Massively Overthinking: What MMO were you hoping to hear much more about this year?


Going through our coverage of 2019’s MMOs, I realized there are a bunch of games that have previously been on our “anticipated” lists that didn’t do a whole lot of anything this year. What’s going on with Cryptic’s Magic MMO or Re-Evolve? When will we get something solid out of Funcom’s Dune MMO or the MMORPG CCP Games is working on? Or even Raph Koster’s new game? Where’s Mad World and Ascent Infinite Realm? What about Blue Protocol and Phantasy Star Online 2? Heck, even The Sims folks were hiring for an unannounced MMO. There’s so much in production that’s still just a whisper, and while some of it’s still new (like Koster’s game), I’m grumpy that we still don’t have a solid line on stuff like, say, Lost Ark.

Let’s talk about these types of under-the-radar-but-still-in-production MMOs in today’s Massively Overthinking. What MMO were you hoping to hear much more about this year?

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): I’ll be the weird one and say that I was hoping for a lot more info from PWE’s Re-Evolve. (Plus I know everyone else is going to point at A:IR). Andrew got to see Re-Evolve at E3 2018, and it looks like one of the better mobile offerings in the cutesy sandbox MMO subgenre I’ve seen. But we got barely one blip of info on its Chinese progress, and really none for ours. Sadface.

I was hoping for a lot more progress on things like Camelot Unchained and Torchlight Frontiers, but I can’t exactly accuse them of not keeping us informed of what’s going on, I suppose.

I also can’t wait to hear more about Koster’s game, but I know that’s in early stages and we’re a long way away from that. I remain impatient anyway.

Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): I am unnaturally grumpy for not hearing much out of Ascent: Infinite Realm. At least from an aesthetic/setting standpoint, that game looks so much like my jam and it kinda sucks that it’s been mostly quiet. Granted, that likely means that the devs are hard at work on its release, but I still am squirming in my seat to know more about it. Then again, there is also such a thing as information burnout. Camelot Unchained has incidentally poured a bit of cool water on my enthusiasm for its overabundance of updates. So I guess I shouldn’t whine… but still, I really want to steampunk it up.

Colin Henry (@ChaosConstant): I want to know what John Smedley is up to. I was intrigued by Hero’s Song, but, following the team being picked up by Amazon Studios, it was shut down before I felt like it was “done” enough to be worth a first look. The first impressions I saw of the game were mixed, but I’m interested to see what that team can do with an Amazon-sized budget.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): I was looking forward to Peria Chronicles. So I guess I’ll just go f*** myself. There. There’s my Overthinking.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): As a news hound, I want to hear about all of the things — and there’s nothing more frustrating than getting teased with an MMO announcement followed by months of silence by the studio. Cryptic’s Magic the Gathering is a particular annoying spot, since I generally like that studio’s MMOs and was really excited to hear that they were teaming up with this hot IP for a new game. But we really haven’t heard anything this year, and that both makes me worried and wonder if they announced it too early or had to go back to the drawing board.

Ascent: Infinite Realm stuttered and faltered in its development communication, which is a shame because that kind of looked cool. I’m down for a steampunk MMO. I really wouldn’t mind getting more information about Amazon’s Lord of the Rings MMO project considering that I have a vested interest in this gaming IP. I really want to know what kind of game will it be like — how expansive it’ll be, what combat style it will use, and if it will have any focus on the virtual world apart from killing everything in it.

Tyler Edwards: I guess A:IR is the main one that comes to mind for me. I’m not very big on pre-launch hype; I wait for a game to be ready before paying too much attention (with occasional exceptions), but this one looks interesting enough to be worth keeping on the radar at least. The steampunk aesthetic could be a nice break from the usual fantasy tropes. Hopefully we’ll hear more from it soon.

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Steven Williams

Any of the new IPs from the west. Real news. Like things actually happening.

It feels like these games and their developers boarded a shuttle into space towards the black hole from the movie Interstellar.

Will Star Citizen/Ashes of Creation the actual MMORPG/etc come out next year? Will it come out in 2055? Will it release sometime after the sun expands and eats the earth?

Will I be released from a 5th dimensional tesseract and wake up on a Stanford Torus-style space habitat orbiting Saturn, where the elderly son of long-deceased Chris Roberts will inform me on his death bed that a completely released version of Star Citizen is waiting on Edmund’s habitable planet, held by a sad Anne Hathaway who is contemplating spending the remainder of her life in cryostasis?

Will I have to board a space shuttle and gravity my way over to her so I can play Star Citizen – or hell, ANY of these games?


Peria Chronicles…..

I heard more than previous years, but not what I had hoped to hear.

Jeremy Barnes

Phatasy Star Online 3
World of Warcraft 2
Everquest 3
Ashes of Creation (the rumored MMO, not the battle royale)


Honestly? SC.
As much as I’ve trolled fanbois here about it, I genuinely would like to see it be a real thing…not that I’m going to PLAY it when you need $1000 ships to be competitive (if you don’t need them to be competitive, then what’s the $1000 for?)… but I’d like to see it launch, and if it doesn’t by 2020 I have to expect that even the apparently-infinite line of people willing to pay for virtual stuff might start to dry up, and the infinitely-ambitious thing will die.

Which would be a genuine loss as I think it was a lovely idea from the start. I’d love to see it come to fruition.

Bruno Brito

The Magic MMO is something i’m really interested in how it’ll be made, and how classes/races will be.


New World. They said they were taking it down from alpha to rework it, but that’s also what a company would say if they’re going to quietly cancel it and hope people just kind of forget about it after a while.


Plan 8. There are zero to none third-person MMO shooters with modern engines, Plan8 may change everything.

Kickstarter Donor
Ken from Chicago


It’s the first crowdfunded game I’ve back and they had a big head of steam leading up the launch of issue 0 / character creator–last year. Then a delay was announced and it seemed mostly radio silent until some “unofficial” videos were posted and a few updates. That left SHIP OF HEROES picking up the slack on the CITY OF HEROES “spiritual successor” news front.

That changed … a wee bit … with the release of the Avatar Builder / Titan Create that let’s a big step toward letting you “Make Anyone”.


It seemed more quiet with fewer developments this year. Players made more news with their own … trek … across the galaxy in the first half of the year. Delays in the fleet carriers didn’t help–much less the announced cancellation of their Galnet in-game ‘tweets” of lore news. At least Frontier Development had some good news with PLANET ZOO so the company will have funding for more ED.


Seems a fairly slow year so far for new game development so there are many out there that can fit right in. Even existing and EA games went slow. For example i would had hoped more growth on Project Gorgon too but technically its still there in EA


It’s strange how games suddenly go quiet. I think we know the reasons for it. But it happens more often than not. So like others have mentioned:

Phantasy Star Online 2, where are you?

New World? I guess that lumberyard engine is short a few trees?

UE4 update for BnS west. Preparing for long delays…

Lost Ark in the west. Just a dream at this point….


“UE4 update for BnS west. Preparing for long delays…”

…and don’t forget Lyn Assassins!