9 Upcoming MMORPGs CONFIRMED To Be Releasing In 2018!
We’re already almost half way through 2018.. man, how time has flown by.
With it being this late in the year, and there only being a single MMORPG release so far, I’m sure you’re all wondering exactly what we have to look forward to this year in terms of MMORPGs, right?
Right. Otherwise you wouldn’t be looking at this video, clearly.
Now, I won’t be beating around the bush here. These are all confirmed MMORPGs releasing this year. I will not be listing a single MMORPG that is slated for release outside of 2018.
So if you’re wondering where a game is – it probably doesn’t have a 2018 confirmed release.
Let’s start this off with Project: Gorgon, an MMORPG that released onto Steam Early Access recently. The game is actually created by a husband and wife duo responsible for Asheron’s Call, Star Trek Online, and EverQuest II.
Project: Gorgon is listed as being an “immersive experience that allows the player to forge their own path through exploration and discovery.”
The devs have went on to tell players that there will be no hand-holding throughout the game, as a result, players will need to learn and experience the game themselves.
The game itself may not be the best looking MMORPG coming out this year but graphics do not make a game. Interestingly, there are no classes in Project: Gorgon unlike most MMORPGs released in this day and age that utilize a pre-determined class system.
Instead, there are different skill paths you can learn as you progress your character.
Overall, Project: Gorgon shows promise and I will definitely be trying it out when it launches officially later in the year.
Ascent: Infinite Realm
Ascent: Infinite Realms is a fantasy MMORPG by the people that brought you TERA and PubG. Yes, I’m aware they’re very different games and they’re handled by different subsections of Bluehole.
A:IR is set in a steampunk world where machines and magic rule – with the general populace relying on flight to explore, travel, and conquer.
One of A:IR’s most unique features, is the ability for players to take to the skies.
Which in and of itself is not a feature worth talking about since plenty of MMORPGs allow flying, but you are capable of taking to the skies on giant airships, vehicles, and various flying mounts to traverse the large open world A:IR offers you.
Putting a large emphasis on player customization, A:IR allows its players to customize – for instance – their airship, modifying its type, appearance, color-scheme, and performance.
Now, unfortunately A:IR was supposed to have an earlier release this year but it has been pushed back until at least the third quarter of 2018.
For those of you that are just as enthralled with Game of Thrones as I am, Crowfall is likely to be right up your alley.
Known formally as the Game of Thrones simulator, Crowfall has players take part in a player driven economy, the forming of political alliances, and seeking general conquest over the lands.
The devs behind Crowfall went on to profess a desire to create an MMORPG that promoted risk taking, player competition, and a world where skill matters.
A unique feature in Crowfall is the creation, and subsequent destruction of each world.
Players fight for control of the world they inhabit, progressing through separate, procedurally generated worlds that go through a cycle of life and death, beginning with Spring, and ending with Winter. Yes, the end of each world happens when Winter comes.
Upon the end of each world, players are propelled to a fresh, new world where they can begin again and attempt – once more – to take the throne and become ruler.
This is a very, very interesting concept and I have high hopes for it. Especially since it received so much fan-funding through Kickstarter.
Crowfall is aiming for a soft launch towards the end of 2018.
Now this special little snowflake has everyones nether regions all tingly.
Bless Online – the MMORPG that people have been waiting for since the beginning of 2017 is finally launching next month – May 2018.
While a very traditional MMORPG in every sense of the word, Bless brings with it the first set of competition Black Desert Online has had to face since it launched last year.
The game has gone through a plethora of changes since it was revealed to be coming to the West, most notably its combat, optimization, and even publisher.
Bless, similar to World of Warcraft, houses two separate factions: The Heiron, and the Union. Each have their own unique races to choose from, and have their own unique areas to explore – being completely open world.
It also has some fairly interesting features – offering large scale 100 vs 100 player Realm vs Realm PvP, unique monster taming, and more.
If you weren’t already hyped about Bless Online’s release in English.. then you should be now, as next month is just around the corner!
Next up is one of the most traditional upcoming MMORPGs you’ll find hitting the shelves. Considered the spiritual successor to the incredibly popular Dark Age of Camelot, Camelot Unchained is an MMORPG that is set to have a very specific focus on large scale PvP.
Camelot Unchained offers three unique factions to choose between, and allows players to not only craft your own unique decor, but the home to place it in. Whether that be a fort, house, or castle.
Not only will you be able to customize your home, but you will also have to defend it against various enemies. To top it off, the overall environment will be crafted by players as once again, it will be player driven.
Therefore towns you visit, cities you ride through.. everything will be handled by the playerbase.
The PvP will house up to a total of 500 players at a time, making for some of the largest scale PvP in an MMORPG to date.
Now, Camelot Unchained will be launching into beta testing July 2018.
Maplestory 2 is the successor to the Maplestory franchise. It also marks the first time Maplestory has been seen in 3D, being a 3D side-scrolling MMORPG releasing in the West through Nexon.
The game actually takes place prior to the events that unfold in Maplestory, and tells the story of the three sages situated in Lapenta that keep the balance of the world’s life, time, and space, along with the dark forces that broke the balance and put the world in crisis.
Although the class system – one of Maplestory’s most notable features, is nowhere near as extensive in Maplestory 2, Nexon has promised that there will still be a significant amount of customization, ranging from your outfit to your own home.
Uniquely, Maplestory 2 gives players the ability to destroy environments – such as cutting down trees and knocking over blocks, going so far as allowing you to pick up and use those very objects in combat.
The game holds a lot of promise, and is just as large, over the top and flashy as the original. It is also confirmed to have a May 9, 2018 English closed beta.
Wild West Online
Perhaps the very first of its kind (correct me if I’m wrong,) Wild West Online is a Western-themed action MMO built from the ground up, featuring a huge, explorable open world, resource gathering, PvP, a large varityet of missions, and more.
The game is rated R – which is very rare for an MMO. It is touted as an “R rated adult’s playground where you’re given the opportunity to choose to follow the law of the land or throw the good book out the window.”
Wild West Online has a diverse dynamic gameplay system that attempts to accommodate various different play styles along with moral dispositions. The player is given the ability to live life as an outlaw – cheating, robbing and murdering.
However, alternatively, players can choose to live life as a deputy or bounty hunter, seeking out outlaws.
Then, for those of you that are more interested in gathering, you can go so far as becoming a prospector and mining for gold.. but again, you’ll have to be concerned with outlaws coming to raid everything you worked hard for.
So you can see how this works. The general theme of the game is “Play how you like,” and I believe that could be a very entertaining way of spending your time in-game.
The game has a release scheduled for Winter 2018.
City of Titans
Considered the spiritual successor to City of Heroes, City of Titans has very, very large boots to fill. Another Kickstarter funded MMO, City of Titans is The Phoenix Project’s answer to players that are sick of DC Universe Online and Champion’s Online.
Their goal is to deliver a unique MMORPG created from the community of a lost universe, forging forward with the creation of a new community for a new world.
A world containing a wealth of player choices – from a large selection of player powers, to player costumes.
The devs have explained that you will have more control over your character than ever before in a superhero themed MMO.
There still isn’t an entirely large amount of information release on City of Titans yet, but it is scheduled for a Fall 2018 release.
Legends of Aria
Finally, the last MMORPG I could find with a confirmed 2018 release was Legends of Aria.
I know by now I’m getting a little fed up using the term “successor,” but Legends of Aria is the spiritual successor to Ultima Online, and holds the potential to be the most unique sandbox MMORPG release this year.
Legends of Aria boasts that is a different, highly customizable MMO as opposed to your traditional MMORPG. It is a collection of different player generated virtual worlds where the individual has ultimate power, and content is moderated by the playerbase.
Featuring dynamic environments and the ability to mod your game however you like, Legends of Aria is giving the player the ability to set the rules of your world and play however you wish.
Their goal: Change the way players interact with and play an MMORPG by giving them more power than they’ve ever had in an MMO.
While an incredibly intriuging concept, it does leave itself open to then being easily void of content once the playerbase dries up. Nevertheless, a very unique MMO to keep an eye on.
Closed beta is currently underway and it will be launching later this year.
So that about does this list. These 9 MMORPGs all have 100% confirmed 2018 releases.
This list of games isn’t guaranteeing that each title will be worth playing, merely that at this juncture in the year, these are what we have to look forward to.
Hopefully this gives you somewhat of a glimpse of what the year looks like for MMORPGs, and I’ll see you guys next time.