Raptr: MMOs? None Were Released in 2011 December 8, 2011Posted by Wilhelm Arcturus in Casual Games, entertainment, Gaming Industry Trends, Rift, Star Wars: The Old Republic.
Tags: Free-To-Play, Raptr
Raptr announced their Most Played Games for 2011, restricted to games launched in 2011, despite the fact that we still have 23 days to go here. Maybe nothing else important is launching this year.
What? Star Wars: The Old Republic is launching this year?
Well, too late and too bad!
In fact, of the categories Raptr chose to acknowledge, MMOs barely make the cut.
The categories are:
- The Most Played Shooter of 2011
- The Most Played RPG of 2011
- The Most Played Open-World Game of 2011
- The Most Played Sports Game of 2011
- The Most Played Social Game of 2011
- The Most Played New IP of 2011
- The Most Played Game of 2011
- The Most Successful Paid-to-F2P Game of 2011
No, the only mention of MMOs is in the final category, the one about Paid-to-F2P conversions. That covers MMOs, because it seems if you ran some sort of crime or crime fighting MMO… Champions Online, DC Universe Online, City of Heroes, All Points Bulletin, or… well, it doesn’t quite fit but I’ll make it fit… Global Agenda… then apparently 2011 was your year to go Free to Play.
So, from one angle I suppose congratulations are in order. Raptr managed to do a “Most Played” list that squeezed in MMOs from such an angle that they avoided mentioning any fantasy MMOs… like Rift maybe… along with Star Wars: The Old Republic.
Was it really that bad of a year for MMOs? I know my 2011 MMO Outlook ended up on the sad end of things, but were there really so few launches?
Was the slide to F2P really the big event for 2011?