MMOs are becoming more story-driven. This is an assertion backed by anecdotal evidence from developers, personal experience writing for MMOs such as WIZARD 101, as well as recent MMO expansions. While that’s all fine and good, does story have an impact on the sales of MMOs? Or does it just mean that to get in the MMO space today you better have a big story to back it up? I’ll be personally investigating the following three MMOs, but I would love your feedback!
World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King
Now the fastest selling PC game in history, Lich King brings more zone story to the table, as opposed to single character story. Unfortunately, I can’t speak with authority on whether this is true or not. Why? Because I am still at 68% download on patch # umpteen for my WoW. However, I will bravely go forward and investigate further once it finishes. Have you played Lich King? Do you find a greater emphasis on story, or do you feel it is more of the same?
For two years it’s been the most successful free-to-play MMORPG according to the Guinness Book of World Records. What’s more, it’s the top video game search term of the year, even beating out Lindsay Lohan in the great search race. I will bravely run around this free world as soon as WoW gets past 69% download. In the meantime, what’s your take on the story in RuneScape, or is its main claim to fame “fun and free?”
As you must have heard by now, Tabula Rasa is closing its doors very shortly. While it took many years to make, it boasted at most 30,000 subscribers. Before going down for good, however, Tabula Rasa will also be free to play starting in January 10th, at which time I will sneak in and take a look around since I forgot to do so during their beta. What’s your take on why Tabula Rasa didn’t make it?
I will be exploring these three games for story and fun in the coming weeks and months. That doesn’t mean you can’t weigh in — you can even post anonymously. Does the story in these games help, hurt, or have no effect?
Of course, if you care to join me in my adventures, feel free to drop me a line at anne (at) writerscabal.com.