Massively OP’s Best of 2017 Awards: Most Anticipated MMORPG of 2018 and Beyond


Massively Overpowered’s end-of-the-year 2017 awards continue today with our award for Most Anticipated MMORPG, which was awarded to Star Citizen last year for the third year in a row, though it was an incredibly close vote. (And yes, we recognize the irony of Star Citizen mopping up both negative and positive awards.) This year’s discussion on most anticipated was close too, but there’s more a sense of frustration since a lot of the games we’re picking from here year after year are the same – because they still aren’t out.

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 Most Anticipated MMORPG of 2018 and Beyond is…


Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): Crowfall. Persistent “lobby” with instanced campaigns, non-standard crafting system, and pulling back on the race/class locking? Yes please! Runner up- Maguss! Surprise surprise, it’s an AR game. Readers keep saying good things despite the game being half a year late with its open beta. I know more AR fans probably want to see Harry Potter: Wizards Unite come out first, but Maguss seems more, well, MMO-like. POGO barely makes the “MMO” cut around here, and probably more thanks to Raph Koster’s comments than its game design, or at least in my opinion. Having an online mode paired with meatspace play helps!

Brendan Drain (@nyphur): Has to still be Star Citizen.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna): Ug, I have so many. Camelot Unchained, of course, because RvR and crafting and no grinding and a great studio. Crowfall, which I backed, is totally back on my radar thanks to its huge overhauls this year that, well, make the game more an MMORPG than a glorified MOBA. Ascent: Infinite Realm and New World are the bigguns waiting in the wings, and I bet they start making these lists more consistently in 2018 and 2019. WoW Classic even has my attention; I’m not sure I’ll like it, but I can’t think why I wouldn’t at least give it a go for the nostalgia factor. Plus there’s Dual Universe and Project Gorgon and Sea of Thieves and all the superhero indies (Ship of Heroes will probably hit first?). I’d be pretty content if any of these took home the title.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre): Ascent: Infinite Realm. This game came out of nowhere, huh? But boy, steampunky airships with giant robots and such are my jam. So, yeah, I’m looking forward to this one, even knowing that I may wind up being disappointed by it when it finally finishes baking. Runners-up: Peria Chronicles and Crowfall.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster): Ashes of Creation. There are concerns, chief among them has been the spotty dev updates over the years. But I am impressed with the vision of this title and what’s been presented so far. It’s a wide tent with a lot of room for different playstyles beneath it, so I hope that there will be room for me when it eventually does come out.

Larry Everett (@Shaddoe): I’m still looking to Crowfall. And most recently, the Star Wars Galaxies-like crafting really gives me high hopes for the game. I will not be able to actually jump into it until next year, but I am most looking forward to jumping into that over any other game that will release in the future.

MJ Guthrie (@MJ_Guthrie): I have two games that are tied for most anticipated: Rend and Dual Universe. Dual Universe looks like it could be what we hoped Landmark would be – a creative voxel sandbox experience that is all tied together in one world. And then it goes way beyond that! I mean, you can craft a ship out of voxels, put an engine in it, and blast off into space and fly to another planet. As for Rend, I am actually excited for a PvP game – that’s saying something. It looks beautiful, and it has exploration, building, pets… all without the FFA PvP that just brings out the worst in folks. Yes, I am very much looking forward to both of these games.

Tina Lauro Pollock (@purpletinabeans): I am thoroughly torn between Crowfall and WoW Classic and cannot pick a clear winner and runner up. I’ll be playing both! I am super duper excited for the crafting in Crowfall and I have my rose-tinted glasses on for Classic already.

Crowfall won our award for Most Anticipated MMORPG of 2018 and Beyond. What’s your pick? Do note that for this poll, you can choose up to three winners!

Reader poll: Which MMORPG is your most anticipated for 2018 and beyond?

  • Crowfall (13%, 364 Votes)
  • Star Citizen (7%, 197 Votes)
  • WoW Classic (10%, 295 Votes)
  • Ashes of Creation (6%, 177 Votes)
  • Camelot Unchained (10%, 288 Votes)
  • Ascent Infinite Realm (2%, 53 Votes)
  • Dual Universe (7%, 207 Votes)
  • Rend (0%, 10 Votes)
  • Peria Chronicles (1%, 20 Votes)
  • Project Gorgon (2%, 70 Votes)
  • Maguss (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Sea of Thieves (1%, 43 Votes)
  • New World (1%, 23 Votes)
  • City of Titans (1%, 36 Votes)
  • Valiance Online (1%, 15 Votes)
  • Ship of Heroes (1%, 24 Votes)
  • Bless (2%, 52 Votes)
  • Shroud of the Avatar (13%, 387 Votes)
  • Worlds Adrift (0%, 5 Votes)
  • Pantheon (5%, 144 Votes)
  • Legends of Aria (1%, 29 Votes)
  • Lost ARK (1%, 40 Votes)
  • Project TL aka The Lineage aka Lineage Eternal (0%, 10 Votes)
  • Chronicles of Elyria (3%, 94 Votes)
  • Wild West Online (1%, 20 Votes)
  • Monster Hunter World (1%, 42 Votes)
  • Moonlight Blade (0%, 10 Votes)
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 (1%, 24 Votes)
  • Conan Exiles (0%, 10 Votes)
  • Ultima Online F2P (1%, 24 Votes)
  • Skull and Bones (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Dauntless (0%, 11 Votes)
  • Anthem (1%, 28 Votes)
  • Soulworker Online (0%, 5 Votes)
  • The Crew 2 (0%, 10 Votes)
  • Cryptic's unnamed MTG MMORPG (1%, 19 Votes)
  • Darkfall New Dawn (1%, 30 Votes)
  • Ever, Jane (0%, 9 Votes)
  • Nothing (2%, 50 Votes)
  • Something else (tell us in the comments) (1%, 19 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,237

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

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