Top 10 Most Anticipated Free MMORPG Games For 2013~2015

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It’s that time of the year again! It’s the time where we update our list of most anticipated free MMORPGs due to many requests. By now you should probably know that some of these games may actually end up as buy to play or pay to play, but right now there’s no business model revealed, so bear with us. You’ll probably notice a few newcomers and some good old friends on this list, so let’s give a big welcome to them all!

* This list will be updated regularly. Last update: November 23, 2013

10 – PHANTASY STAR ONLINE 2

Yes, we’re still expecting Phantasy Star Online 2 in the West. Sure, we’re pretty disappointed at the lack of news and the likelihood of Sega just canceling the release altogether, but it’s not over until the fat, anime lady sings. Even if this Japanese sci-fi epic is far from groundbreaking and there are some complaints about the weight of payments to properly enjoy the game, it is fun, combat is fast-paced and it should appeal to plenty of players here. But it’s either 2014 or we’re taking it out of the equation entirely!

9 – LINEAGE ETERNAL: TWILIGHT RESISTANCE

A new Lineage is always something to keep an eye out for, even more when NCsoft is going the Diablo way on Lineage Eternal: Twilight Resistance. This means an online action RPG that happens to look really good and offers massive scale battles, mouse gestures to perform special skills and some awesome bosses. We’re also promised a camera that places itself in the best view in all situations, something that we have to see to believe. In 2015 most likely, and we’re talking about Korea only…

8 – MABINOGI 2: ARENA

We’ve covered this one before so if you’re still wondering why it’s called Mabinogi but looks like Vindictus, then you’re probably not aware that Vindictus is originally called Mabinogi Heroes. Now we’re not too sure about calling Mabinogi 2: Arena a sequel or a spin-off to Vindictus, but we know a bit about the gameplay. Combat is akin to a fighting game with moves such as countering, blocking, grabbing, throwing enemies and even slapping. The idea is to make the game more skill based and less button spammy. The arena aspect is due to the fact that players can watch others play and interact in ways such as giving an item and vice-versa. It’s definitely an interesting feature and the game is shaping up to be one of the best action combat MMOs ever.

7 – ARCHEAGE

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ArcheAge is part of a group of Asian MMOs that seem to be unsure about showing up in the West, even if Trion Worlds is supposedly working on it for quite some time. Despite an underwhelming Korean performance, ArcheAge is still one of the most ambitious sandbox MMO games ever created. One time you’re tending to your farm animals and the next you’re in the high sea, battling other players while a Kraken is waiting to destroy your boat. There’s just so much to do and explore in this game that it may have scared some players that like to be taken by the hand. As for us, we love the freedom it offers.

- MONSTER HUNTER ONLINE

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Let’s give this some thought: the Monster Hunter series is hugely popular in Japan and has a very loyal following in the United States. And yet Capcom decided to develop the second Monster Hunter Online exclusively for China. Go figure, right? Anyway, while we still have some admittedly very thin hope of seeing this game in our shores, we’re most likely stuck to watching Chinese players going at those amazing, CryEngine 3-powered creatures on Youtube. But hey, by now we all should know how life is unfair.

5 – BLESS

Apparently, Neowiz decided to pause development of Ein: Epicus Incognitus to focus on Bless. Judging by the potential of both games, they had a tough decision to make but apparently they chose wisely. Bless isn’t about revolutionizing the genre; it’s about delivering a grand epic, with an amazing world that is bound to make many jaws drop. The game has a nice Final Fantasy feel to it, a cinematic presentation and 10 races with personal stories and motivations. Oh, and Thundercats.

4 – DRAGON NEST 2

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If the anime style was something that you loved in Dragon Nest then let me break the news to you: you’ve been screwed. Yeah, Nexon decided to abandon the colorful visuals and go for a more grounded, realistic, Vindictus look. But we’re OK with that too, especially since they’re going the open world way. As for the rest, we’re told it will be easier to control and more intuitive. We can’t wait to see the first footage on this one!

3 – BLADE & SOUL

Ah, Blade and Soul. One of those games that could probably bring a lot of cash to NCsoft and yet they haven’t announced anything for an entire year as far as the North American and European versions are concerned. Which makes us wonder if the English version will in fact be released in 2014 as mentioned in one interview. As for the rest, you know the deal – it’s an over the top martial arts MMORPG with semi-action combat and an art style that is just absolutely amazing and different enough from most MMOs. It also features one of the best character creation systems ever.

2 – BLACK DESERT ONLINE

After the first Korean closed beta, we dare to say that Black Desert didn’t fail us. It’s as beautiful as the trailers promised and includes a boatload of features that will make this one of the most exciting MMORPGs of recent years. Without going into detail, we’ll have action combat, mounted combat, castle sieges, parkour, a seamless sandbox game world, weather system, housing system, open world PvP, a trade system and more. Hopefully Pearl Abyss will begin looking for a Western publisher in the first quarter of 2014.

1 – EVERQUEST NEXT

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Only a revolution in the making such as Everquest Next could knock Black Desert off our number one spot. Sony Online is aiming to deliver a new kind of MMORPG, with a game world where players have a real influence and things are shaped according to your actions. Everquest Next is a reimagining of the franchise and is divided in two parts, with Landmark coming first. In Landmark players will be able to make objects and buildings that may be featured in Everquest Next, but are also able to explore the world and other players’ creations. But the final game will be all that and more; there’s the promised full destructibility, and the idea of an MMO world in permanent change is breathtaking. Then there’s a class system with more than 40 classes to mix and artificial intelligence that is said to react based on the motivations of an NPC. Combat is still a bit of a mystery but at this point we would say it’s a mix of tab-targeting and action combat. And while some may be against it, we just love the art style, which tries to be cartoony and realistic at the same time. Everquest Next has to be the most promising free MMORPG of the last decade.

And it’s the end of our first update to this list. We hope we managed to give you some insight into these games and, better still, to have introduced you to some of them. Now sit tight, stock on some food and hope that the months go by really fast.


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31 Comments on "Top 10 Most Anticipated Free MMORPG Games For 2013~2015"

  1. Klumsy March 27, 2013 at 8:10 pm - Reply

    How about ArcheAge?

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    • freemmostation March 27, 2013 at 8:29 pm - Reply

      It would be on the top positions, but it seems Trion Worlds is making it P2P. Not sure where I read about it, but F2P was pretty much not an option.

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  2. Infectum March 28, 2013 at 4:45 pm - Reply

    Cabal II

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    • freemmostation March 28, 2013 at 4:48 pm - Reply

      Now that’s a nice one that slipped us by, could easily be in this top 10 :)

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      • phuong April 24, 2013 at 2:01 am - Reply

        and when will cabal ll coming out?
        this year?

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        • freemmostation April 24, 2013 at 11:07 am - Reply

          I don’t think it will be released before 2014 in NA and Europe. :|

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          • phuong May 1, 2013 at 12:47 am -

            aww fuck this suck i thought it would come out this year Cabal ll i mean

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  3. phuong April 24, 2013 at 1:59 am - Reply

    when will PHANTASY STAR ONLINE 2 be reles?
    if u know the date that will be great

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    • freemmostation April 24, 2013 at 11:10 am - Reply

      No date announced yet besides a 2013, but I would say somewhere between July and the end of the year.

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  4. Hekomi May 17, 2013 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    Nice list Tril,I am really excited about Blade & Soul and Black Desert(although I need a PC upgrade to play the second one)

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    • freemmostation May 17, 2013 at 5:22 pm - Reply

      Thanks! I think we all need a new PC for Black Desert :D

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  5. Lover May 30, 2013 at 5:30 am - Reply

    Pardon my ignorance, but when you state its f2p it means its ‘free free’ or its ‘buy the game then its free’ ? AWESOME GAMES BTW!

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    • freemmostation May 30, 2013 at 4:55 pm - Reply

      When we mention “free to play” in the video it’s really free to download. But a lot of the games are yet to be confirmed if they’re free or not.

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  6. XCaliburSpider July 16, 2013 at 11:13 pm - Reply

    Firefall

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  7. Dolphin August 22, 2013 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    I suggest you to put Everquest Next to 2.

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    • freemmostation August 22, 2013 at 6:37 pm - Reply

      Definitely, as soon as we update the top :)

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  8. HatingKoreansLol November 27, 2013 at 12:04 am - Reply

    Why do you add games we will never play to the list? It hurts, dude.

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    • freemmostation November 27, 2013 at 12:09 am - Reply

      Trust me, it hurts me even more than you, all the time I spend checking those trailers! :D

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  9. owh December 30, 2013 at 8:09 am - Reply

    DN 2….
    mean open world ? or old sytem just like DN 1

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    • freemmostation December 30, 2013 at 7:55 pm - Reply

      Really open world, unlike the first Dragon Nest :)

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  10. Michael January 6, 2014 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    What about Elder Scrolls Online?

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  11. salim January 11, 2014 at 9:17 am - Reply

    Ya pas un jeux qui a déja sorti et c’est jeux sont gratuit !???
    repond moi par email plz
    salimyoub17@hotmail.fr

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  12. ashley January 27, 2014 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    What about final fantasy 14?

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    • freemmostation January 27, 2014 at 4:46 pm - Reply

      It’s a good game, but it’s not free (has a subscription model), so it doesn’t fit here :)

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  13. imo February 17, 2014 at 8:07 pm - Reply

    need black sheep and kingdom under fire2 on this list. also japan gets bns with a new anime but NA n EU get sqwat sadness

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  14. Sevalle May 13, 2014 at 8:07 pm - Reply

    Really nice list. Aside from Black Desert, Phantasy Star, Bless and Blade&Soul, I also can’t wait for Kingdom under Fire II :3

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  15. angelo1 July 16, 2014 at 9:13 am - Reply

    anyone know when will come black desert?

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  16. Whitee6191 August 25, 2014 at 8:45 pm - Reply

    why isn’t Skyforge on this list?

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  17. Random September 7, 2014 at 8:48 am - Reply

    Mabinogi Arena got canceled. Why is it still on this list?

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  18. Lex September 14, 2014 at 11:56 am - Reply

    Now i know for sure ill avoid Archeage.
    Its unbalanced labor system, bots, hacking, server/client, IP Block crashing is a sign.
    #Error – New trademark of Trion/XL games

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  19. Person December 19, 2014 at 9:52 am - Reply

    Peria Chronicles should be here @.@

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