Gamescom has been in full swing since Tuesday and we have certainly not seen a shortage of new F2P titles being announced. This year CJ Games announced two seperate titles: Hounds and Monarch.

Hounds features a unique blend of genres, mixing MMORPG with a third person shooter making it a massively multiplayer online role-playing shooter (MMORPS). Some of its end game features include of course PvP but also raiding. It will be interesting to see how raiding plays out in a shooter MMO. From what we could see in the trailer there seems to be quite the mutant zombie/demon epidemic in the world of Hounds. Players can be seen traversing ruined cities and fighting out of a Gondola as it moves through a mountain pass.

On the flip side of this we have Monarch, which mixes a traditional MMORPG setting with large-scale combat and troop management. Instead of just controlling one individual character, players will have the opportunity to hire soldiers to fight with them. These soldiers can be leveled up, equipped with new items and can even be traded or sold to other players. The system sounds complicated and it will be interesting to see how well CJ Games can pull it off.

You can check out the trailer for Hounds above and below for the Monarch trailer. Do you think these titles have enough that is unique about them to captivate the western F2P audience? Let us know in the comments! Both games are slated for a late 2013 release.

Michael Dunaway has been part of the MMOBomb team for years and has covered practically every major Free-to-Play title since 2009. In addition to contributing First Look videos and news articles, Michael also serves as the Community Manager for the upcoming MMORPG, Skyforge.


  1. If what hounds is showing is a sanbox mmo with zombies in it that allows you to run into other plyers almost DayZ style (which most likely what its not telling me) then this game has high interest in mind for me. Monarch seems like it has something going if it becomes a game similar to Mount and Blade almost an action-rpg with castle capturing/defending gameplay.

  2. Well Hounds might not look like a AAA Titel but if they really get it to work than we might get a never seen before experience in MMORPS , and thats what counts , good graphics doesent help , look at Aion and Tera , Aion is already F2P , and especially in Europe Tera is falling like a rock .

  3. Both games seem to be either bad (monarch) or the same deal as another game. (hounds)

    FYI: The game hounds is almost identical in every aspect except for the setting with the game CrimeCraft, which has been released like 1 or 2 years ago.

  4. Really ? I could have sworn second trailer showed nothing i didn’t already know from the first one. Silly me. PaDerpaDerp!

  5. Want a RPS worth checking out? Go look at WARFRAME made by the same people who developed The Darkness 2, THAT game looks amazing not these…

  6. omg, we’re in 2012 why does companies still developes crappy games?? i think they should evaluate before relasing this stuff

        • I understand and appreciate sticking up for the underdogs but what redeeming qualities are you seeing here exactly ? Hounds isn’t in a persistent world, it is match based PvE game with character progression, hardly a new thing, It’s only trying to reinvent the wheel with this whole RPS thing, its and FPS with RPG elements. The game is also almost out, it’s been in production for 4 years now. The game simply didn’t come close to tickling my fancy because no matter how underdog it may be, it tries nothing new, it goes by the same recipe that the big dogs uses.

  7. I haven’t seen MMOBomb cramming two games in one news article. It’s like even MMOBomb acknowledges that games are crap, isn’t it ?

    I have my F2P shooter needs covered, in both PVP and PVE. As for my mix of RPG/RTS needs, i don’t think i ever had those.

  8. both good, need a good zombie game ,and you can raid,nice. the monarky 1 looks dated,but 2 secs of player there if any1 caught it .

  9. Yep, both games look dumb. I’ve had it up to here with these zombie shooter games ( it seems like a new one comes out every couple weeks ) and let me guess: the best units in that strategy game are only accessible via some stupid balance-ruining cash shop. No thank you, I’ll be in GW2 if anyone needs me.


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