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How many (if any) MMOs closed down, while you were actively playing them?

TheScavengerTheScavenger Matrix, NYPosts: 911Member Uncommon

As title says...have you ever been playing an MMO, and said MMO "suddenly" announces its closing down?

 

Sadly, quite a few for me...

 

Auto Assault (my favorite MMO ever, even with its problems)

Tabula Rasa (my second favorite MMO ever, and it was actually a lot better toward the end)

City of Heroes (while I wasn't fully active, I subbed every 3 months and played about a month)

^NCsoft, publishers of my top favorite MMOs...only to close them down...NCsoft has the most MMOs closed, that I really liked playing

 

Asheron's Call 2 (I actually really liked this, but it was a lot different than the first and was rather buggy at launch. Too bad Turbine hasn't done anything with a new AC)

 

and...I think that is it. Quite a few that I've played have closed down. 

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  • WraithoneWraithone Salt Lake City, UTPosts: 3,594Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by TheScavenger

    As title says...have you ever been playing an MMO, and said MMO "suddenly" announces its closing down?

     

    Sadly, quite a few for me...

     

    Auto Assault (my favorite MMO ever, even with its problems)

    Tabula Rasa (my second favorite MMO ever, and it was actually a lot better toward the end)

    City of Heroes (while I wasn't fully active, I subbed every 3 months and played about a month)

    ^NCsoft, publishers of my top favorite MMOs...only to close them down...NCsoft has the most MMOs closed, that I really liked playing

     

    Asheron's Call 2 (I actually really liked this, but it was a lot different than the first and was rather buggy at launch. Too bad Turbine hasn't done anything with a new AC)

     

    and...I think that is it. Quite a few that I've played have closed down. 

     

    Tabula Rasa (really liked aspects of that game).  Horizons (now Istaria).  Asherons Call 2 (right after Turbine sold us the expansion pack...). 

    Look at your top three. They are just part of the western games that NCsoft has axed over the years.  They seem to make a habit of that.  I'd rank them almost as bad as Nexon, in terms of reputation. 

  • KyleranKyleran Tampa, FLPosts: 20,008Member Uncommon
    I've been lucky, only one that I was actively playing, Earth Eternal which shut down while still in beta, and right after I spent about 50 bucks on some cash shop deals.

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  • greenreengreenreen Punchoo, AKPosts: 2,101Member Uncommon

    Two of them so far.

    Ryzom shut down and went thru bankruptcy. I was there on day 0 and playing daily.

    Chronicles of Spellborn just vanished. I was not there on day 0 and only playing casually.

    Ryzom I remember screaming at the hilltops bring it back. I emailed all sorts of IT whowhoos and told them the game was for sale offering them information on how to keep it online.

    In dedication to them I keep a sub to the game even when I'm not playing it actively since they have returned from the depths. Ryzom is like my dirty MR that I can return to anytime but I keep on the side. We "dig" each other. (omg first ryzom joke in history, did i win an internet award)

     

  • WraithoneWraithone Salt Lake City, UTPosts: 3,594Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by greenreen

    Two of them so far.

    Ryzom shut down and went thru bankruptcy. I was there on day 0 and playing daily.

    Chronicles of Spellborn just vanished. I was not there on day 0 and only playing casually.

    Ryzom I remember screaming at the hilltops bring it back. I emailed all sorts of IT whowhoos and told them the game was for sale offering them information on how to keep it online.

    In dedication to them I keep a sub to the game even when I'm not playing it actively since they have returned from the depths. Ryzom is like my dirty MR that I can return to anytime but I keep on the side. We "dig" each other. (omg first ryzom joke in history, did i win an internet award)

     

    Good points. I'd completely forgotten about those two.  CoS never did get a fair attempt at making it, given Acclaims antics at the start.  I think Ryzom is back now. 

  • keithiankeithian Los Angeles, CAPosts: 3,042Member Uncommon
    Well, I was beta testing Gods and Heroes 3 years or so ago and that closed down in the middle of testing, was reactived I think earlier this year, but only 2 people on Planet Earth went to try it. Does that count? lol

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  • QuirhidQuirhid TamperePosts: 5,969Member Common
    I make a point of not playing bad games. Some games I've tried have been shutdown but not while I was still playing them. I say they all were shutdown for a good reason.

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  • Cephus404Cephus404 Redlands, CAPosts: 3,675Member
    The only game I ever played that was shut down while I was playing was Tabula Rasa.  Any others that went under were long after I had left.  Most games fail because they can't find enough people who find them worthwhile and pay for them.

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  • grimgryphongrimgryphon Pacific Northwest, WAPosts: 682Member

    Tabula Rasa. I still miss that game.

    Also I was there for the shut-down of WoW. Oh wait, that was the launch of CATA. My bad.

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  • luclinraiderluclinraider Oakdale, CAPosts: 42Member Common

    Matrix Online!  IMO probably the best PvP MMO ever with the exception of DAoC maybe ;P.  But....just goes to show that PvP alone isnt enough to keep a game going....since MXO literally didnt have PvE at end game....there were no dungeons, raids, bosses.....you just made your own custom build of skills with the skill tree and set out to exterminate the other factions :P.

     

    A lot of people didnt like....but I loved it till the day it shut down ^^.

     

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  • Ramonski7Ramonski7 Aurora, ILPosts: 2,656Member Uncommon

    Mmos that I was actively playing? Hmmm...

    • Earth and Beyond
    • Fung Wan Online
    • Asheron's Call 2
    • 9 Dragons
    • Chronicles of Spellborn
    • Phantasy Star Online
    • Dream of Mirror Online 
    • Asda Online 

     

    The last two were mmos I use to play with my kids. But with such a plethora of mmos to choose from today I hardly miss any of them. Well except maybe Earth and Beyond and AC2.

     

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  • WraithoneWraithone Salt Lake City, UTPosts: 3,594Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Ramonski7

    Mmos that I was actively playing? Hmmm...

    • Earth and Beyond
    • Fung Wan Online
    • Asheron's Call 2
    • 9 Dragons
    • Chronicles of Spellborn
    • Phantasy Star Online
    • Dream of Mirror Online 
    • Asda Online 

     

    The last two were mmos I use to play with my kids. But with such a plethora of mmos to choose from today I hardly miss any of them. Well except maybe Earth and Beyond and AC2.

     

    Earth and Beyond is just one more reason not to trust EA.  I've not thought of that game in years and years.  But it was quite enjoyable.   Westwood is just one example of what happens.  Of course, Bioware is a more recent example. I wonder how long its going to be, before they follow Westwood into the sunset?

  • phantomghostphantomghost Atlanta, GAPosts: 696Member Uncommon
    None while I was actively playing.
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  • OnomicOnomic TønsbergPosts: 196Member
    None here, most close down long after i left.
  • dave6660dave6660 New York, NYPosts: 2,543Member Uncommon
    I was playing CoH when they announced they it was closing.

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  • LoktofeitLoktofeit Stone Mountain, GAPosts: 13,675Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Onomic
    None here, most close down long after i left.

    Same here.

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  • shirlntshirlnt Houston, TXPosts: 355Member

    Don't think I've ever had one shut down while i was subscribing, but I've had a few shut down after I stopped playing them:

    -- TSO (first MMO I ever played)

    -- SWG

    -- Ryzom (temporarily?)

    -- Tabula Rasa

     

    At least a couple of them were "predicted" to fail, although they lasted a few years after those "predictions" ....although I guess that could probably be said of every game that ever shut down because I'm sure that EVERY mmo out there probably has someone saying the game won't make it.

  • SuraknarSuraknar Montreal, QCPosts: 824Member

    Happened to me with Earth and Beyond, Tabula Rasa.

     

     

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  • hyllstarterhyllstarter ukiah, CAPosts: 203Member Common
    SWG.

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  • mmoguy43mmoguy43 , CAPosts: 2,447Member Uncommon
    Wish beta. It was the second day and the lag was so awful. OMG 50+ players in the same area, server strain! Soon after it was shut down.
  • dimnikardimnikar ZanistanvillePosts: 271Member

    I only played GOOD games that never shut down.

     

    I guess I just rock at picking GOOD games to play instead of SHITTY ones, huh.

  • CastillleCastillle KhobarPosts: 2,703Member Uncommon
    City of Heroes, Dungeon Runners.

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  • BanquettoBanquetto CityPosts: 1,037Member Uncommon

    None so far.

  • LoverNoFighterLoverNoFighter Star CItyPosts: 294Member
    The NGE.
  • KyleranKyleran Tampa, FLPosts: 20,008Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by dimnikar

    I only played GOOD games that never shut down. I guess I just rock at picking GOOD games to play instead of SHITTY ones, huh.

     

    Not really, more likely that you lack any real sense of adventure and stick with titles that are safe and popular. It's what most folks do and why few ever get burned. But you never really live either.

    In my day MMORPG's were so hard we fought our way through dungeons in the snow, uphill both ways.
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  • ComanComan Hattem, AKPosts: 2,035Member Uncommon

    2 games

     

    Wish while in beta

    Face of Mankind....it might have done that twice to me. Lost count :P

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