Project BBQ: Should we Expect the Upcoming MMORPG in 2021?
Generally I like to keep you all updated with news pertaining to MMOs we’re all looking forward to. Project BBQ is one of those games.
It’s an upcoming open-world action MMO developed by the very same people that developed Dungeon Fighter Online – which also happens to be one of my favorite hub-based MMOs, so it’s understandable why I’m as excited for the game as I am.
Earlier this year I did a video on Project BBQ regarding its release, and what form that would take, as according to Nexon, they were slated to hold either an Alpha or Beta test late this year.
When specifically was unknown, all we had was a confirmation that it would be within 2020, as per their 4th Quarter 2019 financial report.
However, here we are. It’s September 20, 2020, as of this moment. I’m aware this won’t go live until a little after, but nevertheless we are inching ever closer to the end of the year. And you know what? Nexon have reaffirmed my belief in the fact that they’re a terrible publisher.
They’re completely disconnected from their community and really don’t share any signs of improving.
Bandai Namco post several updates PER MONTH concerning Blue Protocol. Heck, even NCSoft have updated us on more than one occasion this year that TL: Origin, which was known as Project TL until recently was still actively being developed, with a Beta test already underway.
Both TL: Origin and Blue Protocol have held Alpha tests, and Beta tests. But Project BBQ has been in active development for years, much like Peria Chronicles was, and what do we have to show for it? Absolutely nothing. Still.
No new footage. No new announcements. I’m still shocked to see Nexon announce games, and then go years without any type of update.
Now I don’t wanna be “that guy” here, but.. I’m gonna be honest with you all: I’m not entirely certain Project BBQ will be showcased this year. At all. I don’t think Project BBQ is even in a functional state right now – which is incredible disappointing.
If I were a betting man, and I’m not, thankfully, I’d wager a bet that Nexon go all year without a mention of the game, and further move into 2021 with no mention of it either, slowly letting hype for the game continue to decline over time until they inevitably cancel it.
With how many titles Nexon have cancelled over the last couple years, I wouldn’t put it past them to cancel Project BBQ before it has the chance to even take off.
But at the same time, Dungeon Fighter Online is the most popular MMORPG in the entire world, with several million concurrently logged in players at any given time. Most of which are from China, which has 1 and a half billion people, admittedly.
But nevertheless, Project BBQ, being the successor to Dungeon Fighter Online poses potential billions of dollars for Nexon from the Chinese market.
This is their chance to further monopolize on their brand.
.. sigh, who are we kidding though? This is Nexon after all.
I was hoping to leave you guys a little more elated with confirmation of.. well, something concrete, but unfortunately that’s not the case, and I don’t know when we’ll get anything new to even talk about.
You know I’ll keep you all updated when we do, though.
But for those wondering why we should even be excited, completely unknown to what Project BBQ even is – Project BBQ promises to be a large, completely seamless-loading open-world filled with enormous zones to openly explore, and a variety of different dungeons.
It Is supposed to be a full-fledged action MMORPG, something we’ve looking to play for a while now. No hub-based nonsense. No segregated zones. Seamless open-world.
Not only that, but it’s being built on Unreal Engine 4 as opposed to 3 like Elyon – and will be a PC exclusive, as opposed to cross-platform compatible. These are all the makings of a potentially amazing new MMO, but… alas we’re still stuck in limbo currently.