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How long does an MMO have before it's considered a success?

Post by TheHidden01 on Thu Aug 25, 2016 3:13 pm


Watching the latest news about Pokťmon Go brought to mind something I still like to say about the MMO industry: Itís a marathon, not a sprint. Getting a huge number of players out of the gate means little-to-nothing if they donít stick around and spend money, especially with a game thatís free-to-play. You can have a stellar launch and make a great first impression, but it means very little if you canít stick the longer-term landing; WildStar managed to open to great numbers and a great launch, but the cracks started to show and the three-month mark saw a massive dropoff for the game that itís still struggling to recover from.

Of course, this goes directly against every other part of the game industry, where your opening sales are what indicates the health and success of a game. Much like a film, youíre going to be making most of your profits within the first few weeks. So excellent opening sales/downloads reads like a success story even when it doesnít translate to longer-term success in the marketplace.

And three months isnít a scientific figure, either. EVE Online limped along for some time before finding its niche and really getting popular; World of Warcraft defied expectations through the launch of Cataclysm by somehow managing to just keep going up. So letís talk about this. How long does an MMO have to be successful? Is it three months? Longer? Is it even shorter, dooming games that have later made decent money to forever be labeled failures if their initial launches were a mess?

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Re: How long does an MMO have before it's considered a success?

Post by Serenity Fay on Tue Aug 30, 2016 6:55 pm

I think WoW kind of fucked the playing field up for MMOs to come I think, cos player base will expect that kind of lifetime out of an MMO and frankly no game can live up to that.

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Post by Jumgei on Tue Aug 30, 2016 7:33 pm

World of Warcraft was there from the start and it had a great reputation. It's harder for newer MMO's stand out, if they diverge too far from the path people won't be as interested. If the game is too similar to WOW it'll just be called a WOW clone and it will fail. It's hard to strike a blanace between the two. From a buisness stand point, it needs to live long enough to return investment at least. From a player point of view it needs to last as long as the player is willing to play it wether it be 1 month or 1 year.
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