Ever wonder why you can’t find your favorite MMORPG on the internet anymore? The sad, but the simple truth is that game will more than likely be gone forever.
An often-overlooked aspect of MMORPGs is the potential for them to die. Games can lose a player base, the developer can stop updating the game, or they can simply go out of business—leaving players without any way to access it ever again. Let’s take a look at the five games we miss most!
RuneScape is arguably the second most iconic MMORPG—right in line after World of Warcraft. Launched in 2001, it took RuneScape 17 years to eventually be shut down… but as many know you can still play RuneScape and there are even two different forms! Old School Runescape or OSRS for short. In this game version, we have classic mode: an older variation of the game which doesn’t quite compare with modern-day versions like RS3 or OSRS. But let’s just call a spade a spade – both newer versions have more features than RuneScape Classic could’ve ever wanted.
If you’d like to skip the long grind in OSRS, you can go to Probemas and get your hands on some cheap OSRS gold that you can use to get high-tier items and level your skills faster.
The Matrix Online
The Matrix Online was a game released in 2005, developed by Monolith. This MMORPG seemed like the perfect continuation of The Matrix series when it was released in 2005.
With a three-way war between humans, machine, and renegades to explore an expansive world called the Mega City with missions based on class load-outs and player decisions, this game had everything that fans wanted during that time.
Warner Bros. had high hopes for this game, investing heavily in its production and release; but it failed to captivate players’ interest as they quickly lost patience with the lackluster gameplay that followed a promising start. Warner sold all rights of the game after just a few months following dismal sales and low player numbers, before shutting down servers four years later!
Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided
Star Wars is arguably the largest franchise to be created in the latter part of the 20th century. Beyond its countless films, expanded universe, series, and figurines—not to mention over 140 Star Wars games released since their first foray into MMOs with Star Wars Galaxies back in 2003—it’s no secret that this prolific space opera has embraced gaming across many different platforms throughout history.
Unfortunately, eight years after its official release, the servers for the game shut down in 2011. But players did not need to wait long to dive into another Star Wars MMO because a new one came out that same year called Star Wars The Old Republic.
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The Sims: Online
The Sims franchise was a mainstay of gaming in the early 2000s. From simulating your own life to managing mood, it had all you could ever want from an addictive game. In 2002, Electronic Arts released The Sims Online and gave us more ways to play with friends than we can count.
However, in 2008, the developers decided to call it quits for The Sims: Online. The good news and they never stopped releasing new versions of the game from The Sims Medieval to The Sims Pets and The Sims Mobile.
A decade ago, PlanetSide was the game that shook up both the MMO and FPS worlds. The blending of these two genres in a multiplayer world set it apart from other games at its time because players could accrue experience by killing other players or capturing bases/towers while letting this experience build over time to introduce an RPG-like strategy throughout their playtime.
For all the loving memories we shared with PlanetSide, it seems like a fitting farewell to say goodbye and head back into battle with the new Planetside 2.