BH writes: "2009 was an interesting year for MMORPGs. Let's take a look through the MMO industry's releases and shutdowns of 2009.
The recession has hit many industries hard, and the MMO gaming industry was no exception. Across the year, layoffs happened at Sony Online Entertainment, Mythic, Electronic Arts, NCSoft, Turbine, and Funcom. Budgets were cut. Some game ideas that were never even announced to the public were scrapped, and at the end of the year, rumors are still flying that many other games are set for closure in the following year."