18 Upcoming MMOs of 2017 & 2018: The Ultimate List of New MMORPGs
Play with your friends or play with yourself...wait, what?
2016 was filled with disappointing MMO releases, most notably WildStar (which, admittedly, I loved before the community basically abandoned ship on the game rendering it a barren wasteland, but that’s a story for another day). But, there are quite a few promising new MMOs hitting the market in 2017 (and beyond) that we can’t wait to get our hands on.
We’d hate for you have to spend hours and hours creating a character and wasting your life away on one of these games that don’t have a pay-off. All too often, these types of games can just be an endless time sink. That’s not what we’re looking for, though; we want something juicier, something meatier.
This list contains the best-looking upcoming MMOs of 2017 that are set for a North American release. We’ll note that we tried to include every upcoming MMORPG we could find in development, but we excluded browser-based and lower quality titles simply because, well, they’re not worth our time (nor are they worth your time).
So without further ado, here are all of the upcoming new MMOs of 2017 and beyond:
**Last Update 8/29/17: Valnir Rok Added.
See Also: Upcoming Games of 2017
1. Dark and Light
Developer: NP Cube
Publisher: Snail Games
Release Date: Early Access Coming in 2017
Genre: Fantasy Survival
**Coming to Xbox One (confirmed at E3 2017).
Surprisingly, we don’t know much about Dark and Light — in fact, we wouldn’t have even known about it for this post if it had not popped up in our search results for upcoming mmos. In Dark and Light, you’ll be tasked with harnessing and controlling the magical energy that courses through the planet Gaia. The game contains over 100 magical skills relating to survival, exploration, attack, defense, and more, and players will learn those skills as they progress through the game. The game will feature dragons, griffins, unicorns, goblins, and many other mythical creatures. Players will be tasked with building their own bases as well, and because the game is an “endless sandbox”, they’ll be able to build anything from underground bases to their own island fortress. The game touts that if you can reach an area, you can build in that area. There are still so many questions surrounding
The game will feature dragons, griffins, unicorns, goblins, and many other mythical creatures. Players will be tasked with building their own bases as well, and because the game is an “endless sandbox”, they’ll be able to build anything from underground bases to their own island fortress. The game touts that if you can reach an area, you can build in that area. There are still so many questions surrounding D&L, but at least it’s now on our radar.
We’re excited to soon get our hands on Dark and Light, especially now that we know it’s heading to Xbox One.
2. Albion Online
Release Date: July 17, 2017
Developer: Sandbox Interactive
Publisher: Sandbox Interactive
Platform(s): PC, Android, Linux, Mac OSX
One of the most interesting new MMORPGs of 2017 is Albion Online, which is a sandbox MMO from Sandbox Interactive that’s set to release in July. The game is set in the medieval fantasy world of Albion, and what makes the game so interesting is its claim that players control the economy entirely. Every weapon is forged by an actual player, buildings are built by players, mats are farmed by an actual player, and every player serves a purpose.
Interestingly enough, the devs also claim that it has a “you are what you wear” class system, which means there aren’t the typical class restrictions; a powerful mage can instantly become a skilled archer. The game will play out as a battle of territories and will contain both PvE and PvP guild vs. guild battles. The developers also note that Albion Online is the first PC game to actually translate the exact same experience on tablets.
The game will feature a heavy emphasis on gathering and crafting and then refining those resources. Upgrade, upgrade, upgrade. Ideally, the longer you play, the more you’ll be able to craft, and the stronger your weapons and gear. If you’re not into gathering and crafting, this probably isn’t the MMORPG for you. Luckily, I’m about that life.
Albion Online‘s economy is entirely player-driven, and because of the massive world map and each zone having its own ecosystem, it creates the possibility for some interesting trade opportunities to develop.
The art style also deserves praise, as it takes a simplistic yet well-designed style that’s easily translatable across many devices.
3. Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen
Release Date: TBA 2017
Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen is an MMORPG based on high fantasy, and it is, of course, set in a large open world. It will have a strong focus on group-oriented content and social interaction. It’ll take place on Terminus, a world populated by deities and heroes. The player takes on the role of a legendary hero, and you’re tasked with reclaiming long-lost relics. The combat will focus on preparation and awareness, allowing players to be challenged through scenarios that require understanding and skill to rise above their opponents.
The developers at Visionary Realms note that there will be activities in which players can do on their own, but the majority of the content will need to be conquered with others, with a strong focus on the importance of a player’s reputation. Read more…
Release Date: Early Access Live, TBA retail
I’ve spent an embarrassing amount of time with H1Z1 in its early access stage, and by that, I mean over 250 hours. I haven’t touched the game in nearly a year (I’m waiting for the right time to jump back in), and Daybreak has made numerous advancements to the zombie-slaying MMO over the last year. They’ve added new structures, buildings, weapons, gameplay and other mechanics, and they continue to fine-tune the game’s mechanics. It’s available through Steam Early Access right now, and if you haven’t touched it yet, I highly recommend that you do so. The unforgiving nature of other players paired with the possibilities of being overrun by zombies has the game feeling more like you’re living in AMC’s The Walking Dead. We’re anxiously awaiting the PS4 version of the game, and we’re trying our hardest to hold out before jumping back in until we get a final retail release.
We oddly still don’t have a full retail release date for H1Z1, and we’re starting to wonder if it’ll be in Early Access for years to come at this point.
See Also: Summer 2017’s New Games
5. Valnir Rok
Release Date: Early Access September 2017, TBA Retail
We’ve seen just about every type of fantasy MMO under the sun right about now. Elves, Dwarves, Worgs, Vampires, Trolls, and similar fantasy trope races have been featured in the genre for decades. But, what about a viking-themed MMORPG?
Enter Valnir Rok, which just bleeped on our radar during Gamescom 2017. It’s a viking-themed online sandbox survival RPG that uses Norse mythology as its backdrop. Players awaken on Valnir Island alone, and are tasked with surviving against the land, mythical beasts, and violent others. In Valnir Rok, you can build your own viking empire, thanks to the ability to build and improve village structures and forming a
guild clan to follow you into battle. Defend your village together with your friends.
Release Date: TBA, Open Beta Starts in 2017
If you’re looking for a Game of Thrones simulator, with players battling for their right to the throne, check out Crowfall, a recently funded Kickstarter game that hit over $1.7 million. The throne war sandbox MMO will contain five systems of worlds, known as campaigns, and each world will have a different set of rules. The economy will be player driven, allowing users to build their own mercantile empire. And, the game will contain unique archetypes, according to the devs. It even features Game of Thrones-esque house banners right on the official site. We won’t see this hit in 2016, although we’ll be able to get our hands on the beta later in the year. Read more…
We wouldn’t be surprised if we had to add this to our most anticipated upcoming games of 2017 list when we get a solid release date, either.
7. Life is Feudal
Release Date: TBA, Available
*Update 11/30/16: Life is Feudal will have a closed beta that begins on December 14th. More info coming!**
Life is Feudal is one of the upcoming MMOs that we’re most excited about because it will apparently take a more hardcore nature. It’s set in a fictional medieval world, and players will be able to shape terrain in any way that they’d like. Digging tunnels, shoveling moats, and building castles are just a few of the terrain-changing things you can do in the game. In fact, the game will be a sandbox MMORPG that will allow players to do whatever they want. It’ll contain full loot, open PvP, asset destruction during sieges and raids, and complex crafting system. It appears that the game will take a focus on building and defending your home from invaders. Read more…
8. Trials of Ascension: Exile
Release Date: TBA
Trials of Ascension: Exile is being called a “host your own” MMO fantasy sandbox game by its developer, Forged Chaos. Players are able to create their own private islands, set the rules as they’d like, and invite up to 64 other players into their world to share the experience. Players are able to choose from several different biomes, pick what races are allowed in the world, and determine how scarce resources will be in the world. Players will be able to play by themselves, with friends, or the entire TOA: Exile community. Every item available in the game is crafted by human characters, with items being made from natural resources found throughout the islands. Wood from trees, hides from animals, fiber from plants, ores, etc will allow players to create tools, weapons, armor, clothing, equipment, food, building and defenses. Players will even be able to play as a dragon. We’re not sure how it is all going to play out, but we’re sure as hell excited to find out.
Every item available in the game is crafted by human characters, with items being made from natural resources found throughout the islands. Wood from trees, hides from animals, fiber from plants, ores, etc will allow players to create tools, weapons, armor, clothing, equipment, food, building and defenses. Players will even be able to play as a dragon. We’re not sure how it is all going to play out, but we’re sure as hell excited to find out. Read more…
9. SkySaga: Infinite Isles
Release Date: TBA, Currently in Alpha
SkySaga: Infinite Isles is a colorful, voxel-based adventure MMO that is procedurally generated with a clear influence from Minecraft. But in Skysaga, everyone gets their own permanent home island that’s customizable. In fact, players can build huge castles, dungeons, lairs and things with various themes. From each home island, they can open portals to one of the game’s infinite isles that are procedurally generated. Each isle contains an adventure, where players will be able to find weapons and armor, and will level up with experience points, of course. The game will have PvP and co-op as well, so you’ll be able to hunt other adventurers with friends.
SkySaga: Infinite Isles is heading to global beta soon, so expect us to get some hands-on time with it.
10. Boundless (PS4)
Release Date: TBA
Formerly named Oort Online, Boundless is similar in nature to SkySaga. It’ll contain procedurally generated Minecraft-like worlds using voxel-based graphics, with players hopping through portals to visit other worlds and adventure. The game was re-introduced with its new name during the PlayStation Paris Games Week conference, and PS4 gamers are looking forward to it. Of course, calling your game boundless might not be the best of ideas as it sets the bar a bit high. We’ll see, though. For now, it’s on our radar, and it’s already available on PC. Read more…
11. Chronicles of Elyria
Release Date: TBA
Taking MMORPG to the next step is Chronicles of Elyria, a game that was recently funded on Kickstarter (check out the Kickstarter video above). There are a lot of interesting ideas contained in Elyria, and hopefully we’ll be able to get a hands-on with an alpha sometime soon. The main idea behind Chronicles of Elyria is that your character actually ages and dies in the game. It will also have a closed economy, FINITE RESOURCES, and quests that aren’t repeatable. What’s more, it has fully destructible environments that will allow the game to be experienced differently for every character. Each time players login, there will be a dynamic world waiting. And, we certainly can’t wait to login.
What’s more, it has fully destructible environments that will allow the game to be experienced differently for every character. Each time players login, there will be a dynamic world waiting. And, we certainly can’t wait to login. We’re hoping that we’ll hear some more details about this highly anticipated game.
12. Revelation Online
Release Date: Released
Revelation Online has our attention, especially after seeing its debut trailer just before E3 2016 began. It’s set in a vibrant world of ancient mystery, and players can use flight without any boundaries. It’s got some interesting ideas behind it, including a Last Man Standing arena for PvP players and sieges with up to hundreds of players. It’s being developed by NetEase, the second largest gaming company in China. Everything we’ve seen so far from Revelation Online is golden, including the gameplay that you can find on YouTube. Here’s to hoping they don’t botch its release or make it a free-to-play MMO, and My.com delivers something formidable.
**Update: We found Revelation Online to have too many issues to enjoy, ranging from repetitive quest design to, most annoyingly, bad translation. While its focus on movement is great, its unfortunate that it doesn’t have much else going for it.
Release Date: TBA
Developer: Asylum Entertainment
This game has a lot of ambition — and in all honesty, it appears as though it might have too much ambition, trying to be an ultra-realistic simulation MMORPG. It’s touting itself as a “new breed of MMORPG”, and if it lives up to its claims, it just might very well be. Players will interact in the world with “absolute freedom”, where the actions of your player and the other players determining your fate in the world. You can live as a criminal, a police officer, a business person, or anyone else — the video above even touts that each level of police (Sargeant, chief, DEA, etc) is played by actual characters.
There’s also a formidable housing system, with every house in the game being for sale. Players can buy houses for themselves to live in, decorate, and customize to their own liking, or they can purchase a house with the full intent on renting/flipping. Playing the real estate market can be lucrative!
Identity will take place in a fictional land in the eastern United States, heavily inspired the Carolinas and Georgia. The land is massive, with the initial world size being a whopping 200 square km.
Asylum also states that the vast majority of items found in shops around the world are created by actual players, with everything from furniture to weapons and vehicles being crafted by peers.
In all likelihood, we probably won’t see Identity get a full release for years to come, but Asylum Entertainment is working on it right now and they claim they expect to have a playable beta in early 2017.