Leaderboard: What was the best new MMO of 2015?

Yesterday, we announced our award for MMO of the Year — it went to Final Fantasy XIV. But we deliberately expanded the category to include MMOs that launched before 2015, primarily in the hopes of avoiding a repeat of our 2014 “nothing” vote, which was depressing.

So what about just the new games of 2015? Which one is the best if we whittle it down to only those MMOs that actually launched — either fully or into a paid early access or endless open beta version — in 2015?

You can help us answer that question in today’s Leaderboard poll below.

What was the best *new* MMO of 2015?

  • Trove (29%, 218 Votes)
  • Devilian (6%, 47 Votes)
  • Skyforge (15%, 113 Votes)
  • Cabal 2 (1%, 5 Votes)
  • Sphere 3 (1%, 4 Votes)
  • World of Warships (4%, 29 Votes)
  • ARK: Survival Evolved (25%, 194 Votes)
  • Wander (1%, 5 Votes)
  • Otherland (1%, 9 Votes)
  • H1Z1 (3%, 24 Votes)
  • Sword Coast Legends (4%, 29 Votes)
  • Asker Online (1%, 6 Votes)
  • Something we forgot -- tell us in the comments! (10%, 79 Votes)

Total Voters: 762

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G_Mo476
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G_Mo476

Hmm… Star Wars Galaxies Emu… 

I thought Everquest next might deliver but idk anymore. 

They should just remake SWG with everything the same as at release with just way better graphics. It would crush every game out there. Its sad to think after the SWG peak and WoW’s early Vanilla & TBC period MMORPG’s have decayed so much.

Robert80
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Robert80

deekay_zero Robert80  Yeah, but then I would HAVE to vote for one of the other two.  I’m willing to sin a little to avoid that!  :P

jonny_sage
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jonny_sage

Robert80 jonny_sage McSleaz I agree. 64 is not massive.

allionline
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allionline

I would’ve voted for Nothing. I was really hoping for something new and awesome this year since nothing’s really pushing my buttons at the moment. Here’s hoping for next year.

melissaheather
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melissaheather

I’ll go with World of Warships, because it’s a lot of fun, deep and getting deeper, and Wargaming pulled off something that was considered to be somewhat impossible, i.e., a really compelling and fun warships game.   They did a great job, and I play it several times a week.   The sinking animations alone make the game worth playing, they are just amazing to watch.

shadowblender
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shadowblender

Karl_Hungus A Dad Supreme I always Wonder, does Trumo have a wig?

Lhumierre
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Lhumierre

GabeNewellFetish Devilian is open world with people except for dungeons you queue into or solo.

SallyBowls1
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SallyBowls1

CloakingDonkey  “a decent year for already released ones.” Critically, I would agree. Financially, this seems like the worst year for MMOs, ever. Lost 3.5-4.5 million sub equivalents.   WoW will be down at least 4.5 million subs.  My guess is the non-WoW MMOs were pretty flat.  Saying all the non-WoW MMOs grew a million would seem to be very optimistic.  So net loss of 3.5 to 4.5 m players. I don’t think a year prior to ’15 had that kind of drop. Ergo …

BigJohnny1982
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BigJohnny1982

32 players is not massive. Seriously super disspaointed in this site. You guys seem to be losing more and more grip on what you claim to cover.

Wild_Phil
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Wild_Phil

Wow…didn’t realize how weak of a year it was for new MMOs until seeing the choices.

Xevious
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Xevious

I think this time I’ll spoil my ballot paper.

Estranged
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Estranged

McSleaz  Agreed.

Estranged
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Estranged

I’m saturated. Didn’t play a new one. Not qualified to answer.

Polyanna
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Polyanna

Best MMO of 2015 and not one MMO on the list. That’s your answer right there.

deekay_zero
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deekay_zero

i voted other, for swbf. i haven’t played swbf, and i still regret buying the last 2 dice games i bought. but damned if it doesn’t belong on this list as much as games like hizi world of warships and trove if we’re going by those sorts of criteria which could only be the possible reasonable non self interested reasons to put them on the list.

i could probably nominate a few more games too that released this year that meet those criteria.

apparently this list was put together by reed richards.

deekay_zero
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deekay_zero

Samizdat A Dad Supreme the younger crowd is diving into the ocean of depth that is minecraft.

deekay_zero
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deekay_zero

Robert80 take trove and hizi off the list imo.

unless we’re going to open up the flood gates or redefine mmo as an online multiplayerish game that differentiates itself from games within it’s basic genre by being centrally hosted and admined and monetized without allowing private server hosting by endusers or server rental companies, but allows for peer 2 peer server generation.

deekay_zero
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deekay_zero

Celestial Rheem Octuris i disaagree with 2 of those being mmo’s

hizi is no more of an mmo than exteel s4 league or world of warships… or ark. trove is less of an mmo than hizi or ark, “more” of an mmo than exteel or world of warships.

putting trove and hizi on the list, add ALL the survival games, of which hizi is far from alone from being centraly hosted witha  cash shop in the genre (and ark has central game company hosted and adminned servers as well).

trove has about as much persistence as DICE’s arena shooters do these days…. a touch more perhaps. but not that much more. and not much different on population caps.

deekay_zero
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deekay_zero

CloakingDonkey i don’t think hizi or sword coast should be on the list either really. or really trove for similar reasons. or world of warships. and probably not otherland either. maybe more of this list than those.

all for much of the same reasons.
aside from ark, all of these games might have centralized hosting/admin/access control and monetization gatekeeping. but none of them are massiveLY multiplayer. some of them don’t even have any more persistence than swbf (which would we add swbf up there? it fits in as much as the games above do, and in some of those cases has higher population caps). and i don’t consider central authoritive gatekeeping onacces and admin and pay2cheat as being a defining aspect of the mmo genre. never mind the sole primary defining aspect, no matter what game companies would’ve liked to have us believe in 2007-2009.

i also don’t recall them adding jc2 mp mod to the list in previous years…. certainly with server caps of 1000 players in a map larger than many mmo’s of any type, it deserved to be nominated in it’s time?

CloakingDonkey
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CloakingDonkey

Bottom line is ARK is on this list because the massively staff members just so happen to like it. It’s not an MMO, it never will be, it doesn’t even pretend to be. It has absolutely no place on any list that has “MMO” in the title, just like H1Z1, Rust, 7 Days to Die, DayZ, Reign of Kings, Wurm Unlimited, Life is Feudal: Your Own, Savage Lands  and all the other damn games in the multiplayer survival genre.

I’m sick to death of this nonsense “but what IS an MMO?” argument. If you’re willing to include all these 20-32 player cap server based games you might as well include Shooters, multiplayer RPGs and Garry’s Mod.

Stop it. Face the facts that there was BARELY anything this year in the MMO category. It was a sad, slow year for new MMOs but a decent year for already released ones. It’s unnecessary to boost the numbers with non MMOs and Early Access crap.

TiaNadiezja
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TiaNadiezja

This year was great for me as an MMO fan. Both my favorite games – STO and GW2 – released a ton of really fun content that’s kept me really interested, and Knights of the Fallen Empire, while not enough to make me leap back into TOR, sounds great. Funcom seems to have weathered their troubles at least for the moment, which puts me more at ease about TSW’s future.
That nothing new caught my interest does little to dampen my optimism for the genre as a whole.

Caerulei
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Caerulei

Skyforge wins for me.  They’ve made some blunders, but overall, it’s a pretty damn good game for a casual player like me.

Jacra
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Jacra

Lethality 
I’d agree though it started in 2014 in alpha and is still in alpha so that doesn’t count I believe?

schlag sweetleaf
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schlag sweetleaf
Samizdat
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Samizdat

A Dad Supreme Trove really isn’t that bad. It’s a fun little game. My only real complaint is that it’s much simpler than the typical MMO out there, but to some people (and probably lots of the younger crowd) that’s probably a benefit.

Bingin
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Bingin

Trove all the way, been playing it so much lately that all my friends started wondering what was going on which in turn made them try out the game and now they are all hooked as well.

Loyheta
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Loyheta

Gylnne Loyheta You must have missed when I put “massively”. It is understandable.. it was only all in caps. Disingenuousness aside, I really do like ARK. And I consider MMOs to be large worlds or zones where multiple people can play together or besides each other. The servers are run and rarely ever rolled back or wiped. It is kinda hard for me to think of something like Destiny as an mmo because you are usually limited to playing in the same area as a dozen or so people.

It is really hard to categorize this stuff because there is a ton of grey area. A game like destiny has dungeons and raids with group finder… but has no real form of communication to people outside of your fireteam. Minecraft may be limited in number of people but it can have a persistent server that is never wiped. In crowfall your character persists even though the worlds wipe and reset. 
So when it all comes down to it…I would consider only games with persistent worlds ran by the company with zones that allow dozens of people to play by each other to be mmos to me.

Gylnne
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Gylnne

Sorenthaz Aw come on Soren, it gives me something to vote for.:P

Gylnne
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Gylnne

A Dad Supreme DahkohtLewin Drabbad GabeNewellFetish My rook can beat up your Bishop Dad.:P

Gylnne
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Gylnne

Budukahn I guess we need a guide to what the word massively really means. As like how many ppl would it take to call it an MMO?

Karl_Hungus
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Karl_Hungus

A Dad Supreme

Gylnne
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Gylnne

Loyheta Hmm so define your version of a multiplayer game? Last time I looked Ark and Space Engineer can have more than one person.:P

Grimmtooth
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Grimmtooth

I’m going to have to go with nothing. Not because they are all bad but because I don’t know enough to make an informed opinion. I know its an odd position for the internet.

Robert80
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Robert80

Rozyn Robert80  I know they issued a ‘release’ from Early Access.  I don’t know for sure about the lobby basis, and if it is then it can get shoved into the bin with them and removed from the list as well.  (I do know I have seen over 64 people in a match, so it is closer number wise at least.)

Loyheta
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Loyheta

Anyways, I voted for Skyforge. I really enjoy the combat and classes. My only complaint is that you can’t reroll. You have to create a new account if you messed up on your character after your first stylist visit (unless you feel like grinding out a whole bunch of credits or throw rl money at the game)

Loyheta
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Loyheta

Eh I’m not sure why Ark keeps creeping up on here. If that is the case then space engineer, minecraft, rust, rising world, and the other billion small server games are mmos. I don’t know how something with very limited people that can be wiped and reset all the time counts as a MASSIVELY multiplayer game. I like the game but every time one of these polls gets screwed up by one of them… it irritates me to no end.

Gnomeland Security
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Gnomeland Security

Rocket League, since it’s better than these other “Non MMOS”

Celestial
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Celestial

Rheem Octuris Trove, Cabal 2, and H1Z1 are.

Rheem Octuris
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Rheem Octuris

Is it just me or are none of these actually MMOs

A Dad Supreme
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A Dad Supreme

DahkohtLewin Drabbad GabeNewellFetish Waiting for: 
“Chess Online… a brand new MMO guaranteed to excite your senses and stir your imagination!”
Not an MMO? We disagree. Multiple players will be able to play every game (two).

Celestial
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Celestial

Quincha Oyjord 2014 was sad, but 2015 was worse.

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

CloakingDonkey Karl_Hungus Sorenthaz Well supposedly they helped with the writing and stuff.

TomTurtle
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TomTurtle

Trove gets my vote. I gotta get around to playing that more.

Rozyn
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Rozyn

Robert80 I had the impression that H1Z1 was another small server lobby game along the lines of DayZ and ARK. Does it have larger servers? It’s actually still considered Early Access, not fully released, because of course it is lol.

BryanCole
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BryanCole

Nothing.  Worst year on record for me as an MMO fan.  Great year for single player games though.

Budukahn
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Budukahn

Voted for ARK as the best of the games on the list especially since it’s update schedule basically embarrasses nearly everyone else in games.  I swear black magic must be involved.  But it’s wrong to call it massively in any sense – it just isn’t.  At a pinch it could get away with being called a virtual world given it’s persistence.  
Of the rest of the list and the things I’ve played, Trove was surprisingly enjoyable.  I was put off it though by the perception that there wasn’t really enough depth for me and the graphical style.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m quite happy with the blocky world of Minecraft but there’s something about the lumpy nature of Trove that just puts me off.  
Skyforge was fun for about an hour, but then it struck home how much grinding I’d have to do to unlock one of the other classes (and then play it enough to decide if I even liked it) so I decided to quit while I was ahead. 
Lastly H1Z1 deserves an award in the same way that the Golden Raspberry is to an Oscar.  It’s truly depressing how it went from being an open world survival zombie game to a crappy arena shooter for TwitchTV junkies.

DahkohtLewin
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DahkohtLewin

A Dad Supreme Personally  , I say the same about the general election opponents also.

DahkohtLewin
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DahkohtLewin

Drabbad GabeNewellFetish I don’t consider 32 or less “massive” in any way.

Oleg Chebeneev
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Oleg Chebeneev

Drabbad GabeNewellFetish Well, Sword Coast, ARK and World of Warships arent MMOs even if you drop RPG part

GabeNewellFetish
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GabeNewellFetish

Wut.

How is Sword Coast an MMO?

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