All Game Genres Soon to Have Persistent Online Worlds

Posted on May 31, 2006 has an informative article that explains some of the upcoming MMO games announced at E3. There are quite a few of them. Most of them offer up a direct challenge to the currently leader in this category: World of Warcraft (WOW). WOW currently dominates with its 5.5 million subscribers. The challengers listed in the article include: Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures, Tabula Rasa, Archlord, Gods & Heroes: Rome Rising, Soul of the Ultimate Nation, Vanguard: Saga of Heroes and Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar.

MMORPGs are also expanding into new categories that offer interesting gameplay outside of the typical fantasy adventure type of scenario, or "beyond orcs" as MSNBC writes. The article describes three of these kind of games including Huxley, Project Wiki and Test Drive Unlimited. Huxley takes the first-person shooter concept into a persistent world. Project Wiki targets teens and young females with its fairy-tale world online game concept. And Test Drive Unlimited combines an online gaming world with auto and motorcycle racing. You can see a theme here where all gaming genres will eventually have a persistent online world.

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