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Posted: Nov 9th 2009 12:34PM (Unverified) said

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How could you guys forget Guild Wars 2 ? I have no interest in playing any on the list except The Old Republic. Jumpgate Evolution reminds me of Asteroids on steroids.

Posted: Nov 9th 2009 12:38PM (Unverified) said

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It's not really on my radar right now, mostly because so little is still known about the game. Plus, as a fantasy MMO it has to do a lot to pique my interest.
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Posted: Nov 9th 2009 1:20PM Anatidae said

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I have a friend that works for Arena Net. He is the motion designer responsible for the trailer that came out the other month. Unfortunately the secrecy level there is crazy and because he isn't management or anything, he won't even tell me anything about schedules.

But, I am assured that it is going to be a really cool game. When I tell him what I want to see in an MMO, he thinks I will be very pleased with GW2. Can't wait to see.
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Posted: Nov 10th 2009 12:43PM Winchester33 said

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Seriously?? You include Jumpgate and APB but leave out FFXIV and Guild Wars 2? Old Republic and maybe STO are the only games that have any business being on that list.
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Posted: Nov 9th 2009 12:37PM Russell Clarke said

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My (admittedly safe) prediction for 2010 is that we will be utterly disappointed with at least 82.3% of the MMOs released.

Posted: Nov 9th 2009 12:50PM (Unverified) said

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I also hope GW2 will make it in 2010.

And no, Cataclysm doesn't cout as a new title because concerning the gameplay it's 99% the same as WoW today...

Posted: Nov 9th 2009 12:56PM Bravura said

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Final Fantasy XIV anyone? It's only a triple-A title from one of the most powerful development studios in RPGs.

No big deal, though.

Posted: Nov 9th 2009 1:21PM (Unverified) said

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Actually, there's a funny reason why FFXIV isn't on my list. If I were to add it, I think it might've dominated something around 50% of my feature -- that would be bad.

FFXI has always been near and dear to my heart, but for this feature I just felt like focusing on stuff that immediately jumped out at me and also did not tempt me to write 800 words on it alone.
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Posted: Nov 9th 2009 7:48PM Bravura said

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I see. I'm glad you didn't simply ignore it.

FFXI has always been near and dear to my heart as well, I played it from the North American launch until the beginning of this year. What server did/do you play on, if you don't mind me asking?

Also, as a side-note, your avatar is cool as hell.
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Posted: Nov 10th 2009 12:43PM Winchester33 said

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So you didn't include one of the top games in your article about the top games of game of 2010 because you thought you'd write too much about it? Seriously, great reporting!
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Posted: Nov 9th 2009 1:05PM Distaste said

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SWTOR doesn't have to worry about WoW: Cataclysm at all. Let's face it, WoW is old and played out at this point. No matter what they add it will still be the same WoW experience that most find boring after coming back and playing for a few months.

SWTOR will be a new MMO as well as having a new take on the MMO genre via it's importance on story/choice. Not to mention that it is sci-fi and not fantasy. When SWTOR releases they won't have to worry about WoW:C. The only thing that SWTOR has to worry about is Blizzards new secret MMO...but who knows when that will be announced.

Also, where is FFXIV? That is scheduled for 2010 release. This game is supposed to be another BIG title and just like SWTOR they are putting a different twist on the MMO genre with no levels/xp. Not to mention that Final Fantasy is a huge gaming franchise that has spanned what? 14+ games?

Posted: Nov 9th 2009 2:57PM (Unverified) said

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"..that most find boring after coming back and playing for a few months"

So, what you're saying is, less stale and less boring than any other MMORPG released in the last five years?

Maybe 2010 will be the year that someone will actually release a good game that people enjoy, and don't buy, play for a month, and then discard like old rubbish. But we'll see.
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Posted: Nov 9th 2009 3:36PM Ivasen said

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You see, there is a lot of different factors into this rather than it doesn't compete.

Numbers mean a lot to the business world, while it might not mean much to a consumer who enjoys the game none the less.

(Keep in mind, Blizzard has something coming up and is not a game that is just sitting on the rocks doing nothing.)

When you are going against the top dog of the genre, you just don't shrug it off due to the fact that it is old.
You most certainly do not want to schedule a close release date to one of their expansions for the simple fact of criticism and loss of income.
While it might be good for a consumer to have companies fighting over you, it is not good for a company about to launch their game.

First impressions mean the most, if you have poor numbers or other issues on launch, it usually doesn't bode well for the potential buyers, even though the product will get better in the long run.
(A lot of recent games reflect this, if a game put a sour taste in your mouth at the start, you probably won't stick with it to see if it gets better, and without numbers supporting development - it most likely won't have the chance to get better)
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Posted: Nov 9th 2009 6:25PM (Unverified) said

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You forgot to mention that SWTOR is, in fact, STAR WARS, and even mighty Blizzard cannot compete with what is probably the most recognizable franchise over the past 30 years.
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Posted: Nov 9th 2009 6:32PM breezer said

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Just taking history into consideration, saying ANY MMO released alongside Cataclysm won't suffer for it seems unwise.

Especially from a developer who is very popular in the NA/EU PC market. Many PC gamers will be faced with a choice between SWTOR and Cataclysm (especially with the bad economy).

I think FF14 is likely to suffer far less because of FF's popularity among console players, fans of JP games/culture, and the monstrous popularity of FF in asia. Final Fantasy, or even JP console RPG fans worldwide are going to buy FF14 no matter what else is available.
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Posted: Nov 9th 2009 8:21PM Distaste said

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I'll explain further. The writer makes it sound like SWTOR has to worry about Cataclysm or it will have troubles when in reality that isn't even close to true.

1. There are plenty of WoW gamers that are bored of the game regardless of a new expansion and are looking for something new. Many thought it might be AoC or WAR but when those weren't good they went back to WoW and stayed in a holding pattern waiting for the next new big game.

2. Star Wars is....well Star Wars. It's fanbase alone makes WoW's subs look tiny.

3. Bioware- anyone who plays RPG's knows Bioware and if there is any company that can rival Blizzard for well polished games it is them.

4. Not just the same old MMO in a new wrapper. They are going for story and decisions which is new and exciting for MMO fans. This will get anyone who is bored of the same cookie cutter MMO clones.

5. Warhammer effect- WAR did not fail because of WotLK, Rushed games don't do well. IF they rush the game it will not end well so lets hope they learned from Mythic.

6. Sci-fi- people that might be burnt out on the dozen or so fantasy MMO's are looking for a sci-fi MMO.

7. Cataclysm doesn't bring much new or exciting to the table. They are redoing and reusing old content as well as the game direction since BC has taken it downhill.

Bottom line, SWTOR could release the day of Cataclysm and not have an issue selling a million copies as long as the game is good, even if a ton return to WoW. I think the Star Wars/Bioware Fanbase alone will propel the game to success; I think you people seriously underestimate just how many Star Wars fans there are. Had this been another IP, I would agree they would have to worry about Cataclysm, but Star Wars > All.
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Posted: Nov 9th 2009 9:53PM Ivasen said

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The point of the argument is that the game goes further with more subscription numbers, and by your logic, Final Fantasy Eleven should have the same numbers as World of Warcraft, purely because of their reputation and Intellectual property.

I'm sorry, but this industry does not work like that Disataste, in the online world, you don't rely on the Intellectual property to run the game on anymore.

World of Warcraft set the standard for parent companies, as they don't care where the idea came from. It only matters if it will draw in money for them.
While Bioware may care what they draw their game from, Electronic Arts does not, they only care about the income.
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Posted: Nov 9th 2009 1:05PM Lethality said

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I'd actually say the opposite about The Old Republic... I think they need to launch about 3 months after Cataclysm, because many people will be done with the core content of that game by then, but it will be before the first content patch.

Posted: Nov 9th 2009 1:08PM Daegalus said

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The only one on that list I am looking forward to is Jumpgate Evolution. I have never been into SW games, no clue why, and SWOTOR looks just as unappealing. Also as the Star Trek one does kinda interest me, not enough to actually play it. APB I don't care for, and Cataclysm, I might just go watch some videos of what they changed isntead of resubbing my WoW account and buying the xpac.

I do hope we get more GW2 info. I wanna see what they can pull off with it. Ive been mostly happy with NCSoft lately. (aka Aion)

Posted: Nov 9th 2009 1:07PM (Unverified) said

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10 dollars SWTOR won't make it in 2010. Anyone?

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