Now that 2020 is finally over, it is time to look forward to the future. Fortunately, there is no shortage of ways to escape if you are looking for a way out of this horrible mortal world.
Narrowing this list down to just 10 different MMORPGs has been extremely difficult – it turns out that this genre looks more promising today than ever, especially with current games like World of Warcraft, Final Fantasy XIV,, The Elder Scrolls Online, and even Runescape pickup truck immediately.
The ashes of creation,, Intrepid Studios | PC | 2021-2022
Like most MMOs, The ashes of creation is another medieval fantasy style game in an open world environment. However, it is designed to be as dynamic a game world as possible. According to the developer, the “actions” of the players will dictate which cities will rise and fall, and the tasks will be dynamically filled and unlocked based on where the players are most active and most successful. This should, in theory, lead to a very diverse and ever-changing environment.
The ashes of creation he hopes to have something for every type of player from detailed tasks, engaging PvE dungeons and combat bosses, exciting PvP combat zones, city sieges and more. The economy is run by players with a passenger caravan system that makes the transport of goods and resources as important as their collection.
I haven’t played this in any test period yet, but it should run into alpha and beta versions in 2020. The full release is probably only in 2021.
Blue protocol,, Bandai Namco | PC | 2021
Blue protocol is a free-to-play anime-style MMORPG that looks like an extremely fast and paced fight.
I wrote about it first Blue protocol a year and a half ago when the idea of a Western edition seemed like a crazy dream. Now, before the dawn of 2021, the landscape is quite different. After success Genshin Impact games like Blue protocol he seemed more ready than ever to make a big shower.
Now Bandai Namco has clarified that it will definitely hit Japan first with other markets, such as the EU and the NA, which will follow. There is no set release date yet, but it seems that the end of 2021 is possible.
The crimson desert,, Pearl Abyss PC, Xbox Series X | S, PS5 | At the end of 2021
I admit I didn’t play a ton Black desert. There is certainly an abundance of them between the PC version, the console and the mobile version of the game Black desert to get around, it’s so intimidating because of its reputation as a heavy grind party. That said, the next Pearl Abyss game, The crimson desert, has my attention.
Although it is still unclear how big the MMO will be, unlike the non-MMO open world action RPG with network elements, it remains to be seen, but I am excited anyway. Visually it looks as good as you would expect, and it also has amazing action sequences with incredibly large imaginative creatures. It reminds me a bit of Dragon dogma, which is a very good thing.
Crowfall,, ArtCraft | PC | 2021-2022
This is one of many Kickstarter-funded MMOs that, despite the odds, don’t seem to have died and disappeared in the dark. In Crowfall players struggle to control the centralized throne of power. There are vast territories that can be controlled and a dynamic player-led economy that is always changing in power.
Crowfall has been under development for a long time, so we are waiting until it becomes available to more people to try it out and take it through the steps. A skill-based fight definitely seems like a big highlight.
Elyon – Rise: Infinite Realm,, Krafton | PC | 2021-2022
This one gives me a little weight Final Fantasy meets Black desert vibrations and I don’t think it’s an accident. There are big old villains attacking cities, heavy fantasy elements, deep sumptuous paintings and airships. That sounds like the perfect porridge.
One of the big draws for Elyon is a focus on the great epic battles in terms of allowing players to not only directly control bellows and airships, but also the huge battles of Realm vs Realm. It also promises a very flexible housing system, which is great.
The lost ark,, Tripod Studio and SmileGate | PC | 2021
I’ll be honest: I found the English version of the official The lost ark the website is basically not banned, so I instead linked up with our friends on MMORPG.com for that URL up there. More or less, this is a Diablosimilar to a top-down action RPG with an MMO framework.
These types of games used to be much more popular than they are now (CABAL Online, anyone?), but recently they have somehow fallen out of favor. Now that the genre as a whole is making a comeback lately, and Diablo Immortal, Torchlight III and Diablo 4 are helping to achieve that, Lost Ark is ready for success. That’s certainly nice enough for success.
Magic Legends,, Cryptic Studios and Perfect World PC, PlayStation, Xbox | 2021
Remember that card game with cool fantasy artwork that older kids played at lunch while you were stuck Pokemon i Yu-Gi-Oh? Yes, this is the same Magic, but now in an online RPG. Turns out, Magic because IP is actually going well these days.
Magic Legends will use a lot of similar themes and ideas from a card-based game, like colors that determine thematic abilities and powers, but mixing it with mostly playing from top to bottom which again reminds of Diablo.
New world, Amazon Games PC | 2021
Of all the games on this list A new world is the one I spent the most time with. For IGN, I did several hands-on gaming sessions (one gives an overview of the new high-level player, one focused on PvP siege warfare, and the other focused on the ultimate PvE game), as well as a personal interview with developers on Amazon.
If you like playing an open world that has a big focus on players who control territories, get into fights with other guilds, and wage war around the game world, then that’s exactly what it’s all about. The verdict has not yet been announced on how attractive it will be in the long run, but it has a solid foundation Black soulsfighting style fight.
Pantheon: The ascent of the fallen,, Visionary Empires PC | 2022
This one has been developing for quite a long time and is by far the most traditional of everything on this list. This is a return to classic MMOs from the early 2000s, with a strong focus on team-based PvE content, such as dungeons and raids.
One of the main designers at Pantheon, Brad McQuaid, passed away during development in 2019 and was considered one of the forerunners of the modern MMO, having originally been a leading designer on the first EverQuest with Sony Online Entertainment (now Daybreak Games).
Pantheon was his final project he worked on and for me personally, I can’t wait for it to finally come to life completely. But it’s probably still pretty far away.
Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis,, Now | Xbox, PC | 2021
This one is a little complicated. Phantasy Star Online 2 has already come out in 2020, but Sega is releasing a completely new version of the game that will co-exist PSO2 in a kind of “parallel universe” as the programmer describes.
PSO2 it was one of my favorite games in 2020, although it was originally released in Japan in 2012, and this one looks going to be even better. The PSO games are all about a fast paced action fight that looks and looks more like something Devil May Cry than most people associate with MMOs. It has a ton of anime-style flair, a wide range of weapons and classes, and a host of content.
We just got a new look at the game this week, in the open video you can see the action of the open world in action. There is no date yet, but it will probably be in the first half of 2021 for Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S and PC.
This is just a short list – I missed a lot more. If there are any other MMOs that you think should be on my radar, fly over me on Twitter and let me know!