3 Hyped MMOs You Can No Longer Play
The demise of an MMORPG is always sad. Gamers spend days, weeks, and years of their life immersed in their favorite fantasy and sci-fi worlds. They nurture their characters, level them, experience joy and wonders with them. And then, one day, their character dies, forever vanishing in the endless void of digital non-existence.
If that’s not bad enough, the whole world, no, the whole universe, dies a similar death. MMOs shutting down have caused a lot of grief in the gaming world, and here are three MMOs that many of us miss tremendously.
This fluffy fellow is going to go listen to Linkin Park every moment now.
Wildstar was released in 2014 and was shut down in 2018. Whilst the game was plagued with bugs at the beginning, Carbine Studios created a truly beautiful game that as beloved by many. For some strange reason, Wildstar was the kind of game that everyone said to want to re-visit at some point, but few ever did, which is quite sad, since it had a lot going for it: A completely wacky plot, a very distinct art style, genocidal space hamsters, slightly less genocidal space zombies, definitely genocidal space bunnies, and a narrator voice that would mock you every time your character died a virtual death. Wildstar also had the absolute best housing system I ever saw in a game, a feature only few MMOs care to develop to such an elaborate degree.
Some say it was too hardcore for an increasingly casual audience, and some say the game never found its identity. For me, it was the last big theme park MMORPG that came out. World of Warcraft, Final Fantasy XIV and Elder Scrolls Online firmly occupy that market segment now, and it appears as there is little room for more games like Wildstar in the future. Rest in peace… until the first private server pops up, that is (plz gib emulator, Arctium!)
#2–CITY OF HEROES/CITY OF VILLAINS
Say hello to Lord Recluse, lord of server shutdowns.
City of Heroes and its sister MMO (if you want to call it that) City of Villains was something truly special as far as superhero MMOs come. For me, it deserves the ‘special’ label because it wasn’t based on adaptations of existing superheroes or superhero universes. You wouldn’t see a Marvel character in that game, and you wouldn’t see a DC character in there either. Instead, the players were the legends themselves. A completely customizable character creation system, in which you could freely evolve and combine different super powers combined with a fashion system rivaling modern day MMOs, guaranteed its survival for quite a long time. After all, CoH came to life in 2004 and was only shut down officially in 2012.
I’m not saying that it’s a conspiracy, but I’m totally saying that it’s a conspiracy that two of my favorite MMOs, Wildstar and City of Heroes, were both shut down by NCSOFT. They’re out to ruin my life, I know it (shout-out to /r/gangstalking).
#1–STAR WARS GALAXIES
The players on the FarStar server saying goodbye.
Ooooh, Star Wars Galaxies. All the things you COULD have been. You were an amazing sandbox MMORPG. You had the deepest crafting system I’d ever seen, with people competing for prime shop real estate and the best mineral nodes (only one player could harvest the same node for weeks at a time). You had me mix-and-matching professions (hello there, dancer/gunslinger), and you had me experience the Star Wars galaxy as an average Joe Shmoe, instead of some fancy shmancy girly-robed Jedi. It was a great time, but as so often, Corporate decided they knew better than the game designers themselves and quickly drove hundreds of thousands of loyal fans away from the game with a succession of very lacklustre expansions.
At least the Star Wars Galaxies community is still very much active. Many fan servers exist, all specializing on different aspects that made the original game great: roleplaying, combat, and trade. If you’re longing for some nostalgia and a truly great MMO, I encourage you to check these out!
That’s it already, folks. Let’s remember the fallen, and treat the MMOs that we love and are still alive tenderly. Who knows for how long they’ll be around. I do hope one day corporations will be “convinced” to give to the public domain the code of MMOs that they no longer want to operate.
-Falko (Follow me on twitter)