The Weekly Raid: Will 2018 Be The Year Of Console MMOs?
MMOs and MMORPGs have generally been a PC based genre. The always on, constantly updated nature of the genre made them an ill fit on consoles with nascent internet capabilities. Sure, there were exceptions. Phantasy Star Online was released on the Dreamcast way back in 2000, and here in the West we got EverQuest Online Adventures in 2003. But these were exceptions relative to the deluge of such games arriving on home computers at the time.
Now things are changing. A slew of existing MMOs & MMORPGs saw console releases this year, for example Skyforge by Russian publisher My.com. We got a massive new title in the way of Destiny 2 which, while also available on PC, is clearly a console-first game. Grand Theft Auto 5 saw a series of major (free) updates to its online component (Grand Theft Auto Online), and still continues to attract new players.
But we suspect the real story is 2018. Tera and Black Desert Online are slated to make their console appearances next year. They will be joining smash hit Playerunknown's Battlegrounds which just saw an Xbox One release a few days ago. There's clearly a huge pool of console gamers eager to feast on the genre we've taken for granted for the past decade. I suspect we'll see even more ports, and even more console-first MMO projects launched in 2018. How this surge will effect the PC MMO market is as of yet undetermined. Lets see what the future holds!