We've already got a list of 22 upcoming MMOs for 2024, but I wanted to put together a few that I am specifically looking forward to and why, so whitout further ado, let's dive in!
ARK 2 is the sequel to Ark: Survival Evolved, being developed by Studio Wildcard and Grove Street Games. The multiplayer dinosaur survival adventure game Ark 2 is supposed to come out towards the end of this year. I’m just looking forward to fighting alongside Vin Diesel (pending recent allegations, that is).
Ashfall is a post-apocalyptic looter shooter MMORPG, developed by Legendary Star Studio, where players battle for survival in a world ravaged by AI-induced nuclear war. It should be coming out this September. Although I’m not the biggest fan of looter shooters (and the mobile implementation could hurt things), the game looks pretty and it’s giving Cyberpunk 2077 meets Fallout 76 vibes.
Blue Protocol is a free-to-play action/anime multiplayer RPG developed by Bandai Namco and published by Amazon Games. It’s already out in the East since last year and supposedly dropping sometime this year. When exactly, you ask? Nobody knows. But hopefully sooner rather than later so I can live out my Sword Art Online fantasy already.
Chrono Odyssey is an open-world MMORPG by NPIXEL that takes place in a fantasy realm where players can manipulate time and space. We’re expected to get this bad boy early this year, but no confirmation yet. I’m therefore skeptical, but the game looks incredible. Maybe at least a beta?
DokeV is an open-world action-adventure game by Pearl Abyss with a creature collecting system. It should have come out last year but was delayed. Hopefully this year the game drops because it’s criminal we have yet to see a decent Pokemon-inspired multiplayer title. (And no, Temtem doesn’t count.)
Nightingale is a shared-world survival crafting game developed by Inflexion Games that mixes steampunk and magic. It enters Early Access via PC on February 22. Imagine that, huh? An actual, concrete release date. I’m certainly looking forward to this one, as a huge fan of the Bioshock series aesthetic.
Once Human is a multiplayer open-world survival third-person shooter developed by Starry Studio and published by NetEase. It takes place in a futuristic post-apocalyptic wasteland filled with monsters. The game should be officially out later this year, and judging from all the gameplay footage already all over the internet, I don’t think I’m alone in thinking this one has serious potential.
Palworld is an open-world monster-catching and survival game by Pocketpair (which made Craftopia). It’s Pokemon meets Stardew Valley, but with guns. If you haven’t seen gameplay footage of this one yet, you’re seriously missing out. I’ve been following the title since the first trailer dropped in June 2021 and I cannot wait for the Early Access to become available later this month. (Please don’t get delayed!)
Skull and Bones is an open-world multiplayer pirate-themed game developed by Ubisoft. It launches on February 13, 2024. Do I have much hope for this one? No, not at all. Am I still excited to try it out? Yes, absolutely. Pirates are my favorite and I’m still thirsty for a real swashbuckling adventure after Sea of Thieves let me down way back when. I am ready to be hurt again.
Tarisland is an MMORPG from Tencent that’s basically their take on World of Warcraft. More importantly, it’s “non-P2W.” I’m including that because the developers are very adamant about that fact and include a mention of it when advertising the game. It should be coming out early this year, and while I’m not necessarily thrilled for the release I am always down for more Blizzard competition.
The First Descendant is a free-to-play third-person looter shooter by Nexon. This is the Destiny/Warframe killer we’ve all been waiting for...maybe Unfortunately, we have no clue when exactly it’s coming out this year. Also, Nexon is behind it, despite how awesome the game looks and plays. Fingers crossed though.
The Quinfall is an MMORPG by Vawraek Technology that apparently features the world's largest map when it comes to the genre. Sounds cool, right? Looks cool too. Unfortunately, we’re pretty confused as to what the heck the game is and if it’s actually going to release. We’ll find out soon though, as this one apparently launches into a closed beta later this month.
Throne & Liberty is a free-to-play MMORPG by NCSoft that launched in South Korea last month. It should be coming out everywhere else sometime this year. I’m personally extremely excited to check out the game, as the graphics are absolutely stunning. Go see for yourself. However, I am skeptical regarding the actual gameplay; I need to test that out myself though.
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