With the imminent demise of Marvel Heroes Omega looming on December 31, 2017, we decided it was time to take a look back at some of the other MMORPG losses we’ve suffered throughout the years.

We’re not strictly sticking to F2P MMOs here (though most of the ones that weren’t did make the switch to F2P before dying). Also, games that still exist, even if it’s just in maintenance mode, are being left off. And yes, we’re also sticking to games that actually existed, so EverQuest Next is out. (Landmark might make this list for some folks as well, but for a lot of peeps it was just a gateway to EQN, and Magicman cries into a pillow anytime we bring up Landmark, so it’s not in our Top 5 either.)

There are plenty of other games to choose from, but we could only choose 5, so pull out your tissues. This one’s gonna be rough, boys and girls.

5. Glitch – Closed December 9, 2012

During its development, Glitch quickly became the darling of games media and fans. This adorable little browser MMO steered away from genre tropes and combat gameplay in order to encourage cooperative play and the sense of exploring a world where you could simply relax and unwind. Glitch was so totally adorable that even a cold-hearted, sarcastic, S.O.B. (such as myself) had his heart melted every time my little avatar began the day’s adventures.

While the Eleven fan project is trying to bring Glitch back to life, it was truly a sad day to see such a happy little game disappear.

4. Tabula Rasa – Closed February 28, 2009

If I were to pitch you a game that is being developed by Richard Garriott and other dev alums from Ultima Online and it would be published by NCsoft, you’d probably be clicking a link to check it out right now. If I told you said game would stray away from the overabundance of fantasy in our favorite genre for a sci-fi setting with shooter-style elements, you’d probably be overjoyed that something unique may be headed our way. Tabula Rasa was all of those things but, unfortunately, may have been a bit ahead of its time.

Asheron’s Call nearly took this spot on the list because there is indeed a player base who still loves the game, but at the end of the day it’s the unique direction of Tabula Rasa that makes the loss of this game sadder. In 2017, we NEED games to step outside of the box, even if just a little bit. In 2009, Tabula Rasa just couldn’t find the audience it needed, costing us an opportunity to play something besides elves with bows.

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3. Firefall – Closed July 7, 2017

There are few MMORPG failures in history that can boast having more hype in the beginning than Firefall. It’s easy to forget just how big of a deal Firefall was in the early phases of development. The interest was through the roof. The hype train was rolling full speed ahead. And all for good reason. The game was poised to be a milestone in the history of MMORPGs, but instead, it wound up as a footnote.

Despite the insane levels of hype this game had, it’s tough to put Firefall any higher on this list because it changed course so drastically, so many times. Which version do we miss the most? The giant open-world PvP lobby? The PvE sandbox shooter? The on-rails themepark MMO it eventually became? Most players have their own favorite version (well, except for the last one, nobody wanted that crap), and given the game’s slow, painful death before quietly disappearing, many players still feel the pain of losing a promising game anytime someone utters the name Firefall.

2. City of Heroes – Closed November 30, 2012

With the impending loss of Marvel Heroes, the closure of City of Heroes hurts like a fresh wound once again. Widely considered to be the best superhero MMO we’ve ever had and an active player base at closing, it came as a shock to many when NCsoft decided it was time to insert a dose of kryptonite and shut the doors to everyone’s super powered fantasies.

Several fan projects are in the works as spiritual successors to City of Heroes, and the sheer number of the passion projects speak volumes for the love the community had for this game. There’s no doubt that City of Heroes would have made an excellent home for many feeling the sting of Gazillion’s woes, but it just wasn’t meant to be.

I guess there’s always Champions Online. That game seems to be unkillable.

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1. Star Wars Galaxies – Closed December 5, 2011

It shouldn’t really come as a shock to longtime MMORPG fans that Star Wars Galaxies tops our list. While by today’s standards the game would be showing its age visually, the sandbox gameplay and immersion of living in a world where anything could happen was hands down the saddest loss we’ve suffered.

What makes the loss of Star Wars Galaxies even sadder is the feeling by many that the game was only closed down to make room for a newer, shinier MMO – Star Wars: The Old Republic. You can imagine how happy Star Wars and MMO fans were to lose a unique sandbox experience only to have it replaced by the typical tab-target, on-rails theme park we got with SWTOR. And in case you aren’t good at detecting sarcasm: they weren’t happy. At all.

So that’s our Top 5 Saddest MMORPG Closings of all time. We know you guys will have games not on this list that meant a lot to you when they were ripped from you, so sound off in the comments and let us know which MMO closing hurts your heart the most.

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  1. HerbalCrab on November 29, 2017

    I didnt knew Firefall made it to this year, i honestly loved the first versions of the beta, it felt way better towatds the last ones, so generic. Anyways they doomed the game the moment they fired Mark Kent, obviously the others devs didint liked the idea of having a different game other than more-of-the-same rpg, well, there you go, lots of ppl including me left the game as soon as the Theme Park rpg Started rolling into the shut down.

  2. ID on November 20, 2017

    War of Angels R.I.P.

  3. rasamalai on November 17, 2017

    What is your Glitch IGN?

  4. Honmoon on November 17, 2017

    Just wait people there going to be more games shutting down soon.

  5. Edge Damodred on November 17, 2017

    I actually like Firefall’s themepark version. I just hated that they kept their damn pattern of constantly changing basic things like how character progression worked instead of actually creating content. I finally gave up on the game when mission boards lagged so hard even when no one was around, taking several minutes for a mission to activate. The game apparently did not want me to play it.

    • Edge Damodred on November 17, 2017

      *DELETE THIS* Firefox apparently told me my original post didn’t get through.

  6. Edge Damodred on November 17, 2017

    Honestly I rather liked the themepark version of Firefall. I just hated that they continued with their damn pattern of changing how basic stuff like character progression worked every several months instead of actually creating content. I gave up on the game when things like mission boards basically stopped almost working as it took several minutes for a mission to load up. The game apparently did not want me to play it.

  7. PUTLERisTERRORISTandTHIEF! on November 17, 2017

    Star wars old republic online is walking dead game, firefall was good in beta, then everything was ucked up wito pay to win and very bad crafting and skill system.
    Sad global agenda was closed because of very bad management and then they made few brainless poops like smite and the other crap.

  8. object2003 on November 17, 2017

    Firefall…even now i feel some sadness. Im going to miss this game 100%. A great game which just havent found its way through the darkness.

  9. Coldfire1080 on November 17, 2017

    I miss firefall … that game at first was looking like a game I was going to be playing for a long time … the last it was not meant to be

    • Kevin Flemming on November 17, 2017

      I miss that game too. It was great fun, nice designs and mechanics, game play and world were interesting. Shame the devs were sodding useless, though.

    • Jambock on November 18, 2017

      Played it since,… I can’t even remember… i survived all the changes of it, when it launched on Steam i tried to make it looks good to all my friends… My rarest achievements are from it; and i still show them in my profile.

      City of heroes is another that i miss, but i started to play close to the time that they decided to close it.

      • Kevin Flemming on November 19, 2017

        Yeah, I came into CoH/V late and didn’t get to experience it for long before they shut it down. I’m surprised that nobody bothered to pick it up again. It’s been years now.

  10. NoMoreCooldowns on November 17, 2017

    I bought a founders pack for Firefall ……

    The first founders pack I bought.
    The last founders pack I bought.