As evidenced in our Forums, one of the MMPORPGs that gamers are keeping their eye on is the imminent Shadowbane. While a certain number of users will no doubt jump into the game simply because of the novelty of a new world to explore, others are wondering what might make it a viable alternative to today's favorites.
Boomtown published their preview of Shadowbane about a week ago, but I thought I'd point it out to those of you who are willing to accept that there will be alternatives to Star Wars Galaxies.It appears that the developer, Wolfpack, has listened to a lot of the complaints about the current MMORPG games. The world, itself, is apparently a lot more interactive. Players can add buildings and develop political factions, which will be just as important in the overall gameplay as killing some variation of a rat enough times to advance a level. For those of you seeking something a little more deeper (read complex) in your massively multiplayer world than the "really pretty chat room", Shadowbane seems to ready to address your needs. Although, for those of you who are perfectly content with the "really pretty chat room", the screenshots I saw remind me a little too much of Everquest...and I mean pre-Luclin.
Check out the Boomtown article and pass your own judgement.
We'll see who it attracts and for how long soon enough. The $39 price tag might win a few more over for at least a trial, but it's longevity that MMORPGs strive for.