Half a year ago, MMO Attack rung in the new year by discussing the top MMORPGs to keep an eye on in 2013. Some of the games have released successfully as planned, while others have fallen flat or pushed to a later date. A lot can change in six months. That's why I felt the need to hunt down the remaining MMORPGs that are due to still (possibly) release by the time 2013 is over. Some of these games may need to fit into your niche of gaming to get you excited, but each will undoubtedly create a great online experience for millions of players worldwide. So before another month of changes goes by, here are 10 of the best MMORPGs aiming to still be released before 2014 hits.
10. Game of Thrones: Seven Kingdoms
If you don't recognize the title of this MMO, you've likely been sheltered from the rest of the world by a giant wall of ice. Or maybe you just don't like HBO programming. Regardless of your viewing preference, the MMORPG set in George R.R. Martin's fantasy world is getting ready for its 2013 release. This will be just the first of many games that could see delays until next year. If all goes according to plan though, players will be immersed in some impressive visual gameplay before they know it. Private, closed, and open beta periods will provide the much sought information about this MMO until its public release. The early phases of the online game will also allow community feedback that Bigpoint (the game's developer) claims will be critical to final development. Game of Thrones: Seven Kingdoms is a 3D browser based MMO built using the Unity Engine. HBO has collaborated with developers to help bring a successfully arching storyline that takes place after the events of the TV shows first season. You won't see remakes of an already known story, nor do you need to be a Game of Thrones fan to enjoy and progress through this MMORPG. When there's a free-to-play title that accurately emulates a cult following though, you can be sure it's going to be a big deal.
9. Monster Hunter Online
Monster Hunter isn't exactly a small name when it comes to role-playing games. The games are so popular in fact that people worldwide are discussing the new MMO adaptation, despite it currently only releasing in China. There's no confirmation of the MMO coming to the west yet, but fans are making their voices heard in hopes that it one day will. You can't imagine this Monster Hunter being region locked when so many others in the series have been successful in the US. Capcom and Tracent Games very recently released the first gameplay trailer of actual monsters that will be encountered. Like every other update about the game, people can't stop talking about it.
The battle system in Monster Hunter has always been unique, but implementing it so smoothly into a massive world is quite an accomplishment for developers. The game is developed using CryEngine 3, so graphics won't be an issue. Players won't need a top of the line computer to run the game either. No matter what enemy you encounter, the experience will be optimized to the settings of the computer you are using to play. The brilliant boss-esque battles in the Monster Hunter series work seamlessly in a genre that utilizes huge location based battles. Even raids will have that one baddie you just don't want to get near. It doesn't matter what enemy you come across though. Monster Hunter Online is going to be a success. Let's just hope it chooses to do so in America sooner than later.
8. Might and Magic: Heroes Online
As a big fan of the Heroes of Might and Magic franchise, I had always dreamed of what it would be like to experience the brilliant game mechanics in a massive world. With the upcoming release of Might and Magic: Heroes Online, it's clear there were plenty of other fans that wanted the same thing. This MMORPG finally brings back those awesome hex grid battles on a greater scale. It also connects players to each other to create a constantly active gaming environment. This personally makes a fan like me happy, as my days spent with Heroes of Might and Magic III: Complete were plagued with online flaws. Farewell direct IP connect through dial-up!
Yikes, Might and Magic sure has come a long way. The game requires no download and can be played in your browser. It offers customizable heroes, fantasy environments, and a complex battle system. The older Heroes titles had free online play so it's very nice the newest version is flee-to-play also. This game really stays true to the authentic Heroes gameplay experience too. This is definitely a game that will make a large fan base happy. It may also bring many of those fans to the MMO forefront. Might and Magic: Heroes Online is currently in pre-testing, but fans can already sign up for the beta through the games website. Slap on some good graphics, co-op battles, and successful online features; and you've arrived at one of the better MMORPGs that could still be released in 2013.
7. World of Darkness
World of Darkness was conceptually announced back in 2006. Seven years later, players are still patiently waiting. Although this game has no official 2013 release date, there are plenty of signs giving fans hope that they'll see this playable vampire MMO soon. World of Darkness is backed by the team behind EVE Online. Having a group of developers that helped create one of the mostsuccessful MMO communities in existence is definitely a good start. Another factor supporting this games 2013 release is the fact that it was once planned to open in 2012. With the maverick EVE team finally releasing Dust 514; focus can shift fully toward World of Darkness.
World of Darkness is vampire themed MMORPG that takes place in an urban setting. Graphically impressive cityscapes will provide plenty of cover for immortal creatures of the night. PvE heavy environments will keep a dark city active, while a massive world gives vampire fans a brilliant new way to stalk their victims. With the promise of permadeth being a feature, vampirism can work perfectly in this open world. This looks to be a fantastic MMORPG that was clearly just delayed because of a priority choice by CCP Games. Developers have been extremely honest as to not mislead players about the current state of the game, but the sneak peak given at EVE Fanfest this year was more than enough to support the possible release of World of Darkness toward the end of 2013.
6. Dragon's Prophet
Viewers of our Top 10 Open Beta MMO list we openly honest about the fact that we left out Dragon's Prophet. Sadly, the list was made just before the game moved into open beta. Now it's time to alert the rest of the world of what MMO Attack fans already know - that Dragon's Prophet is going to be a big MMORPG release for 2013. The game may have actually placed higher before hitting the actual beta, as it has come under some fire for its limited character customization and low selection of items. This may all change with the actual release; but none of us can really know that, now can we?
Despite the missteps this game is dealing with, it's going to be good. The developers already made the successful Runes of Magic. Now they are delivering a western style fantasy MMO, jam packed with Dragons. Communicate with them, use them for travel, battle together, and be part of their amazing lives. This game will absolutely satisfy fans of Dragons, but has so much more to offer. As a user-friendly MMO, new players won't feel overwhelmed. Experienced gamers will also feel at home, as they can customize the way they train their dragons to their liking. It may be just another MMORPG creating an immersive fantasy world, but it almost positively going to be another good one. Well, good enough for a number six spot anyway right?