E3 2010 has arrived and there are a lot of MMOs showing this year. The free-to-play space has a strong presence for the first time ever and the pay-to-play MMOs are still popular. Here’s a run-down of what is showing at E3:
Added: The Agency
There’s a brand spanking new trailer for E3 for The Agency and it is HAWT! In laymen’s terms, that means it looks gorgeous. The Agency is an action-packed shooter MMO that will be released not only on PC, but on the PS3 as well. And from the trailer, it looks like sniping is very viable, something the other fast-paced shoooter MMOs seem to be lacking lately.
APB is a massively multiplayer action game, focussing on shooting and driving in a city at which the criminals and law enforcers are at war. Players can choose to be Enforcers or Criminals, and then undertake missions for their faction which will bring them into conflict with players of the other faction. As an example, criminals may choose to try to pull a heist, which will then prompt the game to offer the mission to stop them to nearby enforcers.
An MMO from Perfect World Entertainemnt. Battle of the Immortals is a free-to-play hack n’ slash MMORPG that has stellar graphics and intense all around game play. Head on over to the game’s official website for more details. BOI is in its beta phase right now and will be out sometime next April.
3. Battlestar Galactica Online
Little is known about Battlestar Galactica Online so far, other than that it will be browser based and players will be able to play as either humans or cylons. Described as “a blend of tactical space combat and exploration,” no actual gameplay has yet been seen, so E3 could be the first chance to get under the hood of this interesting concept.
Gamigo is taking on a space warfare MMO with the free-to-play Black Prophecy. BP is a fast-paced 3D real-time combat space MMO with state of the art visuals playing in the dense universe crafted by the award-winning Sci-Fi author Michael Marrak. No release date has been announced. Head on over to their official website for more info. A trailer was recently released from the floor of E3, check it out on our You Tube channel.
ADDED: Clone Wars Adventures
SOE announced this more casual MMO a couple of weeks ago and will be showcasing it at E3. Likely the only thing those attending will get from being there will be the ability to talk with the creators of the game, but we should get a few more details about this game that’s coming out pretty quickly and that children of all ages are definitely interested in checking out.
DC Universe Online represents the first foray of the DC comic book properties into massively multiplayer games. DCUO is an MMORPG that allows players to create brand new superheroes in the style of the DC comics, to aid those established DC characters, such as Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. They will battle against famous villains including Brainiac, the Joker and Metallo in gameplay that is described as “more interactive” than other MMOs, designed to take its cues from action games.
6. Dragon Nest
Dungeon Fighter Online is another Nexon title that is free-to-play. DFO is a blend of old-school beat ‘um ups and fighters with an MMORPG twist. Check out our preview of DFO here.
8. End of Nations
End of Nations is a real-time strategy massively multiplayer online game (MMORTS) being developed by Petroglyph, a division of Trion. Not much is known about it, as it was only announced a couple of months ago, but the MMORTS market has yet to have a critical success, so we’re paying close attention.
Final Fantasy XIV is an MMORPG from the creators of the bestselling Final Fantasy RPG franchise. This includes a previous MMO offering, Final Fantasy XI, but the system is said to be significantly different. Perhaps the greatest difference of FFXIV to FFXI and to most MMORPGs on the market is that it uses skill-based progression rather than experience. Characters don’t level up traditionally, rather they increase their skills by using them. Players also don’t pick a particular role to play, they take on a role depending on the weapons or tools they wield – if they wish to take on a particular job or spot in a group, they have but to use the tools of that job.
10. Forsaken World
Forsaken World is another free-to-play MMORPG from Perfect World Entertainment. FW seems to be less fleshed out than its compatriot Battle of Immortals, with a Beta soon to be launched – but features some cool graphics, 8 playable races including Vampires and an in-depth story.
11. Free Realms
Free Realms is an already released Freemium-based pay system MMO that targets the younger audience. Publisher SOE is probably going to be showing off new content and zones at this E3.
12. Heroes of Three Kingdoms
Another Perfect World Entertainment title that is free-to-play as well set against the backdrop of Medievil China. Players align themselves with once of three kingdoms – Wei, Wu or Shu. HotTK features high amounts of character customization, 18 different weapon types, a plethora of different skill sets, mounts acting as both transportation and fighting aids and much more. Check out their official website here.
13. King of Kings 3
King of Kings 3 uses a very Highlanderish gimmick – there can be only one. Players work together and put their efforts behind a single leader in the attempt to make that leader King of Kings. There’s city building as well. It is proclaimed by publisher gamigo to be the ultimate PvP and clanwar MMORPG. We’ll see.
ADDED: Lego Universe
Lego Universe is showing at E3, with some new assets and a release date announcement. They have also announced how their “Founders” will be able to use basic programming tools to create content. Fancy!
14. Rift: Planes of Telara
Rift: Planes of Telera is an MMO by Trion Worlds that boasts an ever-changing world where no two players will get the same experience. Rift: PoT features 4 unqiue classes (Elementalist, Blade Dancer, Inquisitor and Reaver) with 4 more on the way along with 8 races. Players choose a faction, either the Guardians or the Defiant, and battle for control of the game world. As of now, Rifts has a tentative release date of sometime next year. Rifts will have a monthly subscription. No news as of now on a beta. Check out Rifts official website here.
15. Secret Kingdoms Online
Little is known about this dark horse MMO from developers Globex Studios. It’s set to release some time in 2010. Hopefully Globex will be releasing more info about this mysterious MMO soon.
Star Wars: The Old Republic is an MMORPG from BioWare, creators of the Knights of the Old Republic RPG series. They are returning to the Star Wars license with this upcoming MMO, which features the Jedi and Sith classes unique to that lore. Other important features include the full backstories and branching narratives based on player choices. Every character will be fully voiced, and will have a number of dialogue options rather than simple information to impart. Additionally, each class will be able to be customised to fulfill a number of roles, rather than having to form a group of particular classes.
17. Swordsman Online
Swordsman Online will be based upon the martial arts fiction of writer Louis Cha, writings that have already been adapted into film versions. Alan Chen, CEO of Perfect World Entertainment, made this statement: “Swordsman Online highlights our commitment to constantly push the industry envelope and what it means to be a free-to-play game. Players should never have to settle or compromise on game quality regardless of business model and we want players to expect more from their MMOs.”
18. Tera Online
TERA Online is an upcoming MMO from Blue Hole Studios that features high-end graphics, a fast-paced combat system, 6 races and 8 playable classes as players battle for control of the game world, or federation. Check out our preview here, or visit the official website.
19. Uncharted Waters Online
UWO is an existing MMORPG in Korea and Japan that is set to travel to the west in summer 2010. It takes place in the Age of Discovery, between the 15th and 17th centuries, and allows player to choose one of the naval powers of the time. They can then set sail to conquer neutral cities for their faction, using either military force or via buying influence. With the choice between adventurer, merchant and soldier classes, players have three distinct ways to experience the game, as they can choose to go exploring across the world, and potentially discover previously unseen ancient sites and artifacts.
The third installment in Nexon’s E3 premotion of the “Future of Free” MMO’s is Vindictus. Vindictus is the most mature of the lot and features awesome, more realistic graphics, action-heavy game play and a new on-the-fly loot system that should keep the game play up-tempo.
21. Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millenium
There are very few details surrounding this title so far, which makes us hopeful that its appearance at E3 will shed some light on it. Based on the Warhammer 40,000 license of Games Workshop, it has been confirmed as an MMORPG with cover and flanking systems like those of an action game. Vehicles may or may not play a part in the game, and almost nothing is known about the character creation system, other than that all classes will have a combat function.