MMO Chronicles

Jan 06th 2023

The Year 2022 in Review


It's 2023, and now we look back and round up the chief 2022 MMO happenings. 

Several organizations are trying to stop the acquisition citing unfair competition and monopoly issues.  However, rumor has it that the deal will eventually go through.

Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard is facing roadblocks

The mobile MMO proved to be a blatant cash-grabber. 

Diablo Immortal is obscenely successful

Players have once again answered the call of the icy plains proving that the Lich King’s grasp is firm even after all these years. 

Blizzard nails the re-release of WOTLK

We are happy to report success on the Retail front. The ninth WoW expansion is better than the last two. 

World of Warcraft: Dragonflight is not too shabby

Metzen is associated with Thrall, one of the characters he has voiced.  Metzen left the company in 2016. Six years later, he is rejoining as a  Creative Advisor. 

Chris Metzen returned

The critically-acclaimed MMORPG continues to receive praise for the 2022 Endwalker content.

Final Fantasy XIV is enjoying a steady cruise on the sea of success

For the fourth year in a row, ESO deployed its year-long adventure that includes a DLC, an expansion, and a zone DLC. We  can all agree that we got a bit bored with this. Luckily, the devs are in agreement with us.  

ESO has a change of plan

The November update had a positive impact on the player base which saw  an 11% increase in numbers. All in all, a good year for this  fan-favorite veteran MMO. 

Lord of the Rings Online is making waves

The new expansion and availability through Steam made the player numbers soar for the first time since 2015.  

Guild Wars 2 is gaining popularity

It’s the year 2022 and Rose Online is available in early access. Gravity  Interactive decided that the MMO world cannot do without this cute  anime-style old-school MMORPG. 

Rose Online is Back

Similar to the New World, the game saw massive numbers in the first days. Dissimilar, the number drop wasn’t that abrupt.  

Lost Ark had a good year

The 2023 road map includes a new Fort Forinthry adventure, more quests,  challenges, a new training system, and Necromancy as a new skill. 

RuneScape shows no signs of slowing down

Throughout the year, the game deployed the Mountain of Eternal Winter  expansion, two new classes, a 3v3 arena, the Abyss One  adventure zone, and a plethora of updates. 

BDO rolls out new content

Uprising comes with new ships, customization options, important  Factional Warfare updates, quality of life changes, and numerous visual  improvements.  

EVE Online gets a new expansion

The Renewal of Ro expansion adds five new Ascension levels, the new  Raj’Dur Plateaus zone, more PvE content in the form of dungeons and raids.

EverQuest 2 launches its 19th expansion

The launch date is still nowhere in sight. The players jokingly  congratulate Chris Roberts for keeping the jig down yet another year. 

Star Citizen is still not a thing