A couple of weeks ago I covered 20(ish) MMORPGs that we are looking forward to seeing develop, test, and launch in 2018. But as you well may know, Massively OP covers a small university’s worth of “not-so-massively” multiplayer games that have some crossover into the MMO space. We do this because it gives some people much-needed gripe fuel and also because a lot of our readership is also interested in these games.
There is a lot of movement in the multiplayer game space, especially as the larger video game market continues to adapt and hew to MMO design. It’s a blended mess as we continually try to sort these games out into their proper categories, but while we do that, you can enjoy this list of 20 multiplayer games that you should be tracking in 2018. From survival sandboxes to pirate simulators to sequels, here we go!
It has become a long-standing tradition as Massively OP and our former site that we like to end the year by creating a list of titles that we anticipate for the coming one. It has always been a devilish list to create, full of loose dates and fast guesswork about which titles will and won’t be releasing during a 12-month window (just read last year’s list to see how spot-on I was).
This year we’re changing things up a bit by tossing out the qualifying factor of “will see a hard launch in 2018.” Instead, I drafted up a list of 20 MMOs that have the potential to do or be really interesting next year, whether that be a launch, a long-anticipated beta test, or some other significant development. Plus, hey, you get 20 for the price of 10, so no complaining now!
As an aside, this list isn’t going to cover some other exciting-looking multiplayer games that are arriving in 2018, like Anthem, Sea of Thieves, The Crew 2, Monster Hunter World, DayZ, Red Dead Redemption 2, Stardew Valley, Conan Exiles, and State of Decay 2. And you old school fans won’t want to forget that Ultima Online has a new free-to-play option coming this spring.
It probably has not slipped your attention that we cover more than just MMORPGs here on Massively OP these days. There’s a lot of crossover and connection between those and other types of online games, and much of our audience is interested in both. But our primary love is and always has been for the massively multiplayer RPGs.
That is why I am always a little disappointed when promising upcoming games decide to play it safer with a more limited multiplayer route than to go full-bore MMO. Titles like Monster Hunter World, State of Decay 2, or Sea of Thieves are exciting in their own right, but I can’t help but think that they would have been so much better as real MMORPGs.
Which multiplayer game or games do you wish would graduate to the MMORPG level? Past, present, or future titles are all open for discussion!
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!
Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from Paladins Strike, Warface, Monster Hunter World, Heroes and Generals, Pirate101, Trove, Skyforge, The Black Death, Star Trek Online, EverClicker, Neverwinter, Just Survive, Dauntless, Battlejack, Dungeon Fighter Online, League of Legends, Hyper Universe, Dark Age of Camelot, MU Origin, MU Legend, EVE Online, Age of Wushu, State of Decay 2, Dota 2, Splatoon, and Starcraft Remastered, all waiting for you after the break!
At its pre-Gamescom press conference this Sunday, Microsoft revealed more about its upcoming Xbox One X and its glorious 4K gaming capabilities. As part of the conference, the company listed several games that would benefit from the enhanced performance and power of the console when it arrives this November.
MMO players should take note, because this list contains many games in our sphere of interest. The select enhanced titles include BioWare’s Anthem, ARK: Survival Evolved, Astroneer, Black Desert, Conan Exiles, Dark and Light, Diablo III, Elite: Dangerous, Path of Exile, Portal Knights, Roblox, Sea of Thieves, SMITE, State of Decay 2, The Crew 2, Elder Scrolls Online, The Division, Warframe, and World of Tanks.
The Xbox One X boasts six teraflops of processing power, 4K Ultra Blu-Ray, and 12GB GDDR5 graphics memory, and will retail for $500. Interested players can pre-order the Project Scropio edition right now for as long as supplies last.
Call it State of Delay 2.
Players are going to have to wait a little bit longer to get their next hit of Undead Labs’ State of Decay. At E3 2017, Undead Labs announced that State of Decay 2 is now looking at a spring 2018 release window for the co-op zombie title. A developer consoled fans on Twitter for the delay, saying, “So, yeah, the date shifted as you saw. This is hard for me as a player but great for the game. Hang in there a little longer?”
On a more positive note, State of Decay 2 was announced to feature Xbox Play Anywhere funcationality, which allows players to effortlessly transfer progress between console and PC. You can check out a pair of new trailers from the trade show after the jump!
When it comes to sequels, the general philosophy is to go bigger and better than the original. For the zombie-filled State of Decay 2, this means not only offering multiplayer co-op for the first time but also tripling the game world size over its predecessor.
In a new dev blog this week, Undead Labs said that the game will launch with three maps, each around the same size as the original game’s landscape. The maps will offer a variety of locations and layouts, lending themselves to different strategies for teams. Players will be able to take their gear and some resources with them when they hop areas.
Undead Labs said that the multiple map setup offers more fun and the potential for future expansion: “It really feels like you’re moving from one small town to another, and creates a tremendous sense of immersion. And perhaps counter-intuitively, it makes the world feel even bigger.”
For a good while, the MMO community was following Undead Labs in the hopes of seeing its Class4 project come to fruition in the form of a zombie MMORPG. However, this past summer, we learned that Undead Labs decided to make State of Decay 2 as a four-player co-op experience instead, officially dashing these hopes.
Recently on Twitch, Undead Labs President Jeff Strain explained why the studio abandoned its plans for massively multiplayer game, saying its fans were “relieved” that the team went a different route for the sequel:
This is not Class4, this is State of Decay 2 There’s a big difference. You know, Class4 was something that we wanted to do probably in Summer 2009. The initial plan was to build a smaller game with Class3, that game became State of Decay, and then from there take it into a large scale online world experience with Class4.
With E3 taking up so much head-space this week, we thought it only right to discuss how MMOs in particular fared at the convention. What was the very best showing for an MMO at the event — and what was the biggest disappointment? I posed both questions to our writers for this edition of Massively Overthinking. Guess which one they dodged?
Bad news for humanity but good news for zombie apocalypse fans: Undead Labs announced today that it will be launching State of Decay 2 for the Xbox One and PC next year.
Undead Labs President Jeff Strain confirmed that the zombie sequel will feature four-player co-op fun: “We’ve considered many paths for State of Decay over the past few years, but the overwhelming majority of you said you wanted a bigger, badder, bolder, smoother State of Decay that you could play with your friends. And so that’s exactly what we’re making.”
Of course, Mr. Strain could always be making an even biggerest, badderest, bolderest, and smootherest State of Decay by moving into the MMORPG genre that he helped to forge. One step at a time, we suppose.
You can watch the glorious, blood-soaked trailer after the break featuring the tagline of “nobody survives alone.”
It’s the holiday season! A time for cuddling up before a cozy fire, enjoying loved ones, sharing memories, and… just kidding. It’s time to raid Steam’s sales and get some vidya games dirt cheap!
Here’s some of the stuff most useful for MMO players this round.
Pokémon-like battler Moonrise won’t be seeing the light of commercial release, apparently.
Undead Labs announced today that after several months in early access testing on both PC and iOS, Moonrise wasn’t quite working out the way the studio had hoped and would need to be shelved.
“What we’ve found is that while some people really love Moonrise, there were unfortunately many more people who played the game and then moved on after a few days,” founder Jeff Strain wrote. “For a standalone, offline game that might be fine; but for an online game with significant server hosting costs and an expectation for ongoing development and new content, it can mean a game that not only doesn’t pay for it’s development costs, but might even cost money to operate.”
Nintendo‘s recently released Wii U shooter Splatoon sold over a million units worldwide in its first month, becoming one of the console’s most popular games. The game has received several patches and new content additions, and is now running an in-game event called Splatfest. Online survival game Rust is in the news again for randomising players’ penis sizes based on their Steam ID, and developers confirmed that a female model is in the works. Heroes of the Storm‘s upcoming Eternal Conflict patch is now available on the public test realm, and one player caught an incredibly close match on camera that literally came down to a fraction of a second.
Path of Exile revealed a few more legendary items and confirmed that its upcoming expansion, The Awakening, is still on schedule for its July 10th release date. Diablo III‘s next patch hit the public test realm this week, adding a whole new zone and an item based on Diablo II‘s Horadric Cube. And League of Legends revealed new support tank champion and River King Tahm Kench, who can swallow allies to keep them out of harms way and even eat enemy players on the battlefield.
Read on for detailed breakdowns of the stories above and other news from the wider world of online gaming in this week’s Not So Massively, and don’t forget to subscribe to the RSS feed for weekly updates!