The Most Anticipated F2P Games Of 2015

MMOBomb Staff
By MMOBomb Staff, December 10, 2014
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(EDITOR'S NOTE: There's lots of comments asking about Black Desert. Yes, we're eagerly anticipating it, but Pearl Abyss clarified comments earlier this week and the launch is now back in the 2016 time window so it doesn't make this list. Check out the update at the bottom of this article.)

A new year is almost upon us! And with a new year comes new hopes, new dreams, and, most importantly, new games!

Here's our list of the top 10 games we – and hopefully you – are looking forward to in the coming year. Admittedly, not all of these games will be fully playable in 2015, but several of them should be, and the ones that aren't will almost certainly see much bigger info drops as they inch more closely to their due dates.

Remember, we count a F2P game as “out” if it's free to get into for everyone – i.e., no closed alpha/beta or paid early access. So while you may have tried some of these titles already, they're still not freely available to the general public.

Also, this list isn't just about what games have the potential to be huge – how much they're currently in the public eye also plays a part. A “big” game that isn't being publicized much right now might rank lower than a “smaller” game that's in the spotlight and/or close to launch.

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Heroes of the Storm

Maybe it's the Blizzard name, maybe it's the roster of heroes, or maybe it's because it's making the genre more friendly and accessible, but Heroes of the Storm is poised to become the next big name in MOBAs. The closed beta starts in January, so we'd expect a full launch by midyear.

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EverQuest Next

Other than a surge of information at SOE Live, we didn't hear too much about EQ Next in 2014. No matter; almost by default, it's the most anticipated MMORPG out there, now that Titan's been officially shelved, and looks to be a worthy successor to the most storied name in MMOs.

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H1Z1

Three years ago, “survival games” weren't even a thing. If H1Z1 can deliver the thrills of DayZ and its ilk, while also being a more stable and eye-popping experience, it'll be a sure hit. Early Access starts in January, so we'll get to find out pretty quickly.

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Fortnite

Epic Games' base-building cooperative shooter is all about scavenging and mining resources to craft your team's fortress so nobody is left for dead... where do they get these ideas? Wherever they come from, Fortnite already has a legion of eager fans waiting to beat down its well-constructed doors.

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Landmark

The Landmark hype has cooled down a bit, but there are still plenty of players wanting to get their hands on SOE's building game – or at least wanting to see a more finished version. Combat and destructibility were implemented in the latter part of 2014, and we'll be interested to see what SOE adds next year.

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World of Warships

The last part of Wargaming's holy trinity is still docked in the harbor, but since World of Tanks launched in 2011 and World of Warplanes in 2013, we'd bet on getting a playable version of World of Warships in 2015. And then World of Flying Saucers in 2017. Make it happen, Wargaming.

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Skyforge

Become a god and save the world – hey, what else do you need to know? Skyforge looks gorgeous and looks to be doing more than your average MMO, with players tackling huge world events en masse, and a class system that provides more options than you can shake a divinely enchanted stick at.

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Blade & Soul

It seems like we've been talking about Blade & Soul forever. It's been launched in Asia, and there's a solid chance we'll get a chance to try it out in North America in 2015. Will the Korean martial arts epic live up to the hype or be lost in the translation?

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Phantasy Star Online 2

Fans are still clinging to hope that PSO2 will see a Western release. Like EverQuest Next, it's got a venerable MMO name behind it, and it's been out in Japan for two years, though there's been nary a word on the promised Western adaptation since.

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Nosgoth

Fans of Legacy of Kain have jumped into the Nosgoth alpha and beta by the thousands, and the asymmetrical vampires-vs.-humans game is winning a legion of fans, thanks to its creepy ambiance and fast-paced, blood-drenched, no-holds-barred combat.

So how does our list stack up to yours? What are you looking forward to in the coming year?

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Discussion (49)

Bane 6 years ago
I agree Heroes of the Storm is probably the most anticipated f2p game. One of the features of it atm is that there is no solo player leveling trough match but whole team gains xp/levels together and that eliminates overfeed heroes and under-powered supports (also that eliminates kill steal problem and drama that ensues after). I will definetly play it for some time. Everquest Next is my personal most anticipated since ArcheAge is not nearly to my liking.

Android 6 years ago
What a SHIT LIST , most of games are very old and released already atleast in open beta.

Kian Grey 6 years ago
Everyone knows Pso2 isnt coming to N/A you better get a vpn and play on the japanese servers or the projectplaypark servers

Maple2Sux 6 years ago
Maplestory 2 sux arz n is terrible bad game maplestory is bettr n fuk ne 1 who sayz othrwize

ron 6 years ago
who made the list that has freaken nosgoth and heroes of the storm . world of war planes in it . seriously ?
i'm really disappointed mmobomb would allow such a list . ALSO considering many of the games on the "list" are not even announced for 2015 release . come on guys WTF

Urs-00 6 years ago
I'm definitely waiting for Everquest Next, World of Warship and Skyforge and I can understand why something like Heroes of the Storm is on the list... but PSO and Nosgoth, is someone really excited about those games? xD

I think Albion should be on this list

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Kuruo 6 years ago
The list is kiiiiinda stupid, like what a lot of people say, Heroes of the Storm wouldn't be #1 and nosgoth shouldn't even be on there, and world of warships wouldn't even bee that high or even on the list in my opinion.

Like really where is Black Desert and Maplestory 2? There's going to be a bigger audience for that adorable Chibi game than most of the games on this list; and Black Desert should be just up there rivaling Skyforge.

I for one am looking forward to the Asian made games more than these other ones.

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Mr Heartless 6 years ago
Wouldn't put Heroes of the Storm at the top. Nosgoth is trash and everyone knows it. The people who really wanted to play Blade and Soul already have and its so mediocre it won't ever reach popularity here assuming NC Soft even publishes the bloody thing.

2014 was a bad year for MMO's . 2015 holds some promise but with quality and mismanagement rampant, I have little to no excitement. Skyforge and Black Desert are the only ones I am looking forward to.

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ExHuman 6 years ago
Hype, hype, hype!

Reavstun 6 years ago
Lol. Wow just wow. Look at all them haters hating. If you don't like what they see as what might be interesting next year. Then don't bloody waste 2 of your freakin cents with hate comments. People like you destroy review sites and gaming companies. If you do a hate on this comment, then I rest my case.

pt4eva 6 years ago
only 1 FPS/3rdPS on the list? hmmm, i think u have way too many hack'n'slash lovers...

btw, not being a moba player, and having played only dota2, how good are the others compared to it?

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alex 6 years ago
delete the list and trie again mmobomb, this shit you posted is reallllyyyyy bad lol!

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kaillarkz 6 years ago
Geez, Heroes of the Storm, really? Didn't like it (yeah, got it's key and played it; maybe after release, but meeeh).
If you really want to place MOBA on your list then put MASTERxMASTER, seems way more interesting than HotS (Bloodline Champios gameplay with Heroes of NCSoft? HELL YEAH!).
I guess Tree of Savior and Lineage Eternal/Lost Ark, and even Black Desert/BLESS/Revelation, should be on your list. Nosgoth, World of Warship (lol? I don't really care about it), H1Z1, Fortnite? I would trade all of then for Fishing Hero (coming back in January), it's fun and relaxing.

a 6 years ago
Maplestory 2 pls

Sponsored Editorial 6 years ago
Just the facts:

Landmark And Nosgoth are both DEAD on beta, just check it on Steam;
H1Z1,World of Warships: I rarely saw any news about these two games mmo sites in 2014;

Well, what about
Gigantic? Overwatch? Why is not there?!

Sigh,

Eddy 6 years ago
1. Black Desert

2. Blade & Soul

3. Tree of Savior

4. Dungeon Fighter Online (coming back thanks to neople)

5.Everquest Next

6. Overwatch

The rest are a toss-up. But I can guarantee that these six are probably the most anticipated games of the new year. There have also been some rumors that MapleStory 2 might get a worldwide release. However, those are JUST rumors.

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ron 6 years ago
i disagree with this list . heroes of the storm as a #1 is a bunch of BS lol .
im willing to bet it wont even crack the 500k activate players a day dota 2 has (which is nothing compared to league of legends 72 million active players daily).
#1 should be black desert online . bad list reallllllly bad .

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Leon 6 years ago
There's a couple of landmines in that list that may have a level of hype to them, but I think the gameplay from what I have witnessed so far is not bringing anything new to the market, ultimately fated to mediocrity. Of course, I hope I am wrong.

Fortnite is completely new to me, today I learnt about something that looks fun to play! Thanks for sharing!

daWanted 6 years ago
heroes of the storn
black desert
overwatch

many games on that list may be like archeage (hackage) hope i'm wrong

hmm 6 years ago
Blade n Soul and PSO2 should be taken out, they lost most of their anticipation ages ago.
Nosgoth? Really?

Put in Lost Ark, Black Desert, and Tree of Savior and you have an infinitely better list.

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Nyobari 6 years ago
Surprised to not see Black Desert Online on the list. Sandbox and pretty as all get out.

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Manfred 6 years ago
Phantasy Star, Blade and Soul and Skyforge are the only ones im looking fowards to maybe EQNext

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hovsep56 6 years ago
i don't agree with nosgoth its pretty bad it also runs like shit

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