Perfect Ten: Anticipated MMOs I want to know a lot more about

    
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One of the most exciting parts of covering the news here at Massively OP is that we challenge ourselves to stay on top of the most cutting edge announcements of upcoming MMOs. It makes my day when we hear of any new project that’s in the works, even if the details behind it are scarce.

However, not every studio treats their titles equally, and some projects get far less publicity and coverage than others based on where they’re at in development and if the studio is prepared to discuss them at length. There are many MMOs on my radar that are big unknowns to us, some of which have gone silent and others are only an initial announcement and nothing since.

Today I want to go down a list of ten MMOs in this category that I’m anticipating and share with you my thoughts on why I want to know a lot more about each of them.

1. The EverQuest sequel

The demise of the EverQuest Next project was a crushing blow to many fans of this long-running franchise. It was supposed to be the new generation of MMOs with big ideas and talent behind it, but it fizzled out years ago. However, we keep hearing whispers and rumors that there’s another EverQuest game in the works that may or may not be an MMO. There are, excuse me, next to no details about it, but Daybreak would be foolish to let its former flagship franchise peter out without another stab at a sequel.

2. Peria Chronicles

Out of any potential eastern imports, Peria Chronicles is the one that has me the most excited. It sports a unique look, has a reported well of sandbox features, and supposedly has done fairly well overseas. Yet Nexon continues to drag its feet on bringing this over to the west, and that’s maddening beyond belief. Will we ever see Peria, and if so, when?

3. Cryptic’s Magic: The Gathering MMO

Back in June 2017, Cryptic finally revealed the “top secret” game that it had been hinting at on its site: a Magic: The Gathering MMORPG. With such a beloved IP and a proven MMO studio at its back, this game had a lot of people — myself included — instantly excited. Yet we’ve had zero word about that game past the initial announcement, and I grow more worried every month that goes by with silence from Cryptic on this. Is this a dead-in-development game or is Cryptic working hard on prepping something amazing to show?

4. Amazon’s New World

I’m almost out of patience with Amazon on this game. Yes, it was pretty awesome to hear that then-new Amazon Game Studio was working on a sandbox MMO set in some alternate colonial-era America, but other than rumors and possible leaks, we haven’t seen movement on this project in years. And with the demise of at least one other AGS game, I’m a little concerned. Still hopeful, but concerned.

Update: And of course a few days after I write this, Amazon does a huge Gamescom reveal and starts alpha sign-ups. It’s happening, people! It’s happening!

5. World of Warcraft Classic

Even though Blizzard knocked our socks off with this legacy server announcement at last year’s BlizzCon, I think we’re still in for a very long wait until Classic comes online. Still, we did get a nice dev update this past June and have a starting patch point for the server, so that’s something!

6. Nexon’s secret project

Maybe I’m a little more excited than I should be about Nexon’s secret project starring Stephan Frost. Nexon has many irons in the fire these days, but I am intrigued why the studio would snap up some well-known western MMO devs for its western studio to work on a western project. Is it a western? No, I’m getting carried away now. My bad.

7. CCP’s mystery MMO

We’re still quirking our eyebrows about the recent (quiet) announcement that CCP is working on some sort of action MMO in addition to its mobile game, Project Nova, and other projects. We certainly don’t know much about it at this point, but the fact that CCP is looking to branch out again and flex its development muscles has my attention.

8. Lost Ark

A few years ago when we got our first look at Lost Ark it was hard not to fall in love with this sumptuous-looking MMOARPG. Ever since, I and others on staff have been slavering for the release of this game here in the west. Unfortunately, it’s been long coming at this point and it’s easy to fall into despair over ever seeing it. At least Korea’s getting to play it!

9. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

If there’s any IP that would get me racing around the town with my smartphone out, it would be Harry Potter. Niantic’s AR experience and the fact that this is the closest we’ll ever get to a Harry Potter MMO had my attention from the get-go. The problem? Niantic seems oddly reluctant to discuss this game even though it’s supposedly coming out later this year.

10. Ascent: Infinite Realm

We seem to be in the middle of a dead news period for Ascent, with the dev team not saying boo about the game since May. And that’s just slightly frustrating, because I am on board with a steampunk MMO that looks this good. Bree said I shouldn’t worry, but then again, she’s been a fan of more MMOs that have shuttered than anyone else I know, so I don’t know how to take that.

Everyone likes a good list, and we are no different! Perfect Ten takes an MMO topic and divvies it up into 10 delicious, entertaining, and often informative segments for your snacking pleasure. Got a good idea for a list? Email us at justin@massivelyop.com or eliot@massivelyop.com with the subject line “Perfect Ten.”
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Sally Bowls

9,5,6 for me.

Daybreak would be foolish to let its former flagship franchise peter out without another stab at a sequel.

I disagree with that. It would be desirable if it were possible, but I just don’t see DBG has near the money to do an MMO. If you can’t successfully finish it, why waste money starting it.
Regrettably, EQ Survival, EQ BR, or EQ mobile might happen.

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butterpanda888

I am excited/hoping for #’s 1, 3, 4, 8, & 10 on this list. Especially 1 & 3 though.

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Morgan

All of these have my curiosity but Cryptic’s Magic: The Gathering MMO has my attention. It will be interesting to see whether they throw in the holy-trinity or make it play out more like CO; more solo-able. Either way I already feel invested in this game.

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NeoWolf

I was excited at the prospect of Peria Chronicle as I love anime and for a change it was an anime looking game that seemed half decent.. but there also doesn’t seem to have been much in the way of signs of life in the last 12 months at least in regard to it coming out OR coming west.. :(

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packagegrope

the everquest sequel is pantheon.

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Alex Js.

Pantheon? Is that the still-unreleased, unimaginatively generic MMO that is being developed by the “famous” drug addict who already ruined another “EQ successor” before? ;-)

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squid

Yep—looking forward to it!

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Alex Js.

Let’s be honest about the whole “EverQuest” thing… Daybreak can’t even properly manage a single game such as H1Z1, which still performs poorly and looks very dated (all thanks to the ancient engine) and just throwing money at streamers to advertise it won’t fix all these flaws and won’t make it popular (its popularity has been in perpetual decline since July of last year). Seeing this, it would be, as you said, “foolish” to expect the Daybreak’s owners (whomever those mystery people might be) to throw even more money at new major project by same developer.

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Oleg Chebeneev

There is tons of info available for Lost Ark.
3 MMOs I want to know more about are original Age of Wushu revamp, Age of Wushu 2 and Amazons New World

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xpsync

Agreed, Amazons New World.

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Alex Js.

Yes, Amazon’s New World sounds interesting so far… Only thing I’m not sure about is their current target of about 1000 people per server, would be nicer to see more than that… But maybe they’ll increase it once the game will be near the release.

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squid

Really depends on the game map. World size aside, you need enough ‘support infrastructure’ like towns, banks, crafting stations, housing space, etc., if you want to increase the player cap per server (unless you just instance the shit out of everything like ESO).

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Targeter

Me reading MOP: I want you to hurt me
MOP: Let’s talk about Everquest Next
Me: No wait
MOP: And the new EQ MMO that’s had no updates
Me: Stop

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Utakata

It’s a trap! o.O

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Reht

Lost Ark is definitely the one i want to know more about. I hope we will eventually see a western release.

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Wilhelm Arcturus

Nitpick Alert

“we haven’t seen movement on this project in years”

We only heard about Amazon’s New World in late September of 2016, so we haven’t quite hit the point where we need to use the plural.