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And now everyone will start saying "Oh, its obvious that Sandbox was always the way to go".
Yeah, even those who said nobody wanted sandbox style games.
"You old school gamers are a thing of the past."
"Sandbox games are dead"
"Sandbox games didnt worked"
Look at all the games that have been succesfully and popular later on. All of them had sandbox elements.
And the games announced without sandbox elements have been stoned just after releasing the first art style drawings.
"Oh, you guys are a vocal minority."
Now, everyone will come out boasting they knew what people wanted all along!
Took how many years for the developers and community to catch up?
These games released in the last 5-10 years were not even MMORPGs in the first place! They just hijacked the labeling to monetize their online games, the essence was never there.