Historically, MMORPGs have been highly successful. Players have collectively amassed more hours on World of Warcraft alone than the human race has spent evolving. The WoW glory days may be over, but there are many other current and upcoming titles to be excited about.
So without further ado, here are five different MMORPGs that you should keep an eye on in 2020!
ArcheAge is a giant-sandbox themed MMO. From pillaging and looting other players’ ships in the open ocean to riding dragons over its vast, beautiful world, this title provides the player with a true MMORPG experience.
The main game is free to play with the option of a subscription to unlock more content and possibilities. However, in August 2019, they released ArcheAge Unchained as a separate title. It is the same game but offers a one-time purchase option – which unlocks access to every feature in the game.
Crowfall is an upcoming title that is currently in alpha. It draws heavy inspiration from fantasy series, such as Game of Thrones, combining elements of RPGs and real-time strategy games. Players build their wealth, influence, and power.
This title was originally featured on Kickstarter with a goal of raising $800,000. According to the official website, they ultimately raised $1 million, which means people saw a lot of potential in the project.
New World is a survival-themed MMO from online retailer Amazon. The focus is rumored to be large-scale PvP battles over in-game territory. These battles are expected to have around 50 players on each side, fighting it out over settlements, resources, and structures across the map.
Another interesting feature of the game is its combat system. It will incorporate dodge timing and melee attacks rather than the traditional hotkey system many MMO’s still use. The game launches on August 25.
Final Fantasy XIV
While traditionally the domain of PC gaming, console MMOs have become more common in recent years. Highly regarded as the overall best console MMORPG on the market right now, Final Fantasy 14 still delivers. It has stunning graphics, an immersive storyline, interactive raids/instances, and consistent updates.
Its newest expansion, Shadowbringers, is the best addition to the game yet. Along with the new content – such as fishing raids or city restoration projects – comes one of the most interesting villains in the Final Fantasy universe since Sephiroth or Jecht/Sin.
Last Oasis was released in early access on March 26. It is described as a nomadic survival MMO set in a post-apocalyptic world where the last humans (i.e. players) have to keep moving if they are to survive.
There is an abundance of crafting available in the game. The main feature is building mobile, wind-powered bases known as Walkers. It’s one of the most ambitious MMORPGs on the market right now.
The game initially received mixed reviews from users on Steam. Reviews over the last 30 days, however, have been mostly positive.
These are just a few of the many current and upcoming MMORPGs that are worth playing in 2020. Labeled by some as a dying genre, these games prove otherwise.