• Aaron Adlem

The biggest, best and most anticipated upcoming MMOs

With World of Warcraft: Shadowlands in full swing and by all means thriving, it is always good to look at what awaits us over yonder! Here are some of our top picks and most anticipated MMOs to look out for over the next 12 months...

Crimson Desert

Whilst little is actually known about Black Desert’s creator Pearl Abyss’s latest venture from what we have seen so far, it is looking to amount to quite the adventure. Initially thought to be a sequel or prequel to popular Sandbox MMO Black Desert, developers Pearl Abyss have since suggested it is not connected at all and is its own IP.

Although sharing a likeness, Crimson Desert looks to give us a very different experience to that of Black Desert, promising a grounded, story-driven RPG.

Crimson Desert is currently scheduled for a Winter 2021 release.

Ashes of Creation

Ashes of Creation is a medieval fantasy MMO that promises to push the boundaries and redefine what it means to be a part of the genre; something we've all heard before.

New MMO promises the world to inevitably end up succumbing to publisher’s greedy desires with sub-par gameplay and rinsing micro-transactions, so what makes Ashes so different?

AoC was initially funded by its creative director Steven Sharif, a long-time MMO die-hard looking to develop and create a world for the players. Alpha footage so far has been impressive and teases an interactive experience like no other, choices matter effecting economies, monsters, quests, and the environment itself.

Ashes of Creation is currently in early Alpha and we will definitely be keeping a close eye on the development of this project, as we look forward to seeing if they can create something special!

New World

Picture Credit: Amazon Games

Amazon's in development MMO New World has definitely seen its fair share of controversy following delays, several design changes, and revamps; all of which at some point have split the fanbase. Still, its current direction looks at least a little bit interesting...

After playing the early preview I am intrigued to see how they build on the world they have created which, although pleasing to the eye, had very little meaningful content. Quests were all in all very much the same, whilst the rewards felt, well…unrewarding. Combining this with no instanced content like dungeons or raids, it seemed there was little to keep the players engaged outside of its initial launch.

New World has enough on its plate to keep me interested in its development, however. Its robust crafting systems and world PvP look expansive and its action style combat is fluid and fun… but for how long remains to be seen.

New World is scheduled to release in Spring this year, although a date is yet to be confirmed.