The Daily Grind: What was the best new zone added to an MMO in 2018?

    
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Thanks to MOP reader Agemyth’s suggestion back in 2016, we’ve been debating the best new zone added to an MMO every year.

Obviously, your answer to this one is going to depend on the games you actually play. Not all MMOs actually have zones to begin with, either! Traditionally, I go for Guild Wars 2 zones; they always wow me. This year, though, I would personally give the nod to Elder Scrolls Online’s Murkmire, the zone specifically. It’s not every day that an MMO literally revolves a major update around a largely incomprehensible plotline involving lizardmen and mysterious tree spirits. The Elder Scrolls franchise has always backed away from it, and yet there’s ZeniMax, daring to make it happen. Good on ya.

What would you argue was the best new zone or area added to an MMORPG in 2018?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!

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Viktor Budusov

Mirkwood, Dale and Lake-town in LOTRO.

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Rottenrotny

I like Stormsong Valley in WoW a lot. Such a nice looking zone. I would move there in a heartbeat.

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hurbster

Summerset, very pretty, good story and we got the Psijic Order skill tree as well.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Zone? Pfft. How about whole planet? My vote goes for Hurston (Star Citizen)

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miol

After 4 very long years and therefore an MMO-eternity (for many players even new), the reintroduction of GW2’s Labyrithine Cliffs this year, hands down!
It’s still my favorite map of all time anyway! ;P

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Utakata

Nazmir (WoW). A zone I actually felt like traversing through a Mesozoic jungle. That’s saying something in a game that was once known for it’s brute polygon renderings. o.O

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Teala Te'Jir

Summerset in ESO. It was a very large zone with lots of new and interesting things to explore.

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nomadmorlock9

For a single zone, Summerset in ESO. Have to mention the WOW Zones though. They were great.

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NeoWolf

ESO’s Summerset Isle, it was huge and beautiful. So refreshing to find a zone with things to do in it that is not some dark, brooding and thoroughly depressing hole in the ground :)

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Gamhuin

GW2’s Jahai Bluffs and ESO’s Summerset Isle.