Top Best Free MMO Games 2015~2016 | Upcoming MMO Games You Can’t Miss (P1)

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Brace yourselves; this one is going to be big. We’re going to pick the MMO games that you should keep an eye out for during 2015 and 2016, and while we’re probably leaving a few behind because we’re still unsure about them, there’s plenty to look at in this list. Instead of our usual top 10s, what we’re doing here is listing our most anticipated free-to-play games by genre and in no specific order. If it’s here, then we want it!

We also want you to note that while most of them are confirmed free-to-play, a few are still undisclosed at the time, but they’re likely to be free too. And finally, a bunch of them still don’t have an official announcement for the west, so keep that in mind.

Let’s all take a deep breath and begin with the best upcoming free MMO games for 2015 and 2016.

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MMORPG

BLACK DESERT ONLINE

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Let’s begin with the big one, the game that got the entire planet learning Korean – Black Desert. Possibly the most anticipated free MMORPG of the past couple of years, Pearl Abyss’ debut title takes the action combat of C9 and pushes it a bit further, making it spectacular and rewarding. It’s a high quality MMORPG offering one of the deepest character creation systems ever seen, impressive characters (six at the time and more to come), and so much stuff to see and do in a beautiful medieval European open world that will keep you busy for months on end. With a western release confirmed, this is a great time to be alive!

LOST ARK

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The Lost Ark announcement was something of a shock. Out of nowhere, we were introduced to the most ambitious isometric hack and slash MMORPG we’ve ever seen – we like to call it the Diablo MMORPG that we ever wanted, just for the sake of it. But while we always approach these announcements with a grain of salt, further info and trailers proved that this wasn’t a mistake and that the game reeks of potential. With a team of over 150 working on it, 18 classes planned, a tripod system to customize your combos and plenty to do besides combat, Lost Ark has quickly risen to the top of the most anticipated MMO games. Even combat looks impressive and extremely varied according to the class you pick. This was love at first sight and it’s bound to last even after the official launch, especially since the global version is pretty much a reality.

PERIA CHRONICLES

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Peria Chronicles is Korea’s response to Everquest Next, we might say. But instead of going with the usual fantasy look, developer Thingsoft chose an anime aesthetic that is breathtaking. We’ve talked a lot about the potential of this game, which allows you to shape the terrain, create houses, entire towns and mechanisms aplenty – you can even create your own games, such as a full-functioning giant Tetris machine. It’s as sandbox a game as they come, but this isn’t just about building and watching – there’s an intricate combat system that all Pokémon fans will approve, with creatures to be found and collected – the Kirana – and then used in what is shaping up to be fast-paced and weighty combat. Peria Chronicles is probably one of the most ambitious MMOs of late and we demand a global release.

LINEAGE ETERNAL: TWILIGHT RESISTANCE

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NCsoft is taking a quite a while with Lineage Eternal: Twilight Resistance, but the 2014 resurfacing reminded us why we want this game to actually launch globally – and this is expected to happen in 2016, but 2017 sounds more likely. Lineage Eternal is an open world MMORPG that includes a randomized dungeon system which will probably be a lot of fun for those looking for ever-changing challenges, and the skill activation system using mouse gestures will at least make for a nice change. The dynamic event quests similar to Guild Wars 2 and the hundreds of players in some areas sealed the deal to us.

EVERQUEST NEXT

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EverQuest Next is a completely unexpected reboot for one of the most popular series of MMORPGs ever made. It’s not just the ambitious sandbox approach, or the somewhat cartoonish look of things. Sure, it’s not exactly Crash Bandicoot but the art style is very different from the previous episodes. We have to be honest though – we like it and think that it can work very well with the building aspect of the game. So, this is going to be EverQuest meets Minecraft with a few more highlights, such as destructibility, a Norrath that is in constant change, as well as choices that have some influence in your character’s destiny. Landmark is the tool that is already sort of out there for those who want to shape the reality of EverQuest Next, but we still have one gripe with all of this: splitting EverQuest in two different, yet interconnected games maybe, just maybe, wasn’t the best choice. But that’s us.

SKYFORGE

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So you want to be a god? Good for you, there’s a game approaching where you can do just that. Skyforge is an ambitious MMORPG coming from an unexpected duo: Allods Team, the makers of Allods Online, and Obsidian Entertainment, masters of storytelling – and of a few buggy releases, some might add. There’s a lot of potential in this game, just as much as there’s no dedicated healer class. The hybrid combat looks fun, some of the locations give us a Star Wars kind of vibe and the ability to become a God, gathering a group of loyal followers and smiting opponents is something that we want to experience.

OTHERLAND

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It’s great to have Otherland back, after it was prematurely canceled in 2012. It was probably too ambitious and led to the developer closing its doors. Now with a new developer and a renewed focus, Otherland is smoothly going places… virtual places. This MMORPG is based on the books by Tad Williams and mixes medieval fantasy, sci-fi, and cyberpunk virtual worlds in a way that very few MMOs have attempted to. The idea of beginning the adventure as a blank slate of an avatar, later defining the abilities, is also a clever gimmick, but the thing that should be highlighted is the eDNA, something that allows you to collect pieces of code and create your own worlds. At the very least, Otherland has a setting of its own.

THE REPOPULATION

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Ah, the feels! The memories of Star Wars Galaxies and how it was a great game that was prematurely shut down. The Repopulation is trying to mix said game with Ultima Online and that is far from an easy task. Science-fiction sandbox MMOs are few and far between, especially as ambitious as this one, so you have to keep an eye out for it. Focusing on player choice – for example, combat or peaceful means –, this game will give you the tools, the skills, the housing, the dynamic content and let you approach the seamless game world the way you see fit. This will be one rough around the edges MMO with average graphics, but the complexity and Star Wars Galaxies comparisons are real.

ALBION ONLINE

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For some, Albion Online will finally replace RuneScape, while for others this is going to bring plenty of beautiful Ultima Online memories. Aptly-titled developer Sandbox Interactive is making a great job with this game, taking risks and boldly going where few other studios have gone before. First of all, this is a cross-platform MMO, so you can continue your adventure on iOS or Android, with every player joining in the same master server. There are no class restrictions in Albion Online, so you are what you wear. There’s also a player-driven economy, and while we know how risky this can be, hopefully it will serve its purpose. Albion Online could be a huge game.

TREE OF SAVIOR

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Tree of Savior is shaping up to be the game that Ragnarok Online 2 should have been. The cute anime visuals look like they were caught in the middle of a time conundrum – they look as retro as can be but at the same time they’re just perfect for today and we wouldn’t change them a bit. With 80 classes, some of them quite hard to get, and over 200 bosses, there’s a lot to do and kill in this old-school MMORPG. And you can jump! Yes, it’s a bit silly to talk about this but how many times have you been able to jump in an MMORPG? It will definitely come in handy in boss fights.

MAPLESTORY 2

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How do you approach the development of a sequel for a 2D game released in 2003? Apparently, by drastically changing the way it looks. MapleStory 2 looks like MySims – remember that one? -, except cuter and with a heck more possibilities. It’s all very chibi, colorful and probably stupid fun for all ages – we’ll probably enjoy the building aspect a lot. The silly mini-games will surely become a fan favorite, and we can’t forget the chibi Diablo hack and slash gameplay with those cute bosses. It’s a game full of potential and we’re just hoping that Nexon won’t place all the cool stuff behind a paywall. You can begin your Nexon hating in 3, 2, 1… go!

BLESS ONLINE

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Bless Online, or Bless: Embers in the Storm, is a beautiful Korean MMORPG, but it won’t make you change your mind about the gameplay approach of most Eastern studios. It has some ridiculously good character design – and over-sexualized too –, the visual detail can be jaw-dropping at times, but in the end you’ll have to be in it for the grind. But hey, that could be said about 99% of the MMORPGs here, right? Luckily combat can be very satisfying, with the control being different according to the class – some use tab-target, others go for a TERA action-combat style of gameplay.

ECHO OF SOUL

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Echo of Soul, or EOS Online, is incredibly popular in Korea and will finally launch during 2015 in the US. Just as it happens with Bless, this is not the game for you if you’re expecting something out of the ordinary; instead, Echo of Soul is simply put an enjoyable, highly polished MMORPG that is usually compared to TERA. There’s no dedicated healer class, it includes a soul-collecting system and should keep us entertained for quite a while.

H1Z1

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Let’s just pretend for a while that Sony Online Entertainment… I mean, Daybreak Game Company, isn’t completely trying to get in the DayZ bandwagon. Now we can continue, hoping that H1Z1 fulfills all the potential that fans of sandbox zombie survival MMOs are expecting of it. Although it’s still early stages for this game, what we played allowed us to imagine just where it could go, and it could go places. The freedom that this sort of game provides will let players create their own stories, hopefully in the same rich way that DayZ is doing, but we’re also expecting something new, something different to justify its existence. We expect this one to be in early development for another year or two, quite frankly.

GLORIA VICTIS

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We just want Gloria Victis to be successful. There’s a big lack of true medieval MMOs (even if it’s actually low-fantasy) and this is a game that is clearly being made with passion, with so many mechanics in place and planned, that it just sounds like the MMORPG version of Chivalry: Medieval Warfare. Sure, combat is bound to be more tactical and realistic, but that is precisely something that we want to see. This is shaping up to be a niche MMORPG, one of difficult access, but that’s just the way it should be.

SKYSAGA

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SkySaga is one more attempt to take the Minecraft formula somewhere else, probably somewhere more player-friendly but still offering some great tools for world creation. From what we’ve seen in the alpha, this is a game that is going in the right direction – it’s pretty, moves smoothly and even combat can be somewhat enjoyable. Although Minecraft-like games will continue to spring from under every rock, SkySaga and Creativerse are two of the games that are bound to be the most successful.

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  • Miguel Silva

    nice top!!! i want 4 games now!!! :v

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    • http://www.freemmostation.com/ FreeMMOStation

      Thanks! Which games are those?

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      • Miguel Silva

        Black Desert, tree of savior, PERIA CHRONICLES and lost ark

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        • http://www.freemmostation.com/ FreeMMOStation

          Good list. And at least 3 of those have western releases confirmed, so that’s great :)

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  • Travis

    I want Closers on here lol

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    • http://www.freemmostation.com/ FreeMMOStation

      It should be, probably one of the few I honestly forgot about.

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  • ShadowFang

    This is a monstrous list with far, far too many to comment on :) You guys must have done a ton of work to compile this all for this thing! Much respect. It’s kinda hard to keep track of this based on different websites that cover different things as specialities

    Black Desert is amazing. It looks amazing. It’s got amazing action combat. I’m 100% onboard that. I’m as hyped as can be! I’m just waiting on it to launch a CBT in the West already 😀

    Speaking of being 100% onboard with something already; Unreal Tournament 2K15! That’s (almost) my jam right there! Sure, I was a Quake 3 kid back in the day, but this looks fantastic; I’ll adjust. I’m also really excited to watch their Youtube channel and see them make good on working with community creators!

    Also 100% with Overwatch. God, I just love that style! Don’t even care with what monetization model it goes for. Buy to Play or Free to Play with Microtransactions – heck, since they’re part of Activision and the characters look so, so cool, I wouldn’t mind a Skylanders-style “Toy-to-Game” model. It could be like a fighting game or MOBA; have a small pool of champions with the game (4 or so), cycle in 2 new ones annually (every 3 weeks or whatever) so people can give ’em a whirl, then you buy some sick figurine/statuette with some QR Code or USB dealie on it to unlock the character for permanent use? And you get a cool statue of Tracer or Winston for your office? Heck. YES. I might be in the minority there, but judging by how many 30-40 year olds lose their sh** for worthless Amiibos that barely do anything, I probably am not 😉

    Gotta agree with EQN/Landmark there. I’m pretty worried for Everquest Next right now. Between the Daybreak layoffs, the cutting out of Storybricks, the fact that they haven’t shown it (or seemingly cared much about it) over the past year versus just adding crud onto Landmark that shouldn’t be there (combat should go in the MMO, c’mon), I don’t think it was smart to split it in two. What was going to be really cool in the context of an RPG, with storybricks’ ability to custom-make quests, now has been devalued to the point of just being SOE’s (Daybreak’s, whatevs) answer to Minecraft. Meanwhile, the actual game portion that was supposed to elevate it hasn’t materialized at all. It’s a shame.

    At least Peria Chronicles looks fantastic. Just hoping it gets announced for International Release in time. That game really, really, looks amazing. Both from a tech standpoint and just as an MMORPG. I love Eastern-made games, and that is as impressive as anything I’ve seen come out of Japanese devs on the PS4 or whatever. Moreso in some respects (I think Peria Chronicles looks more whimsical, charming and fun than all the Xenoblade Cross’ and FF XV’s in the world currently. Truth. And it looks to be unchallenged unless Level 5 announces another Dark Cloud or Ni No Kuni title in the next few years, or something)

    Tree of Saviour is exciting to me just because it looks so pretty and painterly, and sounds amazing, and should be fun. I really love just whacking monsters with friends – I spent far too much time playing Ragnarok ODYSSEY Ace on the PS3 last year because of that :) Even if I didn’t know about the Ragnarok connection for ToS, I’d be hyped for this because it also channels what I love about Square’s mostly dormant (screw cell phone games) Mana series. Plus, it’s just nice to see them deal with the international so, so well. Going far enough to show off that Text Editor thing; supporting fan translations is something more people can do (as evidenced by the “I want to believe” section)

    MapleStory 2 – btw, nice job shouting out to MySims! It TOTALLY looks like that and it was driving me nuts trying to recall it at points! But I do love that art style; it looks so, so fun and cute. It may have changed up a lot, but focusing on fun and cuteness is definitely shared with it’s prequel. I’m excited for that.

    And then stuff like SkyForge, Triad Wars, Crowfall (which isn’t going to launch this year, but will do something. Probably. I’ll be watching updates, for sure), EOS Online, Victory Command (thanks for putting that on my radar!), Dungeon Defenders II, Ghost in the Shell (I doubt a western release too, but I wouldn’t eat my hat if it came out, lol)… seriously, there’s FAR too much here that’s exciting and potentially amazing! And I’ll be believing right alongside you guys, hoping for titles like PSO2 and Blade & Soul (and also Moonlight Blade, personally) to head West. Especially MonHun Online – I really don’t get how Capcom can see that China prefers their games on non-handheld platforms, yet keeps trying to shove handheld MH games down our throats… all of our throats. Literally every other country that isn’t Japan doesn’t like handhelds. It’s baffling. o.O

    There’s such a strong immediate future for big online games after so much bad news for titles like Wildstar, and Project Titan having to be re-jiggered into Overwatch, and the head of 2K saying you can’t make profitable MMO’s in the West and all that; it’s really cool to see!

    Ok, I’m done ranting :)

    Great vid, FMMOS! That was a long one, but fantastic! Great work!

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    • http://www.freemmostation.com/ FreeMMOStation

      If I could upvote your comment 10 times, I would! That was some impressive, valid, thoughtful rant! I particularly liked your view on Overwatch and the possibility of having figurines for it. I mean, how genius would that be and why aren’t more studios doing it? Thinking about it, it could be part of the future of free-to-play instead of the usual P2W store! The most popular games could have figurines/classes that devoted players would buy and double as game content and collectible. Activision Blizzard could totally do it with any of their games, they have the cash and the Skylander experience. Riot could do it with League of Legends for new, rare champions! The potential is crazy!

      Anyway, back to reality! EQN is being hit by a lot of bad stuff, so let’s hope it doesn’t end up shabby, or even canceled. Crowfall looks really promising, I think it’s B2P, so they’re doing something right (meaning that at least they escaped the idiotic subscription model). Moonlight Blade also looks cool, as well as Revelation Online.

      A bunch of good stuff coming, no doubt! And thank you for your compliments and for the great comment! 😀

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    • http://sobimask.deviantart.com/ 坂田 銀時

      It’s the first generation of Ragnarok, (Ragnarok Online). I think the dev team or the studio is the same. Also the feel, and the 2D or probably 2.5D looks are the similar. (atleast thats what I feel)

      Ragnarok Online is one of the best game i’ve ever had, sometimes I still play the Private Server(I even made a private server tho it only last few month), so maybe 2015/2016 is time to move on after years. 😀

      Still tho the concept of the new games are just awesome, I think Online Games are ‘starting’ to enter a new era.

      I’m glad I live in the present.

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  • Cazbah

    I know it’s a little early to ask but will you guys be giving away beta keys for Black Desert?

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    • http://www.freemmostation.com/ FreeMMOStation

      You’re right, it is TOO early to ask 😀

      We’ll do our best though.

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      • Cazbah

        Okay sweet thankyou

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  • http://sobimask.deviantart.com/ 坂田 銀時

    MUST PLAY = ToS!!!
    then
    1st priority = EQN, Peria Chronicles
    2nd = Black Desert, Lost Ark, Lineage
    3rd = Fortnite

    I always watch your video, but this is the first time I do comment.
    thanks for the upload, always. 😀

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  • https://www.facebook.com/mark.mihajlovic Mahou Mate

    Any news on BnS?

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  • 123aqwe3rqw

    Add “The Age of Heroes” to this list mate.

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  • kungfuevil

    Im starting to loose faith in Black Desert in light of recent news about the complete nerf of pve content. I don’t want another B&S that looks pretty and completely empty inside.

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  • wedrq342341qw

    @kungfuevil:disqus
    No kidding, casualization is starting to get on my nerves. Most of those casualized games get boring after a friggin’ week…all for the sake of a bunch of losers. Gloria Victis and Tree of Savior.. i hope you guys won’t go casual too.

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  • leong vivien

    Pixel Starships! Awesome graphics and super addictive!

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