MMO is a game genre that is quite in an uncertain place. It is still thrilling but this part of the video game industry is changing. Many major projects already failed and indie studios started to create interesting titles that are gaining popularity. It is very hard to predict what games will catch on and what will simply flop. Even so, the following are definitely some games that you need to keep an eye on.
The Division 2
The original Division game started with a huge buzz. However, it did drop much faster than anticipated. It did manage to make a small comeback as the multiplayer shooter ended up being patched by Ubisoft with some extra content. The Division 2 should be launched in March. It is already making waves among rawg.io users and is the second attempt to sell the series to a much wider market. Action moves to the city of Washington D.C. and we leave New York behind.
This ARPG series is currently a cult classic due to its MMO design that is straight-up. As soon as the game will be launched later this year it will surely already have a following. So far we know that the player housing system is really robust and classes are quirky. Because of this, Torchlight Frontiers might very well be a great MMO to try during night gaming sessions.
Ashes Of Creation
Ashes of Creation instantly stands out because there are some highly experienced MMO developers that work on it. The design is really ambitious and many players already said they have the game on their wish list. While the game is now in its alpha phase and we still do not have an official date, 2019 should be when beta testing starts. Feature sets will be determined and you will get a chance to see what the fuss is all about.
The City State team, led by Mark Jacobs, did not say much about this MMO, a realm vs realm game. Then, we had access to the beta, which was a huge step forward for a title that instantly became recognizable. 2019 might be its release year, although it might not be the blockbuster release people expect. The game is aimed towards the PvP MMO market, which is small but highly dedicated.
You should not forget about Crowfall and you need to keep your eyes on this MMO in 2019. For many players, this is a must-watch due to the slick production values, the beautiful design, the housing worlds and the campaign choices that will be available. A hard or a soft launch is expected this year.
Pantheon: Rise Of The Fallen
Brad McQuaid was highly determined and he built a team that managed to get quite a lot of attention and respect in 2018. Pantheon is often mentioned among gamers that are looking for a really fun new MMO. The genre might end up being completely revitalized. This is how interesting this game should be although we never know if it is going to make it on the list of the best MMOs.