EverQuest 2 is about ready to launch in 2004… quick, let’s renew our EQ account! WAR is coming… why not revisit DAoC? BioWare wants to unleash The Old Republic, and Star Wars Galaxies reaps the benefit of thousands of re-uppers looking for a concoction of nostalgia of the past and anticipation for the future.
It shouldn’t surprise me to see how many folks, including prominent bloggers, are returning in droves to City of Heroes, even as they drool hearty techno-lust for Champions Online and DCUO. We’ve lived long enough that we’re seeing second generations or iterations of MMO franchises all over the place, and a growing method of dealing with the unbearable hype and leadup of new titles is to subscribe to their official or unofficial ancestor. It’s odd to do so, because we’re not intending to be residents for any significant length of time, setting down roots — we’re injecting ourselves with parts of the experience, hoping that it will satiate or add to our future desire.
We do this a lot in other areas of life, I think. Superhero movies come out, and we voraciously watch older ones and read the comics. We marinate in the pop culture of the past to “prepare” ourselves for the upcoming. We have a terrifically hard time being patient, and this is a way for a dose of instant gratification.
One thing I’m always delighted to experience and rediscover in City of Heroes is the full liberal freedom of movement — this is a game that doesn’t want to nail your feet to the ground or force you to travel around like a pokey postman, but to provide you with wings and kick you half across the zone for fun. Combining movement with combat skills can result in some personal moments of awesomeness, such as flying down from the top of a skyscraper, doing a flip 180 to fry a bad guy into oblivion.
In any case, the Champs Online watch goes on. I am not deterred.