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New Year’s Day has always been a good time for making resolutions. People build their blueprints and look into the future. Now New Year’s Day has already passed. Did you make up your resolution list? What about the games, those you plan to play in 2013? Still don’t have a clue? No worries, here is what you may need: a list of the top ten most anticipated MMO games for 2013.


Expected Value: 

Type Platform Engine Developer Publisher Fee
MMORPG PC Custom ZeniMax Online Studios Bethesda Softworks TBA

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The game will be set 1000 years before the events of the previous game, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It is a hard time for Tamriel. The Daedric Prince of domination and enslavement, Molag Bal, attempts to merge Nirn and Oblivion and thus conquer all of Tamriel. Three alliances (the Daggerfall Covenant, the Ebonheart Pact, and the Aldmeri Dominion) fight against each other and against the Empire to wrest control of the Imperial City, and the throne of Tamriel.

Players will have the opportunity to explore most continent of Tamriel in the game, and join one of the three alliances to conquer the Imperial City and even be crowned Emperor.

What to Expect:

  • Massive, Epic Battle
    TESO claims to have the largest PVP battles seen in a major online RPG. It is built to accommodate hundreds of players onscreen at once.
  • Three-sided Player vs. Player Gameplay
    Players choose to become members of one of three alliances. No matter which alliance controls the Ruby Throne will crown an Emperor, and their alliance will rule all of Tamriel.
  • Special Storylines
    There will be three distinct leveling paths. Each alliance has a unique story and specific goals

Estimated Release Date: Early in 2013

Official Website: http://elderscrollsonline.com/en/

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Type Platform Engine Developer Publisher Fee
MMORPG+Open World Shotter PC/XBox/PS3 Custom Trion Worlds Trion Worlds TBA

Trailer: 

Defiance is the first multi-platform shooter MMO developed by Trion Worlds and produced in collaboration with a Sci-fi television program on Syfy. The game sets in the futuristic San Francisco 35 years later, when Earth has become a dangerous place. Starship wreckages are raining to the Earth in massive “Arkfall” events that transform the landscape.

Based on the official website, players in the game can experience the first-hand battle to survive and profit with other players as well as a star from the Syfy series.

What to Expect:

  • A Transmedia Revolution
    “The events of that virtual world will actually affect and the world of the show, and vice versa”, said the director of Defiance’s TV counterpart, Scott Stewart. “The show and the game constantly reinforce each other”, said the CEO of Trion Worlds. How the drama for television and the MMO game will tie together still remains a secret.
  • The level of Control
    Players can control over simple things, i.e. weather, which will dramatically affect over gameplay.

Estimated Release Date: Game: April 2013, Show: 13 April 2013

Official Website: http://defiance.com/en/game/

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Type Platform Engine Developer Publisher Fee
MMOFPS PS3 UnrealEngine3 CCP Games CCP Games F2P
Trailer 

The game takes place in a faraway galaxy colonized by humanity via the lost EVE Gate called New Eden. Players will take on the role of a mercenary. They can engage in different brutal firefights or utilize future-tech vehicles to help them in combats. Mercenary teams in DUST 514 wage battles, acquire territory, amass wealth, and build empires. The future of New Eden is shaped by players—the immortal unstoppable mercenaries

What to Expect:
  • Interaction with EVE Online players
    Players in DUST 514 and EVE Online players will be able work together and against each other. Dust 514 mercenaries can join EVE Online players in the corporate wars, and the results of those critical battles may influence the large scale strategic balance. In the meanwhile, they can fight against each other by bombarding the opposing faction.
  • Massive Scale
    According to the official website, DUST 514 can support 24v24 matches in a single battle in a single district on a single planet, and there can be multiple battles on a planet happening simultaneously, impacting each other in real time. The scale of DUST 514 is unprecedented.

Estimated Release Date: Later in 2013

Official Website: http://www.dust514.com/


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Type Platform Engine Developer Publisher Fee
MMORPG PC Custom Cryptic Studios Perfect World Entertainment
F2P


Trailer


After suffering from a volcanic eruption rained fire, Neverwinter, the famous yet calamitous city from Dungeons & Dragons has restored much of its former glory today. In order to protect the city, Lord Neverember of Waterdeep asked all adventures and heroes of the Savage North to help rebuild Neverwinter. However, the main antagonist of the game—evil forces conspire in the dark places and seek to undermine all.

Every player can roam around the world from the besieged walls of the city to subterranean passageways. They are all given the sacred mission to defend their beloved Neverwinter.

 What to Expect:

  • The Foundry
    The Foundry is a set of in-game editing tools which will allow players firstly to tell new tales by creating quests, zones and stories; secondly to create new dungeons to explore, or re-imagine campaigns.
  • New D&D
    D&D has always been loved by fans, and based on the official site, Neverwinter is “a true Dungeons & Dragons experience, brought to life with the dynamic Cryptic Engine.”

Estimated Release Date: Early in 2013

Official Website: http://nw.perfectworld.com/about



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Type Platform Engine Developer Publisher Fee
MMORPG PC ForgeLight Sony Online Entertainment Sony Online Entertainment
F2P



Remember the classic EverQuest? Now there is EverQuest Next! Developed by Sony Online Entertainment, using the new game engine Forgelight (which is the same engine with Planet Side 2), EverQuest Next team aims at defining the next generation of MMOs!

The game is not a sequel of any of the EverQuest series. The story sets in a “parallel world” of Norrath, in which some locations and characters may be familiar but specific relationships and events are different from the official storylines of EverQuest’s other franchises. According to the developers, the gameplay style of EverQuest Next would be more like the original EverQuest while remaining the advances in MMORPG design that have developed in the years since its first launch. 

What to Expect:

  • The Next Generation of MMOs
    John Smedley, the president of SOE claimed in an interview that “Everybody has been making the same game since Everquest” and “[They’re] not trying to make WOW2 or Everquest 2.5 – [They’re] making something that we think will define the next generation of MMOs.”
  • Game Graphics
    EverQuest Next is designed with the engine Forgelight, which will provide players a seamless world, advanced atmospheric effects such as moving lights and shadows, volumetric fog, and the game characters will look more realistic.

Estimated Release Date: Late in 2013

Official Website: TBA



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Type Platform Engine Developer Publisher Fee
MMORPG PC CryEngine3 XLGames XLGames
P2P
Trailer

Players of ArcheAge start their journey on Nuia or Harihara continents. The continent in the game used to be a united one. About two thousand years ago, the ancestors of the world’s races lived peacefully together. But an unknown catastrophe occurred and caused the Nuia and Harihara schism. Players can explore the world, digging deep into the details of the catastrophe, discovering the secrets of legendary gods and heroes, cooperating or competing with each other. “The result of ArcheAge’s storytelling process is determined by the choices you make.”

What to Expect:

  • Naval Battle
    Sea in the game is no longer just a big pool for the avatars to swim through. It’s a place for battles. Players can construct their own ships at sea, and sail across the sea to feel the waves or watch the dolphins swim. Naval battles also allow more diverse tactics than combat or castle siege on land.
  • Under and Overachiever System
    In ArcheAge, players can complete a quest even if they haven’t fulfilled all of its requirements. Contrarily, if they overdid the work of the quest goals more than 150%, the quest will be marked as “Over achieved” and additional bonus will be rewarded to them.
  • Court and Prisons
    There are in-game courts and prisons to uphold justice and punish crimes.

Estimated Release Date: Late in 2013

Official Website: http://archeage-online.com/


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Type Platform Engine Developer Publisher Fee
MMORPG PC CryEngine3 Bloodlust NCsoft
TBA
Trailer


For a different flavor, try Blade & Soul, an Asian fantasy martial-arts MMORPG developed by NCsoft. Like the Elder Scrolls Online, there are also three alliances in Blade & Soul—the Stratus Empire which has a thousand-year peace, the Wind Empire which is trying to overthrow the Stratus Empire, and the ancient Darksiders represented by the nefarious Jin Seoyeon. Players can choose one of them and make their own stories.


What to Expect

  • Asian Culture
    Blade & Soul claims to draw upon the deep and fascinating mythology of a myriad of Asian cultures which differentiates it from other Asian fantasy MMOs. It also guarantees Western players a completely new experience.
  • Martial Arts Inspired Combat
    Because most Kung Fu Master’s attacks are delivered in combos for fast and effective melee ranged blows, Blade & Soul adopted the Combo skills in the Combat system as well as Qing Gong movement.

Estimated Release Date: TBA

Official Website: http://us.bladeandsoul.com/en/

Expected Value: 


Type Platform Engine Developer Publisher Fee
MMORPG PC Custom Carbin Studios NCsoft
TBA


Trailer


Wild Star refers to Nexus in the game, a legendary planet located in the unmapped region of space. The former inhabitants of Nexus—Eldan mysteriously disappeared from the galaxy more than a thousand years ago, leaving many unexposed secrets. Thousands of years have passed. A galactic empire has claimed Nexus and its treasures, which ignite wars among the mercenaries, rebels, refugees and races from the furthest corners of the galaxy. In the meanwhile, archeologist, adventures and treasure hunters keep warming into the star in the hope of uncovering its many secrets. Really a mess, isn’t it?

Players would have four paths to choose from:Explorer, Soldier, Scientist, and Settler.

What to Expect

  • Path System
    According to Wild Star’s official forum, unlike the standard options of faction, race presented in many MMORPGs, the game introduce players the Path System in which four paths (Explorer, Soldier, Scientist, and Settler) are offered. Each of them is with unique content and mechanics.
  • Momentum Mechanics
    Designing with the concept: Recognise, React, Reward, the Carbin Studios created Momentum Mechanics in the game which allows players to find their own level in every aspects within Wild Star. 

Estimated Release Date: TBA

Official Website: https://marvelheroes.com/about/game-info


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Type Platform Engine Developer Publisher Fee
MMORPG PC UnrealEngine3 Gazillion Entertainment Gazillion Entertainment
F2P

Trailer

The story of Marvel Heroes is crafted by comic book super scribe Brain Micheal Bendis who created Ultimate Spider-Man, New Avengers, Secret Invasion and others. In the game, brilliant but malevolent Dr. Doom possesses the Cosmic Cube which bears the power to change reality. He intends to reshape the world. Players in Marvel Heroes need to unravel Dr. Doom’s sinister plan and stop him before it’s too late.   

What to Expect:

  • Battle as Your Favorite Heroes
    Marvel Heroes combines the core gameplay elements of Diablo and the library of heroes from the Marvel Universe where all your favorite avengers lived. Players can choose to play their favorite hero (ranging from famous Iron Man to lesser-known Ka-Zar) or collect as many as them.
  • Comic Base
    This is special for comic fans. Finally they can be heroes themselves. It’s an opportunity for them to realize dreams which otherwise might never be achieved in reality life.

Estimated Release Date: TBA

Official Website: https://marvelheroes.com/about/game-info

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Type Platform Engine Developer Publisher Fee
Action MMO PC Bigwolrd Wargaming Wargaming
F2P

Trailer


World of Warplanes is an arcade flight simulator MMO game sets in World War II. The game continues the “war saga” launched by its predecessor, the World of Tanks and will open up the skies for players to dominate. There will be 15-minute two teams’ battle which will end when one team’s players are eliminated or all the ground targets at the enemy base are destroyed. 

What to Expect:

  • Aircraft
    The military vehicles in World of Warplanes are all from history: from the 1930s era biplanes to the jets of the Korean War. Each of them has their unique effectiveness and behavior.
  • Game Locations
    World of Warplanes will be represented by several large gaming locations with weather conditions that will affect the controllability of the airplane.

Estimated Release Date: Q1 in 2013

Official Website: http://worldofwarplanes.com/

Others

Aside from all the games mentioned above, there are many other games that are also worth expecting and playing, such as Age of Wushu, Pathfinder Online, Bless, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, The Repopulation, Otherland and so forth. 

Sure there are a lot of other things to anticipate in 2013, such as NASA’s Venus In-Situ Explorer mission to Venus, result of the 2020 Summer Olympics’ host city, the UEFA Champions League. But please never forget the MMO games. Put your game list next to your resolution list, work hard, play hard, and may you lead a rich and fun life at the same time!

What’s your most anticipated game list for 2013? Share with us your ideas which we will value very much!

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