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 collaborating in World of Warcraft. And the cycle begins anew with the approaching launch of World of Warcraft: Standard, now in closed beta. Visiting Azeroth on the underside diploma for the primary time, as quickly as further, has been jarring for gamers, new and former. Vanilla choices are getting reported as bugs and the heaps, heaps slower climb to the extent cap sans the 15 years of top of the range of life modifications and side actions will definitely result in many gaunt-eyed staring contests contained in the mirror. Time has been sort to World of Warcraft. It hasn’t been sort to our concepts of what it as rapidly as was.

Nevertheless it actually’s been even meaner to your complete MMOs that needed a bit nook contained in the caverns of our minds subsequent to WoW. Like battle royale and mobas and survival video video video games before that, MMOs have been as rapidly as the popular shit. Being the following WoW felt need it was on each studio’s agenda. Some MMOs discovered footing, nonetheless nothing ever toppled WoW. Let’s keep in mind the fallen (and the too-obscure-to-remember-it-fell-at-all). It’s a check out among the many many notable MMOs that acquired proper right here and went all via WoW’s lifetime, with quite a lot 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 reasonably widespread MMORPG whereby gamers assumed the place of a superhero and chosen their very private powers, combating gangs and licensed organizations all via Paragon Metropolis. All servers shut down on November 30, 2012. A secret fan server has saved factors going for over six years, although.

Minions of Mirth 

Launch date: December 2005
Died: September 2017

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

Membership Penguin

Launch date: October 2005
Died: March 2017

The recognition of New Horizon Interactive’s cartoon MMO for youngsters wasn’t saved by its minigames or igloo customization selections, sadly. Corporations shut down in March 2017, and it was a dramatic ending, although it was adopted by a successor, Membership Penguin Island. The distinctive recreation lives on by way of private servers.

The Matrix On-line

Launch date: 2005
Died: August 2009

Monolith Productions had the uneasy technique of turning a monolith film into an MMO. It labored, nonetheless not appropriately ample to maintain up gamers spherical. Unable to slow-mo dodge the inevitable, all suppliers have been shut down on August 1, 2009.

Darkish and Gentle

Launch date: June 2006
Died: 2008

One completely different fantasy MMO, Darkish and Gentle’s hook have been it is, uh, darkish and lightweight progress tracks. Bugs and poor visuals overpowered the darkish and lightweight. Corporations out of the blue halted in 2008. Darkish and Gentle rights have been acquired by Snail Video video video games, which made an early entry survival sport in 2017 utilizing the an equivalent decide.

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 as soon as extra 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 2 further years, till a much 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 one other case appears lots like standard Dynasty Warriors. It managed to stay spherical for 4 years contained in the West before 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 an advanced, canceled-then-sold-and-re-released historic earlier that has accomplished surprisingly appropriately in Japan nonetheless principally flopped contained in the West. The NA servers shut down merely over a yr after launch, although it is nonetheless kicking spherical in Japan. Suppose giant crowds of anime girls in PvP battles and you have got the image.

Myst On-line

Launch date: February 2007
Died: 2008

Primarily a chatroom for individuals to unravel the gathering’ convoluted puzzles in, Myst On-line could not make a case for itself. Official suppliers led to 2008, nonetheless as of 2010, Cyan Worlds launched the server present code. It is largely used as a setting for fan machinima now.

Pirates of the Caribbean On-line 

Launch date: October 2007
Died: 2013

In an try and cash-in on the recognition of the flicks, Disney On-line meant for Pirates to coincide with the discharge of Lifeless Man’s Chest. Making video video video games should not be that simple, so it was delayed till 2007. Servers sank beneath the seas in September 2013.

Shin Megami Tensei: Take into accounts

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 acknowledged for bullet hell SHMUPs, this Shin Megami Tensei spin-off was a preferred post-apocalypse Tokyo RPG for years after launch. The western servers bit the mud in 2014, whereas the Japanese servers shut down in May 2016.

Starquest On-line

Launch date: 2007
Died: 2014

An unconventional, and ugly, sci-fi MMO that let gamers fly starships collectively. It was Star Citizen before Star Citizen, minus the a whole lot and a whole lot of {{{dollars}}}.

Tabula Rasa

Launch date: November 2007
Died: February 2009

Richard Garriot’s MMO did not preserve many gamers 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 completely different stab at excessive fantasy, this time from a staff led by former Everquest builders. It merely wasn’t heaps fulfilling. Servers shut down in July 2014.

Warhammer On-line: Age of Reckoning

Launch date: September 2008
Died: 2013

Warhammer’s giant MMO adaptation launched with a bang and geared up some superior large scale PvP with its Realm vs. Realm battles, nevertheless it certainly actually had drawback holding onto gamers after the preliminary hype died down and the issues turned further obvious. Low subscriber counts led Mythic Leisure to close suppliers down in 2013, although fan servers nonetheless persist.

Free Realms

Launch date: April 2009
Died: March 2014

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

Battlestar Galactica On-line

Launch date: February 2009
Died: February 2019

A recreation we forgot existed solely known as it quits as of late. Developed by Bigpoint Video video video games, the MMO based mostly completely on the beloved sci-fi assortment was completely 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 time. An exact time for shutdown should not be clear, nonetheless a fan weblog claims the final word time they may log in was spherical August of 2017.


Launch date: February 2012
Died: January 2014

Some fast historic earlier: Travis Baldree, co-founder of Runic Video video video games, the studio behind Torchlight, as rapidly as tried to make an MMO. Baldree and his staff at Flagship Studios labored on Mythic till 2008 before working into monetary troubles, so the enterprise and present work was equipped off.  Contained in the palms of Korean MMO writer HanbitSoft, Mythic was restructured and relaunched in April 2011. Servers shut down globally in January 2014.

Darkfall Unholy Wars

Launch date: November 2012
Died: May 2016

Darkfall Unholy Wars took an uncommon path to life for an MMO by going by way of Steam Greenlight. It regarded sort 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 purposes correct proper right into a persistent shooter appeared like a optimistic subject from the get-go, nonetheless monetary troubles led developer Purple 5 Studios to lay off 40 workers and ultimately stop enchancment on Firefall. Servers have been shut down for the most important E3 boother loads of years working in July 2017.


Launch date: June 2014
Died: November 2018

Irrespective of a catchy mixture of fantasy and sci-fi and a largely optimistic reception, Wildstar could not preserve ample gamers spherical to justify the on-going prices. 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 principally most likely probably the most influential MMOs did not even make it out of enchancment. Everquest Subsequent was cancelled in March of 2016, although DayBreak Recreation Company acknowledged it will carry on in MMO sort as Landmark. About that…


Launch date: June 2016
Died: February 2017

As rapidly as a result of the daring first step in path of Everquest Subsequent, Landmark was a sandbox for gamers to assemble in, a bit like a less-blocky Minecraft. It shut down in February 2017, merely seven months after launch (though a closed beta had been playable methodology as soon as extra in early 2014).

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