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There is a saying; Only a fool does the same thing over and over again and expects different results.
How many big titles did we have after WoW that fell flat on their faces?
+ Warhammer, Age of Reckoning? You know, that game that was gonna “kill WoW”? WAR was going to come out and blow WoW away with its “deep” and “meaningful” PvP/RvR system? And then it came out and was just an inferior version of WoW? Gee wiz, what happened to that game? Whats it running on now, 3 servers?
+ Age of Conan? That game from Funcom with awesome graphics, that promised to be a hardcore PvP game? And at the last minute, Funcom wussified the game by watering down the combat system and making it no different than a stroll through Disneyland? I still remember the forums breaking down in absolute rage due to Funcom's lies.
+ RIFT? Remember that saying in the trailer video....”We arent in Azeroth anymore”? OH YES TRION, WE'RE STILL IN AZEROTH! 9 MILLION STRONG!
+ Aion? That game where you were able to fly around? ….Except that it kinda sucked?
And now we have...
SWTOR. SWTOR SWTOR SWTOR. Oh man. What a shining example of success. One of the biggest names in the business, Bioware's own Ray Muszyka said in an interview, I believe something along the lines of “It would be foolish to stray away from the WoW model”. Unbelievable. Whelp look what happened. One of the biggest IP's, backed by more than $300,000 million of EA's money, and the game crashed, dubbed, “The Tortanic”. Except that it wasnt really a tragedy. Players complained of a buggy mess of a game with a “boring endgame”. On rails space combat. ON RAILS. IN 2012. IN A AAA GAME! Theres, nothing to do!
Guild Wars 2. Now granted, the game just came out. Its supposed to be “innovation”. Dynamic Events ripped straight from the Public Quest system in Warhammer. WvWvW ripped straight from the PvP system from DAOC. And I'll be honest I've played it – its not that great. In fact, ITS SHALLOW AND BORING! YES, I AM CALLING GW2 OUT. ITS BORING. (this is all of course, my opinion)
The only thing ArenaNet did right was their propaganda campaign. What a load of baloney. And no, I'm NOT afraid of GW2 gestapo fanboys coming after me. I'm telling you how it is. (or my opinion, whatever makes ya happy)
Guess what? Pretty much every big themepark that has come out that has tried to take a “piece of the WoW pie” has pretty much fell flat on their faces. These games are linear, boring, restrictive and shallow. Is this really what we want for a AAA game? I am NOT paying 60$ for GW2. It isnt worth 60$.
The whole argument of “sandbox is a small niche, it doesnt work, everyone loves themeparks” IS A LOAD OF BALONEY! If that was the case, wouldnt these games be a bit more successful? Really? 5 years after its release and WAR has 3 or 4 servers? AoC – who plays that game anymore? With every new themepark, a big huge marketing campaign goes off, everyone gets hyped up – until they play the game, and then reality sets in.
If no one cares about sandbox, why do we have a list of sandboxes on the General forum consistently updated?
And now here we are....with the announcement of Darkfall Unholy Wars, I believe I have to make some noise.
BRING BACK SANDBOX!!! WE WANT SANDBOX!!!
WE'VE BEEN WAITING 8 YEARS FOR MORE SANDBOXES. 8 YEARS!
BRING IT BACK. SANDBOX IS THE FUTURE.
THEMEPARKS ARE THE PAST.
The myth of a no sandbox market is a MYTH.
What do people find fun? Do you really find the forced, pre-made path of developer made content all that interesting? Do you really find it all that interesting? Do you know that content eventually runs out -as thesr releases have proven? Its limiting AND limited.
Or would you rather create content for yourself? Look at how popular Minecraft is. Look at the amazing creations players make. Look at Runescape - a sandbox - one of the most successful sandboxes ever, created in some kid's basement? We, as people, love to create! We love it. And thats what sandbox is all about. That is the essence of sandbox – creating your OWN story. Did you know that line was in the loading screens of the original, beloved SWG?
Player made content is the future. It always has been. Creating YOUR OWN game. Your own experience. Give players their freedom back. Give players the freedom to create their own virtual home. Their own virtual business. Give players the freedom to create their own in game art. Give players the freedom to be whoever their alter ego wants to be. This type of content NEVER runs out. Never ever does it run out. it keeps on going on, and on and on.
why be forced into one role?
Want to be a knight in shining armor? Boom.
Want to be a mercenary hunting down other players? Boom.
Want to be a dancer, entertaining tired players on the street for some coin? Boom
Want to be a leader of a player run corporation? Boom.
Want to be an architect, designing other players houses? Boom.
Want to be a thief, stealing other players' hard earned cash? Boom!
Want to become a politician, managing a player city? Boom.
Bring back crafting. Player housing. Player cities. Bring back meaningful PvP. Exciting combat. Bring back skill and classless systems.
Enough with the themeparks. We've had 8 years of this crap. I'm willing to pay good money- GOOD MONEY – FOR A GOOD SANDBOX MMO. I'm tired of these shallow, boring WoW clones. Sandbox is the future. Its the modern MMO.
Hers is a quote from the beaten down Earthrise developer Masthead studies regarding the state of the Genre:
"One year after the launch of the game, we have decided to stop the Earthrise servers. Earthrise was released too early and did not meet the expectations of its fans" said Atanas Atanasov, Director of Masthead Studios. "We did our best to revive the game in 2011, but the time was not enough to keep up with the user requirements. There is a huge interest in high quality open world sandbox MMORPGs, unfortunately the big publishers do not show any interest in the genre. It is unfortunate that low budget companies like ours are trying to bring innovativeness in the already saturated MMO market. I hope that one day an independent studio will be able to release the long anticipated open world sandbox MMO, which everyone is talking about, but no one is making. We tried, but did not succeed. We would like to apologize to those who were disappointed from Earthrise and to thank everyone who supported us during the years."
BRING BACK SANDBOX!!! I WANT MY FREEDOM BACK!