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When MMO Games Die - Matrix Online, Tabula Rasa, Hellgate: London, and more.

It has been a bad year or two for the MMO industry. A number of high profile MMOs closed down, and a few more are hanging by a thread. Others started with million+ sales (Age of Conan, Warhammer) and have since dwindled to around 100,000 subscribers.

What happens to the players when an MMO dies? Do they simply move on to another MMO? Do they go to WoW? Do they become fed up with the whole genre?

Losing your favorite MMO is worse in many ways than having a favorite TV show get cancelled. You can't load up the DVD and watch it all over again. When the MMO closes up, its gone. Your characters are gone. Unless someone sets up a pirate server (which is rare), its over.

How does this affect the industry, and how do players cope?

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Muckbeast2459d ago

Roper is doing his best to flagship Champions Online as well.

Insane respec costs.

Nerfs every few days.

Ugh.

Glamis2459d ago

My god. That guy is MMO poison.

Graffin2459d ago

Just goes to show you what happens when a finite number of people are given too many options.

Muckbeast2459d ago

Roper really should have gone back to what he did at Blizzard - voice acting and writing manuals.

jpymai2459d ago

Man, I remember reading all the hype about Tabula Rasa too!