While the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Expo focused mainly on consumer technology, MMOs still had an impressive presence on the floor. We noticed that games played a big part at various booths: Guild Wars 2 at Samsung, TERA at Nvidia and DC Universe Online at Sony. StarCraft II and World of Warcraft's Cataclysm expansion were also strong forces at the event.
So why focus on these MMOs at a consumer technology tradeshow? Well, DC Universe Online just launched today, so it's clear that Sony was promoting the game in preparation for its release. The Blizzard titles are always big news, so it's no surprise that there was buzz surrounding them at CES.
The presence of TERA and Guild Wars 2 at the event seem to hint that a 2011 release date is likely for these titles. The TERA open beta just kicked off in Korea, and En Masse Entertainment plans to host a community play event before summer to allow players to try out the North American and European version of the game.
As for Guild Wars 2, Design Lead Eric Flannum made it clear in November 2010 that the game will not be released until it's ready. However, he also mentioned that the team is working hard to get the game out "as soon as possible," and this year certainly seems plausible.
Regardless, we were excited to see so many MMOs at CES and look forward to what this year has in store for gamers. Keep an eye on ZAM throughout the week for more CES coverage!