Looking back at my 2018 prediction post, two things jump out. One, pretty accurate. And two, pretty sad. CrowFall, Camelot Unchained, and Star Citizen. Those are the three titles mentioned. None of them launched. None of them had a major release milestone (open beta or something similar), and I feel about the same regarding those titles as I did at the end of 2017; meh.
Looking back at 2018, I did play Life is Feudal for a large chunk of time, and had a great go of it, mostly because of the guild and it’s members, but the game itself wasn’t bad and is a few design changes away from being actually great. I didn’t play FFXIV or any serious EVE though, and nothing else in the genre caught my eye enough to even bother.
So let’s talk 2019 predictions.
The big one for me personally is going to be the release of WoW Classic in the summer. I’ve had a LOT of people ask about running a guild, and I’m 99% certain I will. I expect the guild to do well in terms of numbers, and I also expect we will eventually get sucked into bashing our faces into the end-game. I welcome the pain.
I’ll also predict that WoW Classic will be bigger than current WoW in terms of popularity. Since there won’t be two different prices or accounts, likely the only metric to go off of might be server counts or more ancillary stuff like size/activity of Sub Reddits or something like that. Not an exact science, and I highly doubt Blizzard themselves will come out and state it.
More of a hope than a prediction, but I think/hope Crowfall or Camelot Unchained launches. I know Star Citizen won’t. I’d love to be surprised by either title in terms of quality and engagement, but I have my doubts. That said, it might be a horrible time to actually launch if everyone and their mother is playing WoW Classic anyway.
I predict something major to come from Amazon with Brave New World, like a significant beta. I haven’t followed that game much, but I wouldn’t be shocked if come beta/release, its surprisingly good. Seems everything Amazon touches is better than expected, and if someone is going to run the world, I’d rather it be Bezos then President Bozo.
Wildcard: I’ve had my eye on Gloria Victis for a while now (Steam wishlist), and recently a friend started playing and reports good things. There is a decent chance I jump in at some point to try that out as well.