Sandboxes making a comeback?

Are sandboxes making a comeback?

A new hope?My first MMORPG was the ill-fated Star Wars: Galaxies. I absolutely loved the game, up until then I never seen a game without direction. It was a new concept to me. I was very slow to grasp the mechanics, but with the help of some friendly people it blew my mind.  I had no idea what to be, it was thrilling. A feeling I hope to once again regain. var adunit_index = 4000; if ((adunit_index != 1000 & adunit_index != 1001) || (adunit_index == 1000 && device_category != 'MOBILE') || (adunit_index == 1001 && device_category == 'MOBILE')) { if (active_ad_units_pw[adunit_index] != undefined) { console.log('Dyn Unit Legacy PW', active_ad_units_pw[adunit_index], adunit_index); googletag.cmd.push(function(){ var adunit_index = 4000; if (typeof(pubwise) != 'undefined' & pubwise.enabled === true) { console.log('Dyn PW'); pubwise.que.push(function(){ pubwise.renderAd('div-sjr-4000'); }); } else { console.log('Dyn Direct'); googletag.display('div-sjr-4000'); googletag.pubads().refresh([gptadslots['div-sjr-4000']]); } //googletag.pubads().refresh([gptadslots['div-sjr-4000']]); }); } } The rebirth.It's disputable that Eve Online has been the most successful sandbox MMORPG yet. With the recent success with single player sandbox games such as Minecraft, Fallout, Elder Scrolls, Far cry and Saint's row series. It already affecting the MMO market with upcoming games. UpcomerNot much is known about CCP's World of Darkness (besides it being based on the role playing game), but given the company's experience in sandbox genre it's definitely something to keep an eye out. The Repopulation also looks promising, it bolsters an extensive crafting system and player housing. Chris Robert's Star Citizen is offering a lot by being a single player and massive online multiplayer space simulator.  The return of the Sandbox.Whether it be a good or bad thing, they are coming. I will be indulging myself into these games once they're released hoping to recapture of the sandbox magic. You can say they might conquer our time but, I for one welcome our new overlords. 

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Published Apr. 4th 2013
  • Daniel Stevens
    Enlightening Thank you Mr Hernandez.
  • Ashley Shankle
    Associate Editor
    Arche Age is another upcoming MMO that is heavy on sandbox elements, primarily focused around maintaining your crops, building ships and housing, and just.. a bunch of stuff.

    I for one welcome our new sandbox overlords, and I'm glad developers have finally figured out that copying WoW is not going to land them success.
  • Stephen Johnston
    Eve Online has been a consistently growing game over the last few years. It is a sandbox. Dragon's Prophet, Wildstar and a few others all have a sandbox element to them. Look at Minecraft. It has sold 8 million copies (and I'm sure more by that 3 or 4 month old stat) and all it is is a box with a pile of different colored sand.

    It is encouraging to see the MMO market get back to making games that have a clearer demographic.
  • Sublimeprince
    I think since every person I have ever talked to cries for a new gen Galaxies Beat Lucus Arts ass and make an updated graphic version would be a gold mine vs. free to play kotor-everquest clone

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