Welcome back to Massively Overpowered’s formal end-of-the-year awards!
Today’s award is for the Indie MMO of 2021, which was awarded to Albion Online last year. All indie MMOs, crowdfunded or not, are eligible for this award; the game needn’t actually have launched yet, though it does need to be in some form of playable state. Don’t forget to cast your own vote in the just-for-fun reader poll at the very end!
And the MassivelyOP staff pick for the Indie MMO of the Year in 2021 is…
SHIP OF HEROES
Andrew Ross: Crowfall.
Andy McAdams: Book of Travels, Albion Online. I can’t get behind Crowfall here. Everything about the game has been rushed and half-considered. I really wanted to like the game but it just didn’t click for me.
Brianna Royce: I did vote for Albion last year and I adore it, but I don’t really think it qualifies as an indie any longer since it was bought out for over $120M. So I’m happy with Ship of Heroes or Book of Travels winning; neither game is maybe exactly what I personally want out of an MMORPG, but I cannot deny they are both full of heart. I would’ve liked to see Crowfall win this, but I’m just not confident it how it will be supported going forward, given the buyout.
Chris Neal: Ship of Heroes, Albion Online. I admit that I have not been in this one in a while, but I would be remiss if I ignored Bree’s opinion of this game here, especially since she was the one who opened my eyes to SWG. Crowfall launched, but Albion, by all accounts, has grown.
Colin Henry: Albion Online.
Eliot Lefebvre: Book of Travels. It’s weird, it’s unpolished, it’s full of strange edge cases, in many ways you could argue that it’s still not very great. But it also is a weird, cozy, neat thing and I’m glad it exists.
Justin Olivetti: This year I’m going to give my nod to Ship of Heroes after having enjoyed the beta. It’s got a ways to go until it’s really ready for prime time, but this superhero MMO could hit that sweet spot if this trajectory continues.
Mia DeSanzo: Crowfall.
Sam Kash: Crowfall.
Tina Lauro Pollock: Ship of Heroes.
Ship of Heroes took our award for Indie MMO of 2021. What’s your pick?
Reader poll: What was the best indie MMO of 2021?
- Ship of Heroes (8%, 41 Votes)
- Book of Travels (11%, 58 Votes)
- Albion Online (21%, 113 Votes)
- Crowfall (6%, 31 Votes)
- Ashes of Creation (7%, 39 Votes)
- Villagers and Heroes (2%, 12 Votes)
- AdventureQuest 3D (3%, 14 Votes)
- Pantheon (5%, 27 Votes)
- Project Gorgon (23%, 125 Votes)
- Wagadu Chronicles (1%, 5 Votes)
- Legends of Aria (0%, 2 Votes)
- Fractured (1%, 5 Votes)
- OrbusVR (1%, 4 Votes)
- City of Titans (2%, 9 Votes)
- Profane (0%, 2 Votes)
- Embers Adrift (1%, 3 Votes)
- Dual Universe (1%, 6 Votes)
- Monsters and Memories (1%, 3 Votes)
- Zenith (2%, 9 Votes)
- Something else (tell us in the comments!) (5%, 28 Votes)
Total Voters: 472