Posted Wed, Jun 19, 2013 by Sardu
Welcome ladies, gentlemen, and fellow humanoids. It’s that time of year once again for our annual Best of E3 Awards!
We weren’t quite sure what to expect heading into E3 this year given the strong emphasis on the shiny new PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles. PC still reigns supreme when it comes to MMOs, but a number of developers also announced plans of releasing on one or both of the new boxes, both for existing and upcoming titles.
The show turned out to be one of the best in recent memory, and none of it would be possible were it not for the developers and publishers who make the magic happen. To all who participated we’d like to extend a hearty thanks for making E3 2013 one for the history books.
In years past, there have been a number of predominant themes when it comes to the ever changing landscape of the MMO industry. First there was the shift towards the action-RPG inspired combat systems, followed in quick succession by the rise of the MMOFPS and free-to-play as the de facto business model of choice.
This year marks an aggressive shift towards both innovation and a return to the things that have helped make MMOs so great in the first place. Core MMO gamers have a lot to be excited about, as many of the titles we saw and played showed a level of depth to gameplay that we haven’t seen in nearly a decade.
The other predominant theme of E3 this year is an increasing diversification of what really constitutes that core MMO experience. The one-size-fits-all template is beginning to give way to a rising number of truly unique experiences. The central concept of a community-driven virtual world remains intact, but the activities you can participate in those spaces has finally begun to diversify, and we totally dig what we’re seeing in this regard.
So join us as we celebrate the best of what the MMO industry had to offer at the expo this year with the Ten Ton Hammer Best of E3 2013 Awards!