I thought I’d written about Boundless before, but apparently I was mistaken. It occupies a very strange niche of the MMO market by being very much like a persistent shared Minecraft. It has a buy to play with optional subscription model, as well as a premium currency. I’ve never felt that their monetization was particularly aggressive, but this has some downsides as well.
As MMOs go, it has a miniscule player base. Since the game doesn’t bring in a lot of money, the studio is presumably busy working on other titles to make ends meet. Most notably Baldur’s Gate 3. To quote their community representative, “there are some incomplete changes in the next update that need to be completed before it can be released. At the moment we’re struggling to make sufficient time to complete the work.” I assume this is part of the reason why the player base has dropped off a bit in the last six months as well. A lot of people seem to be assuming that the game is some combination of dead and/or abandonware. Live services cost money, gotta get the cash from somewhere if it’s not coming from here, and it’s hard to justify to an investor or publisher why you’re dedicating resources to this other thing instead of their project.
I did notice that locally hosted worlds are part of the next update as well. That seems like a good move on their part, as it allows them to off-load some of the hosting onto willing players rather than having to foot the bill themselves, and it also means that the game could remain playable if those services had to shut down.
I mention it of course because I wanted something I could just casually wander around and build a bit in, and I prefer the design, mechanics, and aesthetic of Boundless over most of my other alternatives. The major downside being that you have to make sure to feed your plots once a month, and it can be excessively grindy if you’re trying to do everything yourself.
I may come back and do a deeper look at the game in the future if I keep playing.
Y’all take care.
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