2019 is now a turned page in the history book of games. At the beginning of a new year, what we like to do most is round up what can be penciled into our list of anticipated games for the whole year ahead. We gathered 10 anticipated games here for this month’s Hello MMO. Some of the games have already entered beta status while some might not be available even by the end of 2020, but let’s just cross our fingers that what we crave for will be coming soon. If your anticipated games are not included in the list, let us know in the comments section.
Chronicles of Elyria
Chronicles of Elyria from Soulbound Studios is still in early development. It is said to be the first MMORPG where your character ages and dies, thus encouraging you to think beyond your character. The project kicked off with the help of a Kickstarter campaign and is currently waiting for the closed beta to start. It has also been Greenlit on Steam. With all the castles and pristine nature, the world of Chronicles of Elyria makes one think of medieval times.
As for the combat mechanics of Chronicles of Elyria, it uses mouse buttons to chain combat techniques together into combos. Combos are configurable in the UI, allowing players to develop their own personal combat style.
Crowfall has been in development for some time and it is said that 2017 will be the year to witness its glory. Crowfall’s campaign worlds can change with time. There are four seasons during which the world grows more deadly as the land is consumed by an unstoppable legion of undead. And the Worlds are made of voxels which are destructible.
Unlike Chronicles of Elyria, players are immortal in Crowfall. Campaigns come and go, but heroes will live on and continue to advance from one campaign to the next. Crowfall is currently in the Pre-Alpha 3.0 testing phase. The game has achieved its stretch goal by an Equity Financing campaign through Indiegogo. On January 17th, Crowfall successfully raised about $670,000 in a Title III equity offering. Developed with Unity5 and defined as a Throne War Simulator, Crowfall focuses on political alliances and feudal conquest. If the word is true, we can expect enjoying it at the end of 2017.
Life is Feudal: MMO
Life is Feudal: MMO is the MMO version of Life is Feudal: Your Own. The game sets its story in medieval times. With features such as terra-forming, a detailed crafting system, building construction, survival aspects and physics-based combat, Life is Feudal: MMO shares something in common with Minecraft. In Life is Feudal: MMO, you start from scratch. You gain new skills by leveling up old skills to build new types of things.
Life is Feudal: MMO was announced back in 2020, but was delayed and the developers released a scaled-down, non-MMO version, Life is Feudal: Your Own, instead. The MMO version then came back and currently is in the closed beta phase. Its first closed beta began on December 14th last year, and will last until March this year.
Developed using Unreal Engine 3, Bless Online is a story-driven fantasy MMORPG featuring targeting/non-targeting option, RvR conflict, non-gender-locked characters, 10 different races, good graphics, nice character customization system and challenging PK arena.
The NA/EU publisher of Bless Online is Aeria Games, but Aeria Games is disappointing players as Bless Online is delayed and delayed again. Last December, Bless Online’s website suddenly went down and there were rumors that Aeria Games gave up Bless Online from its lineup. Later, the Bless team posted on its Facebook page announcing that Aeria Games was still the publisher and also released a Christmas video. The website has been back this month with the caption “-COMING SOON-“. Is it a hint that the game is really coming this year? We can only hope so. Meanwhile, the Russian version of Bless Online has entered open beta.
Peria Chronicles, originally named as Project NT, is an anime-themed MMO. It should be interesting, especially for manga and anime fans, as everything in the game looks like manga. The game features a Pokemon-style battle system. Every time you kill monsters, you will have the chance to capture them and use them to fight as your companions.
Peria Chronicles is often compared to Mabinogi. But its developer, ThingSoft, said it looked more like Minecraft, with the constant building of game rules and systems. Players will be able to create their own maps, towns and quests in the game. Peria Chronicles was presented at G-star 2016 and up till now, there’s only been one trailer released.
Soul Worker is another anime-themed MMO which takes place in Cloudrealm, an abandoned city populated by psychics and a horde of monsters. Players get to choose from six different weapons: chainsaws, cannons, dual swords, dual pistols, swords, and scythes. More powerful weapons can be obtained via crafting.
There’s already a Korean and Japanese version of Soul Worker. The Korean version has now entered Open Beta with four playable characters for players to choose while the Japanese version is already online with a new class Iris Yuma added last December. Soul Worker has got its web series, too. But alas, they are in Japanese. Gameforge is the publisher of SoulWorker in the EU and NA. The company made the announcement last April. However, there hasn’t been much newsworthy since then.
Moonlight Blade is a Chinese martial art MMORPG. There are Chinese and Korean versions currently, but the developer Tencent mentioned at its New Year carnival which was held earlier this month that Moonlight Blade may be coming to North America and Europe in 2017.
As the Chinese Spring Festival is coming, Tencent unveiled Moonlight Blade’s Spring Festival Update on January 11th which was said to include new costumes and an amazing feature – the ability to freeze time. According to the description on the official website, the freezing ability can be used on a single player or a group of players, 15 at most. Once the character is frozen, all the visual effects on the character will be frozen, including the facial expression. What’s more, the frozen effect is sharable. In other words, if you’re frozen, other players can take a screenshot of your “embarrassing” moment. Check the trailer posted by Ranko Games:
Age of Wushu 2
Age of Wushu 2 is another Chinese martial art sandbox MMORPG. It is developed by Snail Games. It was announced last July and made its first appearance at ChinaJoy 2016. Built with Unreal Engine 4, Age of Wushu 2 greatly improves visuals and gameplay features. Its immersive environment contains more details for terrains, buildings, plants and characters. Unlike Age of Wushu, Age of Wushu 2 doesn’t have the historical setting and mission system. Players or NPC will be affected by the geographical environment, ecology and climate.
It is said that Age of Wushu 2 might enter its closed beta in 2017. But do you remember the delayed Dark and Light? It’s likely that Age of Wushu 2 will not come as promised, but we can still naively trust Snail Games’ schedule. On the other hand, Snail Games also planned to release a remake version of Age of Wushu in China. The remake version will be developed with a brand new engine to improve the mechanics and graphics, and it is planned to be released in the second half of 2017. According to the official description, Age of Wushu remake will be a different game from Age of Wushu 2.
Revelation Online is currently entered into its closed beta 3. The game has been hyped for so long. Developed by NetEase, Revelation Online has stunning graphics, multiple unique classes, extensive character customization and numerous PVP modes. It comes with new content in each beta test. For example, the closed beta 3 brings new PVP content, like Merchant system, Death Match and new equipment. The closed beta 2 introduced the Spiritshaper class.
Revelation Online will probably be officially released this year. There are still problems in the game, like half-translated content, for which the publisher my.com claimed that they had done a lot, and also a great number of players believe that the game is P2W, as my.com has put much effort into tempting players to buy its Founder Packs. Nevertheless, we could give it a bit more time and see if it lives up to our expectations when it’s finally completed.
Dark and Light
The last anticipated MMO we want to mention here is Dark and Light, and it is also the most anticipated game. Dark and Light has been waited on for years, with a development history lasting 12 years! The developer Snail Games announced at ChinaJoy 2016 that Dark and Light would be released in 2016. However, last December, the release date was moved to this year.
Dark and Light features high quality graphics and impressive monster taming systems. Players can use the flying mounts to explore the world and blaze a trail. There are also fantastic creatures in the game, like Goblins that have the power to knock you out if you are not vigilant while wandering in the wild, Centaurs that spend most of their time in the stronghold making weapons for hunting and fending off invaders, and Unicorns which are symbols and holy creatures of the main city and carry special power. Judging by the trailer and screenshots released so far, Dark and Light seems to be an amazing game. If Snail Games moves faster, perhaps we can enjoy the game this year.