I might be alone in the universe but Guild Wars 2 holds no interest whatsoever for me. It’s not that it looks bad and in fact it looks like a great game but it’s just not clicking with me. I had a friend gush over the beta weekend but quite honestly, I did not care. What caught my attention however is the comments I’m gathering all over the place.
Basically we are seeing the same kind of comments I’ve seen for every MMO since ever including WoW. One side is in love with the new game and profess it as the savior of humankind, the other side is intent of showing the game for the blight on humanity that it is and in between them there’s an even more insane group that is rational, level-headed and is trying to bring peace between the two extremes.
So I’ll bring out my crystal ball and predict the future of GW2. The game will launch and lots of people are going to pick it up. Then, most of these are going to realize that GW2 is not the second coming of the Lord, QQ will be had, “game-breaking” bugs will be found and then many will leave. Diverse explanations will be offered, the developer will promess a patch to fix all which will fall short again. After a few months, things will settle and GW2 will go on to become another succesful MMO, even if it did not revolutionize the industry like many hoped it would.
And if anything this proves what I was saying in an earlier post. A lot of players simply hop from game to game with a crazy list of expectations that no game can ever hope to match.. or maybe they don’t know what they want. In any case, all games are bound to fail to meet their expectations.
I don’t know that the solution is exactly but I’m hoping that if I talk about it, if I can make one player realize that maybe, his dissatisfaction is caused by his own unrealistic expectations, then I will have helped solve the problem.