Its the end of End of Nations once more. Again were staring at yet another long delay in a game that was for all intents and purposes done and in beta not too long ago. Trion reclaimed it from Petroglyph, decided itd be a MOBA, and then decided it in their hearts to focus on their MMO titles scuttling EoN once against. The main site is now down and the world scratches it head at why the game is so difficult to produce.
In other news, Blizzard has taken it upon themselves to begin the massive PR blitzkrieg. If you havent already started doing so, hop into Diablo III for the fun and exciting time of 50% more XP so that you can finally max out your paragon levels and be a true hero of the Horde or Alliance or whatever.
The Elder Scrolls Online this weekend was a ton of fun, but apparently Zenimax used an older build that is still buggy. This is a great way to spark discussion but also early dissent in a game. Oh yeah guys, lets invite the entire Internet into our game and use a build thats buggy and already been fixed with quests that barely work in order to let them test the game.
Maybe it was a test of their testing system? To see if the ability for people to report broken quests was working? Whatever it was, I fully expect the next beta weekend if such a thing to happen to be the full game ready to go or the game to be delayed. Im still hopeful, and I think itll turn out great, but until then I remain a little hesitant.
Good / bad news for Funcom. 2013 was a terrible year for the company, but right now it seems their games are reaching cash flow positive state - which means they should be able to stay in business, however, the ongoing market manipulation investigation has yet to stop.
Chris Roberts is going to unveil the super awesome dogfighting module at PAX to a backer-only pre-PAX event. If you throw money at them they will let you come preview the demo of what will be the combat section of the game. Star Citizen gives me a headache with the long novellas that people write explaining the development of the game and how modular development is awesome while others explain it isnt. Myself, personally, I just say whatever.
All of this news makes me really happy, its all a case in point that the MMO industry is not only strong, but there is still a lot going on. Tons of drama, game releases, and an exciting future for the industry. Not to mention Trion is going to double down on MMOs. With ESO and Wildstar on the horizon, followed by all of these indie games and lower budget games, and with Kickstarters in full swing for much larger projects, I can definitely see that 2014 is shaping to be a much better year.
What do you think about 2014 so far? 2013 was a lame, boring year without much to do other than play GW2. Im generally excited and so should you.
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