Indie MMOs have an incredibly important role to play in the MMO gaming sphere. Whether pushing the boundaries of gameplay loops, offering more accessible options or playing with experimental mechanics, indie MMOs offer a treasure trove of hidden gems that can often influence bigger fish to create the next big phenomenon. That is, of course, if they don’t claim that territory themselves. Looking at you, Among Us.
That's why we believe it's important to highlight independent efforts to create innovative and often genius passion projects. Because, as indie game websites like itch.io, or the ‘Indie’ genre on Steam, demonstrate, rifling through these indie titles can be a somewhat monumental task.
Our Indie Spotlight series, however, aims to aid MMO gamers in picking out the best of a great bunch. Throughout 2021, we’ve attempted to pick out a variety of the most promising indie MMOs and summarise their key features. And we think we've found a little bit of something for everyone.
Indie MMOs of the Indie Spotlight
Voidspace is a Sci-Fi Inventor’s Playground - Sci-Fi | Sandbox | 2D
Shape the Future of Fantasy MMORPG Scars of Honor - Fantasy | MMORPG | F2P
Infinite Fleet is an Awesome 80s Anime Sci-Fi Throwback - Sci-Fi | MMORTS | Anime
Key To Heaven – One Developer, Sixteen Years - Fantasy | MMORPG | Retro
Become the Centre of the Universe in Starbase - Sci-Fi | Sandbox | Voxel-Based
The Wagadu Chronicles is an Afro-fantasy DnD-inspired MMORPG Dream - Afro-Fantasy | MMORPG | DnD-inspired
Project: Gorgon – a Dev Duo’s Feat Still Set in Stone - Fantasy | MMORPG | Hardcore
Join the MOSH Pit with Super Squad - Shooter | MOBA | Playful
Broken Ranks – Tense Turn-Based Tussles Await - Fantasy | MMORPG | Turn-Based
Sanguine Survival in V Rising - Fantasy | Survival | Vampires
Palia is the Breath of Fresh Air MMO Fans Have Been Waiting for - Fantasy | Sandbox | Community Sim
The Ice-Cold World of Frozen Flame is a Scenic Sandbox - Fantasy | Sandbox | Lore Rich
NEO 2045 is a Family-Friendly Hodgepodge of Hobbies - Sci-Fi | Family-Friendly | Minigames
Is Kingshunt the Next Genre-Bending Game-Changer? - Fantasy | Tower Defence | Hack-n-Slash
Cinderstone Online – a Fantasy Sandpark in Glorious 2.5D - Fantasy | MMORPG | 2D
Valorbound is a PvEvP MMORPG with Horizontal Progression - Fantasy | MMORPG | Skill-Based
Untamed Isles Will Be A Monster-Taming NFT MMORPG - Fantasy | Monster-Taming | Lore-Rich
Of course, with this list we have barely scratched the surface of what’s available. So be sure to join us in 2022 as we continue to shine a light on the year’s most exciting indie projects.
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