Here is a first look at the best MMORPGs of 2015. Although having a top MMORPG 2015 list right now might seem to be a bit premature, there are quite a few gamers who enjoy being the first to sign up for closed beta testing or open beta games. This post will give them a good starting point.
The games we have listed here are a mixed bag. Some of them are MMO-like but not, strictly speaking, MMORPGs. The main criterion the writers and editors of MMOify used to pick these particular games is that they are all the sort of fun, interesting upcoming releases that MMO players are likely to want to know more about.
None of these upcoming MMOs are currently playable and in many cases there really isn’t that much information about them yet. This post will be updated whenever new info is released about MMORPGs that will be launched in 2015.
Best MMORPG 2015
(games are not listed in any order)
Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade
Type: PvP MMORPG for the PC, PS4 and Xbox One
Release Date: 2015
Official website: http://www.eternalcrusade.com/
For the Emperor! If this game isn’t purely awesome when it comes out, all of the Warhammer 40,000 fans will be severely disappointed. The information revealed so far indicates that the game will have four playable factions at launch: Space Marines, Chaos Space Marines, Eldar, and Orks.
Eternal Crusade will be available for free but free players will be limited to the Ork faction. Those who buy the box/download will have full access to content. In other words, this looks like it’s a mixture of free and buy to play.
Project: Theralon by Infernum Productions AG
Type: Browser-Based Sandbox MMORPG
Release Date: Unknown
Official Website: http://www.theralon.com/
According to Joystiq, Project: Theralon looks amazing for a browser-based MMORPG and is a sandbox game. Though details are scarce since it is still in development, so far it seems that players can build houses and other structures in the game. Crafting and trading will be encouraged, plus there will be no standard classes or quests.
Shards Online by Citadel Studios
Type: Player-run Sandbox MMORPG
Release Date: Unknown
Official Website: http://shardsonline.com/
An upcoming MMO that looks very promising, Shards Online will be a “player-run” MMO that will allow players to run their own servers and customize the game to their liking such as tweaking core settings such as experience/skill gain rate. Server administrators will be able to do a host of things such spawn monsters, create items, host events, etc. Players will even be allowed to modify the game code. With this type of freedom in place, Shards Online will have several differently-themed worlds (shards) like high fantasy, steampunk, a PvP world, and so forth. Polygon interviewed the CEO and has some details about the game.
City of Titans aka The Phoenix Project by Missing Worlds Media
Type: Superhero-Themed MMORPG
Release Date: Target Date 2015
Official Website: http://cityoftitans.com/
This is a spiritual successor to the MMO City of Heroes that is being developed by “a group of volunteer developers left homeless by the closure of the game.” Basically, it’s going to be very similar to CoH. Thus, players can expect to play as either a superhero or supervillain with its own unique powers, costume, and name. In CoH players teamed up (like the X-Men or Avengers) to complete missions so this is the type of gameplay CoT will also have.
Survarium by Vostok Games
Type: Futuristic MMO First-Person Shooter
Release Date: 2014 open and closed beta, launch TBA
Monetization: Confirmed, free to play
Official Website: http://survarium.com/en
A first-person shooter MMO (MMOFPS), Survarium has been testing the shooter part of the game and its development timeline states that the aim is to have an open beta of freeplay mode by the fourth quarter of 2014 so it’s likely that the launch will be on 2015 at the earliest. What it is about: “After the cancellation of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2, former GSC Game World developers formed Vostok Games and quickly announced Survarium, a free to play online shooter set in a post-apocalyptic world that retains many core elements found in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games.” (source)
Camelot Unchained by City State Entertainment
Type: Realm vs Realm MMORPG
Release Date: December 2015
Monetization: Confirmed, subscription (pay to play)
Official Website: http://camelotunchained.com/en/
A crowdfunded MMORPG that is being developed based on three fundamental gameplay elements: Realm-vs-Realm (RvR), crafting, and housing. Leveling will be done through RvR, not killing mobs or completing quests. The game economy will be dominated by crafters and there will be no auction house, just player shops and bazaars. It’s not just houses that can be built but includes giant or useful structures such as mines, huts, inns, etc.
Dragon Nest 2 by Shanda Games
Type: Large-Scale MMORPG
Release Date: TBA
Official Website: None
The upcoming sequel to the hit MMO Dragon Nest, Dragon Nest 2 has been announced to be under development. In 2013 the CEO of Shanda Games said they were “looking into at least 2 years of development” (source) so if 2013 is counted as the first year then 2014 is the earliest it could be launched. DN2 will have fast, responsive action combat and will be a large-scale MMORPG, according to the news article from MMOCulture.
ReRoll by PIXYUL
Type: Online Open World Survival Action RPG
Release Date: TBA
Official Website: http://rerollgame.com/
A futuristic online open world survival game, ReRoll will be a sandbox game that focuses on exploration, fighting, and crafting. At the moment it is not considered and MMO but could be made into one “some day” according to the developer’s FAQ and the gameplay is going to be “very MMO-esque.” The target date for the first playable part of the world is mid-2015. Also, the game is being created by drone-sourcing the real world. Drone-sourcing involves using cameras attacjed to flying drones to scan the Earth’s surface to model the world in 3D.
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