Oh yeah, I made a bunch of crazy predictions back in January, didn’t I?
For some reason last year I changed my predictions format from a set of paragraph long generalizations to a series of one line, very specific (well, mostly) guesses at the future. I think I was pressed for time and the humor muse had not bothered to visit. Plus it was always hard to score those paragraphs, especially since I seemed to insist on points. (I have accounting in my background, I must quantify everything!)
Now, of course, we’re here at the end of the year and I have discovered the flaw in my plan; I need to go figure out whatinthehell I got right or wrong. And there are like a bunch of them, some of which I have not bothered to pay attention to and others about which I really didn’t give a damn in the first place but was trying to get to a 200 point total for some maniacal round-number reason.
Anyway, what’s done is done. Next year I think I am going to go back to big predictions and a pass/fail model. Or something.
I started on this Thanksgiving weekend and, because of apathy, I haven’t found all the answers yet. Fortunately, other people have started posting their prediction results, so I can crib from that a bit. Plus I’ll make you, the reader, correct my mistakes. How about that?
So let’s see how good that cold medication was last December. What did I predict?
Predictions for Blizzard in 2010! (5 points each)
- StarCraft II – Will ship second quarter 2010 – Missed by 27 days, 0 points
- Cataclysm – Will ship fourth quarter 2010 – A pretty safe guess, 5 points
- Cataclysm – Will beat WotLK’s 24 hour sales record – Yes indeed. I do wonder how much digital pre-orders helped. 5 points
- Diablo III – Will not ship in 2010 – Another safe one, in my opinion, 5 points
- New MMO – An announcement at BlizzCon with the usual Blizzard mystery build-up – Nothing at BlizzCon, 0 Points
15 out of 25 points
Big Miss – RealID and Battle.net focus? I’m not sure those were that big in the end.
Sony Online Entertainment predictions! (5 points each)
- Planetside – Dead by December – Still alive… barely… but I always thought that The Agency had to come online before it went. 0 points
- Norrath – Official details about the next Norrath based MMORPG some time in 2010 – We artist conceptions and some vague information, so I’m claiming 3 out of 5 points
- Norrath – The next Norrath based MMORPG won’t be called EverQuest III – Do we have that in writing? No? 0 points
EverQuest II – All digital distribution after the February expansion – I don’t see Destiny of Velious listed at Amazon.com, so I’m taking this as a yes. – 5 points.
- EverQuest – The next round of server consolidation will happen, and it will be a good thing – And so it was. I should have predicted it for EQII as well. – 5 points
- The Agency – Won’t ship in 2010 – Saying The Agency won’t ship is like betting against the Cubs, and no, the Facebook game does not count – 5 points
- PlayStation 3 – SOE still won’t have a PS3 MMO title by the end of 2010 – The put Free Realms on the Mac, but no PS3 support yet. They’ve been talking about stuff on the PS3 since E3 in 2008 at least… go listen to VW Podcast #125… and still nothing. You guys at SOE work for the PlayStation people now, right? – 5 points
23 out of 30 points
Big Miss – A free to play version of EQII
What will EA do? (5 Points each)
SWTOR – Not in 2010, no no no. – Another safe bet – 5 points
WAR – Won’t die in 2010, but won’t magically spring back to life either. It will just trudge on with enough resources to keep it going and improve it slightly, but not enough to change anything dramatically. – Vague enough for 5 points
10 out of 10 points
Big miss – Umm… Lord of Ultima? Was there a UO expansion or something?
Turbine predictions (5 points each)
- LOTRO – Next expansion, announced in 2010, will be the Riders of Rohan! – Isengard, not Rohan – 0 points
- LOTRO – Riders of Rohan will feature real mounted combat – 0 points
- DDO – Continued success under the free to play banner with a push into some overland content – vaguely fulfilled – 1 point
- New – We’ll hear about Turbine’s next project in 2010. – Not so much – 0 points
1 out of 20 points
Big Miss – LOTRO going free to play
CCP Predictions (5 points each)
- Station ambulation – Still just a myth in 2010 – Again, like betting against the Cubs – 5 points
- Dust 514 – Not for 2010 – What was that? – 5 points
- EVE – Two Content Releases, don’t we always get two a year? – Well, we got 1.1 expansions - 2 points
- EVE – Tech III ships will finally become common enough that you might actually see one now and again. – I have one and, while flying it, have ended up at a jump gate with another, is that common enough? – 5 points
17 out of 20 points
Big Miss – What was the big CCP story this year?
Runic Games (5 points each)
- An inexpensive expansion will be released for Torchlight to keep funding going for Runic’s MMO – Nope – 0 points
- Runic will give us some concrete details about said MMO – Nope – 0 points
- That MMO won’t ship in 2010 – Well, they didn’t announce it, so 0 points
- But said details will make some pundit say, “Wow, that’s what Dungeon Runners should have done.” – 0 points
0 out of 20 points. I thought they would move faster than they are.
Big Miss – Multiplayer Torchlight, sort of the interim step between the first game and the MMO.
NCSoft (5 points each)
- Aion – Going to seem like a replay of Lineage II, popular in Asia, less so in the west. Still, it will have enough customers to keep going. Given how readily NCSoft shuts things down, that will be saying something. – Um, I can’t even answer that – 0 points
- GuildWars 2 – Not for 2010 – 5 points
- PlayStation 3 – NCSoft still won’t have a PS3 MMO title by the end of 2010 – I guess I can let that old SCEA/NCSoft agreement die now – 5 points
10 out of 15 points
Other Titles (5 points each)
- Darkfall – Will continue walking the tightrope between hardcore PvP focus and giving players something to do when they aren’t actively engaged in battle. Slow growth with at most a single server added to the game for 2010. – Sounds vaguely right, but SynCaine will correct me – 5 points
- Star Trek Online – Won’t disappoint Trek fans, but we’re all co-dependent on the franchise after years of reckless treatment by the studio. We’ll all still be there after the first 30 days playing with our pre-order bonus items. The rest of you people though… – I stopped playing, so there is a big claim I missed - 0 points
- Hero’s Journey – It was best of show at E3 in 2005, but it will still be a no-show in 2010. – Like betting against the Twins – 5 points (Amusingly, Simutronics now has a somewhat whiny entry in their Hero Engine FAQ about Hero’s Journey, saying that the work for it is all in the Hero Engine so stop bugging them about it already. Anyway, Star Wars: The Old Republic will be the eventual showcase for their work, pretty much the make or break I’d guess.)
10 out of 15 points
The following people will have new companies and new projects announced in 2010 (2 point each):
- Mark Jacobs – No word here – 0 points
- Richard Garriott – Some awful Facebook thing – 2 points
- Bill Roper – Still at Cryptic doing… something – 0 points
- Brian Green – Umm… The Fae’s Wyrd was a project, right? – 2 points
- Scott Hartsman – Rift, about which so many are talking of late – 2 points
6 out of 10 points
One of the following companies will announce their first/next project, and it won’t be an MMO (5 points):
- Aventurine – no announcement
- Carbine Studios – no announcement
- Red5 Studios – Firefall – it is an online, co-op shooter, so not really a traditional MMO – 5 points
- Simutronics – no announcement
- Turbine – No announcement
One of the following people will move to Canada (5 points):
- Scott Jennings
- Mark Jacobs
- Brian Green
- Scott Hartsman
- Richard Bartle
- Alan Crosby
- David Reid
Isn’t there some Canadian sovereign territory at Disneyland? No? 0 points
Spurious Logic Random neurons firing for the following guesses.
Most subscription MMOs that sell vanity items like pets or appearance gear will sell custom mounts by the end of 2010. WoW and EQ2 will be the benchmark. (5 points) – erm… can’t really say yes to that – 0 points
“Yahtzee” Croshaw will review exactly ONE muh-more-puh-gah on Zero Punctuation during 2010, and it will be Star Trek Online. He won’t like it (duh) but the Trekkie humor will be too much for him to resist doing a review. (5 points) – Nope, 0 points
We will find out that the following people will be appearing or doing voice work in the Warcraft movie (IMDB shows no actors as of this date – 1 point each):
- Jack Black
- William Shatner
- Keanu Reeves
- Ben Stein
- James Earl Jones
- John Ratzenberger
- Bruce Campbell
- Sarah Silverman
- David Spade
- Lucy Lawless
Nothing – No cast announcements yet. IMDB puts it as a possible 2013 release – 0 points
0 out of 20 points
My first pass, hand-waving total is 97 out of 200 points.
Not bad for my mix of obvious slam-dunks and way off the reservation guesses I suppose.
Now, I will look to comments for corrections and will post an updated score once people point out that I was really wrong about those 97 points and that my total should be much lower.
So correct me already.
Meanwhile, I’m working on a less intensive set of predictions for next year.