Many years ago, we used to give an award for the most innovative MMO. It fell by the wayside as we expanded our awards to figure out how to honor upcoming and indie titles in other ways, but I like bringing it back as a Daily Grind now because innovation has been a buzzword for so dang long in our genre. You can’t swing by the subreddits for top MMOs nowadays without seeing people complaining about the lack of innovation, especially in the big titles.
But I’ve seen it in the smaller ones, and I bet you have too if you stop to think about it. So that brings us to today’s question. And remember, I’m not asking you to just name your favorite MMORPG. I’m asking you to pick one that actually offered some serious innovation, something to drive the genre forward, something we’ve not seen a whole lot of before. Last year, I noted Pantheon’s perception system, and I’ll add to that Book of Travels’ emphasis on discovery and roleplaying.
What was the most innovative MMO of 2019, launched or not – and why?