Today I decided to log into Neverwinter Online to check on a couple of things. My laptop had been on the fritz for about a month, so I had been unable to do any kind of gaming beyond a bit of light entertainment on a tablet (and becoming addicted to Temple Run 2 and Pocket Mine in the process). For awhile, I had also been simply keeping up with some Neverwinter crafting through their excellent Gateway feature, allowing me to craft out-of-game.
Anyways, I popped open the Arc client (Perfect World's "Steam"), to notice I had a message waiting in my inbox. Opening this message lead me to the news that RaiderZ servers will be shut down August 7. Apparently its Korean developer MAIET was "no longer operating anymore," and the lack of any updates to the game for so long prompted PW to cut its ties and send it out to the sea of drowned MMOs.
I may have only had one character in the game, and perhaps he only got to level 25 (max level was 40, I believe), but it doesn't mean I won't miss its absence from the collection of MMOs out there. It should come to not much of a surprise to know that I'm a bit of a free-to-play (F2P) fan(atic). When RaiderZ had launched, it served its niche of an action-oriented MMO in pretty much direct competition with at-time pay-to-play (P2P) TERA.
I'm not sure if there was anything that RaiderZ "invented" on its own. It really did play much like TERA, with reactive controls and movement during combat. No Tab targeting here, buddy. And I hope you're smart enough to manually dodge those big enemy attacks. Class choices were a bit flexible, allowing you to dip into a second class after a certain point. I ended up starting with Sorcerer, and eventually spent some points into Cleric for a bit of healing.
|Lighting my way to victory...sorry buddy|
As solo of a player as I normally am, I even did a bit of group play back when I was more active in the game to attain these more premium crafting materials for the better gear. It wasn't anything terribly difficult, but still required at least half a brain due to the action-based combat. Like I said, MAIET didn't exactly re-invent the wheel with RaiderZ, but it was probably one of my first action-based MMO experiences. If you've ever switched between playing this control scheme vs. a tab-based fixed style (like that of World of Warcraft or, in my case, LOTRO), you'll understand there is definitely an added level of finesse required to successfully make it through the day.
RaiderZ isn't the only MMO that'll soon be out of my rotation - several months ago I found out that Lego Minigure Online would be switching from a F2P model to buy-to-play (they recently issued the re-launch June 29). Again, realizing that the majority of my gaming experiences hinges on F2P, I was a bit saddened by this news. Having been a fan of the 'ol LEGO blocks in my younger years (and not much ashamed to keep messing around with them in current ones), this game was a bit of a guilty pleasure in a possible anonymous sea of a much younger audience. Maybe if my funds should ever be much more fundy, I'll go back and be able to support this title and leap back into the sea of e-bricks.
Anywho, even if it was not in an extremely regular rotation of gaming, it'll be sad to see the RaiderZ servers part ways with the public. I hear there may be private servers floating about, but I normally prefer to stick with official servers in the sake of (hopeful) safety and game support. In the more recent years, I had also danced around in the action-based worlds of TERA and Neverwinter Online (both of which are still officially supported), so I won't be left to rot among the action MMO genre.
I know there'll be more action-based titles in my future. If things go well, I hope to give Wildstar a try after its F2P launch - which, if I read correctly, utilizes a lot of positioning and telegraphed attacks. Others too shall rise to fill the eventual void of my forgotten titles...at least until I discover those lost games' icons thrust upon the far corners of my desktop, longing to be re-visited.
|So long, oddly-dressed man. Rest well.|
For the audience: Have you lost MMOs due to shuttering of the servers? Which title(s) were they, and how did you celebrate/cope its closure? Share below!