Massively OP’s 2018 Awards: Best Indie or Crowdfunded MMO of 2018

    
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Massively Overpowered’s end-of-the-year 2018 awards continue today with our award for Best Indie or Crowdfunded MMO of 2018, which was awarded to Elite Dangerous last year in this category’s inaugural year. All indie MMOs and crowdfunded MMOs are eligible for this award; the game needn’t actually have launched yet. 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 the Best Indie or Crowdfunded MMO of 2018 is…

Project Gorgon

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): Project Gorgon. If other games could run with their ideas placed under a better art style, the genre would probably feel like it was moving forward, rather than crawling at times. It’s “innovative” not in the sales pitch kind of way some readers may be used to from the media but in a “there’s some good humor behind making this weird mechanic feel like it adds something to a persistent world” kind of way.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Project Gorgon. If I could’ve whipped up a faction to feasibly call this one MMO of the year, I would have gone for it, but I’m settling for best indie. The breadth and depth of this game is mind-blowing.

Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): I have not played Project Gorgon in a very long time, but the fact that this title just keeps coming up now and again in generally appreciative and happy tones makes me consider taking a significantly closer look. Word of mouth is a powerful force and very obviously Gorgon has cultivated a following for very good reasons.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): Let me play a mantis wearing a hat, Project Gorgon. The fact I cannot is your most egregious flaw and the one thing I cannot endorse about you.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): Project Gorgon, which went on Steam Early Access and keeps being interesting, or Camelot Unchained and its-finally-here beta test.

Matt Daniel (@Matt_DanielMVOP): Project Gorgon. As many others have undoubtedly noted, Project Gorgon is a very unique creature in the MMO space. I challenge you to name even one other game that has a skill related to dying and the ability to play the game as a cow, should you so desire.

MJ Guthrie (@MJ_Guthrie, blog): I can definitely get behind Project Gorgon for this award. What an interesting, ambitious little title that started with just two people! And you can play as a cow (among other things). This is just too unique not to give it a gold star. Right on the cow’s nose.

How does Massively OP choose the winner?
Our team gathers together over the course of a few days to discuss candidates and ideally settle on a consensus winner. We don’t have a hard vote, but we do include written commentary from every writer who submitted it on time so that you can see where some of us differed, what our secondary picks were, and why we personally nominated what we did (or didn’t). The site’s award goes to the staff selection, but we’ll include both it and the community’s top nomination in our debrief in January.

Project Gorgon won our award for Best Indie or Crowdfunded MMO of 2018. What’s your pick?

Reader poll: What was the best indie or crowdfunded MMO of 2018?

  • Project Gorgon (15%, 150 Votes)
  • Elite Dangerous (5%, 51 Votes)
  • Camelot Unchained (4%, 37 Votes)
  • Crowfall (7%, 72 Votes)
  • Ashes of Creation (3%, 26 Votes)
  • Ship of Heroes (3%, 29 Votes)
  • Pantheon (4%, 35 Votes)
  • City of Titans (1%, 10 Votes)
  • Legends of Aria (1%, 10 Votes)
  • Fractured (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Dual Universe (40%, 400 Votes)
  • Star Citizen (6%, 56 Votes)
  • Temtem (1%, 8 Votes)
  • Shroud of the Avatar (1%, 13 Votes)
  • Valiance Online (0%, 4 Votes)
  • Chronicles of Elyria (1%, 10 Votes)
  • Albion Online (1%, 12 Votes)
  • Saga of Lucimia (1%, 6 Votes)
  • Ever Jane (1%, 14 Votes)
  • AdventureQuest 3D (1%, 8 Votes)
  • Nothing (4%, 37 Votes)
  • Something else (tell us in the comments!) (0%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 898

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Poll options include all games nominated plus other games we thought had a chance!

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

Indie titles make the MMO world go round. It’s those select few that break out that actually shape gaming.

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Bryan Cole

Considering all of these are still in development, I chose nothing. Let me know when one of these, and there are some I’m looking forward to, are finally released in a non alpha/beta/early access state. Then we’ll talk about “best”.

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ichi sakari

Indie McCrowdFundingFace, I mean Dual Universe Brigading

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Robert Basler

Here’s a blatantly self-promoting entry for Something else since Miranda has somehow been omitted from the ballot ;)

The Imperial Realm::Miranda is a seamless open-world massively multiplayer real-time strategy game in the tradition of Command and Conquer™. Fight either by yourself, or with your friends, in an all-out war to dominate Miranda, the devastated former capital planet of The Imperial Realm.

Bold New World is the upcoming third update to Miranda and a major upgrade to the art and rendering engine. It has been a year in the making and will be out in January.

Play Miranda today in Early Access at theimperialrealm.com.

Happy Holidays everyone!

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Rumm

Brigading a vote is a solid way for me to hate your game and your game’s community.

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Bryan Correll

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Armsbend

I can’t speak for the MOP staff but I bet they don’t mind when new people show up for any reason. My bet is a few stick around after realizing its a cool place with good writing. Heck, I’ve noticed some new comments lately. I bet these end of year lists brings ’em in sometimes. as a MOP fan I like new people around too.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

7 for 7 by the orange letter people, impressive…

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Random MMO fan

Lol, what’s the point of even voting with that “Dual Universe” brigading…

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agemyth 😩

The secret about reader/fan polls is that there is inherently no point to them.

“Just-for-fun” means just that.

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Random MMO fan

Yea, I know but there’s like absolutely no “fun” left if you see that the poll is just being used for self-promotion of single company…

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astrid

You actually can play a mantis wearing a hat in Project: Gorgon. Well, ok, not as a regular combat skill like spider or rabbit but in the Monsters & Mantids game in the casino, you get to play a mantis on a dungeon exploration trip and finding new hats is a very important part of the M&M dice game. I’ll concede it may not be quite as impressive as transforming into an actual mantis but I’ve had quite a bit of fun with the mini-game.

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Sorenthaz

What is Dual Universe and why in the world are people brigading votes for it.

Anyway my vote goes to Project Gorgon since it’s actually managed to get out on Steam this year. I haven’t really been playing it too much because it’s still not fully launched, but it certainly has an oldschool charm and deserves quite a bit of praise for sticking to its guns.

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BalsBigBrother

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Armsbend

It’s kind of fun that they care :)

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Oleg Chebeneev

>What is Dual Universe and why in the world are people brigading votes for it.

Its pretty much what SC would be if had a budget of 3 bottles of vodka

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agemyth 😩

What is Dual Universe and why in the world are people brigading votes for it.

I always think its fun/cute when a game’s community ticks a box on the poll to show it some love. As long as it isn’t people rigging the vote fake computers or IPs or however that works, I say brigade away.

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BalsBigBrother

I see the Duel Universe lot really really want any awards they can get and put out a twitter call to arms. Every year it happens even though the readers polls are for fun hehe.