We've seen one of the greatest years for MMO gaming in a longtime with 2012. We've seen industry acknowledgement for new tittles in the MOBA genre and things have never looked sweeter for fans of the zombie MMO, but what have we got to look forward to in 2013? Below I've highlighted some of the more anticipated titles scheduled to hit our screens next year.
You can't discuss next years top MMO games without mentioning DayZ. The grand daddy of the online zombie genre has seen massive amounts of success as a mod for Arma II, bringing the game back to the top seller spot on Steam months after release. Rocket and co recently celebrated the 1 millionth user to try DayZ, building even more hype for the games standalone release early next year.
We don't really know that much considering the release is so close. We have been told that a console version is a possibility and the game will be using a heavily modified version of the Arma II engine. The developers have also promised all of the juicy goodness from the original DayZ, without the confusingly clunky user-interface of Arma II.
Arguably one of the most innovative MMO projects of our time. Dust 514 is the brain child of CCP Games, the same development team behind the hugely popular EVE Online. Dust 514 is one of the first games to offer players the ability from two different gaming platforms to communicate and even affect the universe in each game. EVE Online players will be able to patrol space surrounding the planets while dozens of individual fights on the surface change the outcome of the war.
There's no doubt that Dust 514 is pushing the boundaries of both console and MMO play but the technical challenges behind the project are mind boggling, leaving some skeptics to believe the end product may lack in terms of technical stability. It all sounds so amazing right? Well sadly if you're a PC fan you are going to miss out as Dust 514 has been announced as a PS3 exclusive, but it will be free-to-play.
For more information you can visit the official Dust 514 website.
The game that promised to deliver so much to the hardcore fans of the MMO world but may fall short as feedback from the beta hasn't been the greatest. Wizardry Online was originally created for release in Japan on the Gamepot network but in June of this year Sony Online Entertainment announced that they'll be pushing the title to Western shores.
It promises to bring a variety of unique features to the MMO space, such as the fabled perm-death mechanic, but many have said it's going to slip up due to the quality of graphics and the lackluster combat system. Some good news though, the game is currently in open beta so if you're interested you can jump straight in and try the latest MMO to join SOE's constantly expanding arsenal.
The Elder Scrolls Online Character Progression Detailed
Tamriel fans were treated to a double whammy this week as Zenimax Online Studios released a brand new developer blog post and video highlighting character creation and progression in the upcoming MMO, The Elder Scrolls Online.
Anti-Diablo MMORPG Closed Beta Date Announced
Inferno Legends was announced last month but failed to capture the imagination of MMO fans due to a lack of gameplay footage in the announcement trailer
Five Reasons To Love (And Hate) Free To Play
"Free To Play" is the phrase that's been on everyone's lips lately, particularly in the world of MMOs. It's the new business model that every production executive is cooing over; the model that many have come to hate with a burning, fiery passion. But is it really so bad?
Gamebox Reveals Inferno Legends
Gamebox today gave fans a sneak peak of their upcoming MMORPG with a new website and teaser trailer for Inferno Legends
Ten Things Rockstar Did Right With GTA Online
So...by now, most of you are probably aware that Rockstar kind of botched the launch of GTA Online. I mean, they seriously botched it. To the point that it was completely unplayable. At the same time, though...they handled the situation masterfully - there's a lot of stuff they actually did right.
Final Fantasy XI Celebrates New Anniversary
Final Fantasy XI, the most profitable Final Fantasy title in the history of the franchise, celebrates its eleventh anniversary today with an exciting array of new events.
Five Reasons To Look Forward To League's Fourth Season
With this year's LCS drawn to a close, a new season of League of Legends is just about upon us. It's bringing with it some very, very big changes. Trust me when I say they're something to be very, very excited for.
Indie Game Of The Week: Magicka
This week, I'm revisiting an old favorite of mine - and one that I desperately hope you've heard of. Magicka tells the tale of one to four homicidal, sociopathic wizards, their not-vampire instructor, and an eldritch abomination that threatens to destroy the whole world. Did I mention you can blow up pretty near anything you've a mind to?
Indie Game of The Week: Huntsman: The Orphanage
This week, I'll be taking a look at Huntsman: The Orphanage; a rather fresh take on the horror genre that manages to convey fear and anxiety without any violence or gore whatsoever. It's actually pretty impressive.
Ten Ways Social Media Has Changed The MMO
Social networks have effectively changed the way we...well, do pretty much everything. We interact differently, work differently, and even view the world differently since the birth of Facebook - there's even talk that it's bringing about a fundamental change in the way we think. It should thus come as no surprise that they've also had a considerable impact on the world of MMOs.