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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Poll options include all games nominated plus other games we thought would be worthy.

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