A Massively Overthinking roundtable about MMOs with bright future that we did a few years ago was so popular that we decided to make it a thing we did every year. And as I’ve argued before, this topic is a favorite of mine because considering where specific games are going always provokes a very different conversation than asking about a game’s current health (or revenue or staffing or population). And it’s usually different from game of the year too, which looks back at the past year, not the future one. “Imagine you have a friend who wants to play an MMO but doesn’t want to get involved in a game that’s in decline or might not be around in five years,” we said in that piece years ago. “Where do you steer that friend?”
Last year, I nominated Final Fantasy XIV, which I don’t actually play but respect tremendously because of its consistency. This year, I am looking at other games, like Guild Wars 2 (which is due a nostalgia expansion this year) and WoW Classic (which is due Burning Crusade). I’m sure once those are behind us, the algorithm will change again, but they’re the games I think are gonna hit high points in 2021 and so therefore have the brightest at least immediate futures.
What MMO would you argue has the brightest future right now?