You better watch out for what you wish for, it might come true.
After 1.1 patch dropped, I noticed a lot of bloggers and “news” sites hammering SWTOR. The doomsayers are back on their soapbox spouting off numbers and analysts quotes. People are backtracking to EALouse. People are raging on the forums and MMOers from other games are throwing pennies in a wishing well. People are assholes!
If all these people took the time to remove their blinders of hate, they might understand what the failure of SWTOR means. It doesn’t mean the game will just close shop and never be heard from again. It doesn’t mean a few people will lose their job, just to find another one later. It doesn’t mean all your friends will return to your favorite MMO. It means investors will stop backing the MMO genre. It will become extinct. All future, western produced MMO will vanish.
I’m not against free to play MMOs, but if AAA MMOs keep failing, even free to play will have a hard time acquiring funding. We will see more Eastern MMOs that are driven by nickel and dime’en people. Having a good handful of F2P games is great for the economy and genre, but a flooded market of trash will turn all players off. When the players loose faith in a genre, it will start becoming nonexistent.
A lot of faith went into SWTOR. No matter how many millions of dollars were spent, the amount PR for the game is enormous. 1 investors hunch of a direction the game is going he doesn’t like, sends the media in a blood thirsty frenzy. The immaturity of the media sites seeking hits just fuels the negative environment. What new investor would want to drop their money into a new game if such a great developer like BioWare can fail? You think they won’t look at their tiny investment and say, “Well, if a $300 million AAA MMO can fail, what is this MMO going to do to succeed with a lot less money?” You think their faith in the new revolutionary mechanic will sway them to blow millions of dollars on an experimental system? They’ll take their money and invest in birth control to help reduce the idiot gamer population.
It really doesn’t make sense for the MMO community to wish SWTOR fails. It’s ok not to like the game and say that, but constantly harp on everything the game does wrong will turn away future MMOers. If a new guy can’t trust a AAA MMO, who can they trust? Even seasoned MMO veterans are starting to leave the genre in disgust with the negative community. Who does that leave playing these games, a mass of whinny trolls?
It’s great that Rift is doing great. It’s great that people think Guild Wars 2 will be the perfect game with a community of people with halos above their head. It’s great WoW is still going strong. Unfortunately though, all eyes are on SWTOR and if it fails, it could bring down the future all those other games are hoping for. Yes, SWTOR does matter that much. It would be like Apple declaring bankruptcy. It would devastate the technology market. The failure of SWTOR will send a really bad message to future investors of all games.
We need SWTOR to succeed if we want to see more MMOs in the future. We need investors to want to throw money at MMOs. We need to show them we are not spoiled brats that wish the world to end before Christmas because we didn’t get what we wanted last year. We need to grow the fuck up and help the MMO genre not hinder it with our bitching.
It doesn’t matter though, you are so caught up in your hate, you can’t see you are damning your own future.