Online role-playing games thrive on players remaining loyal to them over a longer period of time – ideally for years. Some MMORPGs do it pretty well, others less. We have looked around in the world of online role-playing games and tell you in our review which MMORPGs have survived the year 2019 well or very well.
These online role playing games had a good year 2019
We'll give the most obvious example right from the start: World of Warcraft is simply not to be killed 15 years after its release. Even if the fans of Battle for Azeroth were increasingly less enthusiastic and Blizzard has allowed itself some bad blunders, World of Warcraft remains the undisputed leader in the ranking of western MMORPGs.
The release of WoW Classic did its part to keep World of Warcraft under discussion – even if Classic within the community not only caused enthusiasmafter the release hype subsided. Even if WoW has long ceased to have the masses of players of past days, the MMORPG remains a fan favorite and should be one of the most profitable online role-playing games on the market in 2020.
The Phoenix from the ashes of the MMORPG genre looks up an excellent year 2019 back: Fans of Final Fantasy XIV were allowed to release the third expansion called Shadowbringers who had loads of new content like jobs, dungeons, raids and more stories in their luggage. Speaking of story: It was the absolute highlight of Shadowbringers for many fans and let the community rejoice – the outstanding ratings for the expansion speak a clear language.
The coming year is unlikely to top such a great sequel to one of the most popular online role-playing games at the moment. Nevertheless, Final Fantasy XIV is currently in excellent health – two million new players are said to be alone since the release of Shadowbringers Tried FF14 – which is why we assume that fans won't have to worry about the MMORPG in 2020 either.
Source: Square Enix
There is a clear indication that Black Desert had a successful year 2019: the Asia MMORPG namely appeared on three additional platforms, namely PS4, Xbox One and Mobile. In addition, Black Desert also offered various new content and updates for PC veterans that keep fans of the idiosyncratic online role-playing game happy.
Black Desert showed its best side in 2019 and served the expectations of a community that appreciates the unique aesthetics of the Asia grinder. Fans know what they're getting – and developer Pearl Abyss is delighted to have a player base of 18 million users (as of April 2019) and total sales of one billion US dollars. Other MMORPGs can only dream of this.
Source: Pearl Abyss
# 4: The Elder Scrolls Online
Fans of The Elder Scrolls Online can also look back on an encouraging 2019. After a rather bumpy release, TESO has now established itself as a fixture on the MMORPG market and thrilled the community last summer with the publication of the third expansion Elsweyr as well as the framing three DLCs that together formed the Year of the Dragon.
Only that Boar pet in the in-game shop such as various technical construction sites caused angry frowns at the community in 2019. However, the developers can make up for any lost sympathy points in the coming year, because then it will appear the next big adventurethat will lead us back to the world of Skyrim.
We are slowly entering areas where the online role-playing games are located, which still have a solid fan base, but were not completely convincing in 2019. Guild Wars 2 is one of them, mainly because of the downsizing of the development team and the lack of a new expansion.
After all, fans were allowed to release the Prologue Episode "Bound by Blood" happy that heralded the ice brood saga. In addition, there was a in December 2019 Update with various new comfort functions, Guild Wars 2 was solid overall in 2019 and NCSoft was still able to deliver decent sales despite a slight downturn. To keep it that way, ArenaNet will have to shift up a gear next year.
EVE Online, like Guild Wars 2, struggles with a certain loss of players, but was still able to assert itself somewhat in 2019, which is probably due to its uniqueness. The combination of SciFi sandbox and business simulation offers no other online role-playing game, so that EVE Online has been enjoying a loyal and committed community for over 16 years.
EVE fans are also looking forward to an exciting year 2020: Because the Mobile offshoot EVE Echoes is already in the starting blocks and looks promising in the current beta version. As a brand, EVE Online could consolidate again somewhat by moving to mobile platforms in the coming year.
Source: CCP Games
# 7: Star Wars The Old Republic
Star Wars: The Old Republic has been struggling with water for a long time, but gave 2019 with the new one Onslaught expansion after all a sign of life by itself. Even if Onslaught was not able to fully meet the expectations of the fans, the developers are demonstrating the will to keep the MMORPG alive with the update. What speaks for SWTOR: The online role-playing game has generated almost one billion US dollars in sales within eight years since its release.
How SWTOR will do in the coming year remains to be seen, however: Bioware may be making greater efforts to save Anthem – or at least to sweep up the rubble – and should also have its hands full with the development of Dragon Age 4. The future must show how big the studio can keep the team behind SWTOR.
What do you think about the MMO year 2019? Have we forgotten a specific game on our list? Write us your opinion in the comments!
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