I’m going to try this again. It isn’t quite the famous quip about insanity being repeating an action and expecting different results, but the results have not always been spectacular. Though, in my defense, that has on occasion not been my fault.
For those seeking a history of this particular post, I have a list:
- 2018 – Technically, mission accomplished; reality, not so much.
- 2017 – I played nothing from the list, though arguably only two were playable
- 2016 – I played none from the list, but most didn’t ship
- 2015 – literally nothing I listed went live
- 2014 – I played Warlords of Draenor, which was a gimme really
- 2012 – Actually tried most of the items on the list
- 2011 – Tried 3 out of 5 eventually, but then The Agency was on the list
- 2007 LOTRO (shipped!)
- 2007 Gods & Heroes: Rome Rising (Didn’t ship)
This time around I am going to make this less of a goal setting session, where I declare I am going to run off and play some new games… or some old games… or some games in between that I have not played before. Instead, this is going to attempt to be more predictive.
Didn’t I just do predictions yesterday?
Well, I didn’t attempt to predict what I was actually going to play in 2019, so this is a different avenue. I’ll open up with the usual suspects.
- EVE Online
Pretty much a lock since I played it 12 out of 12 months in 2018. If I log in today and play, I’m covered, and it seems likely that I will do so and continue to do so over the course of the year. As long as Reavers deploy a couple of times I’m probably good.
- Pokemon Go
The other game I played pretty much daily throughout 2018. It helps that this is the one video game that my wife and I play together. Also happens to be the only active Pokemon title on a platform I own, since Nintendo is abandoning the handheld model and throwing everything onto the Switch. Not that I am bitter or anything.
- WoW Classic
I think this one is a no-brainer. I will certainly subscribe and log in for the spectacle that will be the launch of WoW Classic. The real question is how bad will it be? I don’t mean to suggest there will be any glaring lack of fidelity. I feel Blizz will be about as true to the idea as they can be. The question will be how slammed will the servers be and how fragmented will the community end up as Blizz opens up more and more servers?
- WoW Not-So-Classic
This one is likely a gimme as well. While Battle for Azeroth just didn’t capture me, the fact that the same subscription will get you into both WoW and WoW Classic makes it very likely that I will log into the former to play. There will probably be a boost in people on regular WoW servers corresponding to the length of the server queues on WoW Classic.
- Lord of the Rings Online
Lifetime subscription and the Legendary server… and the fact that I am still playing it right now, if not as actively as I was when the server kicked off… makes this another shoe-in for the list. I may not last once it gets past Moria, but up until then I am probably in.
After those titles we get into a more gray area. Still, there are some candidates that don’t seem to be complete long shots.
- EverQuest II
If things go badly for Daybreak, or if they have a good plan for the 15th anniversary of the game, it seems reasonable that I will be in for either a last look or another visit.
- Project: Gorgon
The game I keep meaning to play seriously but somehow never quite get to. I own it already, always a plus, and it gets good marks for its quirky nature.
Our server has been pretty quiet for the last year, but the panda update is coming. That might at least get me back on long enough to scout out a bamboo grove to find them. Technically not an MMO, but close enough.
Titles that might happen, if certain conditions come to pass… being something other than early access garbage being a key item. I’m trying not to encourage the developer line about, “I’ll gladly ship on Tuesday if you’ll just buy my game today” by paying into that sort of thing any more.
Hey, it will be the 20 year anniversary of the game shipping come March 16th. There is a distinct possibility that Daybreak will have something lined up that will make me want to log in, at least for a bit.
Whether you see this as re-skinned Ark or not, a some people I know are getting into this… when it is running and you can log in… so there is the glimmer of a possibility that I might give it a try. The whole early access aspect of it will be the factor keeping me away if I don’t play it.
- Torchlight Frontiers
I don’t think it will ship in 2019, and I am not going to beta test it, which is what makes it a wildcard. I’m interested to try it even if I am not amongst those publicly wetting themselves in anticipation of it.
- Camelot Unchained
Didn’t I pay for this almost five years ago now? It would be cool if there was something there both playable and worth playing.
- Destiny 2
We got the base game for free back in October and I downloaded it. So it is installed and ready to go if I decide I want to try it.
- Diablo III
Also technically not an MMO, at least by my own measure, but if maybe Blizzard were to add something fresh to the game I could find myself playing again. I enjoy it, but can only play through the story and seasons so many times.
- War Thunder and/or World of Tanks
I have a bunch of time invested in both over the years. They tend to be good games for quick action, but neither hole my attention for very long either. Battles often become the same situation repeated ad infinitum.
- Something Else New
I mean, somebody is going to ship something new this year, aren’t they?
Again, I don’t like to set goals, but I look at my Steam library and it there are games I know I will play and games I want to find time for.
In the former category are:
- Civilization V
- Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings
In the latter:
- Pillars of Eternity
- Grim Dawn
- Afghanistan ’11
- Space Engineers
- Valkyria Chronicles
And then there are games on my wish list that maybe I might yet buy. The Steam Winter Sale still has two full days left to run.
- GTA V (mostly for the mod where you can play as the police)
- O.G.R.E. (played the original board game)
- Darkest Dungeon (The Wizardy-esque vibe keeps in on my list)
- Frostpunk (Overlaps a bit with RimWorld though)
So there are some options. We’ll see at the end of the year what I ended up playing and what fell by the wayside. As like as not something else will come up mid-year and I’ll divert into that.