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.