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…