The best MMORPGs generally feel like they are the furthest away, so naturally we always look forward to see what we might be enjoying in the future. Reading about games that are yet to come is always more exciting to me than actually playing them. Pre-launch there is so much potential and possibility, meaning that no matter how good an MMO is, it never fully matches what my imagination dreamt up a few months before. This isn’t a bad thing, but it makes looking forward that much more exciting. So let’s get into it, here’s our top MMORPGs to look forward to in 2013.
Top MMORPGs to Look Forward to in 2013
ArcheAge is an upcoming fantasy sandbox MMORPG by Korean developer, XLGames. Headed by Jake Song, also known as the “Godfather of Lineage”, ArcheAge is an ambitious project that is sure to turn the heads of anyone after the ultimate fantasy sandbox MMORPG. Players enter a world that can be shaped and changed by player interaction on a whole new level. Build houses, player villages, farms, castles and more. Terraform the landscape, plant trees and crops, all these things are possible.
The massive game world features three continents which are seamless, meaning a player can set sail on a ship from one continent and sail the entire way to the other cotinents without teleporting. Fantasy MMORPG fans can live a virtual medieval life with their own house or farm, while sandbox fans can seige castles, become an outlaw and even fight in naval battles or from the sky. This title is set for a release in late 2012 in Korea with a release for NA and EU regions to follow, things are looking like we won’t see this title until 2013. To find out more about ArcheAge, read our preview.
Blade & Soul is another MMORPG slated for a 2012 release in October, however we aren’t expecting it for NA/EU audiences until 2013 unless we’re really lucky. B&S is a fantasy martial-arts MMORPG in development by Korean game developer, NCSoft. Featuring an intense and refreshing combat system, players can master different styles of Japanese martial arts. Run along walls, utilize palm wind and feel the very essence of martialism, chivalrousness and loyalty.
The world of Blade & Soul will progress aslong with a story, a feature that when combined with the combat has made for one hyped up MMORPG. If you are searching for a martial arts MMO that isn’t complete garbage, this fantasy MMORPG may be your saving grace.
There seems to be a trend here, this one is from another Korean Developer, Neowiz. BLESS is an upcoming fantasy action-MMORPG with a team of over 150 developers, some of which worked on Aion, TERA and Lineage II. Details are still scarce on this title, but so far it does look promising and is a title I will definitely be keeping my eye on, and you should too if you are a bit of an action-nut.
This MMORPG will feature traditional Eastern MMO antics, skimpy armor, feline anthropomorphs and over the top swordplay. While nothing is really know about gameplay, what we do know is that there will be 10 races and will be powered on the Unreal Engine 3.
Oh boy, this could be a disaster in the making, and probably will be. The Elder Scrolls Online is an upcoming fantasy MMORPG by Zenimax Online, based on the popular series of single-player, open-world RPGs. The game is being headed by the guy who “Ruined Dark Age of Camelot” and will allow players to explore all of Tamriel, not just one location like in previous titles. This particular MMORPG will feature hubless questing, three factions for PvP (just like DAoC) and more.
If you haven’t seen it already, check out our article, Elder Scrolls Online: What we know so far. This article has all the juicy details on what to expect from this risky project, as there is simply too much to discuss here. Elder Scrolls Online will release in 2013 for both PC and Mac, there is not talks of a console version and it isn’t very likely there will be one.
EverQuest Next is an interesting concept, SOE is taking the EverQuest universe and rather than continuing the story they are “re-imagining the EverQuest universe”. The MMORPG won’t be a sequel but will still retain some familiar faces, races and places. This might get a lot of EQ fans giddy, hence why it is included in the list, but to me “re-imagining” just says they were lazy and decided to just re-texture the zones, throw in a new story and call it a new title (aka MW3).
The classes in EverQuest Next have said to be more in line with the original EQ rather than the specialized slate on offer in EQ2. In most parts, SOE is just looking to take EverQuest 1 and turn it into a next-gen MMORPG. Will it be any good? Will it appeal to more than EQ1 fanatics? Who knows, that’s why you will just have to wait until 2013 to find out!
Lineage Eternal: Twilight Resistance
Another renowned title is bring out an odd sequel as well, this time it’s Lineage. The previously expected Lineage III has now turned out to be a sequel to the original Lineage rather than the second. Lineage Eternal will feature the diablo-eque camera view and gameplay with Lineage seige battles and fighting thrown into the mix. Original Lineage fans will have a ball in this MMORPG.
The game world lies in the same setting as the previous two MMOs and will narrate the epic story of the hero who rises up to overthrow the reign of terror which has lasted for 200 years. Players will select from one of three classes, Warrior, Mage and Elemental Archer. Set to release in early 2013, Lineage Eternal will tease players with a unique modern battle system and a heavily upgraded war scenarios system.
Avid table-top RPG fans may have been the only ones to pick up on this project, which seemingly has been flying under the radar. Currently being developed by Goblinworks and Paizo, Pathfinder Online is set to be a hybrid of both Theme Park MMORPG and Sandbox MMORPG. Also, players will have the choice of either paying a subscription or playing for free with the option of cash shop purchases.
The sandbox side of this MMO will include a robust player-controlled trading system, player-crafted items, dynamic fortifications, and player-controlled settlements which can grow into massive kingdoms. The developer is claiming that as a players settlement grows, the environment around them will adapt and change with it. A release date is yet to be announced but this title is expected to release in 2013.
Survarium is a logical addition to the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. universe, throwing players into a post-apocalyptic free-to-play MMOFPS. The game is currently being developed by Ukrainian company, Vostok Games. Survarium will throw players into an atmospheric world of a crashed civilization, factions and loners, stalkers and hunters, all surviving in the one sandbox together.
Scheduled for release towards the end of 2013, players will survive in cities with impassable woods advancing from every side, maddened animal attacks, military structures and a world of scientists trying to cope with the decaying Earth. In this new future, only force dictates who survives.
This is a title that I, amongst many others, have been following closely. Deemed the last hope for Pre-CU SWG fans, this sandbox Sci-Fi MMORPG has a feature list so impressive that players from all backgrounds shouldn’t be able to hold their drool. Players take on the role of a second generation clone who’s job is to re-inhabit the world. Players can join up with one of two factions or seperate from society completely and create their own rogue faction.
MMO gamers who are looking for an intense crafting MMO that doesn’t require them to be killing machines will want to pay attention to this title as crafting is an integral part of the game. Players can build cities, run whole nations and even switch between action-combat or hotkey-based combat. There is a massive list of features, check back soon as we cover this title more intensely.
Finally we reach the last title to keep an eye on in our list, Wildstar. Comprised of ex-World of Warcraft staff, who have been working on this fantasy MMORPG or over four years now. Wildstar features very cartoony and stylized graphics, while maintaining what is claimed to be hardcore gameplay. The game is set in a world of Nexus with elements of both magic and technology.
The unique gameplay on presentation is said to be very rewarding to the variances in playstyle between each class. Players can explore, conquer, collect or build and will be rewarded accordingly. For example, explorers will gain access to new beautiful areas while conquerors will receive the deadliest equipment. As an MMORPG which has received lots of buzz, it’s inevitable that we would include it in this list, but how unique and “hardcore” it really is will have to be proven in 2013.