The MMO Deathwatch

15578__06matrix_lWell, I guess Matrix Online is going to bite the big one to nobody’s surprise — except the surprise that this game kept going as long as it did.  Remember, kids, SOE Station Access is more than just a great value, it’s a welfare shelter for MMOs that can’t earn a living themselves (not that I’m knocking the idea of Access — I think more companies should do it — but it certainly keeps games going on life support far past their right to continue operating)!  5 years… that’s a pretty decent span of time for a title that would’ve failed within a year had it not been picked up by SOE.

A side note: I found it kind of amusing that they announced MxO’s cancellation under the headline of “All Good Things Must End”.  Was Matrix a “good thing”?  Is anyone even playing it?  Did you ever hear anything praise-worthy about the game after its release?  I guess the developers need some validation from their hard work here, but… man, don’t be trumpeting this up more than you have any right to be doing.

So: Matrix Online.  Shadowbane (maybe).  Tabula Rasa.  Auto Assault.  It’s time to get a little morbid and start taking predictions: which MMO will be the next on the chopping block?  I’ll refer back to this post when it happens, and winner will get a lifetime subscription to “You’re So Awesome” magazine.

10 thoughts on “The MMO Deathwatch

  1. Hudson May 29, 2009 / 9:25 am

    Pirates of the Burning Sea needs to go

  2. mbp May 29, 2009 / 9:26 am

    That Blizzard game (what’s it called again) must be on its last legs by now. Surely it can’t last much longer 😉

  3. Scarybooster May 29, 2009 / 9:33 am


  4. Ryver May 29, 2009 / 10:02 am

    EverQuest Online Adventures (EQOA) for the PS2.

  5. moxie May 29, 2009 / 10:25 am

    Vanguard and Age of Conan.

  6. Frank May 29, 2009 / 12:43 pm

    Surely the Pirates of the Carribbean Online game will be the next to be guillotined!

  7. Thac0 May 29, 2009 / 1:57 pm

    I wanted to go back and try MxO several times but between the time when it was launched and when Sony took over i lost my games code and Sony lost my account in transfer and wanted the box’s code. Between the two and the fact that it didn’t have a free trail i never went back to MxO

  8. dubs June 1, 2009 / 4:35 am

    Maybe Age of Conan – i played the free trial they were offering but didn’t seem very busy.

  9. BVD June 1, 2009 / 1:32 pm

    I got to be in the last few days of MxO beta, and I remember it being kinda fun. My character had a really funky look about him (fedora, workout gloves, club clothes, wicked-cool shades, tattoos up the ying-yang), and super-jumping to the top of a 1,000 story building where other players were kicking the crap out of forever-spawning Agents seemed neat for awhile too.

    Then the sky turned red and grew eyes, and the (beta) MxO ended. I always thought about going back to check it out post-beta, but I never heard anything but bad news about it. A shame, really…

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