Ladies and gentlemen welcome back to TinyBlueGames, my name is Csaw and today we are talking about the next big MMO and why we are always chasing it. I’m sure I’m not the only one out there that has typed one of these searches into Google or YouTube over the years:
- Upcoming MMORPGs 2019
- Top MMOs 2019
- Best MMORPG 2019
- New MMOs
- Best free to play MMORPG
- MMOs to look forward to
- MMOs releasing in 2019
Any of those sound familiar? I can promise you aren’t the only one. It seems that despite MMO’s longevity as a game, we the players are constantly looking for our next home. This post will discuss the many reasons for this, and some of the new MMOs that I am patiently looking to try. Before we get into it, this post does have a companion video if you are more of a listener… I enjoy listening to videos while I grinding away. If you’ve already seen the video, this post goes into a bit more detail, so there’s something for everyone. Let’s get into it!
What Drives Us Away From Old MMORPGs?
So, I guess before we get into the lust for new MMORPGs, we should talk about the thing that is driving us away from our current MMOs. Unfortunately, a lot of this is our own fault. As players it is often easier to blame the game for our lack of interest, but sometimes its more about how we play the game.
I think one of the biggest difficulties MMO players face is self-inflicted burnout. See MMOs often have an almost endless amount of content, especially if you want the be the absolute best you can be. With this in mind, players can essentially grind forever, repeating the same content over and over again trying to receive that best in slot piece… praying to RNGesus the entire time. If you lose yourself to this grind one of two things will happen:
- You will grind forever and never truly achieve your goal and ultimately get fed up with the game.
- You’ll eventually achieve your goal and be the best you can be and have nothing else to do in the game for a while.
As you can see, it is kind of a double-edged blade. In either situation the player is frustrated with the game, and it is this frustration that pushes players to look for something new, something fresh.
Why Are New MMO So Exciting?
New MMORPGs are always exciting, and there are many reasons for this. The most obvious of these is simply that it is a new game, it’s shiny and exciting! Everyone wants to check out the new game to see what it has to offer. However, the new MMOs themselves are often fairly similar to existing MMOs, they will have many of the same features and themes. Then what makes them so exciting?
Being A Noob in An MMO Can Be Fun!
I am a firm believer that one of the most enjoyable experiences of playing an MMORPG is your first journey through the world. This is a bit counter to current MMO culture that seems to be purely focused on getting to endgame “where the actual game begins”, but it’s this initial journey that contains the most exciting part of the game: the learning process. I think the best part of any MMO is being a noob, walking into a completely new world with your eyes wide open, trying to learn about every single feature, every piece of lore… it’s exhilarating. In these early stages every single play session seems meaningful, every quest seems to progress your character, every new ability seems rewarding. It creates a sort of honeymoon period that can never, or very rarely, be recreated in the game.
An Entire MMORPG of New Content
I think one of the most obvious reasons new MMORPGs are so enticing, is the sheer amount of new content they offer. Think about it, if you had never played World of Warcraft (WOW) before, and you were to join today, you would have the base game and 7 expansions worth of content at your fingertips. Now of course one of WOWs primary weaknesses is making their past content fairly irrelevant, but it’s still more content than you could ever expect from a future expansion.
This new content is one of the main reasons I think people are actively searching for new MMOs. I mean it makes sense, frequently it is near the end/middle of an expansion where players start to jump ship to a new MMO because they have run out of content that they are interested in playing. They will then return when the next expansion comes out, to experience the fresh content the game has to offer. Creating a cycle of jumping between games based on when content is released.
New MMO community, new friends
A final reason that I think new MMOs are so attractive is the possibility of a new community. Players sometimes decide to leave a game as an individual, but often times it will be a group of friends or a guild that will get tired of an MMORPG. It’s never fun to log in and see that it has been 59 days since anyone from your guild or friends list has played. Moving to a new game gives you the chance to immerse yourself with a new community and potentially make new friends. This reason is particularly relevant to me as I have recently started playing Final Fantasy XIV, and the community has been one of the most enjoyable parts of my experience so far. I actually made a recent post about why I think FFXIV Has One Of The Best MMO Communities if you are interested in learning more.
How Do I Stay Interested In An MMO?
So, we’ve talked a lot about how easy it is to lose interest in an MMO and how we often find our selves chasing the latest and greatest instead of enjoying what we have right in front of us, but how do we actually stay invested in an MMORPG long-term? Let’s be honest, MMOs are designed to be played as long-term games, where you can see your character progress over the years, through different expansions. Counterintuitively, I think the secret is playing more than one game. If we agree that one of the biggest reasons players get tired of a specific MMO is burnout, then the solution must be finding a way to avoid it. For myself, I have never been someone that can only play one MMORPG, I always need a few different worlds that I can jump into when I feel like it. Now, I do always consider one of these games to be my primary game where I care the most about progress, but the other games can offer alternative content to keep things fresh.
I am also not saying we shouldn’t be interested in new MMOs, but we should treat them like existing games. We shouldn’t think they are going to redefine the entire MMORPG genre and be the next game we exclusively play for a decade. These expectations will only lead to disappointment. I think it is best to be quietly optimistic for new MMOs and give them a try when they come out. With this in mind, some MMOs I’m looking forward to trying are Classic WOW, Ashes of Creation, and Crowfall. I am, however, not expecting any of these games to sweep me off my feet, but if they do, I won’t be complaining. The secret is managing your expectations, don’t keep letting yourself down.
Thank you for reading, I will see you in the next post!