Perfect Ten: Future MMOs that I can’t wait to play

I imagine that most of us have a future bucket list of MMOs that we wish would get here already. It wasn’t but a couple of years ago that I was salivating over several major up-and-coming releases, including Star Wars: The Old Republic, Guild Wars 2, and WildStar. My list of most-anticipated never seemed to get smaller, it seemed.

Flash-forward to 2015 and it feels as though we’re in a different era all of the sudden. Games are still being made, to be sure, but there seems like there are fewer blockbuster-wannabes on the horizon. I’m really happy playing what we already have, although I miss that feeling of “ooh, I can’t WAIT!” that used to drive my excitement.

Even so, there are several titles in development that have my attention to varying degrees. Maybe some of these aren’t the big-budget extravaganzas I was used to and maybe a couple are long shots, but as it stands, here are 10 future MMOs I can’t wait to play.

eqnext1. EverQuest Next

Like many of you, I’m absolutely terrified about the fate of EverQuest Next. The Daybreak corporate saga, Smedley’s troubling comments, and a real dearth of information and marketing over the past couple of years have made me wonder whether this project might never see the light of day. Even so, I’m holding a torch for it because I’d love to see a next-gen EverQuest title with improved graphics, a heavy touch of sandbox, collectable classes, and a strong studio behind it.

2. Shroud of the Avatar

I’ve been a long time coming around on Shroud of the Avatar, having been a little shied away by its indie status, the yes-we’re-online-but-also-not setup, and the somewhat generic visuals. However, the sheer passion of Richard Garriott and company, the enthusiastic community, and the fact that this is shaping up to be a game that caters more to roleplayers than gankers (which is a rarity in the sandbox space) convinced me to snag a copy. While I might be poking my head inside early access to satisfy curiosity, I can’t wait until later this year when the first episode officially releases.

3. Crowfall

Anyone who knows me knows that I am very much not a fan of PvP content in MMOs. I don’t resent it being there for those who love it, but I don’t want to be forced to play it or have it affect my game time. So why would I even put Crowfall on this list? PvP or not, I like its big ideas and the groundswell of excitement that it generated when it debuted earlier this year. Aspects of the game, such as its art style and eternal kingdoms, are attractive enough that I might have to get outside of my comfort zone to at least see what the fuss is about when it launches.

4. Star Citizen

To tell you the truth, I don’t even know what to make of Star Citizen right now. It’s so hard to separate the actual game from the rabid community, and I can tell you that if I get even a whiff that this is EVE Online 2.0, attitude-wise, then I am out. That said, I love space sims and am quite intrigued with the scope and drive behind this project. Give me a ship, some stars to steer her by, and a content-packed galaxy, and I will be in heaven.

5. Lost Ark

Plenty of my friends and colleagues had a similar reaction to me when they saw that Lost Ark gameplay trailer: “This looks amazing! I will gladly bear its children. When does it come out already?”

I’m not normally the biggest Diablo-clone fan, but I would be lying if I said that this didn’t interest me at all. Looks aren’t everything, but when done right they can get you a long way. Here’s hoping that the hype will hold up — and that Lost Ark will actually release in the west.

6. Skyforge

After playing this in beta, I found myself on the fence about it. On one hand, it’s a very fluffy MMO that won’t be winning awards for its storytelling or expansive world building. But on the other hand — the hand that is bringing me around — the combat, class flexibility, and aesthetic is kind of neat. It might well be a good “bite-sized” MMO, and I’m not going to poo-poo that. I just hope that some of the more questionable business model decisions will be addressed before release.

7. SkySaga

Trove didn’t quite convince me that it was the voxel MMO for me, but after watching several beta videos, I have hopes that SkySaga has more meat on its content bones for my taste. It’s really dang cute with a sense of humor, and I like its marketing emphasis on players going on adventures together. Did I mention its adorable quality? And that slick UI and artwork? OK, this entry is proving me to be just as shallow as you may have suspected. Moving on!

8. The Division

This is very borderline MMO, but I’m going to include it anyway because I think it’s got a good chance of drawing in Destiny-like crowds with the cross-platform and name recognition going for it. For me, I want to play it because I adore mid-apocalyptic games, and this one is giving off a bit of a Secret World vibe.

9. State of Decay Online

State of Decay’s MMO aspirations is one of the worst-kept secrets in the industry, mostly because Undead Labs is trying very hard to keep the current focus on its salable product and away from “Class4,” the massively multiplayer variant that is reportedly in the works. Having played and adored State of Decay, all I can say to an MMO version is, “YES PLEASE.” It’s such a terrifically fun game, and all that I would suggest to improve it is to be able to play it in a larger world with other gamers.

10. A decent mobile MMO

I am totally going to hedge this last entry because while I know that there are many mobile MMOs (including spin-offs and adaptations) in the works, I have no idea which ones will actually end up offering a solid play experience. Still, between Final Fantasy XI, Aion, Blade and Soul, Forsaken World, and others, there has to be one that hits the jackpot, yes?

Honorable Mentions

Not every MMO in the works was going to make this list, as I drew more from my gut than what I perceived was popular with the community. Still, here are a few additional titles that have my interest if not my future gametime.

  • I’ll probably pass on Landmark due to its being more of a toolset than a narrative wonderland. If I hear a feature or a tsunami of positive word-of-mouth, I might reconsider.
  • Camelot Unchained looks really neat in so many ways — except for its PvP-dominated focus. I gave that an honest try in Warhammer Online and did not find it to my liking, so pass.
  • Blade and Soul would definitely get a spot on this list… if I ever thought it had an honest chance of releasing in the west.
  • I’m kind of waiting to see what H1Z1 shapes up to be. The PvE aspect currently feels grudgingly tacked on and I get the impression that this game is mostly DayZ with little moving it forward.
  • We know that Cryptic is working on at least one secret MMO. Chances are that when it unveils it, it will instantly appear on my “want to play now!” list. Also, if any of the Funcom secret projects are MMOs (which I doubt), I’ll jump right on board with that news.
  • There are a couple of ambitious smaller games that I’d love to see become sleeper hits, including Project Gorgon and Ascent. Those might be worth checking out at some point.

What’s on your list?

Everyone likes a good list, and we are no different! Perfect Ten takes an MMO topic and divvies it up into 10 delicious, entertaining, and often informative segments for your snacking pleasure. Got a good idea for a list? Email us at justin@massivelyop.com or eliot@massivelyop.com with the subject line “Perfect Ten.”
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Pirhana7
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Pirhana7

Camelot Unchained isn’t on your list?  that is number one for me

Grifter
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Grifter

In No particular OrderEverQuest NestCrowfallThe DivisionStar CitizenTUGOort Online

Kempomeester
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Kempomeester

“Discards MMO because of PvP”

these guys :’)

Jacra
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Jacra

Tree of Life, Worlds Adrift, Everquest Next, Black Deserts, Shards Online.

eLdritchMD
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eLdritchMD

Nreff just my opinion of course but i think Lost Ark looks better than this. Especially because they are pushing for more MMORPG like features

Nate Woodard
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Nate Woodard

cottondavid11 breetoplay So why exactly did you feel the need to post this here in that way?  You have a tip, leave a tip.  Arguing with a mod or the editors over what their opinion is of some of the games they can’t wait for is kinda ridiculous.

Firelilyx
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Firelilyx

Supposedly Turbine is working on something new as well, but given their rocky situation, who knows?

Robert80
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Robert80

Yeah, most of these are on my ‘pass’ list.  Oh well, I’m excited for a handful of the honorable mentions and some other possibilities!

melissamcdon
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melissamcdon

I feel like Boromir in the FOTR movie, walking purposefully forward looking at Frodo/Smedley: 
“You carry the fate of us all, little one.”

TheChiHawk
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TheChiHawk

In the Mobile MMO space you left out Albion Online. While it will have a PC client, the game is being developed concurrently with iOS, Android and browser clients.

fakepants
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fakepants

– Tree Of Saviour.
– Black Desert.
– Lost Ark.
– The Division.

JakeDunnegan
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JakeDunnegan

Justin, you still write a mean article. Good on ya! ;) I hadn’t even heard of a fair number of these. I also still enjoy a good number that are out right now. I remember plenty of times in the past, where I left a game, and there was nothing that jumped up and screamed, “PLAY ME!” at the time, though I would often settle into old ones, like LOTRO and catch up on old content.
Right now, I hop in SWTOR and is the only game I’ve kept an active sub, and TSW still has content I enjoy, and I really am WAY behind on LOTRO. I enjoy DCOU here and there, and I wish I could get into DDO, but just never could. Neverwinter …another one I kinda want to want to play it, if that makes any sense, but Perfect World drives me nuts. The same is basically true of ESO – I enjoyed the content, but I basically finished it. When they do an expansion or add a lot more quests with lore and such – I may well go back. I don’t expect that anytime soon.

Fact is, the current slate of gme

#1 Star Citizen. If it lives up to the hype (and God, I hope so, I’ve put enough $$ into it!) – it’ll be my version of the end all, be all game, until Virtual Reality or a holo-deck hits.

#2. Expansions on any of the above mentioned games if/when they come out: SWTOR, TSW, ESO, with lesser levels of hope/appreciation for LOTRO, DCOU, and maybe Neverwinter.

#3 Crowfall/CU – asked this farther down but I will post it here, and I know this has already generated some commentary but – don’t Crowfall and Camelot Unchained occupy virtually the same space in the MMO market? Primary difference being an emphasis on crafting in CU (which I like). 

#4 Black Desert,, when it lands here. Looks pretty awesome.

#5 The Division – wasn’t on my radar at all, but if there’s any chance at all it’s like The Secret World, then I’m in.

cottondavid11
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cottondavid11

No Tree of Savior despite it getting Greenlit on Steam within ten hours for the English version?
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=441500423

cottondavid11
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cottondavid11

eLdritchMD wolfyseyes 
Yup, here is the news on Steam
 http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=441500423

JakeDunnegan
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JakeDunnegan

Leilonii LordOfBread I’m almost 100% sure that he’s being sarcastic.

(See what I did there? ;) )

cottondavid11
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cottondavid11

breetoplay Tree of Savior got Greenlit on Steam within ten hours after the annoucement, where is the coverage? I’m sure there are some Ragnarock Online players here from back in the day.

JakeDunnegan
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JakeDunnegan

skoryy I have the same issue – I need to toss some money at Camelot Unchained. ;) I’m also concerned I won’t have time to play all these games.. heck,I basically stopped playing ESO at the end of the (rather anti-climactic!) end of questing at VR11. 
Does Crowfall and Camelot Unchained occupy the same space in MMO-land? I probably should make that a separate question…

krieglich
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krieglich

OMG, here it is, black on grey, the near future of mmos! *sits in a corner and cries*

breetoplay
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breetoplay

salidar jonny_sage EatCandy It would have made my top 10 list, if it makes you feel better. :D

breetoplay
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breetoplay

Nate Woodard Plus none of those games has any kind of release window for here (Black Desert someday sure, but it’s on his list). We watch them, but getting hyped for them is just painful if they never get imported here.

drypulse
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drypulse

Camelot Unchained
EverQuest Next
The DIvision (hopefully it’s enough mmo-ish to give it a long life)
Shroud of the Avatar (only kinda, the map view part is kinda turning me off to it)
Crowfall (maybe, still need to see more about its combat)

r3dl4nce
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r3dl4nce

Leilonii r3dl4nce I think that every MMO must have a good PvE part to be successful, players who want to play battles/PvP usually play other kinds of games (FPS/MOBAs), however Balck Desert HAS PvE content, they have only to release two kind of servers: PvE servers and PvP servers. And dueing an interview with the russian publisher, they said they could do this. If they will release a MMO with only forced PvP, I think that will lose all the PvE players so will have a low population and a short life…

NCsucks
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NCsucks

Diablo 4

TWAnderson
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TWAnderson

Brigante Thanks for mentioning us =P

infinitytool
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infinitytool

Celestial SO STOP PREORDERING OR USING KICKSTARTER

blast tyrant
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blast tyrant

eLdritchMD Word.  See you in the Realms.

Chrissy_The_Blesser
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Chrissy_The_Blesser

Nice list and thrilled to see Crowfall made it. You have given me lots to think about in my next gaming choices. Thank you :D

BabaGraPL
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BabaGraPL

Black Desert and ARK

eLdritchMD
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eLdritchMD

SpaceMongo well it is an opinion piece… so of course it contains opinions?

eLdritchMD
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eLdritchMD

1. Camelot Unchained
2. Camelot Unchained
3. Camelot Unchained
4. Tree of Savior
5. Camelot Unchained
6. Camelot Unchained
7. Lost Ark
8. Camelot Unchained
9. EverQuest Next (I have lost a lot of faith in that game…)
10. Camelot Unchained

eLdritchMD
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eLdritchMD

wolfyseyes I’m totally on board for Tree of Savior as well, especially because it looks like they might be the first korean studio to actually give a damn about the west, seeing how they’re looking into a steam release before the game is even finished. I dunno but it makes me feel like they care :D   and the 6000000 class line up is just super awesome.

Brigante
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Brigante

Saga of Lucimia should habe been on this list IMO :-) http://sagaoflucimia.com/

Loyheta
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Loyheta

Star Citizen (extremely invested in this and so far I am not disappointed), Crowfall (looking forward to testing), The Repopulation (backed but haven’t bothered to test), The Division (ubisoft frightens me now as much daybreak), Skyforge (wanted to beta test but didn’t get lucky), and EQN (scared about it).
So I have a lot that I’m looking forward to but.. we’ll see how things go.

Nate Woodard
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Nate Woodard

Ok, not sure if you’re new here or not, but I’ll let you know that when an article pops up of this kind it is usually an opinion piece. He even asked, “What is your list?”

MetaDune
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MetaDune

Nate Woodard MetaDune I specify in my first post…..

StranaFA
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StranaFA

Gibs CthulhuDawg Guinecean not rat!

Nate Woodard
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Nate Woodard

MetaDune Not seeing the problem here.  Care to enlighten us?

zyrusticae
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zyrusticae

Slaphammer  “5) A martial arts MMO which is based on western MMO design, not the stuff they churn out in Asia which I find unplayable.”
Just FYI, Blade & Soul is basically this, except with far better combat and a better-realized story than basically every Western MMORPG ever made.

zyrusticae
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zyrusticae

“http://massivelyop.net/tag/blade-and-soul would definitely get a spot on this list… if I ever thought it had an honest chance of releasing in the west.”

PaganRites
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PaganRites

Akami Leilonii Crowfall has a huge amount of systems that are eerily similar to Camelot Unchained.  So yeah, odd that the writer chose Crowfall.  I think CU will be a much deeper game for non-PvPers.

PaganRites
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PaganRites

For me:

#1 Camelot Unchained
#2 Crowfall
#3 Shroud of the Avatar
#4 Pantheon (no I’m not joking, but not holding my breath either)
#5 EQ3 (again not holding my breath)

I’d like to see The Repopulation succeed, but don’t know that the game will get the resources to be a great MMO. Shards Online and Das Tal look promising as well.

BenMadden
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BenMadden

I saw a Cyberpunk video some time ago , I think it was an mmo …… but im in any which way :)

Smiggins
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Smiggins

Leilonii Akami So what does Crowfall have thats new?

MetaDune
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MetaDune

So all western mmos? No PSO2, Blade and Soul, Black Desert, Monster Hunter Online, Asker, Bless, Civilization Online, etc….

Madda
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Madda

jonny_sage ♫♪Opinions! Opinions!

Sometimes people don’t agree with you~♪♫

skoryy
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skoryy

I’m reminded I should toss some money at Camelot Unchained. Also, Repopulation is looking more interesting now that they’re delving into diplomacy. And not to forget City of Titans and perhaps Valiance Online as well. And I might even take a peek at Tree of Savior and Pumpkin Online.

CastagereShaikura
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CastagereShaikura

Sorry but i’m not looking at anymore mmo’s. But i’m super pumped for a game called Rebel Galaxy. Its made by a couple of ex Blizzard/Runic guys. Its like a cross between Freelancer/Firefly. And it has the most kicking soundtrack i’ve heard in any game for a long time. I’ve been watching utube and twitch streams for days now. Its not an mmo but i hope you guys check it out.

Lethality
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Lethality

Syppi Lethality It’s true… it’s the riskiest of the bunch right now. But after spending large amounts of time chatting with the lead devs and knowing their experience, they have what it takes to make it happen. If they pull this off, it will be the greatest representation of a virtual world we’ve seen so far!

DPandaren
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DPandaren

I’m not really looking at MMOs right now.

Sigbjorn
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Sigbjorn

dirtyklingon Sigbjorn I thought NMS, though you will largely be playing by yourself, you can encounter and interact with other players.

From the NMS site:

“Choose whether to share your discoveries with other players. They’re exploring the same vast universe in parallel; perhaps you’ll make your mark on their worlds as well as your own.”

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