Well, 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.