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General: The Five Best Cancelled MMOs

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,659MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

With the news of Star Wars Galaxies cancellation later this year, MMORPG.com Managing Editor Bill Murphy takes a look at some the best that also have fallen over the years. Check out The List to see if you agree with Bill's choices. Be sure to add your thoughts in the comments.

In honor of our fallen (falling?) comrade, Star Wars Galaxies, this week’s List is going to be all about the dead and dying MMOs. It’s no secret that when an MMORPG launches and people begin to make it their home, they start to grow attached to the world, it’s characters, and the people they inhabit it with. Ergo it’s always painful when one of these games has to be shut down. Whether a game is a success or not, we’re talking about thousands of hours in development being switched off, never to be played again.

Read more of Bill Murphy's The List: The Five Best Cancelled MMOs.

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  • sirsammy33sirsammy33 richwood, OHPosts: 64Member

    i played all of those games :) auto assalt was a intersting game was shocked it didnt last longer then 1 yr :p        i know swg not on hrere but i say everyone quit sony games couse they dont know how to run none of them:(

  • DuvarisDuvaris St. Petersburg, FLPosts: 127Member

    IMO. Out of all of those. Earth and Beyond was the only one that shouldnt have been cancelled.

  • Dionysus187Dionysus187 Flint, MIPosts: 302Member

    Oh how I miss you EnB. Your death has seeded a deep hatred of EA that lasts to this very day.

    I was seriously gearing up to play EnB and even got friends and family into it going as far as buying them copies of the game. Where warp speed wasn't some lame 'warp interface' on a map. Where combat, exploration and crafting all could be used to pump up your preferred playstyle of the the three. Where I actually READ the friggin QUESTS because I liked the storyline and the random news updates from space ports made it one of the only MMO's where I cared about being immersed. Hard solo quests that required strategy on your approach!

    All this only to witness a few months later a 'sunset' announcment. Damn you EA. My favorite MMO doesn't even exist because of you.

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  • ComanComan Hattem, AKPosts: 2,036Member Uncommon

    Wish with got canceled in beta. It had a lot of promise even in beta and a shame it got canceld.

  • ThorqemadaThorqemada BerlinPosts: 1,277Member Uncommon

    Played Auto Assault and EnB and also tested TCoS.

    TCoS - was to weird, much to weird, releasing against to much competition, experienced poeple called it a fail a year b4 release and the truth is it was.

    Auto Assault - i would have loved if it had been more Interstate 76 instead of this weird setting with clunky avatar interaction. Think i played 2 months or so. Fundamentally a good automobile mmo must work but seems nobody has got it right yet.

    EnB - the best of these 5, have still the 3 boxes of our family space fleet at home, EA did not give it a good chance and EvE milked it off. I even favor EnB over EvE bcs EnB had a soul!

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  • RyowulfRyowulf Greensburg, PAPosts: 668Member Uncommon

    Auto Assault would have made a good ftp.

     

  • AsgrimAsgrim SosariaPosts: 90Member Uncommon

    Dungeon Runners is in my top 5. I still wish someone would pick up the rights and reopen the game.

  • toljartoljar Elk river, MNPosts: 132Member Uncommon

    I too miss Asheon's Call 2. It would be nice to see Turbine to a relaunch of it maybe 1 or 2 servers with a FTP model on it. However I heard most of the codes were lost in the developement of LoTRO (Unless Smeldey worked for Turbine for that PR release.)

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  • GreenHellGreenHell ludlow, MAPosts: 1,322Member Uncommon

    There are a few games that I would add to the list even though some of them never launched...

    Seed - Crazy concept that I would have liked to have seen. Sadly the beta was never playable for me.

    Motor City Online - while not an MMORPG it was an MMO and died far to early

    Imperator - great setting for an MMO really wish it had happened.

  • Dru72Dru72 NorthamptonPosts: 57Member

    MXO

    SEED

    The Sims Online

     

    Out of these 3, I wish someone somewhere would resurect MxO

  • GreenHellGreenHell ludlow, MAPosts: 1,322Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by Dru72

    MXO

    SEED

    The Sims Online

     

    Out of these 3, I wish someone somewhere would resurect MxO

    Forgot all about MXO..another SOE casuality. Im sure we will be talking about Vanguard in the same way very soon.

  • Dru72Dru72 NorthamptonPosts: 57Member

    Originally posted by GreenHell



     

    Forgot all about MXO..another SOE casuality. Im sure we will be talking about Vanguard in the same way very soon.


     

    More than likely :(

     

    I feel (probably amongst thousands of other gamers) that rather than a game totally biting the dust, companies should 'auction' off the rights of a dead game,giving other companies or people (i.e --a player run community that can fund the continuation).

    I myself would gladly contribute towards the resurection of MxO.

  • DakirnDakirn Kansas City, MOPosts: 374Member Uncommon



    Originally posted by GreenHell







    Originally posted by Dru72



    MXO





    SEED





    The Sims Online





     





    Out of these 3, I wish someone somewhere would resurect MxO

    Forgot all about MXO..another SOE casuality. Im sure we will be talking about Vanguard in the same way very soon.






     

    To be fair, Sony bought the game and kept it running long after it should have died on it's own.

    Sony didn't really put much love into it afterwards, though.. the Matrix craze died pretty quickly after the second and third movies.  I remember playing the original beta of MxO and thought.. no thanks.  Buggy, horrid mess with no clear game play or objectives.

    I heard from many people it became better after release, and those working on it did so with great passion.  I would have rather seen MxO on this list rather than Auto Assault.

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  • astoriaastoria Silver Spring, MDPosts: 1,681Member

    I miss Tabula Rasa.

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  • marganculosmarganculos BrnoPosts: 190Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by astoria



    I miss Tabula Rasa.


     

    +1

  • VolgoreVolgore Posts: 2,214Member Uncommon

    TCOS was too unique for the themepark TAB-target crowd at that time. The game would have a better chance today, now that many gamers are sick of the wow formula.

    The amateurish studio behind TCOS was in no way able to push the game to it's real potential and the way it was handled by the publishers was another pure shame.

    I'm shure in the hands of some capable devs and with the support of a proper publisher, TCOS would have been SO much more and flourishing today -perhaps with already a 2nd great addon upcoming. I guess that can be said about 95% of all games which tanked in the recent years, but then i think unlike the wow clones of studios who hopped on the bandwagon for a quick buck TCOS really deserved better.

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  • causscauss sonnegaPosts: 668Member

    Auto Assault. Such a shame because I saw the box in the stores and reallyyyy wanted to give it a try..

  • clankyaspclankyasp sydneyPosts: 213Member

    none of them are WoW-Clone.

  • Ramonski7Ramonski7 Aurora, ILPosts: 2,656Member Uncommon

    I was pissed when Earth and Beyond got canned. I freakin loved that game!

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  • elockeelocke Manassas, VAPosts: 4,205Member Uncommon

    Hmmm...maybe some financially savvy company should go shopping and do some reboots, relaunches, revamps of these games that "could-have-been" great with the right dev team and support.

    I for one, would love to see Auto Assault but with more dedication and passion thrown at it as well as Asheron's Call 2.

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  • TheDeadlyMouseTheDeadlyMouse Beckley, WVPosts: 103Member Uncommon

    Microsoft did not close AC2, that was Turbine.  Turbine had already bought back AC and AC2, released an exp pak for it and I think 3-5 months later shut it down.

  • BaxslashBaxslash Clinton, ONPosts: 230Member

    1. Earth and Beyond

    2. Star Wars Galaxies *pending*

    3. Eve*thrown out with the baby and bath water*

     

     

  • SaarosenSaarosen Renton, WAPosts: 18Member

    Well, the Betas for Auto Assault and Tabula Rasa were fun, but I quickly uninstalled both soon after I heard of their up-and-coming demise. I though TR could have been a great game, but AA still needed a lot of work.

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  • RyukanRyukan Mason, MIPosts: 706Member Uncommon

       Asheron's Call was not that good of a game in comparison to the original. ALl it had was better graphics, the gameplay was a step down from Asheron's Call. If Turbine had kept the general gameplay and character system of Asheron's Call, AC2 might not have sucked so bad.

  • bobbymobobbymo evansville, INPosts: 48Member

    I think Shadowbane deserves mention.

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