Over the course of the past ten years, Ten Ton Hammer's Cody "Micajah"
Bye has had the opportunity to watch the churn of MMO gaming from its
very infancy with Ultima Online
into the worldwide revolution of World
Every year he's tried to make his own personal predictions about
upcoming MMOs. While he's probably been wrong more than he's been
correct, he still sits down and jots out some of his ideas about where
the MMO industry is headed and which games he can expect to see and
enjoy in the coming year.
Just a few days ago, four Ten Ton Hammer writers penned their own predictions, which we published in a conglomerated list. While executive editor Cody Bye initially sat down to do the same thing - write out eight prediction for the coming year - he soon realized that eight, sixteen, and even twenty-four predictions were not enough. So here's his list of thirty-two MMO predictions for 2009.
6. LEGO Universe, if released, will drive more sales and have more registered users than FusionFall and Free Realms combined, if it is released in 2009. LEGO will claim record profits based off of online sales.
7. The success of Aion in the West will hinge on localization of the client by NCsoft West. If beta previews display poor localization efforts, the game will not succeed commercially.
8. Square Enix will unveil their next-gen MMO in 2009 and shoot for an early 2011 release for the Western market.