A new job listing posted to their official site makes you wonder.
If they do this, then i would definitely be surprised and lose more respect for them. The time of wasting resources on a dying genre is over, and it should be given rest until the executives have moved on and proper MMO's can surface again. They don't even have the team to create Witcher 3 on time, but creating an MMO is very, very demanding. This is most likely for some other mini game or Cyberpunk 2077.
Are you saying MMOs are a dying genre? I don't think that's true. Having said that I'd rather have an open world fantasy RPG with 2-4 player co-op instead of an MMO.
MMO's are dying and it has been like this for a long while, because of executives wanting to chase the WoW success and ending up with mediocre products. Once they no longer pester the genre as it is now, i'll give it 3 - 4 years until new developers return with games that aren't made with such a broad player base in mind and actually provides a challenge instead of feel-good-slot-machines. Unless you've been playing MMO's for a while, you won't understand where players are coming from. Especially not new MMO players post-WoWalypse.
@Roccetarius I have been playing MMO's for awhile and they're not dying. The genre is stale and has been since copying WoW became the standard but there's still plenty of interest in MMOs and plenty of studios still making them. Maybe you just WISH it was dying in which case I'd point out there's a lot of cool stuff on the horizon. Camelot Unchained, Crowfall, Elite: Dangerous, Star Citizen, Pathfinder Online, maybe EQN depending on how their takeover goes. All worth a look and none of them WoW-clones.
What you describe isn't a dying genre, but like CheexInk said a stale genre. There are still multiple MMOs being made and people who are interested in them.
I agree with you guys, it is mostly stale do to the copy and paste formula taken from WoW you guys have already mentioned. However again, as you have said, there are plenty of Good MMOs on the horizon that dare to do things differently. Even ones like FFXIV can manage to thrive with similarities to WoW, if done properly yet provide enough new and interesting content in the process.
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