Sardu is our hard-working editor of all things WoW
and whatever else we can slip on his plate when he’s not
looking. He is also our soft-spoken visionary and color commentator,
which doesn’t translate as well as you think when
he’s battling Stow online.
from a brief teaser
for their next MMOG at BlizzCon 2011, Blizzard Entertainment will
mostly focus on promoting the final raid bosses in Cataclysm
II: Heart of the Swarm. A
release window for Diablo III
will also be announced, though it won’t be given a specific
- The first details for
Blizzard’s next MMOG will, however, be conveniently
“leaked” the same week that ArenaNet announces the
release date for Guild Wars 2.
- Fallen Earth
will continue to build up a critical mass of dedicated fans, closing
out the year with numerous comparisons being made to EVE Online’s
steady growth over time versus the sparkle and fade launches seen
throughout the industry over the last few years.
- The first details and
gameplay footage for the Trion Worlds - SyFy joint MMOG project will be
revealed this summer. The game will involve giant
eels/snakes/alligators/doom bees that cause a shift in the
earth’s crust, and players will take on the role of a retired
Army/Navy/Air Force/Marine officer with an estranged husband/wife who
just happens to be the only scientist in the country that can calculate
the exact locations for nuclear warheads to be placed to stop the
devastation caused by earthquakes and the rampaging
eels/snakes/alligators/doom bees at the same time. Doing it any other
way will naturally lead to the end of all life on the plant.
- There will be more
announcements that triple-A MMOG releases have slipped into 2012 than
there are actual releases before the close of 2011.
Saia is the newest member of our WoW
team, which means that he’s responsible for getting the
donuts for staff meetings. He’s also our unofficial European
bureau chief. We don’t know what happened to our last
European bureau chief. According to Saia, “He just went
- Microtransactions in World
of Warcraft for pets and
other items will become more prevalent in 2011.
- Blizzard will announce the
expansion at BlizzCon 11 in August.
- Diablo III
will also get a
release date at BlizzCon.
- Blizzard will finally
announce their new IP (aka - Titan)
as a futuristic
predicts the supremacy of WoW in 2011.
A man whose playing experience dates back to the dawn of MMOGs, Medawky
has been covering a variety of free-to-play games for Ten Ton Hammer,
but is currently filling in on the WoW
team. He loves grinding so much that he doesn’t drive his car
to work, he pushes it!
- Star Wars:
Republic will do better than
most expect, largely due to the single-player feel of the game. Most
new school MMOG players don't give a damn about grouping and they will
- Turbine will announce a new
MMOG, which will launch as a microtransaction game out of the gate.
- Blizzard will unveil their
new "subscription-free" MMOG at Blizzcon 11. BlizzCon tickets will be
- With the exception of DC
all SOE titles will employ some sort of microtransaction model, either
the entire game or one existing on separate server model such as EverQuest II Extended.
Xerin is another of Ten Ton Hammer’s old guard, being a five
year plus veteran. David covers WoW
in-between spinning off viciously insightful IMs. He has the ability to
type text messages with his mind!
- I predict, with a lot of
that no MMOG will overtake World
in 2011, much
less get anywhere near close.
- Star Wars: The Old
will either be delayed another year or, if it launches, do extremely
well at launch and fade quickly into obscurity unless it has a
free-to-play component built in, which is now a requirement for any
MMOG to launch successfully.
- Any MMOG without a
free-to-play subscription will now fail at a much faster rate than
- Deathwing will arrive to Cataclysm
sometime later in 2011 and be a difficult enough boss, but
cause a series of Onyxia like jokes throughout the community
culminating with some kind of viral video involving more dots and
someone freaking out when Deathwing's tailsmack sends them back in time
spawning Chuck Norris like jokes.
SW:TOR actually challenge WoW?
Ten Ton Hammer’s resident news jockey, Martuk has not
officially been offline in more than two years. Currently, the staff
has a betting pool going that he’s either hardwired into his
computer or is a disembodied energy being existing in the Matrix.
Frankly, we’re not sure and are kind of afraid to find out.
- I predict that despite not
being entirely original, Rift
will have moderate success after its
launch. It won't do superhuman WoW-type
numbers, but it will solidify
at a decent populace that should sustain the game for some time to come.
- Trion Worlds will then
reveal more details about their SyFy Channel MMOG, which is set to run
alongside a television show. There will be a lot of hype and we'll
begin to get the first clues of why it won't work.
- Star Wars: The Old
will launch sometime before Christmas (likely November). SWTOR
break one million boxes sold and thrive well until the 30 free days are
up and barring a free-to-play hybrid option at launch, that reception
will soon give way to the harsh reality that few games can sustain
millions of subscribers and it will suffer the inevitable population
- The Secret World
postponed until sometime in 2012 to take advantage of the "we're all
going to die" (again) fade with the Mayan calendar.
will launch and despite
its fun group play and some creative ideas it will be shadowed by the
fact that it's an Eastern-inspired MMOG. This will hinder it a bit in
the Western market, but it will still do okay. It just won't be
shattering any sales records.
- Star Trek Online
announce a free-to-play option sometime after April.
- The hybrid model will
further solidify itself in MMOGs becoming the dominant form over basic
subscriptions and the better alternative
to the simple free-to-play
DCUO breathe new life into the superhero MMOG?
Shayalyn is our Premium Member program manager, forum peacemaker, and
resident den mother. She is the beating heart behind Ten Ton
Hammer’s stony countenance. She is also a 12th degree black
belt in Grammar and Writing and has been known to make seasoned writers
quake in terror.
will launch early in Q2 2011 and gamers and reviewers alike will
unanimously declare it polished and fun—all in all, a
fantastic title. But its linear gameplay, relatively small world and
lack of group content will lead to a fall-off in subscriptions
bolstered only by the game’s first major update a few months
after launch. By the end of 2011, Rift
will have converted to some sort of subscription-free payment model
that will finally bring the success the game deserves.
will, unfortunately, be another Aion—stunningly
beautiful, with fun gameplay initially, but too grindy in the long run
to sustain a sizeable Western audience. Asian gold sellers will plague
the title, as well.
- Subscription-based MMOGs
will continue to lose steam as free-to-plays overtake them. Those MMOGs
daring to launch as pay-to-plays in 2011 will face a difficult struggle
to retain subscribers.
- This is a stretch, but EA
will announce a new link in the massive Sims
franchise that is online, free-to-play, and heavily
microtransaction-based. The game will also allow players to create and
sell custom content via an online store system. It will be nothing at
all like the failed The Sims Online
and similar to The Sims 3
with a quest and achievement system. The game won’t even
approach the light of day until 2012, or possibly even 2013, but EA
will rev up the hype machine nonetheless. You heard it here first!
There you have it, fellow gamers; some bold and not-so-bold predictions
for the upcoming year. Has the staff at Ten Ton Hammer successfully
pulled back the mysterious veil of the future or are we totally insane?
The only thing that can be said with certainty, except for the
continuing dominance of WoW
is that time will tell!