The World Of The Sandbox MMO Attempts To Bribe Players To Return
It’s a sad day in gaming when the massive potential of the sandbox genre fails to deliver any mainstream titles, but currently available sandbox games are doing everything they can to entice players back to their product. Xsyon, a little known MMO Sandbox game set in a post apocalyptic world, recently launched its return players event that offered free play time to past subscribers. And now another sandbox title, albeit a more popular one, Darkfall, has joined in with the release of their latest event that is also offering free play time.
From June 27th to June 29th, players that have previously purchased the Darkfall game will be able to test the recent patches for free, without the need to resubscribe or provide any credit card details. Additionally during this period, players can enjoy a far quicker skill progression rate than is currently available. Although this news hasn’t really given anything for the community to shout about, many are hoping that the developers are hoping to entice more players to return for the hugely anticipated Darkfall 2.0 update, an update people have been talking about for years, but there’s been no official confirmation of the 2.0 release date. Also, after this event the monthyl subscription price will be dropping and the skill gains will be permanently increased, although not to the same effect as the event changes.
All that’s left now is for Mortal Online to hop on the bandwagon and offer something to get players to return to their sandbox world.
The sandbox genre has yet to really take off in terms of multiplayer games, Minecraft is arguably the best sandbox title available at the moment but it doesn’t deliver in many aspects of game-play such as graphics and combat. Salem, a highly anticipated sandbox MMO title based on Heaven and Hearth, will be releasing soon but there’s nothing that suggests it will do any better than the other sandbox games listed.
What are your thoughts on the sandbox genre? Is it doomed to fail or will something special ignite the interest?