Sony Online Entertainment is shutting down 4 mmos
Sony Online Entertainment, developer and owner of mmo games such as DC Universe Online, Dragon's Prophet, PlanetSide 2 and the popular EverQuest series have announced that they're streamlining their immense gaming repertoire in order to hone their resources.
In order to do this, sadly, SOE will be ceasing operation on 4 of their beloved mmo titles.
The games on the chopping block are: Wizadry Online, Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures, Free Realms and the doomed Vanguard: Saga of Heroes
These games all arguably still have consistent player-bases, but are suffering from declining player populations and simply cannot keep up with so of SOE's bigger, flagship titles.
"The truth is we need our resources elsewhere right now."
The cull was announced in an "Ask Me Anything" Reddit post, hosted by SOE's President, John Smedley, and many have taken to the thread to voice their opinions.
Smedley conceded that he was sad to see the games go, and even mentioned that the heartbreaking closure of Free Realms would even be affecting his own daughter, who is one of many players who will be seeing almost 4 years of gaming commitment brought to an abrupt halt.
As part of the AMA, Smedley did confirm, however, that Legends of Norrath would not be getting axed, despite rumors, and that instead, they are lining it up to compete in the current battle amongst the rising competitive card games.
He told fans, "...after seeing what Blizzard did with Hearthstone it's given us some other ideas.... LoN is an awesome card game. We can take that to the next level."
With EverQuest Next, EverQuest Next Landmark and a new "unannounced" mmo on the way from SOE, it's understandable that the team needs a rebalance, although this undoubtedly won't quell the sadness that many will experience when SOE terminates its mmos.
Let us know your fondest Wizadry Online, Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures, Free Realms and Vanguard: Saga of Heroes memories in the comments section below.