New MMORPGs / MMO Games in 2012
The year 2011 has witnessed so many new MMORPGs and the releases of sequels to great games like World of Warcraft, and Star Wars: The Old Republic. Even some quality MMOs can be played with no download and installation, while part of them can be played via Facebook platform. In 2012, we will have seen many new titles announced such as World of Warplanes, Wildstar, Lineage Eternal, and etc. Although some industry experts claimed MMOs are doomed to death, they still enjoy a growing popularity, especially when developers begin to transform “pay to play” into “free to play” and “client-based” into “browser-based”.
World of Warplanes, the flight combat-featured MMO action game, carries on a similar warfare theme as before in World of Tanks. But this time, it is over the air that players will strive to gain dominance. For beginners, three basic vehicles genres are available: fighter aircraft, heavy fighters, and storm troopers. Accordingly, for each genre, a variety of weapons and engines are provided for you to choose from. Each confrontation in the air continues for about 15 minutes until the targets of one side are destroyed or it is totally defeated.
The naval action MMO World of Battleships will bring you back to the marine battlefields of the 20th century. As the title indicates, battleships as well as various kinds of attacks and strikes would be the highlight of the game. You will be amazed by the abundant choices of warships at your disposal from which you can select and build your favorable fleet. The three classes of ships available are aircraft carriers, heavy cruisers and light destroyers, with their different levels of speed, power and endurance respectively. In addition, teamwork is highly concentrated on and recommended, as cooperation among teammates constitutes indestructible power against the enemies’ assault.
Recently the Japanese game publisher, Gamepot, Inc. presents in front of players a new MMO role-playing game—Wizardry Online. The game has been proved to be entirely composed of open-world exploration, team-based combat and fantastic storytelling.
Compared with the old version of Wizardry, Wizardry Online adds a great amount of innovation and legendary series in the hope of creating the most realistic experience of exploration as in classic MMOs.
“In Wizardry Online, the goal is to have adventure,” the company’s spokesman stated in the press release. “The players never know what’s waiting for them when they turn the next corner.”
As a result of the gamelovers’ high anticipation and interest, Wildstar Online is destined to be a big hit since its release. Carbine Studios provides you with a visual feast as well as amazing yet venturesome experiences by placing you in a fantasy world full of innovatively designed adventures and unbelievable mysteries. Dynamic combat, path system, multiple races, voice over, dynamic quest acquisition and a story driven pattern compose the unique features of this sci-fi exploration game. Your specific task now is to set your path, initiate strikes on Nexus and enjoy your adventures on this splendid planet.
Warhammer Online: Wrath of Heroes
Warhammer Online: Wrath of Heroes, developed by Electronic Arts, is a free 3D game with an instant, fast-paced, and competitive PvP pattern.
What the game appeals to millions of players is a special PvP arena where players defeat their opponents and challenge other players. Players from three explosive teams are divided into an innovative 6 v 6 v 6 battle model. During the battle, players are allowed to swap their heroes at will.
Disappointedly, the game is full of gores and violence. Tactics, however, is not the game’s priority. The game may be better played with swagger than with intellect.
At the time when film director Paul Verhoeven’s masterpiece Total Recall stages a resounding comeback, the homonymous MMO based on this sci-fi classic is just under way. Currently, the Chinese studio ZQGame, in collaboration with SEE Games, is working on this free-to-play 3D browser-based game. Featured by a perfect combination of the traditional MMOs’ characteristics (such as PvP and PvE patterns) and its developers’ innovative designs (such as the new “memory quests” system), this game tends to bring players an authentic yet enchanting experience in the virtual world, which is expected to be just as enjoyable as it is to appreciate the upcoming film in the mortal world.
Developed by Runic games and published by Perfect World, the action RPG Torchlight has proved itself to be a huge success in the past years. Based on this popularity among players, the designers are making a free-to-play MMO out of the original version by means of micro-transactions. Comparatively, the new version places a similar emphasis on the players’ forging ahead through numerous monsters standing in the way. However, the micro-transaction model does arouse great controversy.
The Secret World
What if some magic power lingers around, massive monsters haunt about, and the ancient forces lurk right behind within our living world? Will you be courageous enough to contend against these threatening forces and explore the secrets of the world to maintain dominance over your homeland? If the answer is yes, then go ahead and traverse freely among real cities like London and New York as well as fictional Agartha, etc., to accomplish your task in this action-adventure game featured by “magic, myths, conspiracies and dark horrors”. Don’t worry that you’ll get bored as the designers have left sufficient room for further development of the plot.
Although TERA Online (The Exiled Realm of Arborea) is among the huge amount of MMORPGs that are featured by wars and heroes, it could still effortlessly catch your eyes with its unique non-targeting attack system, in which you can initiate attacks without necessarily fixing your targets in advance. As a result, an unprecedentedly authentic war experience is achieved. In the game, you are to choose from six races and eight professions as well as to handle diversified tasks through individual efforts and teamwork. But be sure to enjoy these true-to-life interactions!
Star Trek – Infinite Space
Developed by Keen Games and published by Gameforge, Star Trek – Infinite Space is a free-to-play 3D casual browser game where players can figure as the spaceship’s Captain of either Klingon or Federation. Players could lead their vessels to take part in space combats, complete interesting missions and experience brand-new adventures in the Deep Space.
The fascinating 3D graphics, clean interfaces and various gameplays make the game fascinating to players and popular among more and more Sci-Fi fans.
In Infinite Space, players can explore the strange new world, seek out new life and new civilization, as well as bravely go to places that no man has stepped on before, and that’s why millions of players are hooked on Star Trek – Infinite Space.
Many games like World of Warcraft have attracted hundreds of millions of people to play riding action games. However, most of them are too shallow to appeal to hard-core players.
A company called Noria, a newly established Korea-based games company, is trying to change that. The company presents Sevencore, a F2P Sci-Fi&Fantasy MMORPG, which turns out to be a perfect combination of PvE, PvP and riding action. By employing high-tech, the game develops a wide range of gameplays. For instance, players could participate in fierce battles on the land, in the sea or in the sky. Apart from this, players could fight against their opponents by riding various pets such as flying dragons or by vehicles such as motorbikes.
“Sevencore is one of the most promising projects we have ever worked on and we are certain it will be a huge amount of fun for players when it launches.” Nicolas Pajot, Noria’s COO，said about the game in the press release.
Have you been trapped in weariness by the massive battles in most MMORPGs? Well, Repulse now brings you the opportunity to shift your attention to other areas. This fast-paced 3D Sci-Fi MMOFPS by Aeria Games will place you in a future world where the Earth has fallen into the abyss of total devastation, and humans have to move to another planet for survival. Consequently, the battles between humans and the creatures on the new planet are unavoidable. Repulse integrates the traditional shooting game features, while at the same time it improves a lot in the aspects of pace and intensity. So what are you waiting for? Take up your arms and strive for your interests!
After the marine confrontation between the Horde and the Alliance, the magic land of Pandaria is gradually getting rid of the mists and exposed to human beings. Mists of Pandaria, the fantasy MMORPG developed by Blizzard Entertainment, is the fourth World of Warcraft expansion edition. On this mysterious land, the new class—the Monk, who are competent in not only damage and defense but also healing, as well as the new race—the Pandaren, who has long been regarded as a legendary race by other races of Azeroth, will be encountered. Will the broken world self-cure after the disclosure of the new land? You can wait and see.
Piranha Games’ MMO MechWarrior Online is set in a future world which is 1037 years away from now. At the same time, it endeavors to simulate the real time to the greatest extent, so time every time you log in the game, you will be amazed and refreshed by the updated news and information, even if you have an unsatiable appetite for the new and the curious. In addition to the real timeline, the huge territory and rich resources are also supposed to attract your attention.
As the sequel of the Lineage series, Lineage was recently released at NCsoft’s pre-G-Star conference with great expectations from both fans and designers. According to the report, three classes—Warrior, Mage and Elemental Archer are revealed, and an eye-catching “drag and hold” combat system is demonstrated, which helps to maximize the power of your spells in the battles and leads to the outburst of devastating forces. In addition, a “Smart View” option is designed for your convenience, as by means of it, you can always find your favorable observation point as well as achieve a full-scale view in the game.
Developed by Sirius Entertainment, a newly established Korea-based game developer, Lime Odyssey is a 3D free-to-play MMORPG which brings players to a fantastic journey. Set in the mysterious continent of Orta, the game features engaging combats, almighty trade systems and non-stop adventures.
The fantastic journey starts with choosing one from three playable races: the brave human, the cute Muris and the strong Turga. By designing an ideal character with various hair-styles, decorations and beautiful dresses, players could make themselves outstanding from the crowd.
Besides, players can navigate the game with easy W-A-S-D buttons and mouse clicks, which means it will take new players just a little time to understand the game’s controls.
With pretty anime graphics, easy-to-play controls and compelling storylines, I believe Lime Odyssey is sure to appeal to millions of players in the near future.
Guild Wars 2
Guild Wars 2 is a MMORPG developed by ArenaNet. As a sequel to Guild Wars, Guild Wars 2 features a dynamic mission system, a new game engine as well as a PvP system.
Instead of traditionally spending too much time hunting for missions on the map, players in Guild Wars 2 are allowed to approach quests in an easier way.
Compared with its predecessor Guild Wars, Guild Wars 2 makes a great number of improvements to the engine including real-time 3D environment,high-quality graphics and the use of the newest Havok physics system, which all deliver an enormous fun and ever-lasting presentation.
In addition to the event system and the engine, Guild Wars 2 also features a worldwide PvP model where players are able to drop in and out freely in a variety of roles.
Firefall is an upcoming free to play team-based first-person shooter game by Red 5 Studios. The game is set in an immortal world where the survived humans must fight together against the evil alien armies—the Melding and fight for their own survival.
The game features its PvE and PvP models which would meet various demands of all the players. In the PvE model, players would face a continuous wave of violent attacks from the enemies. To win the battle, players must adopt right tactics and co-operate with other players. Besides, the special PvP model allows players to challenge either their opponents or their teammates.
With fierce war scenes, various playable roles and the compelling storyline, Firefall would never disappoint shooter game fans.
Another MMORPG on the battles between heroes and evils—Eligium is to be published by Frogster. The hero is to stand out from the crowd as “the chosen one” to protect the realm of Eligium from the invasion of hordes of demons. Since its cinematic trailer was released, you must have been itchy to play a hero’s role. Well, five playable races as well as individual and group battle models are supplied in the game. Get yourself fully prepared before conquering your rivals, as even on the way, various challenges and adventures will be arranged for the sake of your personal upgrade.
Although Runewaker Entertainment’s Dragon Prophet has not officially come out, yet an overview of the plot and content could be achieved from its released trailer and some authoritative information. As the name indicates, Dragon is the absolute protagonist and the game is all about the confrontations between dragons and humans. What is rather interesting about this action-oriented game is that once the dragons are brought under control, they will then serve as the players’ mounts. There is a variety of dragons, and it sounds pretty terrific to be the master of dragons, doesn’t it?
Age of Wulin
If you are a fan of martial arts chivalry, I guess to make a living wandering in the kongfu world must be your dream since childhood, huh? Good news now is that such eagerness will be satiated in Snail Game’s recently released MMORPG Age of Wulin. In this typically Chinese-style game, you are to be placed in a 3D world featured by saber-rattling and wrangle. Eight distinct schools are designed according to the Martial-arts culture, each demonstrating its unique power and influence. After deciding which school you are to join in, you will have to keep learning and practicing, in order to meet the successive challenges that lurk ahead.
We will keep this list updated and if a new game is coming out in 2012, we will accordingly make the game live on this page.