25 MMOs that lived and died since World of Warcraft launched

World of Warcraft launched in 2004. That makes World of Warcraft 15 years earlier, the age of an unruly teen who spends all their time participating in World of Warcraft. And the cycle begins anew with the approaching launch of World of Warcraft: Conventional, now in closed beta. Visiting Azeroth on the underside diploma for the first time, as soon as extra, has been jarring for players, new and former. Vanilla options are getting reported as bugs and the lots, lots slower climb to the extent cap sans the 15 years of top quality of life modifications and facet actions will certainly lead to many gaunt-eyed staring contests inside the mirror. Time has been type to World of Warcraft. It hasn’t been type to our ideas of what it as quickly as was.

However it certainly’s been even meaner to the entire MMOs that wanted a bit nook inside the caverns of our minds subsequent to WoW. Like battle royale and mobas and survival video video games sooner than that, MMOs have been as quickly as the preferred shit. Being the next WoW felt want it was on every studio’s agenda. Some MMOs found footing, nonetheless nothing ever toppled WoW. Let’s bear in mind the fallen (and the too-obscure-to-remember-it-fell-at-all). It is a take a look at among the many notable MMOs that received right here and went all through WoW’s lifetime, with a great deal of freemium MMOs disregarded for the sake of brevity.

Metropolis of Heroes

Launch date: April 28, 2004
Died: November 2012

Metropolis of Heroes was a fairly widespread MMORPG whereby players assumed the place of a superhero and chosen their very personal powers, combating gangs and authorized organizations all through Paragon Metropolis. All servers shut down on November 30, 2012. A secret fan server has saved points going for over six years, though.

Minions of Mirth 

Launch date: December 2005
Died: September 2017

A cult fantasy MMORPG from Prairie Video video games, multiplayer choices have been taken permanently offline attributable to a ‘onerous drive failure’. Making an indie MMO ain’t simple.

Membership Penguin

Launch date: October 2005
Died: March 2017

The popularity of New Horizon Interactive’s cartoon MMO for teenagers wasn’t saved by its minigames or igloo customization decisions, sadly. Firms shut down in March 2017, and it was a dramatic ending, though it was adopted by a successor, Membership Penguin Island. The distinctive recreation lives on by the use of personal servers.

The Matrix On-line

Launch date: 2005
Died: August 2009

Monolith Productions had the uneasy means of turning a monolith movie into an MMO. It labored, nonetheless not correctly adequate to keep up players spherical. Unable to slow-mo dodge the inevitable, all suppliers were shut down on August 1, 2009.

Darkish and Light

Launch date: June 2006
Died: 2008

One different fantasy MMO, Darkish and Light’s hook have been it’s, uh, darkish and light-weight growth tracks. Bugs and poor visuals overpowered the darkish and light-weight. Firms out of the blue halted in 2008. Darkish and Light rights have been acquired by Snail Video video games, which made an early access survival game in 2017 using the an identical determine.

Phantasy Star Universe

Launched: August 2006
Died: September 2012 (Japan)

A bland successor to Phantasy Star On-line, which was groundbreaking as a console MMO once more in 2001. By comparability, PSU was a dated dungeon crawler the second it arrived. Western servers shut down in 2010, whereas the Japanese servers grasp on for two additional years, until a far more widespread sequel, PSO2, took over.

Dynasty Warriors On-line 

Launch date: 2006 in Japan, 2010 in NA
Died: January 2014 (English servers solely)

Koei’s Romance of the Three Kingdoms hack-and-slash went on-line, nonetheless in another case seems masses like conventional Dynasty Warriors. It managed to remain spherical for four years inside the West sooner than the English servers have been shut down in 2014.

Fantasy Earth Zero

Launch date: 2006 in Japan, 2010 in NA
Died: 2011 in NA

An MMO with a complicated, canceled-then-sold-and-re-released historic previous that has completed surprisingly correctly in Japan nonetheless principally flopped inside the West. The NA servers shut down merely over a yr after launch, though it’s nonetheless kicking spherical in Japan. Suppose large crowds of anime women in PvP battles and you’ve got the picture.

Myst On-line

Launch date: February 2007
Died: 2008

Mainly a chatroom for people to unravel the gathering’ convoluted puzzles in, Myst On-line couldn’t make a case for itself. Official suppliers led to 2008, nonetheless as of 2010, Cyan Worlds launched the server provide code. It’s largely used as a setting for fan machinima now.

Pirates of the Caribbean On-line 

Launch date: October 2007
Died: 2013

In an attempt to cash-in on the popularity of the movies, Disney On-line meant for Pirates to coincide with the discharge of Lifeless Man’s Chest. Making video video games shouldn’t be that straightforward, so it was delayed until 2007. Servers sank beneath the seas in September 2013.

Shin Megami Tensei: Take into consideration

Launch date: April 2007 in Japan, December 2008 in NA, January 2009 in EU
Died: 2014 in NA, 2016 in Japan

Oddly developed by CAVE, the Japanese studio recognized for bullet hell SHMUPs, this Shin Megami Tensei spin-off was a popular post-apocalypse Tokyo RPG for years after launch. The western servers bit the mud in 2014, whereas the Japanese servers shut down in Might 2016.

Starquest On-line

Launch date: 2007
Died: 2014

An unconventional, and ugly, sci-fi MMO that permit players fly starships collectively. It was Star Citizen sooner than Star Citizen, minus the hundreds and hundreds of {{dollars}}.

Tabula Rasa

Launch date: November 2007
Died: February 2009

Richard Garriot’s MMO didn’t maintain many players in its orbit. Servers have been shut off in February of 2009, shortly after Garriott left (or was allegedly outed) from NCsoft.

Vanguard: Saga of Heroes

Launch date: January 2007
Died: July 2014

Sony On-line Leisure was all about making MMOs and Vanguard was one different stab at extreme fantasy, this time from a workers led by former Everquest builders. It merely wasn’t lots fulfilling. Servers shut down in July 2014.

Warhammer On-line: Age of Reckoning

Launch date: September 2008
Died: 2013

Warhammer’s large MMO adaptation launched with a bang and equipped some superior big scale PvP with its Realm vs. Realm battles, but it surely certainly had problem holding onto players after the preliminary hype died down and the problems turned additional apparent. Low subscriber counts led Mythic Leisure to shut suppliers down in 2013, though fan servers nonetheless persist.

Free Realms

Launch date: April 2009
Died: March 2014

This was Sony’s kid-friendly strive at an MMO multiverse, like WoW sans the cartoon violence and with much more minigames. SOE shut down servers in March of 2014, citing a shortage of property.

Battlestar Galactica On-line

Launch date: February 2009
Died: February 2019

A recreation we forgot existed solely referred to as it quits these days. Developed by Bigpoint Video video games, the MMO based totally on the beloved sci-fi assortment was utterly shut down in February 2019.

Whats up Kitty On-line

Launch date: 2010
Died: August 2017

A cartoon paradise for Whats up Kitty followers, Whats up Kitty On-line went quietly into the night time time. An precise time for shutdown shouldn’t be clear, nonetheless a fan blog claims the ultimate time they might log in was spherical August of 2017.


Launch date: February 2012
Died: January 2014

Some quick historic previous: Travis Baldree, co-founder of Runic Video video games, the studio behind Torchlight, as quickly as tried to make an MMO. Baldree and his workers at Flagship Studios labored on Mythic until 2008 sooner than working into financial troubles, so the enterprise and current work was supplied off.  Inside the palms of Korean MMO author HanbitSoft, Mythic was restructured and relaunched in April 2011. Servers shut down globally in January 2014.

Darkfall Unholy Wars

Launch date: November 2012
Died: Might 2016

Darkfall Unholy Wars took an unusual path to life for an MMO by going by the use of Steam Greenlight. It regarded type of like Uglier Skyrim PvP.

Marvel Heroes 

Launch date: June 2013
Died: November 2017

Disney ended relations with developer Gazillion Leisure in November 2017 and Marvel Heroes was taken offline later that month.


Launch date: July 2014
Died: July 2017

An daring MMO that launched RPG applications proper right into a persistent shooter appeared like a optimistic issue from the get-go, nonetheless financial troubles led developer Purple 5 Studios to lay off 40 employees and in the end cease enchancment on Firefall. Servers have been shut down for the biggest E3 boother plenty of years working in July 2017.


Launch date: June 2014
Died: November 2018

No matter a catchy combination of fantasy and sci-fi and a largely optimistic reception, Wildstar couldn’t maintain adequate players spherical to justify the on-going costs. Developer Carbine Studios closed in September 2018 and Wildstar shut down shortly after in November 2018.

EverQuest Subsequent

Launch date: N/A
Died: March 2016

The follow-up to 2 of basically probably the most influential MMOs didn’t even make it out of enchancment. Everquest Subsequent was cancelled in March of 2016, though DayBreak Recreation Agency acknowledged it would keep on in MMO type as Landmark. About that…


Launch date: June 2016
Died: February 2017

As quickly because the daring first step in path of Everquest Subsequent, Landmark was a sandbox for players to assemble in, a bit like a less-blocky Minecraft. It shut down in February 2017, merely seven months after launch (although a closed beta had been playable methodology once more in early 2014).

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