I’m feeling a bit melancholy today. Most likely it is due to having a nice, long weekend of relaxation only to be confronted with the grim reality of my workplace today. Back to the grind as it were. On top of that, I’ve just read up on the layoffs at Bioware and 38 Studios, and it seems our little MMO world is crashing down around us.
After the colossal mess that occurred with 38 Studios and taxpayer funded loans, I do agree with Scott Jennings that this is going to scare off potential future investments in the industry.
I think about the games to be released this year and the mounting pressure building up on them to succeed. The Secret World is releasing first assuming it doesn’t get further delayed, but I still believe TSW will attract a smaller audience from the beginning. It doesn’t get the same level of buzz and excitement that Guild Wars 2 is getting right now. Already there are strong communities, fansites, blogs and podcasts forming around GW2.
I have something to be positive about today and that was the announcement of the next GW2 weekend beta. The community will get to test Arenanet’s mettle, and find out if they truly did fix the issues identified in the first round. If we log in to find stable servers, less lag in highly populated areas, and parties that stay together when zoning it will be a success. I am perfectly OK with them fixing those types of issues before opening up Asura and Sylvari races to us.
These beta weekends give us just a small taste, revealing a bit more each time before turning off the light. I have not played an MMO regularly since March. I’m like a moth flying in the dark, getting ever closer to the lamp in the distance and hoping to find a warm spot on the glass.