Massively OP’s Best of 2017 Awards: Best Indie or Crowdfunded MMO of 2017


Massively Overpowered’s end-of-the-year 2017 awards continue today with our award for Best Indie or Crowdfunded MMO of 2017, a brand-new award for us this year. All indie MMOs and crowdfunded MMOs are eligible for this award; the game needn’t actually have launched yet, though a lot of us decided to self-impose that rule anyway. 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 Best Indie or Crowdfunded MMO of 2017 is…


Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): Elite Dangerous. While there’s a lot of games I really want to like but can’t, this one felt more like a “me” than the game issue. Sucks for me, but the game’s got a hardcore following that really tries to help new people. I’ve been on that side of the fence before, and as someone who’s very critical of crowd funded games, it’s refreshing to see a title that people are actually happy with, especially in the MMO realm. Runner up: Project Gorgon, even though I’m embarrassed to admit I haven’t jumped in yet. So many Asheron’s Call fans mentioned wandering over there, but I suppose I’m still in mourning.

Brendan Drain (@nyphur): If we are considering Elite Dangerous to be one, then it gets my vote. They have consistently kept up development.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna): Elite Dangerous. Of the ones that have launched, Elite’s the most solid. I have my eye on several indies, but I want to hold them for Most Anticipated.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre): Elite: Dangerous. The thing is that there are a lot of supposedly eligible games on this list that I don’t feel comfortable voting for because, well… they’re not actually out. They’re in early alpha beta access or whatever. So when you narrow the list down to games that have actually launched in some capacity, this is another shoo-in. I suppose Shroud of the Avatar would be eligible, but since they keep claiming it isn’t launched, it’s not. Runner-up: Crowfall.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster): Ashes of Creation. I don’t get the Elite love here, but what I do get is the incredible Kickstarter campaign that Ashes ran this year and its development of a community before and after around this fantasy MMO. We still need to hear and see a lot more from this studio before I’m fully sold on this title, but it has the potential to be a real contender in the MMO space.

Larry Everett (@Shaddoe): Crowfall.

Tina Lauro Pollock (@purpletinabeans): I’ll go for Crowfall: This is a game I have had occasion to refer to in MMO mechanics, and from my perspective solid mechanics make for a solid play experience, so why not?

Elite Dangerous won our award for Best Indie or Crowdfunded MMO of 2017. What’s your pick?

Reader poll: What was the best indie or crowdfunded MMO of 2017?

  • Elite Dangerous (23%, 572 Votes)
  • Crowfall (2%, 60 Votes)
  • Project Gorgon (5%, 116 Votes)
  • Ashes of Creation (2%, 47 Votes)
  • Camelot Unchained (3%, 67 Votes)
  • Chronicles of Elyria (21%, 523 Votes)
  • Ship of Heroes (1%, 15 Votes)
  • City of Titans (1%, 15 Votes)
  • Valiance Online (0%, 11 Votes)
  • Star Citizen (4%, 98 Votes)
  • Dual Universe (31%, 760 Votes)
  • Pantheon (1%, 25 Votes)
  • Albion Online (1%, 20 Votes)
  • Shroud of the Avatar (2%, 43 Votes)
  • Ever Jane (0%, 2 Votes)
  • AdventureQuest 3D (0%, 6 Votes)
  • Ever, Jane (0%, 10 Votes)
  • Nothing (3%, 63 Votes)
  • Something else (tell us in the comments) (0%, 12 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,465

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With the exception of Albion (which is flopping hard), isn’t Elite the only one that is a proper functioning game that actually delivered what it was advertising, and then some? It should win by default, simply for that.

Jonny Sage

I keep trying to play E:D but its just so boring. Barely even an MMO. I have yet to see evidence of another player.

Bryan Correll

And Dual Universe’s Reddit campaign to rock the vote succeeds.

Vic Chua

Dual Universe is the best “MMO” on the list and it is the most ambitious. Nothing from this list would compare to it, not even Star Citizen with it’s over-budget, disappointments with the delays and all they can deliver are graphics and realism and nothing about gameplay. Talk about the costs of that game(Star Citizen) and the Pay-to-Win! The community of Dual Universe are satisfied (and we are talking about the majority here) and the Developers are delivering on their promises. Talk about the Developers of Dual Universe, they are very creative, ambitious, and experienced.

The promises of Pantheon is also good, bringing back the Classic-Traditional-MMO-Gameplay, Immersion & Mechanics(like Everquest), but those are only words, I will only be blown away once I actually see results in development. Right now, I only have their words.

Dual Universe will be great and I like how the development is going! They are keeping to what they promised. It will be the first MMO-Sandbox-Metaverse that is all dynamically-player-driven, single-shard 1-server where everyone plays together, when the game comes out.

That is what we call gameplay! Not just graphics and realism like Star Citizen! It’s an MMO, not an FPS like Call of Duty! Not even your Elite Dangerous can stand up to Dual Universe! You got to be kidding to say ED is the best! There is so much more that can be done and that is what Dual Universe intend to deliver as a Space-themed-MMO. Elite Dangerous is nothing compare to what is planned for Dual Universe!


Great, just what we need. More fans of a space game pitting themselves against other fans of a space game….

Dual Universe is looking good and I am very excited for it myself, I think they are doing some really interesting stuff and going about it in a very intersting way, but there’s absolutely no need to piss on another space game to get that accross.
Elite has a lot of things they want to add, one only has to look at the Design Discussion Forums for the sort of ideas they have planned and hopefully it is stuff that becomes realised. To say it is nothing compared to what is planned for DU is just speaking out of ignorance.

Mark Allen

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Tobasco da Gama

I thought for sure this was going to be the “Make Up A Category Just So Project Gorgon Can Win It” award, but Elite has been out long enough that I totally forgot it was crowdfunded. I picked it up in the recent sale… and, yeah, I totally get why it got so many votes in this category. Very polished and full of stuff for space nuts to do.

Dro Gul

Why are there 2 Ever Jane options? You are forcing the vote to be split and sabotaging them! :)

Sally Bowls

But I was pleased that 80% of the EJ votes were for the correctly punctuated choice. :-)

Before Truth, the Right Fork


I’ll do for this what my government did in the last UN vote: /elf butts

Geoff Bogaert

Dual Universe all the way. An MMO in the truest sense.

Just wait till you can see or try it for yourself. There really is nothing like it.