Up For Debate - Will There Ever Be Another Mega MMORPG

Written by Felix Nova on Fri, Jun 24, 2016 2:00 PM
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Will there ever be another super MMORPG? In 2005 one came along and dominated. We all know what I am referring to. I bet the majority of people here have played it at some point. But has the time been and gone for that sort of massive online experience to come in and capture our imaginations?

World of Warcraft was and still is the benchmark for a massive multiplayer online roleplaying game. But there are so many different MMO genres now, all pulling on us for our time, clawing for our attention and pushing innovation. With League of Legends, Rocket League and Overwatch out there and highly accessible, are these the types of games that consume our quick fix gaming needs now? Or is there still space for a reinvention of the MMORPG?

To explore these questions I feel we need to look at single player RPGs compared to online multiplayer RPGs. The limitations of the computer game environment, with regard to single player RPGs, are nearly reached. A single player RPG title like Pillars of Eternity is an amazing feast for RPG fans, but hasnt really moved that far on from the likes of Baldurs Gate or Planescape Torment. Its all about an incredible story, where you are the central hero. In these single player games you dont get the party interaction of traditional tabletop roleplaying games, where you and friends are sat around, passing ideas back and forth about how to progress, and no matter how crazy the idea is that you come up with, its still possible. But in single player RPGs they can code exceptions to help with this, but thats where the limitations are reached.

Multiplayer titles, like World of Warcraft, have to cater for the masses. So you do get some party interaction and coordination with attacking enemies, but you will find that playing for any length of time with a bunch of people it always boils down to a numbers and balancing game. Have you got the perfect party combination and the right item selection to deal the most damage or debuffs or healing.

This is largely because there is no feedback from the NPCs. In a tabletop game this NPC feedback depth is crucial and applied by the Games Master. Helping spin a story that has personality and realism, while still being bespoke to your player needs and desires. So to anyone looking for the experience of roleplaying, stepping into a MMORPG feels hollow fast. If you even slightly start to pretend to be the character you have made up, the fourth wall will likely be breached by a fellow player before you can say “Hello friend, I have travelled from the capital in search of aid...”

And so where does that leave us. It leaves us with World of Warcraft and Blizzard understanding exactly what their particular MMO audience is after. They have the money, psychologists and developers to create the best possible experience within the limitations of the platform it is being delivered upon.

Not many of us are really roleplayers. Most gamers know roleplaying through other single player computer games, like Deus Ex. Single player games borrow levelling up and achievements from the RPG genre because its a great way of understanding progression and driving us forward to attain more progression.

So World of Warcraft is built to reach the largest number of people, while giving them the aspects of the game that is addictive enough to keep a person returning for more and being able to grind with your friends. None of this is bad. Its just not the roleplaying experience that everyone who sits around a tabletop to play D&D understands.

So back to the original question about will there be another mega MMORPG? You would need something very radical, that would be user driven. Allowing people to meet in this online space and weave their own stories and swiftly control and generate their own encounters and characters. To become The Hero, rather than be one of millions of people fighting the same respawned boss, to be able to meet NPCs that are controlled by other people who have relevant agendas. Basically this sounds like you need a call centre of people who for their day time job all play as NPCs and Games Masters for the millions of people out there that want a truly innovative MMORPG experience.

But who would want to risk making a game where you need thousands of living people to run it 24/7, teams of management and story controllers? Whats your thoughts on all of this and what type of game you feel the next Mega MMORPG would be?

Could there be another Mega MMORPG

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04:11 Jun-27-2016

i think the next big mmorpg will be a hybrid of game style of witcher 3 because of its huge impact on RPGs

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14:06 Jun-28-2016

whats hybrid game single player with co op ?

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10:12 Jun-26-2016

i clicked the article "thirsting for more" and got here Oo

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14:04 Jun-26-2016

me to :/

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22:55 Jun-25-2016

Interesting topic... As we probably all know, the idea of new and grand MMORPGs are disappearing. It's an era of games where you only meet online people through matches or short periods of time. That's what people like nowadays, more than fighting together or against the same for a much longer time, through servers, instead of lobbies. Or, am I completely off here? :D

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22:47 Jun-25-2016

I still prefer lotro..
Not that i dont like wow, but in my opinion there is still more to do in lotro.
True, its mostly the same at end level, but even when starting a new toon, lotro offers more.
On top of that lotro is cheaper (if you buy the whole package after lvl20) and is free to start...

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22:48 Jun-25-2016

...And in wow you have these 14 day trials only i think.
Still going to give wow some try tho i think in the future, since i have most of its expansions still installed on my pc.
And given the fact that both wow, and yes, also lotro, is still popular, i think we can see a new mega mmo sometime, and maybe soon

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22:15 Jun-25-2016

Well at this point games have evolved to the point that there are rarely any new game mechanics, WoW succeeded, because at the time of it's release no other MMORPG had the same quality and quanity of gameplay, mechanics and content. It is possible for there to be another big MMO, which will most-likely be from blizzard again, but it won't be any time soon.

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21:47 Jun-25-2016

No. WoW's success can be contributed to timing and a lot of luck. It's continued success(and why it will never really die) is due simply to legacy. It's lasted for 15 years and has the most dedicated of playerbases.

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21:49 Jun-25-2016

And now the gaming world as moved on from the idea of MMO's. Now it's large single-player rpg's, with online games limited to short multiplayer games and limited instance based games.
There's no audience anymore to succeed.

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12:32 Jun-26-2016

More like they have moved to simple-minded, simplistic games, that are easy and have very little depth. Games like Dota, LoL which are both retarded and mega retarded editions of warcraft 3 and CS:GO which is by far one the simplest and easiest shooters I've played...

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17:02 Jun-27-2016

WoW i really like when someone just goes off and insults like a boss. #Saidno1ever

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21:01 Jun-30-2016

hey, just my opinion buddy, don't take it to heart :)

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20:56 Jun-25-2016

Warcraft IV is what we all want, not these time consuming MMORPGs that make me feel that my time is wasted more than when you're in the army. On a serious note though, I'm surprised they haven't released another WC RTS, since it's the father to games like LoL and Dota 2, plus lots of fans would be attracted to play Warcraft again.

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21:50 Jun-25-2016

They probably haven't becasue they're RTS teams been busy with StarCraft. They wouldn't release two rts at the same time, they'd be competing with themselves. Now that it's over, they can turn back to WarCraft.

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22:44 Jun-25-2016

Well too bad nobody else is. On another note, don't league and dota 2 belong to RTS as well though? I mean it's the same thing, only Warcraft is more complicated.

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12:41 Jun-26-2016

absolutely NOT, Dota 2 is a moba and is what i call warcraft 3 retarded edition. Too simple, too easy... the strategy required to play Dota is little to none.

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14:08 Jun-28-2016

You think you wants warcraft 4 but you actually dont ;). Thing is they would probably **** that up 2 be cause everyone is trying to make "Next esport game".

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18:11 Jun-25-2016

Timing was everything for WOW. No game will ever have that advantage again.

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13:16 Jun-25-2016

Lineage 2 was the best MMORPG for me. Nowdays i don't like mmorpgs because they require a lot of time, that i don't have.

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13:08 Jun-25-2016

VR MMORPG with some unique gameplay elements . Sword art online esq

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13:13 Jun-25-2016

except you can't turn around cuz you know keyboard is in front of you

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20:43 Jun-25-2016

vr controllers with keyboard like keys on hand held wands ftw

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20:45 Jun-25-2016

sao was not virtual reality it was simulated reality, it fooled the brain into thinking it was actually in the game and all the controls were nerve based. that technology is quite far away

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13:04 Jun-25-2016

People now dont like grind and mmo is define by grind not by queue systems so i dont know if there will ever be another mmo be cause even if there is a good mmo is it really mmo when you hit max lvl and just go in queue or is it just a another way of doing mobas

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12:58 Jun-25-2016

I have a feeling that if it didn't get canned, Everquest Next might've done just that.

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10:51 Jun-25-2016

WOW 4EVER !!!

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10:04 Jun-25-2016

You've got 2 really big MMORPG's that are constantly releasing new content in World of Warcraft and Guild Wars 2. I prefer GW2 but that's just my preference. Maybe in about 2 years time in 2018 we'll get a new MMORPG.

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07:31 Jun-25-2016

If Gabe Newell lends a hand in the making, then nothing is impossible.

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22:22 Jun-24-2016

I have never tried WoW even once. I have played only one MMO in my entire life and that was Phantasy Star Online with my good old Sega Dreamcast. Since then I have kind of become anti-social with my game time (because I am a grumpy old man). Now days I prefer to play single player games at my own relaxed pace.

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20:45 Jun-24-2016

Hopefully, but from a western developer. I'm not fond of all those recent asian mmo's that has been ported to the west.

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19:16 Jun-24-2016

Next generation there will.


Why? Because current gen is reminiscent of their feelings when they played a specific MMO. They are seeking that same feeling in every new one but not finding it, 'cause the memories they have cling to the people they have met - and thus they keep jumping ship in the everlasting search for something they will not find.


New gen will be the same with diff games

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17:15 Jun-24-2016

Unless we're talking about something like SAO(which actually could happen if VR catches on enough) then I'm gonna have to say no... the only reason WoW, and lets' not forget EQ and Ultima Online caught on so well is because MMOS were new.

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16:04 Jun-24-2016

What is the meaning of Mega MMORPG ?

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17:38 Jun-24-2016

An actual good mmorpg...

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15:22 Jun-25-2016

Ok. What is the meaning of MMORPG ?

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12:54 Jun-26-2016

Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game.

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14:56 Jun-30-2016

Thanks so much Psychoman for your information and reply.

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