Eight major unannounced MMO projects that are in the works

    
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There’s nothing more tantalizing nor frustrating than knowing that an MMO or MMORPG is in the works but hasn’t been formally announced yet. We see many of these cross our paths here at Massively OP and thought that today might be a good time to compile them together.

What upcoming projects are still under wraps — and what do we know of them so far? Here are eight MMOs that could be your next big virtual home.

Daybreak’s possible superhero MMO

With the EG7 takeover of Daybreak, we’ve once again received confirmation that Jack Emmert’s team is working on a big MMO project in addition to handling DC Universe Online. We do know that it’s based on a major licensed IP and is being developed for PC and consoles. Considering that Emmert and his team have deep experience in developing for superhero games and that Daybreak used to be working on a Marvel title in the past, the speculation is that this MMO will be superhero-themed. In any case, EG7 claims that this is an “AAA” title, so that right there is a reason to get pumped.

We’ll also toss in a mention of an assumed EverQuest sequel, which Daybreak teases as often as it cancels them.

You have to be really bad to get kicked out of here, that's the takeaway.

Riot’s League of Legends MMORPG

While it hasn’t been officially revealed — and probably won’t until next year at the earliest — we know for certain that Riot Games is making an MMORPG set in the League of Legends universe. The project is currently hiring talent and is being headed up by former World of Warcraft developer Greg Street. “It will almost certainly have RPG systems like stats, gear, dungeons. We’re not ready yet to talk about how much it is or is not like other games out there,” Street said in May 2021.

No screenshots yet, obviously.

Raph Koster’s ambitious virtual world

We’re definitely excited to see what Raph Koster (Ultima Online, Star Wars Galaxies, Crowfall) and his team at Playable Worlds conjures. We first learned of this project in October 2019, and while it doesn’t have a name yet, that hasn’t stopped Koster from unloading manifestos left and right about what he hopes to accomplish in it. Rumor is that this MMO is a huge sandbox that’s so much more than a combat simulator.

Blizzard’s secret multiplayer game

OK, so saying that Blizzard is working on unannounced games is like saying that YouTube comment sections are pointless, but it still needs to be said. There’s at least one project in the works that is a multiplayer online title, which seems to be ramping up development and team size. We’ve been burned before waiting on Blizzard reveals, but that doesn’t stop us hoping for something great.

CCP’s online shooter

Speaking of studios that have burned fan expectations more than once, CCP is always and forever working on other games as EVE Online grows ever-longer in the tooth. According to job postings, the studio is developing at least one MMO shooter, although a second project isn’t out of the bounds of possibility.

ZeniMax’s future games

The success and handling of Elder Scrolls Online has given ZeniMax a lot of confidence in striking out in new territory. We know that the Bethesda-owned studio has a bunch of secret projects in the works, but we’ve been given no solid indication what these may be. However, with the studio already an experienced MMORPG developer, one hopes that it might be looking for a repeat performance.

Jagex’s RuneScape follow-up

There’s no doubt that Jagex has been milking the very large cow of RuneScape for the better part of two decades now, but the studio has had a hard time branching off beyond this IP (Stellar Dawn, anyone?). It’s trying, though, and rumors have persisted for many years now that one or more secret MMOs are being worked on behind closed doors.

Jake Song’s next MMORPGs

We expect big things from Jake Song, who is not only working on ArcheAge 2 but also an unannounced mobile MMORPG for XLGAMES’ new owner Kakao. Song and his team have a whole lot of skill and passion, so it’ll be exciting to see what they come up with next.

Everyone likes a good list, and we are no different! Perfect Ten takes an MMO topic and divvies it up into 10 delicious, entertaining, and often informative segments for your snacking pleasure. Got a good idea for a list? Email us at justin@massivelyop.com or eliot@massivelyop.com with the subject line “Perfect Ten.”
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Witches

Sadly Daybreak owns EQ, if it was owned by someone else that would be the one i’d like to play the most.

I guess until Koster’s game turns out to be ffapvp i’ll wait for that one.

Zenimax will need at least two years after launch to make anything playable for non Bethesda fanatics.

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Ardra Diva

give me a full-on big-budget EverQuest Whatever and take my money. Just don’t make PvP non-consensual. Or the purse closes.

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treehuggerhannah

I’m interested in seeing what Zenimax is working on. We don’t have enough info yet for me to be super hyped (which is probably good, because we’ll be waiting awhile) but I love ESO so I’m keeping an eye on this.

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Scarlet_Shocker

A major superhero IP? Well of course it’s not likely to be “major” in terms of global brand recognition, because they’ve pretty well all been done, but one super hero IP that would be ideally suited to an MMO would be Bendis’ & Oeming’s Powers universe. Imagine being able to play a hero, a villain or a cop in Powers Division.

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_a4

I don’t understand why anyone would still call the mobile developer Activision B a “bleezzerd” and would think they still have the capacity, talent or any other requirement needed to produce a MMORPG for a desktop computer with mouse and keyboard. All they can do now is something like Candy Crush for mobile with auto play and P2W paywalls.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Hard to give content when there is only rumors. For me it was interesting to read to know whats possibly in store.

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Giggilybits

Someone needs to make a decent Sci-fi MMO. I know we have STO but that game is really niche.

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Peregrine Falcon

Once Elite Dangerous gets the bugs ironed out of its new expansion you should give it a try.

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kjempff

Elite, Star Citizan, Dual Universe, and a bunch more. What is this sci-fi mmo that is not being made for you? Seem to me, sci-fi is the most used setting for upcoming mmos at the moment.

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Giggilybits

Are those not Space Sims? with a heavy emphasis on spaceship combat?
Honestly I was thinking more like World of Starcraft.

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kjempff

Ok, fair point.

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Bruno Brito

I like to keep my expectations low. Being mainly a MMO player teached me that most of the crap i’ll play is mediocre and i should remember how to accept that.

I wanna be pleasantly surprised, rather than disappointed.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Only Riot’s game excites me

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Truvidien

Hopefully it’s not mobile.

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Vunak

I loved ArcheAge when it came out. Minus P2W and exploits going unfixed and unpunished for so long and I truly believe AA would have been an extremely dominant MMO in the industry. So many people giving it second third and fourth chances is proof enough that AA as a concept was amazing.

I really hope they learn those mistakes and develop AA2 with it in mind to create what everyone who enjoyed AA really wanted.

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Ardra Diva

if it hadn’t been for open PvP in ArcheAge I might still be playing it. Had a lot of nice little touches that I enjoyed. Not sure if it’s been fixed but when I played around launch the avatar’s eyes didn’t seem to animate, they were sorta fixed and gave them a bit of a dead-fish-eye kind of look that put me off a little.