Yeah, I should have done this awhile ago, but I didn’t, so tough cookies. Not that I predicted anything earth shattering last year for 2012 (get it?) but I had the usual mix of success and failure (last year I got 2 out of 5 correct).
1. We will finally get some news about the World of Darkness MMO from CCP /White Wolf…lets add a part B to this that reinforces my point – we won’t see a beta for this in 2011.
Not only was there absolutely no more information, the website I linked was not updated at all, and so we clearly did not see a beta for it either. CCP’s struggles this year have been well documented. As a gamer, former Atlanta resident, and guy who pulled every card he could trying to get in the door at White Wolf years and years ago, it saddens me to see that company down in the dirt, and its IP virtually untouched. And its a huge loss for CCP, in a time when wizards and werewolves and vampires and such have never been more popular or mainstream. I’m not surprised the MMO is not out, but I am shocked that no move has been made to profit from the IP. Heck, even a half lame Facebook game would have generated some revenue at this point. +1 for me.
2. 2011 will show a decline in the number of WoW subscriptions.
On target. A 2 million subber drop. This was of course, part of a series of posts and thoughts that Cataclysm would be, not a giant failure, but simply the high water mark of the game. And so far that has been very true. +1 for me.
3. Star Wars: The Old Republic will launch in April.
Missed it by a mile. But we all knew that. A month or so after writing this we got the unofficial word that TOR was definitely not delayed, since no release had ever been announced. And the thread with the spring release date disappeared into the ether. With all we know now, no amount of cash recoup by launching early would have saved the game if they had launched in April. In fact, there’s good evidence that the game was nowhere close to being done at that point. TOR has had a reasonably successful launch and (so far) first month, but its hard to shake the feeling that for a project in development for six years, with the resources they had at their fingertips, that it falls short of what it could have been.
4. Vanguard will go F2P. Okay, this is more of a hope than a prediction…I think that the addition of DCUO to the Station lineup will probably help make this possible.
You can maybe score this one as a halfway. The success of DCUO’s transition to F2P, as well as EQII, have Sony clearly interested in investing a bit in Vanguard. New updates are incoming, and the general feeling is that its only a matter of time before the game transitions. But…it didn’t happen in 2011, so no love for me.
5. Cryptic Studios will finally reveal what this is. Because its copyright 2007, and it makes me itch.
Not only did they not reveal what it is, they basically went belly up and the concept art, and indeed the entire website, that the link pointed to last year, no longer exist. I still believe it was a deal with Chaosium to produce an official Cthulhu MMO, for a number of reasons. At this point though, its likely that we will never know.
So there you go, 2 out of 5 again. I am nothing if not consistent…at least as far as my predictions are concerned. On to the other 2011 thoughts I had:
My most anticipated release was a toss up between Rift and TOR. I opted to pass on the Rift release, only for the one reason that I had played it so much in Beta that I was tuckered out. I came into it a few months later and it became the first, and so far only, MMO that I have ever capped in. Unless you count WoT. TOR’s launch I was there for in the sense that I had a preorder and was in from day one. But in truth, I have played precious little of it due to real life complications. My highest character sits still at level 18. So I guess it really was a toss up after all.
My least anticipated release was DCUO and that was pretty much true. I am already 100% on board with what my least anticipated will be for next year too. Seems I have a keener eye for what I don’t like than what I do like. But you may have already noticed that about me.
My most desired Beta was TOR. I got in, but so late in the process I really hate to count it as being in Beta. :-p
My most desired industry change was to create something between F2P and $15 a month. Thought there have been some nice transitions in the last year, I’m still waiting for that change. The truth is that most of the F2P models leave out the part of the game that would make it fun for me (ability to have alts, housing, flexibility in character building) and so I never explore the F2P option, so they never have a chance to sell me on other things. As successful as F2P has been…it missed the boat somewhere along the line.
Tomorrow I’ll take a look at 2012 and what is to come.