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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?