MMOs That Make Me Squeal With Anticipation
Now that the awesomeness of Cataclysm is wearing off and MMO life is returning to normal for everyone, I’m starting to think about what new MMOs are lurking around the corner to tickle my fancy like some dirty old man in a trench coat. Some of these games are just on the horizon and we’ll (hopefully) get a chance to play them in 2011 while a couple of others are likely a few years away yet. Still, it’s exciting time for the industry and a great time to be a MMO gamer.
Here’s what’s getting my fires igniting:
Star Wars: The Old Republic
Well duh! I don’t know a MMO player who isn’t excited about this game and, frankly, shouldn’t we all be? It’s not often that one of the finest games companies of the last decade produces a multi-million dollar MMO based on one of the best IPs imaginable. And let’s face it, it’s not going to be hard to improve on the unfortunate Star Wars: Galaxies…
Black Prophecy/Jumpgate Evolution
Aside from the issue that I can’t actually tell these two MMOs apart (I’m half expecting to find out that they are indeed the very same game), I’m looking forward to them quite a lot. There isn’t much to know about them right now other than the fact they are both sci-fi space shooters that have a heavy focus on PvP. If they’re anywhere near as interesting as EVE Online but come with the ability to actually fly the darn ships then I’ll be a happy bunny.
Warhammer 40k: Dark Millenium
I finished the Eisenhorn Omnibus a few weeks ago and right now I couldn’t be more hot for Warhammer 40K. It’s gritty, in-depth, over-the-top sci-fi universe makes a nice change from the happy-clappy fantasy Elf genre that makes my skin crawl and I’m jolly well looking forward to a fast-paced, action MMO like Dark Millenium is promising to be.
We know practically nothing about Copernicus right now but, regardless, it’s an exciting prospect for me. I’ve got a huge amount of admiration for Curt Schilling who must’ve put a whole whack of his personal fortune on the line to chase his dream of developing a great MMO. It’s very cool to see someone take the opportunity to do what so many of us can only dream of. Plus he’s recruited some top blokes like R.A. Salvatore and Todd McFarlane (and let’s not forget Steve Danuser of EQ2 community fame) so with talent like that how can they possibly fail to deliver?
New Everquest Progression Server
I know, technically not a new MMO. In fact, probably the furthest thing from a new MMO you could get but I have to say that I’m ver excited about the new progression server launching in March. Maybe it’s the fact that I’m burning out with WoW, maybe it’s the old school nostalgia calling me or maybe it’s just because I feel like experiencing the certain pain that only camping mobs for hours on end can bring but there’s something strongly pulling me back to EQ again.
So what, no Rift? Well, although I’ve pre-ordered the game and have a lot of faith in the development team (I have a man crush on Scott Hartsman that rivals the one I have on Brian Green) it’s not actually a game that’s filling me with a huge amount of excitement. I’ve heard a lot of good things about it (hence the preorder) and will hopefully enjoy it immensely for a good period of time but is it making me salivate with anticipation right now? ‘Fraid not.