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!

Lifelong gamer always looking for the next virtual adventure. I'm still waiting for the next big MMORPG. Until then, you can find me hopping between multiple games.

  • Preciel

    yep, console owners are the next victims to milk off of since they've done more than enough milking off pc players.

  • XL Bullet

    Consoles are lacking in the MMO genre so I don't particularly mind this potential "surge". If I can play on PC with my console friends via cross-platform servers, I'd be a happy camper. However, console MMOs right now don't support it except for FFXIV to my knowledge. That's my only grief: lack of cross-platform servers.

  • TianlanSha

    I highly doubt you can play MMO with a controller.

  • Augosyx

    Consoles has always been more on AAA titles and the idea of MMOs isn't a meta due to PC Master Race mindset but since FFXI and FFXIV has been on consoles for a good long while (not sure of the cross-platform capabilities of XI though due to its end of service on the PS2), more MMOs are coming in but I'm glad most developers are willing to give consoles a fair bit of chance on the MMO genre not common on consoles. Will it be year for console MMOs? Maybe, maybe not.

  • Feto

    Nah, 2018 will be the year of lootboxes, unfinished games and mediocrity... or mobile MMOs, which have all of the previous things.
    They may release some MMOs on console this year but they will surely find out that mobile is the one that gives the most money, so they will start spending more on that.

  • Feto

    I don't think WoW is that easy to play with a controller because of it's speed and target system. FFXIV is easier since it's slower, same as TERA. So yeah, you can have MMORPGs that support controllers but they will have to be slowish if you want controller users and keyboard users to be on par.