I kept the predictions light for 2011 and I'll tackle all five of them in one go:
1. World of Warcraft will maintain its dominance.No doubt World of Warcraft is still top among MMOs, but to say its maintained its dominance is ignoring the fact that WoW took a significant hit this year and had to break out the pandas to keep people's interest. In the larger genre of persistent online games, League of Legends has soundly trumped WoW's numbers with over 30 million active users and concurrent user numbers well beyond that of WoW.
2. Free 2 Play will continue its march forward and many will consider 2011 the year that F2P becomes the dominant business model not only for MMOGs, but for any online game (MOBA, FPS, etc.)There is no doubt that Free 2 Play has landed with most major publishers having already published or considering to publish a F2P title(s). 2011 also marked the arrival of F2P on Steam; the premier digital distribution platform for games. The subscription MMOs fell like flies to a flyswatter this year as several joined the F2P ranks and enjoyed immediate success.
3. "the game that shall not be named" will NOT launch this year.OK, it squeaked into 2011, but just barely.
4. The "next generation" Xbox will be announced by Microsoft. Nintendo and Sony will stay with their current generation.I was way off here. Xbox 360 is marching strong and Playstation 3 is still playing third fiddle. Nintendo, of all companies, is the one out front with news of their new Wii U console.
5. This blog will be completely different and may actually feature commentary and experiences from games I'm actually playing.Proof: I posted about Fallout: New Vegas and I actually played that game!
Now onward and upward to my predictions for 2012 and beyond
1. The world will not end. (just wanted to get that one out of the way)
2. I will post more than I did in 2011. (just wanted to give ya'll something to look forward to)
3. "the game that shall not be named" will have a tough year, but will survive. The argument to take the game Free 2 Play will begin around July.
4. Warhammer Online will be shut down this year.
5. DOTA2 will launch, but fail to make much more than a drip into the MOBA scene.
6. League of Legends will hit 50 million players and still be flying under the radar in the online gaming market
7. A major game will "surprise launch" this year with little to no notice and possibly be Free 2 Play
8. Indie games will continue to creep into the spotlight and we will see another Minecraft-level indie break out this year
9. At least 4 of these predictions will be right :)