You might recall that in 2018, we swapped out our award for best PvP MMORPG. Neither our writers nor our readers in the years leading up to then seemed all that taken with it, so we dropped it in favor of something else. PvP, as we saw it, had been relegated to a side game in most MMOs, and the award was a challenging one to debate. “How exactly do you compare arena PvP and battleground PvP and guild warfare to battle royale modes and survival sims and free-for-all gankfests?” Do EVE Online, Black Desert, and Albion Online really compare?
But since then, we’ve finagled a few more PvP-centric writers, including the helm of our Fight or Kite column, and PvP in MMOs seems to be picking up a bit of steam as more and more of those lingering-in-test-mode Kickstarter sandboxes finally inch toward playable states. So maybe the award will return next year with a worthy winner.
In the meantime, we’re turning the question over to you: Which MMORPG offered the best PvP experience in 2019?