H1Z1 Developer Believes That The Days of World of Warcraft Style MMOs Are Over

*Looks at the latest numbers for World of Warcraft and Guild Wars*

Posted By | On 29th, Apr. 2015 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605

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Daybreak’s John Smedley recently had a very candid chat with GamesIndustry.biz, which ranged on a wide variety of subjects, including the zombie action survival MMO, H1Z1, as well as his wider ranging views on the MMO market.

On the latter subject, Smedley seems to believe that the days of World of Warcraft style engaged MMOs are over.

“I firmly believe the days of the WoW-style MMO are over,” Smedley said. “And that means we have to change with the times. Luckily, we were kind of early on that bus as opposed to late. But we’re changing what we’re making.

“And I say that because the average life expectancy in H1Z1 might be 45 minutes, and that’s what today’s gamers want. How many people do you still know that are still raiding in WoW every night, or EverQuestand EverQuest II? It’s just the time commitment necessary has changed so much,” Smedley explained. “That means we need to change with the times, and we are. So we’re getting interested in a broader array of games and gaming styles.”

Of course, this ignores the continuing success of World of Warcraft (which saw its subscribers go up in the previous reported quarter), as well as the success of multiple MMOs like it in the market, including Guild Wars 2. If the days of engaged MMOs are indeed done with, then why is it that those games, or others like them, such as Destiny, continue to thrive and prosper?

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  • Starman

    What he should’v said was “the H1Z1 days are over(outdated) already … what nerve … this game(H1Z1) is horrific … how dare he say something negative about other games …
    Is WOW over ? “yes” but this guy shouldn’t say anything , after the release of one of the worse games ever …

    • Chris Breecher

      I think he may be in a better position to express his opinion than some anonymous Internet poster.

      And he was talking about the style, not about WOW itself. He could have used EQ as the “style” but I think more people are familiar with WOW.

  • JohnM96

    Isn’t he talking about a game that is like 15-years-old and still makes more money than ANY game out there? lol

    7 million people or something all paying a crazy amount EVERY month just to play said game.

  • xcovick

    How is that even possible! cause from what I remember is that I tried so many mmo and I couldn’t find a game that can kick wow. To me wow is still the best of the best and by the way just saying.


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