Massively OP’s Best of 2015 Awards: Most Anticipated for 2016 and Beyond

Massively OP’s end-of-the-year awards continue today with our award for most anticipated MMO for 2016 and beyond.

In 2013 and 2014, EverQuest Next and Landmark took home this award. In fact, it was a bit of an upset in 2013, as WildStar had won it several years running before that. This year, our future is filled with more well-funded indies than AAA-budget games, and choosing a most anticipated from that field proved extremely hard, one that we continued debating long after the votes were cast (and changed and cast again). Best expansion was close. This was even closer.

All of our writers were invited to cast a vote, but not all of them chose to do so for this category. Don’t forget to cast your own vote in the just-for-fun reader poll at the very end.

The Massively OP staff pick for Most Anticipated MMO for 2016 and Beyond is…

Star Citizen

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Brendan Drain (@nyphur): Star Citizen. It’s hard to argue that Star Citizen isn’t objectively the most anticipated MMO for 2016 and beyond. It’s managed to raise $100m in crowdfunding from over 1,070,000 individual backers, and undoubtedly many more people waiting to buy the game on release and hanging on development updates. Star Citizen is also consistent driver of both web traffic and discussion on Massively OP and other gaming news sites, which is a good indicator of anticipation among MMO fans.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Camelot Unchained. It’s the RvR craftingbox I want to play, full-stop. But I’d like to tip my hat to Project Gorgon, Shroud of the Avatar, Star Citizen, and Revival while I’m at it. I’m rather liking this sandpark horizon, at least from a player perspective.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): I don’t know if I’m really going to like playing Crowfall. I don’t think that’s the point. What is the point is that it’s genuinely trying to create something very novel in the MMO space, and whilst I don’t like all of the directions it’s taking, I’m very excited to see where those directions end up. It looks like something that I haven’t seen before, and that means a lot, because I’ve seen lots of games.

Jef Reahard (@jefreahard): Duh, Star Citizen. It’s a Ferrari. The rest of the genre is a Hyundai, at best. Maybe even a Yugo. Honorable mention to Camelot Unchained.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): I can’t deny that there is, shall we say, a smidgen of anticipation around Star Citizen. Sometimes it’s like a scary high-tech cult of anticipation, to be honest. But I confess that now that we’re seeing the pieces of the game come together, it’s starting to look like something worth my time and attention. I have doubts about its ability to deliver on everything, but at the same time I admire its ambition and fearlessness. Maybe we need some more of that in this industry. I’d also give a nod to Crowfall. We must not forget that 2015 was the year that Crowfall exploded on the scene, ran a blockbuster crowdfunding campaign, and kept the excitement and information running pretty steady for the entire run. I think it’s definitely a game that’s going to keep the interest of the MMO community next year (and the year after, etc.). And I also want to mention Project Gorgon. This is so indie that I know putting it here won’t get it an award, but it really deserves it. Gorgon is genuinely exciting and innovative in a way that MMOs haven’t been for a while and is the game that I am dying to play when it finally launches.

Larry Everett (@Shaddoe, blog): I’m simply looking forward to Star Citizen the most. I’m not on the edge of my seat about any of its features. I’m not champing at the bit to pilot a ship in space. I’m just curious to see if it can be made in the first place.

Matt Daniel (@Matt_DanielMVOP): I’m gonna hafta go with Camelot Unchained here. So far, everything I’ve seen and heard about the game has been something I like. The classes are varied and interesting and a revival of DAoC-era RvRvR combat is something I’ve been waiting for for a long time.

MJ Guthrie (@MJ_Guthrie, blog): The most anticipated expansion for 2016 belongs to Path of Exile: Ascendancy. That whole randomized labyrinth is the definition of replayability. And the fact that it had me totally excited to jump in and play it means it appeals to a wider audience. The most anticipated launch goes to Shroud of the Avatar; I am really looking forward to diving into that world.

Tina Lauro (@purpletinabeans): Crowfall is brought up so many times in the comments of my MMO Mechanics articles that I have to side with it. Many MMO enthusiasts have pinned their future MMO hopes on the gritty, unapologetically brutal title, and it’s going to be in open beta by the end of next year, so I guess I can count it for 2016?

Star Citizen won our award for Most Anticipated for 2016 and Beyond. What’s your pick?

What the most anticipated MMO for 2016 and beyond?

  • Star Citizen (33%, 599 Votes)
  • Camelot Unchained (17%, 302 Votes)
  • Crowfall (22%, 393 Votes)
  • EverQuest Next (4%, 81 Votes)
  • Revival (2%, 31 Votes)
  • Shroud of the Avatar (2%, 29 Votes)
  • Project Gorgon (1%, 13 Votes)
  • Path of Exile: Ascendancy (0%, 9 Votes)
  • WoW: Legion (4%, 78 Votes)
  • Blade & Soul (2%, 33 Votes)
  • Black Desert (3%, 54 Votes)
  • The Repopulation (0%, 9 Votes)
  • EVE Valkyrie (0%, 7 Votes)
  • Das Tal (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Albion Online (1%, 12 Votes)
  • Pantheon (2%, 30 Votes)
  • Lost Ark (0%, 8 Votes)
  • Worlds Adrift (0%, 4 Votes)
  • No Man's Sky (2%, 45 Votes)
  • Shards Online (0%, 7 Votes)
  • The Division (2%, 31 Votes)
  • SkySaga (0%, 3 Votes)
  • Smed's Mystery Game (1%, 10 Votes)
  • City of Titans (1%, 22 Votes)
  • Lineage Eternal (1%, 10 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,819

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Poll options include all games nominated plus several major MMOs from the last few years.

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Rajafa
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Rajafa

Siphaed I can’t wait for Star Citizen, but honestly it wont release in 2016. If they were going to release it in 2016 they’d have to cut corners.

So right now, it’s Camelot Unchained for me!

Wild_Phil
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Wild_Phil

Shows you the state of the genre when the top 3 are all sub-genres major publishers are unwilling to touch.
Probably a good thing moving away from big publishers and the stagnation created by their unwillingness to take risks.  Hopefully it will be kind of a reset for MMOs.  However, it’s never great long-term in gaming when publishers avoid sub-genres and even more and more MMOs period (and why we are getting all these MOBAs left and right).

Maquiame
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Maquiame

Revival, period

SwobyJ
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SwobyJ

Nothing? Really, there’s no upcoming MMO I’m excited about.
But if I had to vote (and I did), I’d pick Star Citizen. I don’t follow it closely but out of this list, the concept of it appeals in several ways.
Second placement goes to Everquest Next but I have little hope for it.
I wouldn’t include Path of Exile in this list wtf.

CSE_Jenesee
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CSE_Jenesee

Wow this is a compelling list of games! I’m honored to see the kind words of everyone about Camelot Unchained and read the MassivelyOP staff thoughts about it. I know the team appreciates all the love and support! We have had a great year and I suspect you are excited for 2016 too. Hoping for the best in the MMO sphere with so many great possibilities to play in the next few years.

Vikingr
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Vikingr

breetoplay 
Ok? I thought Star Citizen win, but then again I can’t view the poll result because of some script that my browser refuse to run.

schmidtcapela
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schmidtcapela

GoJammit 
Open world versus mission based. I like open world space sims; mission based ones, not so much.

GoJammit
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GoJammit

Really? I thought Squadron 42’s single player campaign would be right up your alley.

Estranged
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Estranged

@schalg_sweatleaf Ha! My phone will not auto tag posts! Blame my phone!

schlag sweetleaf
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schlag sweetleaf

Estranged ;) thank you , and sorry for getting name mixed up, Cell phone myopia…

FVerret
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FVerret

breetoplay Vikingr It won it last year. I don’t want it to flop, though. I gave them some money, but my feelings mirror those of Larry.

Estranged
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Estranged

@schalg_sweatleaf I work with a few deaf folks that appreciate pictures more than words.

shadowblender
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shadowblender

About Jeff’s comment: Maybe it is like ferrari, but no everyone affords a ferarri. Hyundai the the type that a large number of drivers can afford.

If you want to keep a car example.

breetoplay
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breetoplay

Vikingr Star Citizen didn’t win most likely to flop. Blade & Soul did.

schmidtcapela
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schmidtcapela

GoJammit schmidtcapela 
Actually, I have little to no interest in S42. What I want is the private server version of the PU we have been repeatedly promised.
And I don’t care if PvP in the official servers is meant to be rare. Either I get to completely avoid it without having any noteworthy downside (not even a restriction in where I can go), or I simply won’t bother playing online. It’s why I got SC for the offline play only, I was already aware back during the KS that it would be very difficulty, if not impossible, to convince CR/CIG to add some kind of flag that made players completely safe from PvP, so I don’t even bother pushing for it.

GabeNewellFetish
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GabeNewellFetish

I dunno. I have backed a couple pending MMOs like the one from Garriot, but . . . *sigh* . . . I haven’t played MMOs in years, because they’re all just a mild variation on WoW. The only MMO I really played for more than two weeks since 2005 is EVE-Online, which I played for about six years, before quitting. It has been five years since I’ve gotten into an MMO. I just recently jumped into Elder Scrolls Online, figuring it might be the first of many new MMOs I get back into and really sink my teeth into . . . but after maybe six or eight hours and getting to level seven . . . . I just don’t know if it has anything to offer me.

And that’s how I feel about most of the MMOs on the horizon. I really want to get into them again, but they all feel so . . . samey. Rather than a world of constructs and mechanics that let me play within it, they’re all just . . . single player RPGs that I can play alongside other people that I might randomly pass as I run from one quest giver to another.

It feels like nothing has progressed in over a decade.

MMOs . . . I want to love you so much, but other than EVE-Online, none of you are even trying to give me what I want.

rioinsignia
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rioinsignia

webhunter Smed….now there’s an unknown element.  God knows.  Will he
1)  Go “back to his roots” and do what EQN set out to do?
2)  Make silly claims about his neexcxt project being a “new home for SWG vets”….only for it to have absolutely no similarity to SWG?
3)  Go the mobile / MOBA game route, and release another clone of what’s already in that market?
As much as I’d like to see the guy bounce back, I’m not sure what he’s going to do.

rioinsignia
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rioinsignia

webhunter SirMysk Needs (More) Coffee, Probably Bearing in mind that CR said they specifically said “No” originally in a bid to stop people from automatically assuming that it’s going to be like games such as WoW.

rioinsignia
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rioinsignia

SirMysk Needs (More) Coffee, Probably Ask yourself:  what makes an MMO. 
I’d say that the definition of an MMO is a game that includes the following features:
– Allows for lots of people (more than 100?) to participate in the same world “shard” at the same time. 
– The abilty for progress and virtual items to be “saved” when the player logs off.
– A shared economy.
– Inclusion of a form of communication between players (e.g. chat interface)
– Being able to trade goods to one another player
– With the possibility to “group up” with others players

I think Star Citizen is definitely in the ballpark of being an MMO.

rioinsignia
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rioinsignia

Ironweakness I got burned by Vanguard.  So I’m keeping well away from this one for now.

rioinsignia
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rioinsignia

Neo_Wolf Understandable.

rioinsignia
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rioinsignia

SaloMaya ManastuUtakata Oh I dunno…..the Goons on the SA Forums seem to find all kind of uses for it.

rioinsignia
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rioinsignia

Zulika_Mi_Nam Noice!

Estranged
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Estranged

I don’t care for CrowFall, but they have some major heavy hitters in their camp. So much experience.

Estranged
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Estranged

Funny part is I put down $45 to be able to play like everyone else and laugh. It will be glorious to blow up expensive ships in my Yugo.

Estranged
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Estranged

Nah, Bree should let you go for one day.
I’m a George Carlin guy myself. That would make for a good template.

Estranged
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Estranged

Makes me hawt.

Estranged
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Estranged

Yep. Legions are waiting on Legion. They also have the machines to run it, versus SC.

Estranged
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Estranged

Bravo man, this is your best yet. You win the MOP award for the best poster of the year.

Estranged
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Estranged

Why project what we want to play the most versus what the public as a whole is anticipating?
5 million + customers says WoW Legion. They will hit 8-9 million after the Xpac drops. Star Citizen cant and won’t touch that guys.
My personal pick? Camelot Unchained.
Very disappointed in having personal tastes trump pure numbers.

ausj3w3l
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ausj3w3l

Vikingr I think it’s more while you believe it might flop it isn’t malicious (mostly. You have seen a few issues regarding development and scope that large, yet at the same time you can’t help but hope and be excited that they do meet these ideas and expectations

GoJammit
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GoJammit

schmidtcapela You’ll get what you want in Squadron 42 before anyone else gets what they want in the PU. Officially anyway. With the introduction of it going live, I’ve had to deal with more pvp behavior that is not going to be stopped until 1) law enforcement 2) consequences. Yeah they all say they are only going to be like this until it matters, but I got my tail blown off after a cool guy let me fly his Vanduul scythe. Granted, I did nothing to fight back, mostly because I was too busy trying to figure out why  i could tareget any hostiles.

Radfist
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Radfist

I have been really impressed with Crowfalls progress. Got into the Alpha and its already a lot of fun and has solid animations.

SaloMaya
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SaloMaya

ManastuUtakata SaloMaya There’s only so much you can do with Gary Oldman’s lovely O face.

Vikingr
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Vikingr

It’s a funny paradox that Star Citizen is both the most likely to flop award winner, and the most anticipated award winner here on MOP … Somehow I can’t see how these two both can be right. If they’re both right then the game is the most anticipated flop? That’s hilarious. No, I think it more shows how polarized the community around Star Citizen is. Most people seem to either be for it or against it.

My view is that Star Citizen will be a winner. Period. And it’ll receive many awards in the future, where most are positive.

Vikingr
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Vikingr

SirMysk Needs (More) Coffee, Probably 
“Is Star Citizen even going to be an MMO?”
It’s not that easy to answer, really. It depends on what you think defines an MMO.
If you’ve played many MMOs before and think those are the only way an MMO could be, then no, Star Citizen isn’t an MMO like that. (The FAQ also says No to this)

If you’re not hung up in pre-conceived ideas of what an MMO is supposed to be, and look at the pure technical definition of a Massive Multiplayer Online game, then the answer is maybe – it depends on what you define as “massive”. If you’re in the EvE Online camp you’re probably not going to regard Star Citizen as an MMO, because you won’t get so many players into one map at once. Star Citizen will have instances, with max. 50-100 people together in a map copy.

Otherwise, Star Citizen is (also) going to be an MMO, yes.

Vikingr
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Vikingr

Eliot_Lefebvre
CIG says it’s a First Person Universe (FPU), which is a new genre in gaming.

mrgrimord1
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mrgrimord1

I though EQ Next was old story, what’s new about it?

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

SaloMaya 
What a disturbing gif. :(

Nanulak
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Nanulak

Both CU and SC are on my 2016 list.  CU is by far my most anticipated as it is right up my ally.  My experience in SC will greatly depend on the non FPS elements in the game.  I love to explore and trade and salvage and…everything other than ship to ship fighting.

Llokki
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Llokki

While my most anticipated is definitely Camelot Unchained, I think the most anticipated MMO for the greater majority (which is how I’m reading the poll) is going to be Star Citizen.

Zulika_Mi_Nam
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Zulika_Mi_Nam

How timely  – look what just showed up!

SaloMaya
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SaloMaya

Still waiting for Star Citizen.

PawnInTheGame
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PawnInTheGame

Not sure if it will officially come out in 2016 but for me it’s Naval Action. It’s an MMO set in the Age of Sail.

Neo_Wolf
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Neo_Wolf

I backed Star Citizen so obviously I have a vested interest in it being awesome, but there is so much hype for this game and such a potential for it blow up in their face if they get it wrong that I just refuse to get on the hype train for it.  I’m simply keeping calm and hopeful and plan to be pleasantly surprised with zero expectations (and thus zero disappointments) by whatever I get when its ready.

One game I am slightly hyped for and therefore voted for is Everquest Next.  I’ve played MMO’s as long as there have BEEN MMO’s (and computer games for that matter lol) but I never had the Everquest experience so i’m kind of looking forward to be able to experience a new Everquest for the first time when its ready (hopefully it won’t disappoint).

Division I am also a little hyped for as the original teaser trailer appealed to me, so as long as it isn’t all multiplayer centric and instead provides a game for you whether your grouped or not like Destiny it will be all good too.

breetoplay
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breetoplay

schlag sweetleaf Yeah being fair, Ever, Jane has more chance of coming out of beta and making money than some of the games on our list. :P
Ever, Jane is a game I find super interesting, but I’m not really a Jane Austen fan (I side with the Brontes in the literary war!) and don’t have much desire to RP in that particular time period. I love that it’s being made and support it all the way. :D

Veldan
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Veldan

melissaheather Oh I forgot fishing. Lots of people are talking about this in chat, and when I first got to a village with a coast, there was a line of people by the water, all fishing. I’m guessing it has some purpose :D

FlyinDutchman
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FlyinDutchman

I’m looking forward to CU the most. But honestly of every-game on the list I think only SC really has a change of really moving the genera. Which is/has been needed for a while. The question is will it lift things up or suck everything down to hell with it.

melissaheather
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melissaheather

BrotherMaynard melissaheather Lack of pointy ears, of course.  :)

Veldan
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Veldan

melissaheather  I haven’t played enough yet to answer that properly. 
All I did so far that wasn’t questing was gathering. There are a bunch of trade skills that allow you to do basic MMO gathering, like plants, or animal hides, or mining rocks. What puzzled me was that I didn’t see any typical “armorsmith” , “tailor” etc… only professions for gathering and material processing. And one for taming animals. You can go out with a rope and catch a wild horse, which then becomes your mount. You can also breed pets and mounts somehow. And I found some kind of system to hire workers that can gather stuff for you.
As far as RP is concerned, there aren’t many emotes from what I saw, and the ones I tried out were a little weird. I guess they’re considered normal in Korea :p. You can climb though, that’s kind of a nice RP / immersion thing. Like if there’s a small wall, your character won’t be jumping against it like an idiot (the way it would in most MMOs) because it will actually grab the wall and climb on top of it. Using this, I already did some rooftop running in a certain town. It felt almost like Assassin’s Creed :D

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