I am sure somewhere out there, somebody is angry, sad, or otherwise feeling an emotional effect because Wizardry Online closed its doors yesterday.
I am sure because I have found that even the worst, most widely despised feature in any MMO ends up being somebody’s favorite feature. And you find out exactly who they are the moment it goes away because they show up on the forums wanting to know what happened.
So I feel quite confident that somebody, somewhere loved SOE’s imported Wizardry Online MMO.
It just wasn’t me.
But I pretty much guessed that was going to be the case before the game showed up in the SOE lineup back in 2013.
For me, this is Wizardry:
Wizardry is something that exists in the context of the distant past along with a lot of hand-drawn graph paper maps and things I described in a post.
So Wizardry in MMO form… or at least in Asian import MMO form with anime style characters… never had a chance with me. I wrote me feelings about it, acknowledging that my assessment was unfair in the title.
Unlike my previous post, where I eulogized Vanguard and tried to describe its place in the history of the genre, I cannot really place Wizardry Online. Why SOE chose to publish it, why they decided to close it down after a year and a half, and all the questions in between are unanswered for me. And, unlike Vanguard, I do not see any posts out there in my corner of the blogesphere mourning its departure.
Who will speak for Wizardry Online? Who has some final words?
Where is PoliticallyIncorrectJessica now?
[And why won’t that link go to the right comment. Some dwarven magic I bet. You might have to scroll down to see the comment from her.]
Addendum: Oh, hey, Joseph Skyrim cares!