7 MMOs That Were Canceled Before Launch

Throughout the history of MMOs, there have been a lot of titles that have never come to be. Many of these are canceled for monetary reasons, but sometimes they’re canceled just because they aren’t as good as the developers had hoped they would be. We’re taking a look at 7 MMOs that were canceled before launch.

 

World of Darkness

World of Darkness

Its been 5 years since World of Darkness was officially canceled and lifelong fans of the IP still hold out hope that it will be revived. Every time there is news about the World of Darkness IP, gamers fall out of the woodwork asking if it will be the MMO. However, it never is an MMO and because trends have moved on it likely never will be. We know that the World of Darkness MMO had a troubled life from the very start. CCP was disorganized and often took developers off the project to work on their big money maker and studio darling EVE Online. In fact, an insider told The Guardian that there was one manager in particular who was problematic. They said he had no vision for the game and often couldn’t answer basic questions. It was a sad end to what looked to be a very promising, very dark MMO. Thankfully, the world has been able to see the game as it looked before it was canceled thanks to a beta player who leaked a number of screenshots and their playtest manual. Press E to Seduce.

 

Everquest Next

It was intended to be the next chapter in the Everquest saga. Everquest Next, a voxel-based MMORPG, was going to take the genre into the next generation, but around 2015 doubt started to be cast as to whether the game would ever be released. They had cut ties with Storybricks and layoffs were spreading throughout the company; they even laid off the forums. Then in early 2016 the game was canceled. It honestly wasn’t that much of a surprise at the time. News had been sparse and it was pretty obvious it was coming. Of course, that’s no consolation for all of those people who spent $100 on Landmark, which was only supposed to be a companion to the game. The loss of Everquest Next marked a big turning point for the genre. Since then we’ve been in a slow decline.

 

Kingdoms of Amalur: Project Copernicus

While fans of the Kingdoms of Amalur game were very much looking forward to Project Copernicus, the MMORPG based in the Amalur universe, it was the real world drama around the game’s eventual demise that it is best known for today. You may be familiar with the 38 Studios saga, which only came to an end this January, 7 years after the drama unfolded. This involves former baseball star Curt Schilling, the state of Rhode Island, and even the FBI. From the various investigations into what happened at the studio, it appeared that some studio execs knew the $75 million Rhode Island had given them wouldn’t be enough to finish Copernicus and that they failed to notify investors. Thankfully, not all hope is lost for Kingdoms of Amalur or Project Copernicus. THQ Nordic bought the IP which included the games late last year. While it seems unlikely they’ll make Copernicus that little bit of hope still remains.

 

Stargate Worlds

If ever there has been a TV series that deserves an MMO it was Stargate. The game was intended to revolve around the earlier story from SG-1 which involved the Tau’ri (humans from Earth) and the fearsome Goa’uld, aliens who had enslaved Humanity and scattered them across the galaxy. Playable races included Humans, Goa’uld, Jaffa (genetically engineered human soldiers made to serve the Goa’uld and treat them as gods), the Asgard (highly intelligent little grey aliens). Quite a lot is known about the game despite the fact that it was canceled before it ever left closed beta. Sadly, the company developing it went bankrupt and no public attempts to release the game were ever made. Clips of the game have been seen in other forms of media, however. Footage from the game was used in the opening sequence of 2008 film WarGames: The Dead Code. More footage was used in the first episode of the TV series Stargate Universe.

 

Shadow Realms

Before Anthem, Bioware was working on Shadow Realms, a 4v1 game that few people in the world ever got to see. Thankfully, we happened to be attending Gamescom the year it was shown and we have an article all about it. Sadly, Shadow Realms was canceled just a few months later. In the announcement, it was explained that Bioware was simply moving on to other projects. The game was a delightfully dark take on the 4v1 genre that itself didn’t seem to last very long. With all the talk about Anthem at the moment, it’s important to take some time to remember the game Bioware stopped making so they could make Anthem. One can’t help but wonder if things would have gone a bit more smoothly for them if they had stuck with Shadow Realms.

 

True Fantasy Live Online

The development of True Fantasy Live Online was nearly completed when this game was canceled. By that point, it had already gone through two years of complications. One such complication was the integration of voice chat, which Microsoft insisted was necessary. Level-5, the Japanese studio that was developing the game also reportedly struggled with online network coding. Relations between Level-5 and Microsoft soured as Microsoft grew frustrated by Level-5’s inability to meet their demands. Meanwhile, the Level-5 CEO said that part of the issue was Microsoft’s inexperience in dealing with Japanese developers. He also implied that the companies didn’t part on good terms. Looking back at footage of the game now it’s amazing to see how close we were to living our true fantasy live online (see what I did there?).

 

Imperator Online

Imagine a world where Rome never fell. That was the concept behind Mythic’s Imperator Online. The game was originally intended to be Mythic’s follow up to Dark Age of Camelot, but, as with all the other games on this list, that wasn’t to be. Sadly, while Imperator Online looked like it was going to be a very promising Sci-fi MMORPG Mythic opted to cancel it as they felt it wasn’t coming together as a AAA experience. They instead went on to make Warhammer Online.

 

Of course, all of this is a very incomplete list of games that were canceled before they launched. We also have an article on games that never made it out of beta and one on canceled MMOs if you’re itching to read more on the topic. You can also browse our Shut Down tag where you’ll find a whole lot of news announcing the shut down of beloved games.

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10 Biggest MMO News Stories for September 2017

In this week’s Listed, we’re taking a look back at some of the biggest news stories of the month from the world of online gaming. This month saw a record-breaking theft, the launch of a major MMO expansion, and a brief glimpse at an MMO that was never made, along with a whole lot more. Here’s our list of the 10 biggest MMO news stories for September 2017.

 

Trion Recommits to Defiance

Defiance

Remember that Syfy channel show that crossed over with a Trion MMO? If you don’t that’s okay, the show was canceled back in 2015. Since then Trion hasn’t done a whole lot with the game, though it is still running. This month Trion declared they were recommitting to working on Defiance. And they did it by announcing a new raid boss during PAX East 2017. If post-apocalyptic shooters are your thing, you may want to consider checking Defiance out. Then you’ll get to see the cutest little ugly alien bugs you’ve ever seen.

 

Active Development on Perpetuum Ends

perpetuum

The developers of Perpetuum Online announced this month that development on their title has ended. This comes after an extended period of silence from the team. The good news is they aren’t ready to see the game die. For now, the official servers will continue to run while the dev team works on a free standalone server solution (their words) so players will be able to run games themselves in the future. For now, you can find Perpetuum on Steam.

 

Everquest Announces Their 24th Expansion

Everquest

It is the MMO that just keeps ticking. Everquest announced their 24th expansion, Ring of Scale. Developers are still working on the expansion, but you can expect to see some more details about it in October when pre-orders and beta testing will begin. It is currently expected to launch in December. With 18 years under its belt, Everquest doesn’t show any signs of slowing down.

 

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Speaks Out About Fortnite’s Battle Royale

Who doesn’t love a little bit of juicy gossip when it has nothing to do with you? This time around it is PUBG publishers Bluehole who are speaking out about Fortnite’s Battle Royale mode which they feel is a little bit too similar to their game. This, of course, set the internet ablaze with talk of the game, and things aren’t looking too good for PUBG who many agree don’t have a leg to stand on. In a genre where things can only be done so many ways, is it really fair for the massively popular PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds to go after Fortnite? Especially when they are themselves not the origin of the genre. PUBG has been enjoying record numbers and riding a massive high. This news seems to have only knocked them down a peg or two and they have since clarified their stance on the matter.

 

Closed Alpha Testing Begins for Wild West Online

Wild West Online

The wild west MMO that sounded almost too good to be true and raised a lot of suspicions proved they aren’t just a scam by launching closed alpha testing. Wild West Online is one of the most highly anticipated upcoming MMOs and it has had a lot of attention ever since it was announced. Unlike many MMOs, the testing is a true test of the game so far. It isn’t just a publicity preview to get people talking. While it certainly is exciting, you have to wonder if there is any room left in the genre for another sandbox MMO.

 

Chris Roberts Says He’s Fed Up With Release Estimates for Star Citizen

star citizen like eve online

We’re starting off the top half of the list with the news that actually made me stop and exclaim out loud. Star Citizen’s Chris Roberts said this month that he is fed up with giving release estimates for when 3.0 will be released during an interview with Eurogamer. Sure, we’re all a little bit tired of hearing about yet another move in the estimated arrival time, but that doesn’t mean you can just be fed up with doing it. If you had traditional investors you wouldn’t just be fed up with giving them updates, would you? I’ve got an easy solution for you, meet the deadline you give yourself.

 

Storybricks CEO Shares Early Everquest Next Documents

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Everquest Next was perhaps the biggest disappointment of the last couple of years, getting canceled before it was even made. It had exclusive rights to Jeremy Soule and bought up Storybricks, which it then abandoned. It was going to be THE next big thing in MMOs. Well, earlier this month Storybrick’s CEO shared some old Everquest Next proposal documents that shed some light on the game. It talks about using Storybricks to create the illusion of life, along with a few more interesting tidbits. An interesting read for anyone who wishes they knew more about the game that will never be.

 

Phantasy Star Online 2 Coming to Nintendo Switch…In Japan

At this point you have to start wondering if Sega hates money. This month they announced that the highly desired, lusted after even, title Phantasy Star Online 2 would be released on the Nintendo Switch. Might this finally be a chance for North America to play? Nope! It’s Japan only. Not only does Sega hate money, I’m starting to believe they like making North American gamers cry. There STILL doesn’t seem to be any push from them to release the game in NA, even after 5 years of players wishing it to be true.

 

Destiny 2 Launches

At the very start of the month, the highly anticipated Destiny 2 launched to much fanfare and celebration. It hasn’t launched yet for PC, but we can expect to see that coming very soon. Finally, PC players will get to know the joys of Destiny. There was a little bit of upset over microtransactions but that was overshadowed by the pure lust everyone was feeling for the game. Is it the biggest online gaming launch of the year? Looks like it might be!

 

A Record-Breaking Theft in EVE Online

Even if you don’t play EVE you have to at least acknowledge when something big takes place. Sometimes it’s a massive battle and sometimes, it’s a record-breaking theft that gamers won’t soon forget. How big are we talking? More than a trillion ISK taken as well as ownership of a 300 billion ISK keepstar citadel. It also resulted in one player being permanently banned from the game after he made threats to the thief and attempted to get his real-life address. All of this mixed in with some political intrigue made it one of the biggest news pieces of the month and there’s a good chance it will be one of the biggest stories of the year.

 

Guild Wars 2 Path of Fire Expansion Launches

The biggest news of the month, of course, has to go to Guild Wars 2 who launched their second expansion Path of Fire just a few days ago. The expansion takes players into the desert, to Elona where they hope to stop one of the human gods before he destroys the world. This expansion is heavily story based and introduces mounts to the game. It has also massively increased the size of the world with huge new maps. What more is there to say about it really?

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