Bhagpuss over at Inventory Full has a post listing various round-ups of 2014s potential MMO releases. He’s looking forward to EQ Next and also states that EQ Landmark isn’t a substitute until EQ Next launches. I agree with this feeling: I will certainly follow news on EQL and see some reviews but since I definitely do not have the patience or free-time for world building activities I can’t say I have any enthusiasm for it. EQN will be worth a try but there’s not launch date for that yet.
Beyond the Everquest franchise’s future, the post also mentions The Elder Scrolls Online several times. This is perhaps *the* big 2014 game release for many fans of that franchise, but I’m not a particular fan of the franchise at least since Morrowind. The later two games may have massively improved graphics but either the gameplay had evolved away from something that interested me, or perhaps my tastes in games had changed enough for the games to no longer gel with me. In either case I have no real excitement for this game, what does it really offer that my existing pool of games does not offer?
I’m actually thinking 2014 could be a good year for existing games to improve and expand. If Blizzard manage to squeeze Warlords of Draenor into next year then that could stave off me leaving WoW yet again or at least herald a return after only a short hiatus. If Perfect World/Cryptic continue to pump out modules for Neverwinter, especially adding the odd new and interesting class, then I may decide to spend a lot more time in that game also.
Is 2014 a year for new games, or old ones, for you?