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Perfect Ten: All the MMORPGs coming in 2017

Right now we are in a strange place in MMORPG history. Following the backlash of WoW clones and several high-profile titles that underperformed, major studios are becoming extremely risk-averse to creating big-budget titles the way that we saw not five years ago. Many former MMO teams are diversifying with shooters, MOBAs, and other safer and trendier titles.

Yet all is not lost! MMO features continue to ripple out into all types of game genres and new titles continue to be produced -- just not from the usual suspects. Instead, most of what is on our immediate horizon comes from either crowdfunded indie teams or eastern giants. The good news is that 2017 should see the culmination of many of these long-brewing projects and adaptations, hopefully resulting in a bumper crop of interesting online RPGs for us to play.

So let's run down the list of games that either are or possibly could be coming to you in 2017. We will provide an overview of each title, why you should care about it, and our best guess at the odds of its officially launching during the calendar year. If an upcoming MMO is not on the list, then it is our opinion that while we'll see it eventually, a 2017 release isn't happening.

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Make My MMO: Ashes of Creation aims for Kickstarter, Elite Dangeous aims for PS4 (December 10, 2016)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news -- or future crowdfunding news, as the case may be -- we learned all about Ashes of Creation, a new sandbox MMORPG being built by a group partly made up of ex-SOE/Daybreak designers. A future Kickstarter is just one of their plans!

Meanwhile, winter is coming to AdventureQuest 3D, 1000 guilds have already formed for Dual Universe, Elite Dangerous announced plans to launch on the PS4, Ever Jane introduced house ownership, and Camelot Unchained explained how it plans to integrate with Discord.

Read on for more on what's up with MMO crowdfunding over the last week and the regular roundup of all the crowdfunded MMOs we've got our eye on!

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Saga of Lucimia hammers home the importance of grouping

For the most part, Saga of Lucimia has been relatively quiet this fall as it continues development. Quiet, that is, except for its video channel, which has been pumping out more of the "Pillars of Gameplay" videos. The series, which came to 20 entries, is now at a conclusion. Only four pillars, SWTOR? Saga of Lucimia scoffs.

As might be expected from a tough-as-nails game world, several of the more recent videos concentrate on the importance of group-based gameplay. It's not just about having more warm bodies around to absorb the arrows and fireballs that you'd rather not encounter, as combat skills and roles in this game have a deep interdependence with one another.

Catch up on Saga of Lucimia's design philosophy with the following videos!

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Massively OP's guide to the best upcoming indie MMORPGs, part two

Last week, we introduced the first part of our guide to the best upcoming, in-development indie MMORPGs -- yes, the list was so long that we had to split it lest our CMS explode! So this week we're back with the other half of our list, a quick and dirty guide to many of the indie MMORPGs in development and some of the key points about each. Hint: We're not asking whether they are a sandbox with open world PvP because of course they are. As a side note, we won't be covering most of the survival sandbox and mere multiplayer titles, as that would be too great for the scope of this guide. And if you're interested in these games, then you'll definitely want to track our Make My MMO and Betawatch columns.

On with part two!

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Massively OP's guide to the best upcoming indie MMORPGs, part one

When you write for an MMORPG website that covers literally hundreds of games and could probably add in hundreds more that are extinct, are in operation only overseas, or are so incredibly niche that their creators' moms don't even know about them, you start devoting a large portion of your brain to trying to keep details about all of these games straight. This not only results in forgetting two of your kids' names (after all, space is limited), but it's nearly an impossible task. There's just too much out there.

And lately I've noticed that the staff and readers alike have started to become incredibly confused regarding all of the indie MMOs that are oozing through the development process in their 72 planned testing stages (the other week I could swear that I saw a game declare itself to be going into "state semi-regionals"). There are too many games, some of which look far too similar, and it's stressing us out.

Enhance your calm, citizen. Here's the first part of our quick and dirty guide to many of the indie MMORPGs in development and some of the key points about each. Hint: It's not asking whether they are a sandbox with open world PvP because of course they are. As a side note, I won't be covering most of the survival sandbox and mere multiplayer titles, as that would be too great for the scope of this guide. And if you're interested in these games, then you'll definitely want to track our Make My MMO and Betawatch columns. Then stay tuned next week for the second half of this list!

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The MOP Up: RuneScape Chronicles' beach party (July 17, 2016)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

This week's headline story is word that a beach party has arrived in Chronicles: RuneScape Legends as part of a patch that also contains a new legend and 37 additional cards. But wouldn't those cards get soggy at a beach?

We’ve got plenty of other news tidbits for you after the jump, including stories from Age of Conan, Pantheon, Guild Wars 2, and Star Trek Online. What are you waiting for?

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Make My MMO: 3001SQ's Kickstarter, Gorgon's patch, and Elyria's update (June 25, 2016)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, the Chronicles of Elyria team discussed its plans for the online shop (it'll be ready in a few more weeks and allow folks a whole month to purchase packages identical to its original Kickstarter offerings), its design bible (expect notes on the game's bloodlines and religions soon), and other bits and bobs of production.

Online multiplayer space colonization game 3001SQ also began a two-month Kickstarter, asking just over $95,000 to fund its commercial prototype. A public tech demo is already available.

Meanwhile,

Read on for more on what's up with MMO crowdfunding this week and the roundup of all the crowdfunded MMOs we've got our eye on!

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Betawatch: Shroud of the Avatar prepares launch without launching (June 24, 2016)

It's important to note that Shroud of the Avatar is not actually going to launch on July 28th. It's just not going to wipe characters any further. Everything will be completely persistent from that point onward, but that's different from launch because of reasons. The players are preparing to hold a convention later this year in Baltimore, and there's a prequel novel available for those of you who just can't get enough of the game's lore. There's also a swanky gated community in the works.

More beta news? Aw, sure, why not; we're friends:

The list of games below here is a list that will bring you endless joy, or perhaps it will just refresh your memory about titles that are in testing which you had forgotten about. Has a naughty game opened a cash shop while still claiming to be in beta? Let us know about that down in the comments.

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Saga of Lucimia eschews LFG tools to foster community

It's no secret that Saga of Lucimia is very much a group-based MMORPG, and as such, players will need to find other adventurers for their own survival and advancement. But what if you don't have a ready-made group of friends at hand? That's where a looking for group (LFG) tool usually comes to the rescue -- but not in Saga of Lucimia.

"This is probably one of the more controversial aspects of what we're doing," the team said in a new dev video. "We're not using an instant dungeon finder or an instant group finder. And that has scared a lot of people [...] We're not using one in our game, why? Because for us, community is everything."

So why is the team turning its back on LFG tools and how will you be able to thrive in Saga of Lucimia without them? You can watch the full pillars of gameplay video on the topic of LFG tools after the jump.

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The MOP Up: League of Legends fights in-house toxicity (June 19, 2016)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

Our leading story this week is the word that Riot Games has opened up a new front in its war on League of Legends player toxicity -- by disciplining and even firing employees who exhibited such behavior. Will leading by example impact the wider community?

We’ve got plenty of other news tidbits for you after the jump, including patches, MMOs in testing, videos, and more!

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The MOP Up: EverQuest gets hardcore (June 12, 2016)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

This week, EverQuest is in the throes of a "Hardcore Heritage" event, featuring much more difficult versions of Clan Crushbone and Permafrost Caverns for high-level players. "Classic zones, tougher challenges, better loot," Daybreak explains, just in case you were wondering why adventurers were loaning their corpses to this crusade.

We've got plenty of other news tidbits for you after the jump, including patches, MMOs in testing, videos, and more!

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Make My MMO: Chronicles of Elyria has been Greenlit on Steam (May 28, 2016)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, Chronicles of Elyria's bid for Steam Greenlight status was successful (though the team won't commit to launching on Steam), Fragmented got a new patch, and Richard Garriott hinted at future projects for Portalarium past Shroud of the Avatar.

Over on Kickstarter itself, it looks as if Midair is going to fund next week, but ROKH seems to have a long way to go in a week to duplicate that feat. Victus Game is new to our watch list too; it's more of an MMORTS, and it's asking for only about $15,000.

But if you're sick of Kickstarters, there's always Goat Simulator: Waste of Space, which takes a few swipes at a certain notorious crowdfunded space MMO:

"Visit space today or get old waiting for that other space game that you already paid for! Crowdfund a space colony and get other people to pay for it and do all the work! Endless space full of planets to visit. But seriously it would take forever to go there so why bother? There is one planet nearby though. Go to that one. Fly and shoot stuff in space, because nobody makes games about flying and shooting in space anymore!"

Read on for more on what's up with MMO crowdfunding this week and the roundup of all the crowdfunded MMOs we've got our eye on!

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Saga of Lucimia explains its pillar of group gameplay in-depth

One of the pillars that Saga of Lucimia prides itself upon is the idea of group-based gameplay. You may think that this is an odd hill to die upon, seeing as how there are a massive number of MMOs focused around group activities at the top level and basically no MMOs that have no rewarding content for groups to take part in. You may, however, belong to the opposite camp and long for a world where all questing, leveling, and even walking between towns requires a full group (including one poor sod with the unenviable role of "torch monkey").

Whichever camp you belong to, you can check out a full explanation in greater depth in the video just below. The bulk of what's in the video is audio, so even if all you can do is listen, you can still get most of the information out of it.

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