Looking Back 2008: The MMO Gold Rush Fade Away?

Views: Date: Dec 25 2008 08:24:44
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Summary: Look back over 2008, MMO market fluctuated a lot. Some games hit a new subscribers milestone while some developers reduce the staff.

Looking Back 2008: The MMO Gold Rush Fade Away?

Look back over 2008, MMO market fluctuated a lot. Some games hit a new subscribers milestone while some developers reduce the staff. The website of Game Set Watch list the biggest stories of 2008 in online gaming - and maybe some hints as to next year's top titles and trends.

The MMO Gold Rush Takes A Left Turn

Despite the economic slowdown affecting most of the industry, more companies and intellectual properties than ever seem to be interested in jumping onto the online gaming bandwagon.

Even as existing MMO developers make cutbacks and layoffs, new developers are continually seeking to enter the space and additional projects are announced. Despite the dangers inherent in the space, despite the 'lessons learned' from the fantasy genre, most of the year was spent in a mad rush towards online gaming.

Most compelling (or appalling, depending on your point of view) was the notion of connecting the unique offering of gaming in an MMO space with the very traditional medium of television. The announcement of a Sci-Fi channel television show somehow 'hooked into' a massively multiplayer game is almost certainly the most ambitious of these online space gold rush projects.

Trion World Network is the harbinger of many gold rush elements, not only heading up the Sci-Fi channel project but an MMO capitalizing on the Heroes of Might and Magic series as well. Many such games were announced in 2008, with perhaps-wisely cancelled projects like the Halo MMO further highlighting the appeal of this space.

The desperate downturn the online games industry has seen in the last few months may have finally curtailed that charge, but online gaming continues to be seen as one of the most lucrative elements of the industry. As soon as venture capital money begins to flow again, expect a return to the mad rush towards online gaming.

Read full article: The Best of 2008: The 5 Most Significant MMO Trends

News Original From: Game Set Watch


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