I haven't played an MMO consistently for a few years now. To be fair, I started MMOs during its golden age: AC, EQ, UO, DAoC, SWG. DAoC was the perfect MMO for me, even if I wasn't the best at playing it. I played that game well over ten years. I want DAoC... only a DAoC that isn't 17 years old with a dwindling population. I keep hoping that the next big thing, even the next niche thing, will have something that grabs me and makes me want to stay.
I'm not picky. I don't care about excessive polish. I don't care if it has a few bugs. I don't care if it taxes my fairly nice computer system with stunning graphics and animations. I don't care if it has a beautiful soundtrack. These are all nice to have things that take a back seat to what is important... which I honestly can't put my finger on. I know what I like. Some games have some of those aspects and it just didn't matter.
I like a community that wants to be a community, not one that's forced. I like a diverse loot system, not one where everyone is looking to get the same armor and weapon set as the next guy. I need more than 2 factions ( WAR had two factions and I think it suffered because of it) and they can't just be copies of each other. I need unique character classes that with multiple, legitimate build options, not one class for each roll that no one wants unless it has the meta build. Racial choices that matter, not just the same thing with a different skin. I want to get all of my content via a paid subscription, no cash shops with costumes that make me look like a gay pirate (I'm not judging) or French maid... and absolutely no PTW. PvP/RvR that had objectives, consequences and a character progression beyond capped level that does not revolve around getting the next tier of PvP gear.
I can't be the only one. There is a reason people, myself included, are buying into games that are so new, they are in the pre-alpha phase even though there are so many more MMO's now compared to when I started playing them now. Something is clearly missing in the genre. Is there a game out there that I'm missing? (please don't tell me the DAoC shard server).
This is a major bummer for me.