As players are we expecting too much from developers?
Are devleopers promising too much and not delivering?
Take a look at alot of the “so called” WoW-killers: EQ2, AoC, WAR, all three of the games pale in subscription numbers and failed to bring/keep players in.
In the same vein as these fail games: Champions Online.
What did these games do wrong?
1.) they overhyped themselves. (WAR…lol wowkiller wutt? RvR game…wut???)
2.) too many bugs and technical issues at launch (….WAR, AoC…)
3.) Poor balance in gameplay at launch (ugh evil witch elves and bright wizards in WAR, missing abilites etc in AoC)
4.) lack of content, and cut out things they said would be in. (WAR 1 capital city -per side rather then the 3 per side promised) (not enough quests in Champions online to reach max lvl)
5.) Released too early, probably need more beta time. (Stares are WAR and AoC)
Will other AAA MMOs fall to the same fate? StarWars: The Old republic and FF 14?
With Bioware/EA making Star Wars…I am not so sure. Bioware has a good track record of console games…but nothing in MMOs. EA…destroyed WAR…
Also EA recently announced for Star Wars to be “successful” the only need 1 mil subs…sounds like the same damn thing they said for WAR…
I am not going to keep my fingers croseed for it….the corporate monster will always win in the end.
FF14 on the other hand I do have faith in. Made by SE who does have a successful MMO under their belt. FFXI they stated was their experiment and pay to play beta (ok that is what i called it). The recent SS and videos i have seen, seems to be a blend of WoW and FFXI? We shall see, and I cannot wait.
With Cataclysm is Blizzard going to fail? Stepping back…it is quite a bold move and a large one. Lets mess up the original world and totally replace it with something else. Major overhauls etc. Lets make old instances redesigned for endgame….I have my doubts that they will deliver. They delivered their annoucement with all the bells and whistles associated with such annoucements, but we shall see. I don’t have a lot of faith in devleopers in the MMO sphere.
Maybe I am just being cynical, but no MMO that i have played has met up to their own hype or my own expectations. Only 2 that have kept me subscribed for extended lengths of time has been FFXI and WoW.