MMO Predictions for 2013
By MerryQuiteContrary, OnRPG Journalist
So, it is that time of the year again. It is the time of year when predictions are running rampant- anywhere from your sad, sorry love life to the gaming world. And this is where I come in; however, I don't know anything about your love life. You will probably be miserable again this year. Since you are going to have all this free time on your hands (because you are alone and dejected) why not play an MMO. I’m here to kick off the first of a series of OnRPG writers laying out their predictions so let’s get started with the game that started my position at OnRPG so many months ago.
WORLD OF WARCRAFT
In the hopes of keeping current Blizzard will continue to push out content patches of recycled material. Another raid instance full of trolls? Why, yes please! Said no one. Ever. Aside from the numerous content patches that will shoved down our throats Blizzard will, late in the year, announce the next expansion. It will likely include more dailies.
As for this expansion, Garrosh Hellscream will turn into the Sha of insert emotion of your choice and Lady Sylvanas Windrunner will take her rightful place as the leader of the Horde. But what of Vol'jin you ask? Always a bridesmaid never the bride. Thrall, once the proud leader of the horde is now skipping through butterfly filled meadows like the dirty hippie he has become. Slyvanas will begin her tenure by systemically annihilating all player characters with a bastardisation of the name Arthas. She will rule from her Undercity throne room where she will finally get a chair.
GUILD WARS 2
Guild Wars 2 has been out since September of 2012 and has already won numerous game of the year awards. 2013 will see everyone take those awards back and the game will fade into mediocrity. Guild Wars 2 will continue to give us a monthly event until autumn of 2013 when the first expansion will be announced. It will contain the largest, dullest jumping puzzle ever. 2013 will also be the year we still don't get a Looking For Group tool.
Nothing will happen in Rift. It will just carry on as it has been. Trion will rest on its laurels throughout most of 2013. It probably won't go F2P this year but it is possible for 2014, especially with some potentially great games coming out. And I will have a max level of every class archetype. So there is that.
There will be another expansion for EverQuest 2 though it will be a haphazard affair as SOE is concentrating on EverQuest Next. EverQuest Next will go into closed beta in 2013. I predict I will get an invite. Or I won't. There is a lot of talk from the powers that be that EverQuest Next will revolutionise the MMO genre. I don't see this happening but if anyone could revolutionise the MMO genre it would be Sony.
ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE
Elder Scrolls Online will be released mid-year 2013. It will suffer from a bad launch as the game won't be ready. Once the name calling and finger pointing dies down from the gaming community it will settle into a respectable place somewhere in the middle of the pack after it goes F2P.
The sleeper hit of 2013. This game will be released under the radar of most but will ultimately do quite well. This is the game I am most looking forward to this year. It has housing. 'nuff said. If you haven't checked it yet-go do it!
Apparently I’m of similar mind-set to the editors as they seem to have the same thoughts for both Elder Scrolls and Wildstar in 2013.