It is beyond hoping that one day, a company of some nature will breath some depth, soul and features never used before in MMORPG's like Physics, mobs that read your playstyle and react accordingly (AI), etc etc, but for now, it would seem we are in a casual based enviroment. It just seems like it will never happen.
I don't have to like this fact, but I can tolerate it for the people I enjoy gaming with and there is no point quitting something you enjoy or the people you enjoy doing it with, so my main concern with Rift is will it be another burn out game where people move on in 12 months or worse, less?
I ask this because of the MMO's that are due to be released over the next year or so and I shouldn't say that I am simply just concerned with Rift, alone, but I fear for all these communities for all these titles as it would seem they are just trying to push more and more titles per year.
Sure people will stay, but eventually alot will leave after having friends, family and no content left to progress through in the one they are playing only reducing the population and forcing server merges, name changes, Guild name changes and all the other issues that comes from ruined economies (in some cases it fixes them), bugs, lag etc etc. This also in effect has an effect to drive people away also from losing your character name you have had for months, Guild name you have used for years or suddenly not be able to make money via your servers now ruined economy.
Is the current standard for MMORPG's just simply nothing more then a game hopping atmosphere where people are always thinking the grass is greener on the other side or that preverbial carrot on a stick can be caught?
I dunno, maybe I am getting to old for these consistant rat races through games that ever so increasingly are released more and more only increasing the amount of games to hop too.
I hope Rift has some truely deep, exhilarating and end game content with soul, because I am truely tired of watching friends, family and online friends vanish due to games not making it for what ever reason it is they fail in todays market.
Edited, Dec 13th 2010 11:31pm by Taemek