13-04-2022

Top 10 Most Anticipated MMORPGs of 2022  

Once rare like a legendary loot drop, new MMOs are now more common than ever. And as part of a genre built upon freedom and vast numbers of players coming together, they are among the most ambitious games around. Each one promises a sprawling world, a vibrant community, and enough content to make you blush and go all dizzy.

To save you hours spent in character creation for a game you might not even like, we have compiled a handy list of all the new MMOs that are worth your time. But we have also gone one step further: as the worlds of MMORPGs are ever-changing, we have included games with recent updates, new content drops, and the like. So, from newly updated sword-and-sorcery classics to emerging action-RPGs, these are the new MMOs you should be paying attention to. 

 

LOST ARK

 

Gamers in South Korea have been enjoying Lost Ark for the last three years, but it’s finally out now in the West. Primarily a PvE action game, its combination of ARPG and MMO mechanics has you battle massive hordes of monsters from an isometric perspective in a classic angels vs demons storyline. Its storytelling and level progression has been compared to Final Fantasy XIV, while the general gameplay has more than a passing resemblance to Diablo. 

 

BLADE & SOUL

 

Blade & Soul is a new MMORPG for fans of high-wire martial arts and movies like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Every MMO can boast something distinct about its combat and Blade & Soul gets the bragging rights for its visually arresting battle scenes, replete with complex animations and devastating combo attacks.

 

This new MMO proved so popular in Asia that a 10,000 signature petition was signed to convince its publisher to release it in North America and Europe. Explore a fantasy world inspired Chinese mythology, choose one of the 11 distinct classes, and discover a tale of revenge so devilish it would make Hamlet blush. 

 

SKYFORGE

 

Skyforge’s latest update, Heart of Steel, gives veteran players of this sci-fi fantasy MMO an all-new five-player dungeon and brand new PvP arena, as well as a new five-player adventure through a series of crystalline caverns.

 

Of course, if you’re new to Skyforge then fortunately this MMO boasts one of the most liberating progression loops in the genre, allowing you to swap between its many classes at will – so if you fancy ranged instead of tanking then you don’t need to start all over again.

 

EVE ONLINE

 

Eve Online is a constantly evolving creature, thanks to its dedicated player base who have organized themselves into corporations – which have then formed alliances, all competing with each other. Tales of large-scale clashes in Eve Online have ascended into legend, but there are still more epic stories to come – the developers are keen to sow chaos with updates such as the wonderfully petulant sounding ‘Kicking over Castles’, which when implemented will encourage players to destroy anything that isn’t well enough defended.

 

Entering Eve Online as a free player only holds you back from the highest echelons of upgrades and abilities, so you’ll still be able to work your way up the ranks of whichever space trade you fancy the look of most. Fortunately, CCP Games have also reworked the game’s introduction to ensure that getting to know this famously complex space game is much easier.

 

Regular updates keep this MMO feeling new, and the latest Quadrant, New Dawn, promises four new exploration sites to broaden the universe.

 

TERA

 

Not everyone can get enthused about traditional MMO combat, which is where TERA comes in. It is an action-focused game, with Devil May Cry-style flips, slices, and sword thrusts that are a far cry from the click-and-wait cooldown systems seen in pretty much every other MMO. Combine that combat with the flashy visuals you will see everywhere else in the game, and TERA is quite the sight to behold.

 

It is getting on a bit now, but the future holds as much for TERA as when it launched back in 2011. Regular updates, such as the Unmasked update and the addition of Celestial Dragon mounts in the latest patch, keep the world of Arborea a vibrant, busy place. And since TERA is also one of the best free MMORPGs, there is no reason not to dive in and see what is going on.

 

NEVERWINTER

 

While it’s not exactly a new MMO, Neverwinter is about to receive a massive new story and content update that ensures this D&D MMORPG feels fresh. The Dragonbone Vale update adds a new Adventure Zone, an all-new Trial, and a fresh new storyline involving a mysterious cult and undead dragons. With all of this to explore, there’s no better time to start diving into D&D lore. 

 

PATH OF EXILE 2

 

While Path of Exile 2 is a quasi-sequel in the same vein as Overwatch 2, the upcoming re-launch of Grinding Gear Games’ morbid and moody ARPG provides the ideal opportunity to jump in if you’re new to the MMO.

 

PoE 2 adds a second main campaign that leads players to the same endgame as the first game’s campaign, overhauling progression, skills, and much more in an effort to make the onboarding process better for beginners and solve some long-standing fan gripes, too. While there’s no solid news of a Path of Exile 2 release date, a beta is expected by 2023.

 

LAST OASIS

 

Last Oasis is a new MMO with perhaps the most visually striking world design in any MMO that we can recall. Billed as a nomadic survival MMO, Last Oasis is set in a dying world where you’re forced to keep moving in order to survive and thrive. The best way to do that is to construct wild mobile bases called Walkers, which are wooden, wind-powered walking bases inspired by Dutch artist Theo Jansen’s Strandbeests.

 

Last Oasis is also promising plenty in the way of crafting, combat, resource-gathering, and is a sprawling and diverse open-world game with a player-driven economy. It’s certainly ambitious, but definitely a new MMO worth seeking out.

 

REVELATION ONLINE

 

 

Revelation Online is one of many new MMORPGs making the journey from East to West, but it stands out amongst many of its competitors because of its stylish, free-flowing combat, ludicrously deep character creation and progression systems, and gorgeous open world. It also has plenty of content for players of every MMO denomination, whether you’re after a solid PvE grind packed with questlines and NPCs or just want to hunt down and kill your fellow virtual man in PvP duels and battles.

 

It’s also got one particularly neat trick up its sleeve: you can reset your character at any point. For free. If you’ve ever ploughed 60 hours into an MMORPG and realized you’d rather be a ranged build than melee then you’ll know how valuable such a feature is.

 

If you’re also a fan of the MOBA genre then good news: the Revelation Online Mythical Combat update adds a separate game mode inspired by MOBA titans like League of Legends and Dota 2.

 

REALMS OF ETHERNITY

 

 

Realms of Eternity (RoE) is an upcoming free-to-play, modern and player-driven MMORPG game that allows its community to build, own and monetize their gaming experience via blockchain technology. 

  

In addition to various activities featured in a classic MMORPG like explore treacherous dungeons, seek out lost treasures and engage in stirring action combat, RoE will allow you to own parts of the world, mint your own NFTs equipment and sell them to other players on the marketplace, and have your say on the story development of the game. Best of all, you’ll be able to profit from your hard work with the main utility token of the platform - $RETH. Other unique features including hidden quests, land ownership, and bond system are set to significantly enhance players’ experience in the game.

 

The RoE will be released in seasons with the second Lake Lands war as given premise for the very first one. RoE’s alpha is expected by the end of 2022, and the first season in mid 2023. 


Source: pcgamesn.com, arcgames.com, realmsofethernity.com

 

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