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General: Five Dead MMOs with Potential

MikeBMikeB MMORPG.com Community ManagerQueens, NYAdministrator Posts: 6,040 Uncommon

The MMO graveyard is littered with games with tons of potential, but this week we've put together a list of five of our favorite picks.

We don’t know too much about this one, but Dominus had the MMORPG.com community particularly excited. At its most basic, Dominus was a sci-fi sandbox MMO with three-faction RvR. There really isn’t much to say more than that when it comes to a community who frequently herald Dark Age of Camelot as having the best PvP in the genre and often has a particular affinity for sandbox games.

Read more of Michael Bitton's The List: Five Dead MMOs with Potential.

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  • astoriaastoria Silver Spring, MDMember Posts: 1,681

    Tabula Rasa RIP. Lacking at launch admittedly, but less lacking than many other AAA titles that are still around. 

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  • MeltdownMeltdown Home, NHMember Posts: 1,179 Uncommon

    Tabula Rasa was the only one mentioned that I really know enough about to agree with, was just before its time and not 100% complete at release, amazing nowadays games with similar launches can still hold on yet Tabula Rasa fell apart so fast.

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  • TROLL_HARDTROLL_HARD Caucasian/WhiteMember Posts: 312

    Darkfall 1 (on life support till DF2 puts it out of its misery)

  • RefMinorRefMinor MyTownMember Posts: 3,452 Uncommon
    SWTOR, it would need to be rebuilt from the ground up, but the basic idea of a Star Wars MMO has potential.
  • WarpHunterWarpHunter Vancouver, WAMember Posts: 147

    The 5 I thought had potential during development were

    1. Mythica

    2. Asherons Call 2

    3. Hero's Journey

    4. Warhammer Online (The original version that was being developed by Climax which was suppose to be a bloody dark version of Warhammer)

    5. Middle Earth Online (Sierra On-line)

     

    Warp

  • ThourneThourne Member Posts: 702 Uncommon

    Since we are including games that never made it to launch, I would have to put WISH at the top of any list I would make.

  • ShakyMoShakyMo BradfordMember Posts: 7,207 Common
    Not the matrix the 2nd and 3rd movies killed that ip

  • DragonantisDragonantis DublinMember Posts: 974

    Exteel, that game had alot of potential, if only NCsoft put more work into it :(

  • I am suprised Vanguard isn't on the list, had so much potential the vast scope of the game and vision. If it had only been finished who knows where it would be now? It's still a good game today but no one wants to go back to an old game.. I'd like to see how they do free to play though

  • dontadowdontadow Detroit, MIMember Posts: 994 Uncommon

    I was sad when they canceled Mythica and Spellborn.  Just seemed like so much potential. 

  • KerengarKerengar HerentalsMember Posts: 63 Uncommon

    Originally posted by LadyDanger

    I am suprised Vanguard isn't on the list, had so much potential the vast scope of the game and vision. If it had only been finished who knows where it would be now? It's still a good game today but no one wants to go back to an old game.. I'd like to see how they do free to play though

    seconded, Vanguard should be on that list imo. One of the biggest worlds out there :)

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  • BunnykingBunnyking NowhereMember Posts: 126 Uncommon

    Tbh I missed SWG in that list.

  • MephsterMephster Tyria, NJMember Posts: 1,188

    Tabula Rasa would have been good if they did it right.

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  • KyleranKyleran Paradise City, FLMember Posts: 22,784 Epic

    Originally posted by Crynn


    Originally posted by LadyDanger


    I am suprised Vanguard isn't on the list, had so much potential the vast scope of the game and vision. If it had only been finished who knows where it would be now? It's still a good game today but no one wants to go back to an old game.. I'd like to see how they do free to play though

    seconded, Vanguard should be on that list imo. One of the biggest worlds out there :)

    ER, Vanguard isn't dead like the others on the list are? Reports of its demise have been greatly exaggerated.  image

    Earth and Beyond, AC2 come to mind as always wondering what might of been.

    A proper sequel to Ultima Online was started and failed a couple of times which is unfortunately.

    Heck, I always wonder what would have happened if Mythic/EA had never occurred, nor had they obtained the Warhammer IP.

    They might have gone forward with their "Romans in Space" project  (Imperator Online) which could have been interesting but was cancelled in 2005.

     

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  • JeroKaneJeroKane OsloMember Posts: 5,688 Uncommon

    Originally posted by Meltdown

    Tabula Rasa was the only one mentioned that I really know enough about to agree with, was just before its time and not 100% complete at release, amazing nowadays games with similar launches can still hold on yet Tabula Rasa fell apart so fast.



     

    NCSoft just shut down the game out of Rage and Anger due to the lawsuit with Richard Garriott and the amount of their money he waisted on expensive "private" parties. Not to mention that he tried to trick them into paying his space endavour lol.

    There are far worse games out there that are still up and running!  It had no reason to be shut down like it did! /sigh

  • TimEisenTimEisen Columnist Member Posts: 2,584 Uncommon

    1. Star Wars Galaxies

    2. UO 2

    3. Warhammer Onine

    4. SWTOR (The potential was dead within months of taking the WOW approach, give it a year it will be completely dead)

    5. TES Online (Another WOW clone huh? Yeah this ones dead before it hit the water unless they save it)

  • AmjocoAmjoco Layton, UTMember Posts: 4,837 Uncommon

    I would throw Vanguard on that list as well! Hopefully it going F2P will help. :)

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  • RekindleRekindle Moncton, NBMember Posts: 1,206 Uncommon

    who knows how UO2 would have done but the fact a sequel never happened is a shame.

    Vanguard was one of the best games that never was. Clearly Vanguard was just purchased to keep it from killing the EQs.

  • falc0nfalc0n Lubbock, TXMember Posts: 384 Uncommon
    I'm surprised SWG isn't on the list because it had the most potential of any game I've ever played....the CU was by far the funnest game I had ever played.

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  • NendouNendou Klamath Falls, ORMember Posts: 3 Uncommon

    Where's Earth & Beyond??? D:

    wat?

  • falc0nfalc0n Lubbock, TXMember Posts: 384 Uncommon
    I'm surprised SWG isn't on that list. After the CU it was the most fun I have ever had in an mmo besides DAoC.

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  • GaladournGaladourn AthensMember Posts: 1,077 Uncommon

    Originally posted by LadyDanger

    I am suprised Vanguard isn't on the list, had so much potential the vast scope of the game and vision. If it had only been finished who knows where it would be now? It's still a good game today but no one wants to go back to an old game.. I'd like to see how they do free to play though

    my thoughts exactly

  • UtukuMoonUtukuMoon ParisMember Posts: 1,066















    Originally posted by Crynn






























    Originally posted by LadyDanger























    I am suprised Vanguard isn't on the list, had so much potential the vast scope of the game and vision. If it had only been finished who knows where it would be now? It's still a good game today but no one wants to go back to an old game.. I'd like to see how they do free to play though












    seconded, Vanguard should be on that list imo. One of the biggest worlds out there :)






























     














    Which part of dead don't you understand lol.












    Anyway ill second TCOS,i was in the very first beta all the way until release even if the beta didn't run for months on end.












     












    Remember this  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFhyxWEgzls





















    I would also add this to the list,if only they got it right http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVPfslIId2Y&feature=related

    Although the game is getting remade or a spin off of the game.

    http://www.mmoculture.com/2011/03/darkness-and-light-epic-mmo-in-making.html



     




     




     

  • NadiaNadia Topsham, MaineMember Posts: 11,866 Uncommon

    Originally posted by Kyleran

    Earth and Beyond, AC2 come to mind as always wondering what might of been.

    agree - top 5 doesnt give much room

     

    better served by a top 10 (unreleased mmos are being included like The Agency)

    Microsoft's Mythica was another what if?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mythica

  • KanethKaneth Member Posts: 2,109 Uncommon

    I have to agree with alot of the other posters, AC2, UO2, E&B and even SWG are all strangely absent from the list. I have to agree with Chronicles of Spellborn and Tabula Rasa though, both were killed off way before they ever had a chance.

    Unfortunately, no amount of potential will ever make up for a lack of execution.

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