On this week’s show it’s time to review the predictions we made last year and set down our new MMO predictions for 2018. Will we hit on any of them this year? Then we all gather and laugh at Nexon blaming the least likely thing for the failure of LawBreakers and we wrap it up with some Steam revenue chat. All that and more on this week’s Free to Play Cast!On this week’s show we gather together right between Christmas and New Year’s to cover some smaller holiday news and to reveal our Best of 2017 MMO Awards, take a look at the worst of 2017, and cap it off with a look into what is the most anticipated of 2018 in the free-to-play arena! All that and more on this week’s Free to Play Cast!

Discussion Timestamps:

02:17 Last Year’s Predictions Reviewed, This Year’s Revealed
29:54 Nexon Writes Off LawBreakers
38:00 Steam’s Biggest F2P Earners in 2017
43:13 Weekly Bombs (DA-Bomb / A-Bomb)
52:57 Questions and Answers of the Week

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Free-To-Play Cast is the official podcast (and videocast) of MMOBomb.com about free to play multiplayer online games. Free-To-Play Cast takes on the week’s biggest news with plenty of opinion, weekly bombs, community feedback, guests, laughs thrown in for good measure and much more. Have fun and expect a new episode next week!

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  1. Paladins going arena is such a joke. You can’t lane arena skill a battle arena. EVeryone will be rushing for the sniper…duh (and healer to troll). It is bad enough the regular lane arena has champs people do not even touch (like in OW, and paladins, where half the roster is just fodder).
    The charm of the battle arena genre is parachuting in with nothing, no skill abilities, no weapons, running for some. In paladins…It just feels off. And already the beta footage is just that: Snipers trolling the map as they pop out, cap players far off, and run under cover to get a healers full heal, rinse and repeat as the non sniper just gets farmed. Of course it might be balanced, but as is….no….their CEO cries “mmorpgs not creative”, as he contributes to uncreativity…I can solve that in 3..2…1…: DAMAGABLE TERRAIN ….give me a pay check in the mail, I just cured years of gaming with one single change.

  2. For the record, the only systems I do not own, are the Sega Genesis, Xbox One, Sega CD, Sega Saturn, and unfortunately the Dreamcast we had also died. I have a rule that I don’t buy a system unless I can name 10 games I’m interested in, and the Xbone hasn’t lived up to that yet, as much as I love Halo. I still go back and play all the old games along with the new. Graphics are great, but some of the greatest stories of all time are in games that are more or less now forgotten for the ‘new shiny’. New games are great too, but I don’t think many RPGs now can compare to the depth (storywise) of games like the original Suikoden. So yeah, Da bomb to old stuff.

  3. Hey guys,
    Da-Bomb to Assassin’s Creed Origins, combat feels like Dark Souls, map layout and graphx feels like Witcher 3, crafting is goodish, quests are relayed through conversation, and overall egypt awes the crowd. A-Bomb to flu and cold season, it has been a pretty bad couple of weeks for my nose.
    QOTW: Fortnite will grow especially with the PVE side coming out, POE will be stable unless something groundbreaking and more new player friendly comes out, Warframe will grow since more zones like the plains will be added and the Umbra story quest will come out, Wildstar for me is tricky, I feel that if done right it could get HUGE atention but only if someone could pick it up and some decent development came up it’s way, but unless something like that happens it will keep dwindling down, it might even shutter this year, Tera is same old, Dauntless will probably be great by the end of the year but not at open beta start, Anthem will disapoint, MTGArena will be good but it’s a game that if done right only in a year or so will be great to compete with the other TCGs and Bethesda’s Artif…. nah forget that. 😛


  4. PoE steam version launched the end of October 2013, the buy in for PoE (before anything steam) was the middle of 2012, that being said the game has split the player base pretty evenly atm (though there is a steady flow of people unlinking from steam)


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