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


Massively Overpowered’s end-of-the-year 2018 awards continue today with our award for Most Anticipated MMORPG of 2018 and Beyond, which was awarded to Crowfall last year – the first time in several years that Star Citizen didn’t top the list. This year’s discussion on most anticipated once again generated a sense of frustration among our writers 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 the Most Anticipated MMORPG of 2018 and Beyond is…

Torchlight Frontiers

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Torchlight Frontiers. It came out of nowhere, but I’m a huge fan of the franchise and will actually break my no-preorders rule for this one. It’s far from the only thing I’m looking forward to, obviously: Camelot Unchained, Star Citizen, Crowfall, New World, Ascent Infinite Realm, the City of Heroes spinoffs, Fractured, Dual Universe, Atlas, even the Re-Evolve game from PWE – they’re all on my watch list too. Plus, of course, there’s the expansions we assume Guild Wars 2 and Elder Scrolls Online will be getting next year.

Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): Torchlight Frontiers. It has been a dog’s age since I’ve had some time with a Torchlight game and the idea of playing this game with many others at the same time absolutely has me smiling with excitement. I just hope that the mob spawns and kill-stealing aren’t too problematic: those are things I’ve always had to deal with in other MMOARPGs I’ve played. Runner-Up: Crowfall. The number of alphas this game goes through is something that causes one to headtilt, but as far as formation of a playable game, the folks behind Crowfall seem to be refreshingly on task. Maybe this will be the sandbox that gets me into the sand at last.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): I’m still excited about Ascent: Infinite Realm, even if there are rumbles that I will end up disappointed; I’m also still excited about Peria Chronicles, though I now doubt I’ll ever see that. But I also have to give a big nod to Torchlight Frontiers, which I’m actually kind of excited for despite, like, not being into Torchlight. That’s something good right there.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): Torchlight Frontiers. I love the art style, the housing system, and the fact that it’s going to be a full-fledged MMORPG. Bring it on!

Matt Daniel (@Matt_DanielMVOP): Camelot Unchained. As someone who really enjoyed Dark Age of Camelot despite being incredibly late to that particular party, I’m looking forward to seeing how Camelot Unchained translates the signature three-faction RvR gameplay into the modern trappings of the genre. Runner-up: Torchlight Frontiers.

MJ Guthrie (@MJ_Guthrie, blog): While I am interested in checking out some upcoming games, the only one I am really anticipating is Dual Universe. Seriously, every time I get a little bit more info on it and get another tour from devs, I get more excited that this game will have the sandbox and creativity that lends well to RP that I totally crave! I cannot wait for friends to be able to jump in and create an empire with me. A MOP Golden Yacht is totally in the future of this game. It may be sci-fi (which, by the way is great!), but it is what Landmark could have/should have been.

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.

Torchlight Frontiers won our award for Most Anticipated MMORPG of 2018 and Beyond. What’s your pick?

Reader poll: Which MMORPG is your most anticipated for 2019 and beyond?

  • Torchlight Frontiers (6%, 109 Votes)
  • Star Citizen (4%, 69 Votes)
  • Camelot Unchained (6%, 109 Votes)
  • Crowfall (3%, 55 Votes)
  • New World (1%, 23 Votes)
  • Ascent Infinite Realm (1%, 15 Votes)
  • Dual Universe (2%, 31 Votes)
  • Ship of Heroes (8%, 134 Votes)
  • City of Titans (5%, 82 Votes)
  • Valiance Online (1%, 19 Votes)
  • Peria Chronicles (1%, 12 Votes)
  • Atlas (0%, 2 Votes)
  • WoW Classic (5%, 84 Votes)
  • Ashes of Creation (4%, 64 Votes)
  • Rend (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Legends of Aria (0%, 7 Votes)
  • Pantheon (33%, 574 Votes)
  • Lost Ark (2%, 33 Votes)
  • The Lineage (Project TL, Lineage Eternal) (1%, 11 Votes)
  • Chronicles of Elyria (1%, 14 Votes)
  • Moonlight Blade (0%, 4 Votes)
  • Red Dead Online (0%, 7 Votes)
  • Fractured (0%, 4 Votes)
  • Anthem (2%, 38 Votes)
  • WoW's next expansion (1%, 14 Votes)
  • Guild Wars 2's next expansion (1%, 19 Votes)
  • Final Fantasy XIV Shadowbringers (3%, 52 Votes)
  • Cryptic's unnamed MTG MMORPG (0%, 5 Votes)
  • Skull and Bones (0%, 5 Votes)
  • Division 2 (1%, 20 Votes)
  • Project C (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Project K (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Jagex's secret MMO (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Bethsoft's secret MMO (0%, 8 Votes)
  • Funcom's secret MMO shooter thing (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Daybreak's secret MMOs (0%, 5 Votes)
  • Wargaming's secret MMO (0%, 0 Votes)
  • The new Lord of the Rings MMO (2%, 28 Votes)
  • Warcraft Go or whatever it ends up being called (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Diable Immortal (1%, 11 Votes)
  • PWE's Re-eveolve (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Nothing (1%, 22 Votes)
  • Something else (tell us in the comments!) (1%, 16 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,266

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Last week I saw my wife playing Torchlight 2. While she’s a former MMO player from EQ days, she doesn’t follow MMO news. So I let her know about TLF and she got interested again.

I don’t have high hopes for it as TL1 and 2 always struck me as “easy in, easy out” and I forget ’em and move on. But maybe the customization and depth of character builds will make TLF more my type of game. We’ll see.

My other two votes went towards City of Titans and Ship of Heroes… both of which have a decent chance of seeing a launch in 2019. While I do have hopes for Star Citizen, it’s not coming out in 2019 or likely in 2020. So I do my best to skip articles on it other than for an occasional quick read if I’m bored.


Only thing I’m excited for MMORPG wise for 2019 is the still untitled SWTOR 6.0 expansion.


Lost Ark is the only one. It has 4 things going for it:

a) It’s an actual game that exists. Almost everything else on the list are either early Alphas or just plain Vaporware/rumors.
b) The combat is fun, assuming you like ARPG combat
c) It has legit MMO systems (crafting, exploration, ships etc) out the wazoo.
d) The company has expressed a strong desire to bring the game to EU/NA markets.


Where are you Peria Chronicles….? I’ve been waiting…


Pantheon mainly because i primarily prefer high fantasy PvE and it looks like the best of the PvE MMOs on the horizon., followed closely by Camelot Unchained (for my pvp itch), and Torchlight Frontiers/Lost Ark (for my ARPG itch).

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Since I can’t edit old posts, I personally voted for Camelot Unchained (I love huge battles and hopefully this game will deliver that, in a better way than previous WvWvW games), FFXIV’s Shadowbringers (don’t really care much for more dungeon PvE grinding but anything that expands the story and keeps other people in the game is a good thing) and The New World (game doesn’t look very promising according to some people but I still hope Amazon will have plenty of time to turn it into something more than Ark/Rust clones).

Bryan Cole

Pantheon. Mostly because for me, FFXI is the best I’ve EVER experienced in this genre and Pantheon is the only one I can see that comes close to being similar to that. I was excited for Crowfall but now that I’ve played it and found it not having enough MMORPG aspects that I prefer, quests/exploration etc, I’ve put it on my play later after launch list. It’s far too survival esque, something I can not get behind even though on paper these games sound good. Ark, Conan Exiles, etc. all just annoy me and seem to go away from what makes a good MMORPG worth playing.


I think Crowfall will learn a painfull lesson that world persistency matters for MMORPG fans. They will most likely instead attract MOBA fans(and many MOBAs got RPG elements but arent full fledged RPGs) and there the competition will be hard, but anyways, good luck to them

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Didn’t BethSoft’s MMO just turn out to be FO76?


Blade & Soul: Whenever they decide to release Lyn Warden class. >.<


Only tried Blade & Soul at launch, it did look promising but I havent followed its progress since then

Oleg Chebeneev

Star Citizen and Lost Ark are the only MMOs Im really excited for.

SC for ambition, scale, fidelity, amazing visuals and true sense of space adventures and exploration.

Lost Ark for sheer fun of smaking mobs, great combat system, beautiful environments and polish that is rare in modern MMOs.

Yo guys, who chose Torchlight Frontiers. You do realise that Lost Ark is pretty much TF but with much better graphics, much more content and more MMO elements?

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Better is a matter of opinion and personal taste as you well know. In any case I am looking forward to both of them as they each have the sort of game play I enjoy a lot.

Oleg Chebeneev

If we speak about graphics, you really think its a matter of opinion which one is better on the left or on the right?
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Its not a case of which is better at least for me (you I believe are a person who likes things to be realistic? )

While one is way older it still has its appeal and didn’t detract at all for me when I played through the original run of Lara’s adventures back in the day. The other is much newer but that doesn’t automatically make it better in my eyes it just makes it different.

Both are just different styles while still portraying the same character and are both very much of their time along with the tech available to create them. Both worked well in their respective games and didn’t detract at all from the experience of playing them.

See that is the thing about opinions everyone can have their own and I am fine with that. I am not saying you are wrong to have your preference I am only saying that mine is different. :-)

Bruno Brito

A better comparison would be BDO and Wildstar. Both graphics are great, but your taste will define what you preffer.

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I do realize that both of them are just Diablo clones, yes, and since I’m not into those types of highly unimaginative, extremely repetitive loot grinding – I didn’t vote for any of those ;-)

Oleg Chebeneev

So you arent into MMOs in general? Gotta change your nick then

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Oh, I am very much into MMOs. Even if they’re nothing else but a loot grind themepark – I can always jump into FFXIV if I feel like playing a beautiful MMO where I can also just spend time socializing with people (not just grind loot) in more “natural” way (less top-down view, which I never really liked), with dozens of different cosmetic variations of gear or at someone’s beautiful housing area. Or even spend time at Ul’dah’s Quicksand on Mateus, interacting with all the RP freaks there at the late hours (which is fun to do from time to time).

Or I can always jump back into EVE if I feel like letting my sociopathic side loose and hunt down random players, gatecamp some system in a smartbomb Machariel, blob someone’s Keepstar or try to be clever and scam people in 100’s different ways ;-) In any case, me not liking Diablo clones (which I’ve already played for 100’s of hours) has no impact on my enjoyment of other MMO games.