It is now a tradition that we get together at the end of a year, take a look back and summarize which favorite MMO titles have "left" us in the past twelve months or have not even been allowed to see the light of day. We have been doing this since 2014 and because many people use the end of 2019 to look back over the last decade, we briefly leaf through the past MMO cemeteries and briefly mention the "lowlights" (how can a place on the MMO- Cemetery as a highlight) of the past cemetery years. For example World of Darkness from CCP, a sandbox MMO with Permadeath. Or the Hellgate-like shadow realms from Bioware. Raiderz's attitude was also memorable. We regretted stopping the work on Everquest Next and Landmark as well as Copernicus as much as the end of Wildstar and Firefall. And what does it look like at the end of 2019?
Battlestar Galactica Online: On January 31, 2019, the lights on the Bigpoint MMO Battlestar Galactica Online went out after ten years. Although BSGO was only loosely based on the series, the game still managed to bind a loyal community to itself, which shortly after the release in 2011 already had more than two million registered users. Recently, however, the sworn-in fan base became smaller and smaller, which is why the operators decided with a heavy heart to pull the plug at BSGO.
Orcs Must Die: Unchained: The online version of Robot's unusual tower defense series has been unavailable since early April 2019. This is actually the third part of the series, which, in addition to the tower defense mechanics, also combined some MOBA elements. Since 2017 you have been able to fight different heroes and the most absurd traps in the battle against the ever-raging hordes of opponents, who to say the least wanted to polish your face. Not since April 2019.
Source: Gravity Interactive
Ragnarok RE: START: Anyone who knows and plays Ragnarok will have heard of Restart, a kind of classic Ragnarok – almost like WoW Classic. Many game systems and mechanics from Ragnarok Online were adapted and changed in 2010 with the Renewal version. If you then wanted to experience the original variant of the brightly colored MMORPG, you created a character on the restart server Odin, where monster EP has not yet been adapted to your character level and ATK or mATK were still worth something. The restart server was received with some enthusiasm, but then interest waned, and on July 11, 2019, the restart server was merged with the renewal servers.
Mavericks: Proving Grounds: When developers celebrate outstanding successes in a genre, it mimics itself. So it was with League of Legends and Dota, so it was with Playerunknown's Battleground and Fortnite. On the wave of popular Battle Royale games, the developers of Automation Games apparently wanted to swim too – and go a step further. 1,000 players were supposed to go to each other's throats until the sole winner was chosen from the mass of virtual killers and digital killers. In July 2019, however, it became known that the studio had filed for bankruptcy and that Mavericks' work had therefore been stopped due to insufficient funds.
Source: Nexon Europe
Lost Saga: After six years, the servers of the free online role-playing game Lost Saga were shut down on September 13, 2019 and never came back online after that. The anime-inspired 3D fighting game from Korea is likely to have flown under the radar of most players. Even among ours. So on to the next candidate.
Bless Online: The development of Bless Online was always a bit tricky and it was hardly surprising that the game was discontinued at the beginning of September 2019 only a year and a half after release – by the way, so that the developers fully focused on working on Bless Unleashed, an XBO Version of the game, can focus. The Wikipedia entry from Bless Online is worth a click: First announced as Bless, the game was developed with the Enreal Engine 3. The people from manufacturer Aeria Games no longer wanted to pump money into the work in 2017, which is why the developers of Neowiz then decided to publish Bless themselves, in a rebuild version with many improvements. In 2018, Bless Online was released as a Buy2Play game in October after several postponements. But even during the early access phase, fans are waiting for the MMO to be better avoided. A switch to a Free2Play model then made the drama complete – after all, all sorts of interested gamers had thrown money on the project. Let's see what happens to Bless Unleashed.
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