for the crown of the Superhero MMO genre between Champions, CoH and CoV.... but lets wait for early beta reviews to get a feel for whats going on.

Star Trek Online: The original concept sounded amazing and offering of a new experience. Sadly, outside of the writing for it, I think its going to be another standard MMO like 95% of the MMOs released since Everquest.

Aion: Beta has already bombed.... nuff' said. Lineage II + space = FAIL

APB: I missed the beta :( could be interesting but have a feeling it'll be a casual MMO.

Stargate Worlds: Well I will play this one regardless of reviews, bugs, or anything because of one simple thing.... The story/lore/writing. I love the Stargate Universe, outside of Farscape it is my favorite.... and from 2 people I know of who have played the Beta have said the same thing... bugs need to be worked out in gameplay, but it really feels like the Stargate Universe and the lore is amazing. Oh.... and for those that don't know, Stargate Worlds developed the cover system that The Old Republic is supposedly using.

New Blizzard IP MMO: Probably be a WoW - clone with different story and upgraded graphics. In other words... average across the board, not a single unique feature, not the best in any category... but that is what gets you the most subscribers.

Mortal Online: I have a feeling it will go the way of Darkfall, or be too hardcore to sustain itself with subscriptions.

Final Fantasy XIV: Potential, will have a huge number of unique subscribers at launch. Will it overcome the problems they had with FFXI though?

The Agency: I see this being a sleeper hit, if SOE doesn't fuck it up... Who doesn't want a spy-themed MMOFPSRPG haha.

Lego Universe: As the comic said... wait for the screams of "The Red Block needs to be nerfed". I think this will also be a sleeper hit if it isn't aimed solely at children.

Jumpgate Evolution: One could wish this was EVE Online without time-based skills... alas it is not. However it should satisfy those wanting a new space MMO.
Huxley

Huxley (PC)

Genre/Style: Shooter/First-Person Shooter
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Stargate Worlds

Stargate Worlds (PC)

Genre/Style: Role-playing/Persistent World Online RPG
Release Date:
Star Trek Online

Star Trek Online (PC)

Genre/Style: Role-playing/Persistent World Online RPG
Release Date: 02/FEB/10
Star Wars: The Old Republic

Star Wars: The Old Republic (PC)

Genre/Style: Role-playing/Persistent World Online RPG
Release Date:
APB: Reloaded

APB: Reloaded (PC)

Genre/Style: Role-playing/Persistent World Online RPG
Release Date:
The Agency

The Agency (PC)

Genre/Style: Role-playing/Persistent World Online RPG
Release Date:
Jumpgate Evolution

Jumpgate Evolution (PC)

Genre/Style: Role-playing/Persistent World Online RPG
Release Date: 10/FEB/10
Champions Online

Champions Online (PC)

Genre/Style: Role-playing/Persistent World Online RPG
Release Date: 01/SEP/09
DC Universe Online

DC Universe Online (PC)

Genre/Style: Role-playing/Persistent World Online RPG
Release Date:
LEGO Universe

LEGO Universe (PC)

Genre/Style: Role-playing/Persistent World Online RPG
Release Date:
Fallen Earth

Fallen Earth (PC)

Genre/Style: Role-playing/Persistent World Online RPG
Release Date: 29/SEP/09
Final Fantasy XIV

Final Fantasy XIV (PC)

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I think your being rather harsh on Fallen earth, its actually a surprisingly good game, it wont get the mainstream success of WoW, but i beleive it will be a success
Was in the beta. It has the potential, but needs a serious overhaul of netcode first of all to even survive as serious MMO and should have a graphics overhaul too.
i dont see whats wrong with the graphics, they arent drowning in particle effects but the textures and models look good, that should be enough for an mmo. as for netcode.. thats not the problem, its more engine optimizaton... nobody's getting high pings (atleast i'm not and i should be as i'm european) its more a case of having the game freeze, low fps and raise your cpu temp to rival the sun itself... so yes, engine optimizaion is very necessery.. everything else, i dont really agree with.
about the graphics.. if runescape can be popular...
Nice oveview, I still need to check out a lot of those that you reviewed.

One you forgot was Guild Wars 2...though I guess we don't really know how "upcoming" that is...hopefully soon enough.
@KrazyKain Yeah, IMO I'm far more likely to play an MMO with ho-hum graphics, but with a good community, and a nice skill system that allows you to take your character in any direction than one with outstanding graphics that's full of griefers and forces your character down only a hand-full of different paths.
@KrazyKain I thought about Guild Wars 2, but as you said, no idea how "upcoming" it is.
@dowekeller Me too, however good or at least decent "average" graphics will grow the player base in the beginning quicker than something like Fallen Earth has. An MMO that really does the community right, will cause many of their players to... well be better than your usual stereotypical WoW MMOers because they will come to respect the game and their fellow players.
Here new news for beta testers from offcial site :

Game Servers now open 24/7

It’s our goal to make this game the best it can be. And since this is the first time the game servers are open 24/7, we’re keeping certain weekdays optional for temporary maintenance shutdowns if needed. The temporary close down periods will be announced here on the Beta Center, so stay tuned for relevant updates.

Also, the German Beta was released last week. So, if you want to go German, all you have to do is open the game launcher as usual, click the American flag at the bottom and choose “LEGO Universe Beta EU”. Es ist super klasse!
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