Plenty has happened in the online gaming world over the past week. We are here to compile some of the best news and the things we learned. From the biggest games of today to the smallest gaming companies, let’s take a look at the highs and lows in the world of gaming.
1. Conan Is Still Relevant In The Gaming World
When was the last time you heard of a Conan game? Our bet is definitely not before Conan Exiles was released. Prior to Funcom’s blockbuster announcement, probably the only prominent Conan game out there was Funcom’s very own Age of Conan. The MMORPG has been around for awhile but over the years, became irrelevant. The gameplay is aging, and so are the graphics and mechanics. Newer MMORPG’s have no problems pushing Age of Conan further down the playing order.
All that changed when Conan Exiles entered the fray, showing that there’s still tons of Conan fans out there. Conan Exiles has sold a huge amount of copies in it’s first week, proving that the IP and nostalgia for Conan is still relevant in the gaming world.
2. Call Of Duty In Space Sucks
The secret to beating Call of Duty is to stick to history, and that’s exactly how Battlefield 1 continues to lead this age old FPS rivalry. Call Of Duty Infinite Warfare isn’t a bad game. In fact, it has a great single player story campaign. The multiplayer is also good. It’s competitive and has everything that FPS lovers would want in their games. So where is the problem? The answer is in the setting.
Call of Duty Infinite Warfare takes place years into the future and features space as the setting. The futuristic theme didn’t sit too well with long-time COD fans, which resulted in Battlefield 1 winning the battle for FPS supremacy last year. BF1 went back to World War One for its game and that was a good move. So what does COD do to compete? Well, they’re going back to their roots too for the next game. Hello World War II.
3. 2017 Is The Year Of Crowdfunded MMORPGs
MMORPG development is an expensive thing. Developers and publishers often have tug of wars over resources, timelines and the content. That’s why traditional MMO models are becoming rare in this day and age. No longer do we see the finish product up-front, before trying out the game in hours of beta testing. This year, a new model of MMO development is taking over. Crowdsourced and crowdfunded MMORPGs are trending right now, and in this calendar year alone there are 9 MMORPG’s in development. These include the much anticipated Crowfall, Camelot Unchained and Pantheon. All of them were funded on sites like Kickstarter too.
4. Leverage Nostalgia To Drive Sales
Nostalgia is a very powerful but effective selling tool. Emotions of the past are strong in most human beings, especially gamers who yearn for older times when previous games were perhaps better in their own franchises. And true enough, we see three strong examples of this. Two of them has already been talked about above. Conan Exiles is the game thousands of Conan fans has been waiting for, and bought the game in droves.
Call of Duty also learned the hard lesson of nostalgia, and that sticking to the tried and tested method of World War II will gain them sales. But perhaps the best example of this is seen over at Zenimax Online Studios. The Elder Scrolls Online are giving players the chance to return to one of the most beloved zones in Elder Scrolls, Morrowind. The Morrowind DLC will arrive in June and many players have returned to the MMO in anticipation. We can only wonder how many of them contributed to the 8.5 million players they boasted about recently.
5. Activision-Blizzard Is Still King Of The Hill
And finally this week, we learned that Activision Blizzard is still the undisputed money maker in the online gaming industry. The western MMO titans has more than doubled their revenue from in-game sales from last year. They have made $3.6 billion from games like Hearthstone, World of Warcraft and Overwatch. Can anyone beat them? We don’t think so.