MOST ANTICIPATED MMORPG
Now things are getting interesting! We’re leaving a bland year behind us and looking forward to the big games. The clear readers’ choice was Black Desert Online, the jaw-dropping action MMORPG from Pearl Abyss. While this one is coming from where nearly all the free-to-play MMORPGs are born – South Korea -, a Western release is already confirmed, so hooray! Let’s just hope it won’t go into Blade & Soul territory. Which brings us to… Blade & Soul, your second most anticipated MMORPG. This long-delayed game still has quite a following and even with many of you playing the Russian or the Chinese versions, there’s still market for the game. Lost Ark, the surprising Diablo-like MMORPG, comes third, proving that first impressions sometimes are the best.
MOST ANTICIPATED ANIME MMO
From chibi cute (MapleStory) to sexy (Peria Chronicles and Soul Worker), there’s a choice for every anime fan. This was one of the most competitive categories and it seems that most of you are eagerly waiting for the sandbox MMORPG Peria Chronicles, a game where you can shape the terrain, build, create communities, collect Pokémon-like creatures and use them in fast-paced and exciting combat – what’s not to like here? The probably-already-canceled Western version of Phantasy Star Online 2 comes in second, while the chibified and drastically different sequel MapleStory 2 takes the third place.
MOST ANTICIPATED SHOOTER
It seems like anime fans are excited for Ghost in the Shell Online, the first-person shooter in development at Neople and published by Nexon. Although there’s still no word about a global release, that is a likely prospect and the gameplay apparently mixes ideas and style from Ghost Recon Online and Blacklight: Retribution. In second place comes the recently announced shooter from Blizzard, Overwatch, born from part of the ashes of Project Titan – it could be free-to-play, but let’s wait and see.