If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.
There are days when I want to quit my job, sell the house, cash in my 401k, and do whatever the modern MMO equivalent of buying a VW bus and following The Grateful Dead would work out to be.
I can’t quite imagine what that would be, and it is all a bit of fantasy, as much as the virtual worlds I wander around in. Also, I have a now adult daughter whose college education needs paying for, not to mention what my wife might have to say about such notions. And my 401k only recovered from the last recession due to the money I have shoveled into it since.
Reality dictates a more modest vision.
So when a part of me wants to fly free, do new things, and maybe actually play Project: Gorgon or some other game less than a decade old, I have to temper myself with an examination of what is really likely to happen.
And so any such list has to start grounded, setting a foundation of the likely or obvious. What will I play in 2020? Here is the forecast.
The Sure Things
Games I will almost assuredly play in 2020.
- WoW Classic
I’ve almost certainly logged in and played this, even if just for a short time, since the clock struck midnight and the new year was rung in.
And why shouldn’t I play it? I am enjoying it, I have friends to play with, and it is a voyage both nostalgic and fulfilling. Four months into the game and in our 30s, the instance group is maybe a third of the way
- EVE Online
The way my main account is setup right now I will remain an Omega clone into 2021 thanks to one final bump from the Fansite program. There is no reason not to log in and keep things going. But I am also feeling a bit weary of New Eden. I have been subscribed and playing since late 2011, when I came back to see if the Crucible expansion would be a worthwhile return point after the fiasco of Incarna. In December of 2011 I went to null sec and straight into a war and have been there ever since. But wars in null sec are barely a thing anymore. I’ll play some EVE Online, but it might be time for a change of scenery. But what I may or may not do is something for another post.
- EverQuest II
My last couple of runs back in Norrath have gone pretty well. In fact, I did so well in November that I bought the Blood of Luclin expansion, having managed to get a character up to the level cap and ready to take part in it. Having thus invested it seems pretty sure that I will play. How long I will play is another question though.
The Likely Candidates
Titles that history indicates are probably going to get played.
- WoW Shadowlands
This would have been a sure thing a couple of years back. When was the last time I didn’t run straight to a WoW expansion launch? (Answer: Only twice, The Burning Crusade and Mists of Pandaria, both arguably very good expansions.) But a decade haunted by wrong turns leaves me less than excited at the prospect of another WoW expansion. We’ll see if I am saying that when the pre-expansion events kick off.
It seems probable that I will go back to this for a bit. The build up part, the struggle to get to a stable state that can withstand setbacks is still quite enjoyable. Whether I will be able to endure another long mid-game is another story. But it is an easy game to pick up and while away the hours with as I listen to podcasts or audio books.
Titles I have a fondness for and which I wander back to now and then.
- Civilization V
When I am in a mood for a strategy game there is always Civ V there waiting for me.
If not Civ V, then this is the other likely alternative.
- World of Tanks
I keep thinking I am going to log in and play this again. I think I like looking at the tanks more than I like playing, but it is still fun.
While I took down the Minecraft Realms server due to nobody playing, a big new update might get me back to poking around.
- The Witcher
I just bought it on Steam for a buck and half, maybe I should play it.
The Long Shots
I might log into these now and again, but I am not sure I will commit to any real play time.
- Lord of the Rings Online
The Legendary server proved to me once again how much I like the initial 1-50 content. I suppose I might wander back into that. The problem is, as I have said before, the Siege of Mirkwood is an impenetrable barrier for me, and the live servers hold no temptation.
For all the nostalgia I spew about EverQuest back in the day, it has not always aged well. It looks and runs better than any 20 year old game has any right to, but that doesn’t mean it is the best game for me.
- Diablo III
Not beyond the realm of possibility if I get the simple ARPG urge. The problem is that I really only enjoy two classes in the game and I have played those multiple times.
- Elite: Dangerous
Somebody said they have automated docking. Since I could never quite master that, maybe it is worth a look back in at the game.
- New World
I played in the closed test phase for Amazon’s new game last year. It had its merits. It was kind of interesting. I just don’t know that it really grabbed me all that much.
I Should Make Time
But if history is any indicator, I likely won’t.
- Project: Gorgon
I keep thinking I should go play, but it is always a few places down the list. You find the time to do the things you really want to do, so that I have not found the time must mean I don’t really want to play I guess.
- Grim Dawn
I should dedicate a month to just getting into this. I dipped my toes into it previously, but didn’t get that far in.
- Something Else from Steam
My list of unplayed, or underplayed, games in my Steam library is annoyingly long. It weighs upon me if I stare at it too long.
If you’ve followed this blog for a while you’re probably of the opinion that new isn’t really my thing. And it would be difficult to argue with that, though I would point out that a lot of “new” seems synonymous with “the same old stuff we’ve seen before.” I think the only “new” I saw last year was the auto battler genre.
Still, I live in hope. Maybe there will be something new in 2020 that will catch my eye.