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Which MMORPG Has Had The Worst Launch?

TheMaahesTheMaahes Marlborough, MAPosts: 185Member

During an interesting discussion in RIFT today, many players were chatting over which games they missed dearly. It should be no surprise that this conversation was started at the mention of EQN's launch. However, I unknowingly and completely derailed the conversation by asking: "Which MMORPG has had the worst launch?"

The conversation soon turned into everyone naming the game they had a grudge against: WoW, SWtOR, STO, EQ2, etc. One person however said, "It's tied between Vanguard and WAR." I was struck by this comment because he had mentioned my nostalgia-candy, Warhammer Online - Age of Reckoning, and I was more surprised that he said it was tied with a game I hadn't heard about.

I came into MMORPGs with WoW as it was moving into TBC and moved on from there. As such, I am not part of the EQ crowd and was not eager for Vanguard (I hadn't even heard a mention of it back then). I had to do some research on the game and came to find out it was indeed strikingly similar to WAR in the sense of its failures. The real kicker was the game was released only a year before WAR.

When researching both games, I found both were indeed in a league of their own in terms of failure. While hype for a game can make any launch seem terrible, both Vanguard and WAR had technical issuses that really seperated them from the rest of the pack. In my personal opinion, WAR squeezes out an un-wanted victory here with its server problems in handling RvR.

So, I thought it would be interesting to ask the question to you folks here at MMORPG.com. Which game do you think had the worst launch, Vanguard or WAR? Or perhaps another title that I missed?

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  • fyerwallfyerwall Posts: 3,155Member Uncommon

    Anarchy Online.

    Great game, horrible launch.

    In fact I think it set the standard by which horrible launches are currently measured.

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  • CthulhuPuffsCthulhuPuffs Henderson, NVPosts: 363Member Common
    Originally posted by fyerwall

    Anarchy Online.

    Great game, horrible launch.

    In fact I think it set the standard by which horrible launches are currently measured.

    ^^^^^

    Yep. AO had probably the worst launch I have ever been a part of.

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  • AndraxxAndraxx Toronto, ONPosts: 234Member Uncommon

    Definitely Anarchy Online.

    It went on to become one of my favorite MMOs ever, but it is indeed the definition of a terrible launch.

     

     

  • GeezerGamerGeezerGamer ChairPosts: 5,596Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Andraxx

    Definitely Anarchy Online.

    It went on to become one of my favorite MMOs ever, but it is indeed the definition of a terrible launch.

     

     

    Anarchy. No contest.

  • Demmi77Demmi77 philly, PAPosts: 225Member

    anarchy online

    warhammer

    age of conan

    sto

    ff14

    all points bulletin

    swg (not alot of people remember the completely unresponsive servers for weeks)

     

    think thats the worst of what i can remember that i played. all points bulletin, was just glitched all to hell, ultimately the game shut down , it could have been great but man you wanna talk about a failed launch. Less than 6 months in and the studio is closed and game is shut down.

  • WraithoneWraithone Salt Lake City, UTPosts: 3,594Member Uncommon
    Anarchy Online, hands down. One of the worst MMO launches in history.  I'm still amazed to this day, that they managed to come back from such an epic failure.
  • GruntyGrunty TexasPosts: 7,063Member Uncommon
    Dark & Light would have taken the crown from Anarchy Online except that everyone but the over hyped fanatics knew it was horrible before it opened.
  • elockeelocke Manassas, VAPosts: 4,205Member Uncommon
    SWG had a horrible, horrible launch.  First 3 days the servers kept crashing, it was atrocious.
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  • YilelienYilelien Vacaville, CAPosts: 322Member

    I never played AO so for me it was Vanguard.

     

    Most of my EQ guild was trying to get on with high hopes. They were very quickly squashed....

  • zymurgeistzymurgeist Pittsville, VAPosts: 5,215Member Uncommon
    Mourning Realms of Krel. It literally launched in alpha complete with a disc. They tried subscriptions but no more than a few people ever paid beyond the first month.

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  • kb056kb056 redford, MIPosts: 423Member Common

    SWG, it was one of the first and most expansive MMO's ever.

     

    Few knew what it's potentials was.

  • tank017tank017 Glendale, CAPosts: 2,192Member
    Originally posted by fyerwall

    Anarchy Online.

    Great game, horrible launch.

    In fact I think it set the standard by which horrible launches are currently measured.

    Yep, AO

     

    I wanted to love that game so bad,but the launch and all the lingering bugs killed it for me.

  • DamonVileDamonVile Vancouver, BCPosts: 4,818Member
    Originally posted by Grunty
    Dark & Light would have taken the crown from Anarchy Online except that everyone but the over hyped fanatics knew it was horrible before it opened.

    Settlers of Ganareth was far and away the worst mmo ever launched. Just because people knew it was crappy and almost no one played it doesn't mean it wasn't the worst.

    No matter what bad happened for AO it could never compare to the total fail that was dark and lights attempt to be a game.

  • skeeter667skeeter667 holyoke, MAPosts: 55Member Uncommon
    AO for sure and SWG well that took me like 8 or 9 hours just to get onto the website to create the account so I could play, then the servers crashing all the time.But for pure fail on launches AO I didn't play it but heard alot about it.
  • baphametbaphamet omaha, NEPosts: 2,838Member Uncommon

    for me it is vanguard, both in disappointed and launch fail department's

  • SiugSiug TallinnPosts: 1,236Member Uncommon
    VG launch was plain awful.
  • sodade21sodade21 athensPosts: 341Member Uncommon

    for me i think it was

    1)Darkfall... First I Had hard time to download the game....then i had hard time to log in due to connection errors..then i had to fight with the queue,when i won over the queue i had again connection failures and when i could actually loged in the game the game servers crashed every 10 mins.. after they fixed that problems there was a sync error for days and big lag along with frequent crashes and connection drops.

     

    2)WoW at launch and at every expansion its  hard to log in four hours and the servers are unstable for some days.

     

    3) Guild Wars 2. I couldn't Log in For hours. and there were server crashed and connection issues for the first couple of days. also several major bugs.

     

    3)Could it be AoC but mostly cause it was unfinished...

     

     

  • rojoArcueidrojoArcueid hell, NJPosts: 6,783Member Uncommon

    i personally think that having a great launch and keeping the game great all the way is awesome. But having a bad launch and making the game great after that is also awesome.

     

    The sad part is when the opposite of those 2 statements happen....

     

    I dont judge a game for its launch...So i dont care who had the worst launch. Im happy with having played two of the best launches in my mmo experience (Rift and GW2). Didnt have any problem with them and both keep getting better in the long run

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  • Scott23Scott23 Moline, ILPosts: 108Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Piiritus
    VG launch was plain awful.

    Vanguard was awful (didn't play Warhammer or Anarchy Online), but the worst launch for me was FFXIV 1.0

    I am amazed that they have attempted a comeback (also pleasantly surprised at the Beta).

  • NovusodNovusod Lakewood, NJPosts: 892Member Uncommon

    I was going to write in Vanguard before I even saw the poll options.

    Seriously the worst launch ever.

  • IcewhiteIcewhite Elmhurst, ILPosts: 6,403Member
    Originally posted by TheMaahes

    One person however said, "It's tied between Vanguard and WAR."

    Of those two, I'd probably pick VG...only because the machine it was specced to run on wasn't really available yet.

    But clearly if you consider either of those the worst, you missed some real doozies. AoC for example. Hellgate: London.

    Any such poll is limited to games you actually experienced at opening...and how well the game was tuned (or not) to your hardware.

     

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  • EvilGeekEvilGeek londonPosts: 1,227Member Uncommon

    FFXIV:V.1
    AoC
    Vanguard

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  • HerodesHerodes DannenbergPosts: 1,494Member

    If I remember correctly WAR had a pretty good launch. The "Error 404" or whatever happened in pre-release.

  • BrucyBonusBrucyBonus londonPosts: 220Member
    The one that sticks out for me only because it was recent is Defiance.
  • kastakasta Mineola, TXPosts: 512Member
    Anarchy Online was the worst launch I've seen.  Vanguard wasn't bad for me.  AoC ran smooth as glass.  I wasn't in on the launch as I was playing EQ at the time but SWG generated a lot of hate on the SoE boards at its release.
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