The New New Thing?

A year ago, World of Warcraft and EverQuest II were coming out, eagerly anticipated titles set to knock the current champions off their thrones. People were saying, “City of Heroes is just something I’m playing until World of Warcraft comes out.” Before that, guilds might have signed up for Asheron’s Call to practice until Shadowbane came out. Message boards for years said, “Wait until X is out, then I’m out of here!”

I have not seen any of that this year. No big releases, even counting City of Villains. Nothing all that exciting coming. Maybe if D&D Online had not been pushed back, there would have been, but I have not seen a lot of buzz about it, and I also write for a DDO fan site. I know one guy who is really looking forward to Pirates of the Burning Sea, but that is about it.

Is there some big new thing coming down the pike? Are people mostly settled into their current games? Are we moving into smaller worlds? Heck, for all I know, there could be legions looking forward to Rose Online and Parfait Station.

: Zubon

10 thoughts on “The New New Thing?”

  1. Within our guild, that sentiment is getting expressed with Dark And Light being the one that has everyone excited. To me, it just look like yet another D&D clone with a single-server gimmick.

  2. the most excitement i read about is for Vanguard: Saga of Heroes… but that mostly seems to be from the old school EQ1 crowd hoping for another gem from Brad McQuaid

  3. ahhh Huxley, that one could have some definite potential. and speaking of Webzen, i’m personally looking forward to (aka hoping it will be good) SUN, Soul of the Ultimate Nation.

  4. Hey Zubon, did you do the DDO stress test beta? I did. Pretty sure I agreed not to go into detail about the game so I won’t.

  5. Probably DDO for me, but I can’t say I’m hugely enthused by anything coming soon really.

    I do hope WoW hasn’t chased all the other games out of the genre. I used to think WoW’s success was a great thing for MMOs in general, but now I’m not so sure…

  6. I think WoW’s success is a good thing, because it has raised the level of competition. It’ll take some *new ideas* to generate some buzz and customer $$$. The “next big thing” is going to have to be a really good game in order to become “the next big thing”.

  7. R, I signed up for the HKOW demo, and I haven’t heard jack from them since April (and that was a request for a password reminder). In December of last year, they sent me some screenshots and an announcement that the beta would be beginning in early 2005, but if it did, they forgot to send me the announcement.

Comments are closed.