Open world MMOs are gaining traction in the gaming community. Here are the titles everyone is waiting for.
With the anticipated release of the upcoming MMORPG Endwalker, the last expansion for Final Fantasy 14 sometime later this year, 2021 is shaping up to be one of the best years for upcoming MMOs (Massively Multiplayer Online) in recent memory. While longtime classics like WoW and Guild Wars 2 are still being played by at least a couple million loyal players, and more recent but rapidly aging games like FF14 and Diablo 3 continue to boast a large number of active players, there are a few open world MMOs expected later this year (or depending upon the COVID pandemic situation, early next year) that are drawing our attention. Here is our list of the 5 most anticipated upcoming MMOs:
#5 – Starbase
Starbase has been in development for a very long time, since around 2014, but was only announced in May of 2019. The game will feature fully destructible environments, provided the player has the right tools. Players will be able to design ships and buildings right down to the literal bolts, with even the smallest of space ships having thousands of parts. We are very excited about the prospect that we could build our own starship from scratch and by hand, and to explore a vast universe with thousands of other players. Exactly when the game will be released is not yet certain, but it is expected to become available sometime later this year.
#4 – Corepunk
In development since December of 2019, Corepunk is expected to have a closed beta sometime this year. It’s possible an open beta would follow a few months later. The release is still yet to be announced, but it could be later this year or early 2022. This game will be played from a top-down perspective similar to the Diablo series, and features an art style reminiscent of World of Warcraft. However unlike both these games the setting is cyberpunk, including playable characters wielding bombs and miniguns, and a steam-powered industrial atmosphere. Two interesting innovations in the game will be branching questlines and alternate endings, and a persistent fog-of-war system.
#3 – Ashes of Creation
Not much is known for sure about Ashes of Creation because the game is still in the alpha stage of development. What we know is that it will feature a player-driven world allowing the building and sieging of castles, a dedicated “lawless” PvP zone, a complex economy, and a unique system that will allow the player to influence the world around them. While it’s very unlikely that the game will be coming out this year, it is still among our most anticipated games of this year and will likely be one of our most anticipated games next year as well.
#2 – The Day Before
Set in a post-apocalyptic America overrun by flesh-eating infected, survivors of the end of the world must compete for limited resources to survive in a harsh world. Players will be thrust into a serious challenge for survival in which they may find it best to walk their own path, or join up with small groups or even colonies of survivors. The level of graphical detail in complex urban environments is remarkable, and the atmosphere resembles Left 4 Dead except much, much better. This open-world MMO is expected to be released this summer, and we can barely contain our excitement.
#1 – New World
Originally this 17th-century colonial era-inspired fantasy RPG was going to be released this May, but that has unfortunately been pushed back to August. In development by Amazon Game Studios since around 2016, New World is currently available for preorder on Steam, and will feature an open-world environment, engaging storyline, and exciting combat. Innovative for an MMO, this game will not include an auto-lock targeting system for combat, meaning players will need to have a steady hand to aim their sword, gun, or magic, and careful dodging will be critical to survival, particularly in PvP. While the many delays have been somewhat of a disappointment, we remain very eager for whenever it will finally be released.