Daybreak Games Restructure Forms 3 New Studios

Today it was announced that the previously announced Daybreak Games restructure would be forming 3 new studios, each of which focusing on one of Daybreak’s franchises.

Dimensional Ink is the studio focusing on DCUO in Austin, Texas. It is being run by Jack Emmert, who you might know from City of Heroes, Neverwinter, Star Trek Online, and DCUO. This will be the studio that is starting development on a new high profile action MMO this year. It might just be the rumored Marvel MMO we heard about a while back. If you want to read more about Dimensional Ink, including how they picked their name you might want to check out this official blog post.

Darkpaw Games, is where you will find the Everquest Franchise. The studio is named of course after the beloved Everquest character Fippy Darkpaw. The studio will be run by Holly Longdale and they plan to continue to make new expansions for both Everquest and Everquest 2. They’re also looking ahead however towards expanding the franchise. You can read Holly’s Producer Letter about the changes if you want to know more.

Finally, we have Rogue Planet Games which will be where you can find everything Planetside. The studio is in San Diego and will be run by Andy Sites. They are focusing on Planetside 2 at the moment but they do have Planetside 3 in their sights. Andy’s Game Producer letter can be found on the Planetside 2 website.

So, what does this mean? Is Daybreak going away? No! They are going to be the publishers of the three new studios. One big question this has left up in the air is what does this all mean for H1Z1 as well as Lord of the Rings Online? Because these games weren’t mentioned right now it would appear that H1Z1 will stay at Daybreak and LOTRO is already made by a non-Daybreak Studio, Standing Stone Games. It’s most likely that they won’t be impacted by this at all. But, we will have to wait and see.


Source: Press Release

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Interview: Challenges In Bringing DC Universe Online To Nintendo Switch

Back in 2011, Sony Online Entertainment mounted a huge task with bringing a comic book universe to an MMO structure. That project, DC Universe Online, would become a huge hit with fans of both gaming and comic books alike, attaining an audience of millions across PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Years later, now owned by Daybreak Games, it would continue to grow on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 front, as servers shut down on older platforms.

DC Universe Online Interview

Now, that audience is set to grow again. The game is set to make its debut on August 6 on Nintendo Switch, becoming the first full-on massive multiplayer online game to launch on the platform. Granted, it does come with its challenges – it’s huge in size, clocking in at 24GB at initial download, and it also has to keep up with Nintendo Switch Online’s limitations. However, the team at Daybreak is more than ready for what’s coming this week, with a brand new server dedicated to all its players.

We recently had a chance to chat with the game’s executive producer, Leah Bowers, about the challenges that came with bringing DC Universe Online to the platform, as well as what players can expect from it. And judging by early impressions, there’s a lot to look forward to.

First off, Bowers dove into the general excitement of creating the experience for a new platform in general, something that hasn’t been done since the game debuted on Xbox One back in 2016.

“It really is a special opportunity for us to be the first to bring a true MMO experience to the Nintendo Switch,” she explained. “Players will love the action combat play style that DC Universe Online brings to the console — it’s a natural fit!”

Of course, there’s the Nintendo Switch Online infrastructure to go around, since it isn’t your typical online gaming network like Xbox Live and PlayStation Network. But Bowers says her team was more than up to the task.

DC Universe Online Interview

“We’ve been working on this as a team since October of last year. This was a huge challenge for us to take on, and the team really met it head on. The most important thing was handheld performance. That first time we were able to walk around the office playing DCUO handheld on the Switch was awesome.”

So, yes, you can take the system with you to San Diego Comic-Con and enjoy playing it while you’re waiting for the next panel – provided you can find a strong enough Wi-Fi point to connect to, obviously. Bowers said there’s a big plus in taking the game on the go.

“As a Nintendo Switch user, having a game of this magnitude with so much to do is extremely exciting to me! I think it’s going to really blow players’ minds when they can use a mobile hotspot to run a raid with their league mates. When I was traveling for Comic-Con I definitely fantasized about doing my DCUO dailies at the airport,” Bowers noted.

For those concerned about whether or not you need a Nintendo Switch Online membership, good news – you don’t. “DC Universe Online is free-to-play and does not require a Nintendo Switch Online membership to play,” Bowers explained. “Just download and start making your very own customized Super Hero or Super Villain right away!”

Some players, however, may feel the need to have to get “caught up” with everything that DC Universe Online has had to offer over the years. But Bowers reassured that isn’t the case, as all the content that has been released thus far will be there, with more to come – which we’ll cover below.

“Players will get to experience all the episodes!” she explained. “Everything is available from day one and mirrors what is currently available for our PlayStation, Xbox and PC communities. It’s very important to us that we welcome Switch into the DCUO fold and give them the best heroic experience we can.”

That will come in the form of Dark Nights: Metal, a new expansion based on the comic book series of the same name. Fans may recall that this was the introduction of a league of new Batmen, including The One Who Laughs. While Bowers didn’t go into too much detail about what this will bring, fans have a lot to look forward to, she explained.

“The next episode, out in September, is inspired by the Dark Nights: Metal storyline from the comic. That arc was a TOTAL TRIP and when I read it, all I could do was imagine it as a video game. I’m so excited to get to bring that deep, dark, meaningful storyline to life in our game,” she said.

And the team is working very closely with DC Comics to assure that the vibe behind the comics continues to flow smoothly into DC Universe Online, so it isn’t lost in its events.

DC Universe Online Interview

“We work very closely with our partners at DC on all updates to the game,” she said. “It’s a wonderful and collaborative relationship. They are very open to ideas from our end, and we love it when they share what they are excited about over at DC. Metal has been a big deal for them the last couple years, so they are absolutely thrilled that we’re making it a part of the DCUO universe too.”

As for what the future will hold outside of Metal in the months ahead, Bowers didn’t have a detailed schedule available. But she did note one key word: “Updates!” she said.

“We are constantly updating the game with weekend events, seasonal events, episodes, or just crazy ideas we want to try out and get feedback from our extremely passionate community. Our biggest updates coming soon are Metal Pt. 1 in September and Metal Pt. 2 in December. And, of course, the Halloween and Winter events are coming too, and for Switch players, it’ll be their first time tackling those.

DCUO is a living, breathing game and we look forward to growing it for years to come.”

Fans will be able to discover what DC Universe Online has in store when the game goes live on Nintendo Switch starting on August 6. Again, it’s going to require a lot of space, so make sure you get a big enough memory card to hold it all, and get yourself a strong Wi-Fi connection before you do anything else. Also make sure that you’ve got a good hero picked out, and have a few friends in tow to help you save the day, just in case.

DC Universe Online Interview

We’ll have a review of this game around the time of the game’s release, so be sure to check back!

DC Universe Online is also available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

(Thanks to Joy and Daybreak Games for the interview!)


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DCUO is Coming to Nintendo Switch

At San Diego Comic-Con it was announced that DCUO is coming to Nintendo Switch. It will launch on August 6th, which is only a little over 2 weeks away at this point. A small FAQ has been posted with a few details.

Current DCUO players will not be able to play their current accounts on the Switch. They will have to have all new accounts with all new characters made with their Nintendo account. These Nintendo accounts won’t be connected to the other accounts in any way. This is because at launch there will be a completely new server. This new server will be completely separate from the other servers in the DCUO community. Though the FAQ does add that they are looking forward to exploring crossplay options in the future.

The game will be free to play on the Switch like it is on other platforms you can find it on.

To celebrate the announcement DCUO has released an all-new trailer specifically for the Nintendo Switch.

During Comic-Con DCUO also announced two new episodes, METAL PART 1 and METAL PART 2. They will be launching in September and December respectively. Here’s what the developers have to say about each one.




In METAL PART II, the saga of the Dark Knights, the Dark Multiverse, and Metal will come to an explosive conclusion. The Bat-God Barbatos has waited since the dawn of the universe for this moment, and it seems nothing can stand in his way.


LEAH’S TAKE: “When we were just starting on the idea to bring Metal to the game, we knew the size and complexity of the cast and story would be challenging. We started testing the waters with looks from the comics – The Red Death and The Drowned – releasing those styles. The reaction was so overwhelming we knew we had to figure out how to bring the story into an episode. The way we figured it out? Not one Episode, but two! Doing the story right meant taking the time, and the team really stepped up and made it their own. We knew we were onto something good!” – Leah Bowers, DC Universe Online Executive Producer




Metal Part II will be a large-scale episode, with level-agnostic event versions of content available to all players for a limited time.

The episode will feature new and returning heroes and villains, including the Bat-God Barbatos.

The storyline will include singleplayer and multiplayer adventures set in locales too terrifying to be revealed now (spoilers).

The episode will launch new player rewards, including new gear, styles, artifacts, base items, and feats.


Source: Official Site

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Daybreak Releases Additional Lifetime Subscription Offer

You may recall last week we mentioned that Daybreak had a limited time, limited quantity lifetime subscription offer for a few of their older MMOs. Well, just before Christmas on Monday they announced that they had run out of the 4,000 that they had originally made available. Today though, they’ve announced that you’ll have one more chance to get in on this offer. They’ve released an additional 2,000 lifetime subscriptions.

For anyone keeping track at home, that means that if they sell all 6,000 total that has been made available they will bring in 1.8 million dollars. Not too bad at all. This offer is only available for a few more days. It ends on December 31st or whenever they run out. If this is something you want to get in on you shouldn’t wait. This is clearly a very popular offer, it only took 5 days for 4,000 subscriptions to be sold. These could very well sell just as quickly. If they sell at the same rate you can expect them to run out before dinner on Sunday.

The massive popularity of this offer may come as a surprise to many but with Everquest quickly approaching its 20th anniversary it really shouldn’t be. Everquest and Everquest 2 both have a large, very dedicated, very loyal fanbase. These fans would also generally be older than your typical gamer and are more likely to have the kind of disposable cash that is being looked for in the middle of the most expensive time of the year. It would be tragic to see something to Everquest so close to such a monumental date. With so many rumors that have been flying around recently it is very possible that people are buying in simply to make sure that their favorite game, whichever one it may be is still going for another few years.


Source: Official Site

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Daybreak Offering Lifetime Subscription for MMOs

How do you make 1.2 million dollars in a hurry? Well, if you’re Daybreak offering lifetime subscription to your MMO catalog is the way to go. This is exactly what they’re doing with a limited availability lifetime all access membership. For $299.99 (henceforth renamed $300 because ain’t nobody got time for that.) players will have lifetime membership benefits in every All Access game. For those who don’t know which ones that includes, we’re talking about Everquest, Everquest II, DCUO, and Planetside 2. Only 4,000 of these lifetime subscriptions will be made available and for anyone wondering, that’s where the $1.2 million comes from ($300 times 4,000 equals $1.2 million). This offer is only available until December 31st, assuming supplies last that long. Which of course Daybreak is warning that they will likely sell out.

If the $300 price tag is a little bit too steep for you at the moment but you do happen to have $200 laying around then maybe you’ll consider getting a 12-month subscription instead. All the same perks, but a hundred dollars less and only for one year. Yeah, we’d go with the lifetime sub if it were us.

The recently announced Planetside Arena is most notably not included as part of this lifetime deal, neither is H1Z1. This is likely because they still have a lot more life in them than the other titles. That’s not to say that we think any of them will be closing in the near future, just that they are Daybreak’s older games which naturally puts them closer to the end of their lifecycle.

You may recall that recently Daybreak had layoffs, then very shortly afterward announced Planetside Arena. There were also rumors earlier this year that Everquest and Everquest II were going to be coming to an end very soon. All of this, of course, has made a lot of people very worried about the future of Daybreak Games. If there are in fact problems this might just be enough to save them for the time being.


Source: Official Site

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2018 MMO Halloween Event List

The month of Halloween is upon us which means it is time for the MMO Halloween Event List to come out for another year. Below you’ll find a list of all the Halloween events happening in the MMO/online gaming sphere. More will be added all the time leading up to Halloween so be sure to check back regularly.


Black Desert Online         Cookie Day          Oct 11-24

Make event chocolate cookies and get some awesome rewards in return. This event isn’t exactly Halloween themed, but we’re including it anyway as right now it’s the closest thing to Halloween BDO has announced. They’re also running the fast season event which means that it is spring right now, Saturday it will be Summer, Sunday it will be Fall, and, you guessed it Winter will hit on Monday. This all happens the Oct. 11 to Oct. 15th.


Blade & Soul       Blade & Ghoul   Oct 17- Nov 7

The veil to the Dark Realm is wavering and ghosts and ghouls are seeping into our realm. Which means that it is time to start fighting back these gruesome foes in return for some fun prizes. There will also be a 50% experience boost in effect during the event. Giving you even more incentive to take part. The enemies at Zaiwei Ruins are intended for players who are level 50 only. But, don’t worry if you haven’t reached 50 yet, you’ll still be able to take part in daily quests, challenges, and take on bosses.


Bless Online       Halloween Event              Dates Unknown

Bless Online may not be launching until October 23rd, when it will be free to play, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t getting in on the Halloween event action right now. If you’re already playing Bless Online you can take part in the Halloween Event which includes themed quests, costumes, and of course rewards. There are two events which together make up the larger Halloween festivities. The Jack-O’ – Lantern event and the Witch Raven event.


Champions Online           Bloodmoon Rises              Oct 11 – ???

Champions Online is bringing back Bloodmoon Rises, their annual Halloween event. This year the event is the same as last year except with new rewards and items.


DC Universe Online         The Witching Hour           Oct 1- 31

Throughout October DCUO players will be able to take part in the Midnight Masquerade seasonal alert which will bring them to Gotham City where Klarion the Witch Boy is up to no good once again. This year’s event introduces 4 new feats for players to acquire. Plus, taking part in the seasonal events will earn you Spooky Bites which can be spent on all sorts of items.


Elder Scrolls Online         Witch’s Festival                 Oct 18 – Nov 1

The Elder Scrolls Online’s Witch’s Festival will have you turning yourself into an undead monster, enjoying a 100% XP buff, and grabbing up all sorts of ghoulish goodies. Plunder Skulls will drop from all Boss Monsters with a variety of themed loot. New this year they’ve also added Dremora Plunder Skulls which will drop from the first of each type of boss you defeat each day. Witch’s Festival will also be your first chance to get Event Tickets. Get 10 Event Tickets and take them to The Impresario to get your first Indrik Feather for a very special mount. There will also be new items in the Crown Store for you to purchase, including the coveted Coven Cottage.


Everquest II        Nights of the Dead           Now – Nov 1

For the first time, players on Fallen Gate will get to join in the Nights of the Dead festivities in Everquest II. There’s a new collection to tackle, new items for crafters, and new merchant items to grab. From the looks of it, the event won’t have anything new to do this year though.


Final Fantasy XIV              All Saints’ Wake                Oct 18 – Nov 1

The Continental Circus is back once again and this year there’s a new masquerade for players to experience. Players who have reached level 15 and completed the quest “It’s Probably Pirates” will be able to take part in the Adventurer’s Guild Investigator’s quest to take a deeper look into the happenings around the circus. In return for your help, you’ll be able to get your hands on new minions and new items.


Guild Wars 2       Shadow of the Mad King               Oct 16 – Nov 6

Halloween in Guild Wars 2 this year is going to be quite exciting! Along with the usual suspects, the Mad King’s Labyrinth, the Clock Tower jumping puzzle, and the fun in Lion’s Arch players have a few new things to look forward to. This year sees the return of the PvP Reaper’s Rumble for the first time since the first Halloween event in GW2 back in 2012. Mad King’s Raceway is an all-new addition that showcases the newest mount, the Roller Beetle. And there are three new weapons for you to get your hands on. Players who have completed Episode 3 of Season 4 will also be able to dive into the long-standing rivalry between Mad King Thorn and Palawa Joko in a new collection achievement.


Overwatch          Halloween Terror 2018                   Oct 9 – 31

Dr. Junkenstein’s minions are back once again along with Junkenstein’s Revenge (Classic) and Junkenstein’s Revenge: Endless Night. Players will be able to pick from 10 playable heroes this year, including Tracer and Brigitte who are both new this year.


Paragon Chat (City of Heroes Emu)           Halloween          Oct 5- Oct 31

Paragon Chat may not be exactly what City of Heroes once was but that doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun! Go trick or treating with fellow players and head to the Halloween Party on October 20th. Head over to Croatoa between 12 and 6 PM Pacific, 3 PM to 9 PM Eastern for a game of hide and seek, Costumes, and games. For an extra jolt of nostalgia, music will be provided by The Cape.


Pirate 101            Halloween Items              Ends Nov 4

When you’re a pirate every day is Halloween…or at least you dress up every day. Pirate 101 isn’t holding any event but you will be able to get your hands on a number of Halloween themed mounts including the brand new Cloudstrider mount.


Tera       Harvest Festival                Oct 2 – Nov 1

The Halloween Harvest Festival event in Tera is back once again. Head over to the Eldritch Academy where you’ll be able to fight back waves of monsters with a cannon. You’ll be rewarded with Halloween candy for your efforts which can be turned in for mounts, pets, costumes, and more.


Wizard 101          Halloween Items              Ends Nov 4

Just like Pirate 101, Wizard 101 is breaking out the Halloween items in the form of seasonal packs. New this year is the Elven Nightmare Pack which includes things like the Hart of Darkness and Light Hart mounts, pets, Elven Nightmare weapons and armor, and more.

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DC Universe Online Releases a Teen Titans-Focused Update

When there’s trouble you know who to call. Teen Titans! And you…or, at least, your DC Universe Online character. DCUO’s newest update, The Judas Contract, will have players joining up with the Teen Titans in a new storyline full of iconic locations, new characters and a new Augments system.

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Story-wise, The Judas Contract involves a newly-vacant roster slot on the Teen Titans as Cyborg is moving on up to become a full-time member of the Justice League. Naturally, this presents an opportunity for the villains of the world as well, particularly the Titans’ nemesis Deathstroke, who hopes to send in a spy to infiltrate the group. For players, this means the heroic characters will get to make themselves known to the supergroup, while villains can try to sneak in thanks to assistance from the Fearsome Five and Calculator.

The new episode will let players on to Titans Island and into Titans Tower as well as introduce a new underground H.I.V.E. base, meeting new characters like Damian Wayne, Terra, Jericho and more. The new storyline will also feature visual updates for Cyborg and Starfire, as well as a move for Tim Drake from Robin to Red Robin.

As for gameplay, players can expect to collect a variety of new gear inspired by both Red Robin and Cyborg. The update also brings the Augments system online, which replaces the equipment modding system with a new upgrade system that sockets directly into your character and can be ranked up like Artifacts. As one would likely expect, the new system also brings some new stats and bonuses as well.

The update is set to go live today at roughly at around 5pm EDT or so, if not a bit sooner.

Our Thoughts

While a Teen Titans-centric story is definitely interesting, we’re most intrigued to see how this new Augments system shapes up. Anything that makes improving your character more streamlined is always a good thing, it’s just a matter of whether these new mods will actually impart an appreciable effect one one’s character power.

Sources: official site 1, 2

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The Death of Superman Story Arc Begins in DC Universe Online

It’s the 80th anniversary of Superman, so DC Universe Online is celebrating the occasion with his death! …wait, what? Yes, DCUO Death of Superman: Part 1 is now live in the superpowered MMO, kicking off the first of three planned content updates that will mark the 80th anniversary of the Man of Steel. By killing him, evidently. At least temporarily.

dcuo death of superman

In this first part of the story’s trilogy, players can experience a new open-world Doomed Metropolis and join in the fight against Superman’s most powerful menace, Doomsday. The event in question is available for players level 10 and up and offers new daily and weekly bounties for hero and villain players, with new feats, collections, and gear inspired by the character Lobo along with other rewards.

The update is the first in the game’s celebration of all things Superman, with two more content updates scheduled to arrive sometime in June. In addition to the MMO’s update, DCUO players can also get a free Daily Planet Vending Machine base item that offers weekly headlines for the next seven weeks. Fans can also check out two five-page story previews from Action Comics #1000 and purchase Krypto the Superdog from the in-game Marketplace.

Our Thoughts

Naturally, death is only a temporary thing for superheroes, so we don’t expect Superman to be MIA in DC Universe Online for too long. We just worry about how deep into the post-death Superman story arc we’re headed. Still not a fan of the returning four Supermen…thing.

Sources: official site 1, 2

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DC Universe Online Celebrates Seven Years

Happy seventh birthday, DCUO! The new DC Universe Online anniversary event is on, granting players of all stripes gifts in the form of unique cosmetics and in-game currency along with a special bonus for those who maybe had to let their subscription lapse for whatever reason.

dc universe online anniversary

First off, the free stuff: every player who logs in between now and January 31st will get a new Dark Spector Batsuit – a Tier 2 variant that was previously only available to Tech-based heroes. Existing Members, meanwhile, will get an additional a Member Box with unique emblems, an in-game art poster, and an unlocked Paradox Time Capsule.

Finally, those who were Members between August 1st, 2014 and October 31st, 2017 will get membership benefits for the remainder of this month. That includes access to all the DLC, all powersets, unlimited cash cap and more.

Additionally, players are granted double earnings of Marks of Victory between now and January 31st in Episodic On-Duty instances.

Our Thoughts

It’s not a unique event or instance for the anniversary, but free stuff and extra currency is not too shabby either. We want to congratulate the DCUO team for seven years of operation and hope that fans of the superpowered MMO have a great time in-game.

Source: official site

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Why Aren’t Superhero MMOs Hugely Successful?

A few days ago a friend of mine on Facebook asked a question. It just so happens that this is something I’ve considered before and have been meaning to write for some time. Why is it that while superheroes are dominating television, movies, and comics that they seem to have such a hard time when it comes to games? Of course, when it comes to single player games, they’re actually doing really well. You’ve got the Batman Arkham series which have been one great game after another. The problem is with making them larger scale, making them MMOs.

Please keep in mind that everything stated below is purely based on my personal opinion and does not represent the views of MMOGames as a whole. In fact, I’m pretty sure there are a few people who would disagree with me entirely. I encourage anyone who disagrees to step into the comments. Fight me, bro.

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I think one of the reasons is that all player characters in all games are heroes in their world. They don’t go around in spandex but they are doing superheroic things, and this goes for MMOs and non-MMOs. Link in Zelda games, he’s a superhero. Your characters in WoW, superheroes. Your characters in Guild Wars 2…actually a bad example. I’m pretty convinced we’re the villains of that story. Anyway, the setting is what changes the game from a fantasy game to a superhero game and ultimately, the modern world isn’t as fun to play in.

If you want to look just at online gaming… MMORPGs are a dying genre. They made the genre all about making the next WoW and when it didn’t work they moved on. They’re expensive to make and a massive gamble. So studios are leaning more towards games that are less of a risk.

Looking at the Superhero MMOs we’ve had and currently have:

City of Heroes: Financially speaking they were making money when they shut down. It wasn’t a massive amount, but it kept the lights on, kept families fed, and made NCSoft money. The truth of why it shut down will almost certainly never come out but I doubt very much that it was just one thing. It also shut down right at the start of the massive rise in superhero popularity. It makes you wonder how the game would have done in the current climate.

Champions Online: Still alive and kicking. I’ve always had the impression that Perfect World wasn’t interested in Champions and in fact, Cryptic made it because it was a pet project to show off what their engine could do (just my personal theory). They’ve gone on to use the same engine in Star Trek Online and Neverwinter, which are games they give a whole lot more attention to in terms of development and advertisement. Despite this, Champions does have a core dedicated audience who have stuck with the game.

Champions Online

DC Universe Online: I feel like this one gets forgotten a lot and I think the reason for that is that it is most successful as a console game, so traditional MMO players who would be on PC may not always consider it. Outside of MMO specific sites, the game doesn’t get any attention and the game is never advertised. One way they could improve this is working out a way to tie the game into what’s currently happening in the movie/tv/comic worlds, like what Marvel Heroes did.

Marvel Heroes: Shut down late last year very suddenly. Again, this wasn’t about money. They had just launched on consoles and were doing very well, the problem was that Disney pulled their license. Why did this happen? It may have had something to do with the sexual misconduct charges in the studio, but again this is one of those things where the world may never know for sure. Marvel Heroes was a great game for a certain type of gamer and it feels to me like people who would traditionally play MMORPGs weren’t that type.

The Superhero is ascendant right now but they’re all the big name ones. When was the last /new/ superhero trialed on screens? Have there been any?

DC Universe Online Why Aren't Superhero MMOs Hugely Successful

So while we have superheroes coming out of our ears, the question is if people want to play in those worlds or as those people.

“As those people” becomes hard, and is better off left to the single player genre… but get-it-out-the-door licensed superhero games are usually a travesty. The Arkham games for Batman are held up as fantastic, but they weren’t trying to support a show or movie. Most people will greenlight a project when a show or movie is there to get the tie-in dollars.

“In those worlds” is a little easier and three out four of the games mentioned above had/have you in superheroic worlds but not as the popular characters.

Why Aren't Superhero MMOs Hugely Successful - Marvel Heroes

Both DC and Marvel had an “MMO” out and neither were exactly setting the world on fire. Creating unique worlds like City of Heroes and Champions is a gamble and City of Heroes got in there just before/around WoW, instead of chasing the WoW mantle. Champions drew mostly from CoH fans. There’s no guarantee of success but plenty of opportunities for failure.

To be perfectly honest, I’m surprised no one has taken SMITE and redone it for Marvel or DC. Did the MOBA bubble burst too quickly for this to happen? Despite the MOBA bubble bursting, I think it could have done really well and maybe it isn’t too late for the idea. Of course, in the dream version of this game, you would have Marvel vs DC because…why wouldn’t you want to see that?

I guess, ultimately the reason superheroes aren’t thriving in gaming the way it seems like they should be is a complicated mix of things. I do think that if City of Heroes was still around it could have gone into a golden age with a new player base as more and more people are drawn into the superhero genre. This ultimately could have taken the game to all new heights. Who knows, we may have even had a City of Heroes movie at some point. Ah, the things that could have been.

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