Free MMO Game Awards 2014~2015: Results and Considerations (Part 3)



This category could also be called “most ‘why did they make it subscription-based in the first place?'”. It looks like your money is on the MMORPG based on one of the most famous and profitable franchises ever, The Elder Scrolls Online. The fact that Zenimax recently removed the longer subscription option (6-month) was considered by a lot of players as the first hint that the transition to free-to-play is in the works. Wildstar comes in a very close second, another subscription-based MMO game that is going through a lot of turmoil, including layoffs at Carbine Studios and an overall idea that the studio is having serious internal issues between the staff. In third place comes Final Fantasy XIV, a game that surprisingly managed to be reborn from some truly messed-up ashes, truth be said. How long will it hold its playerbase, however, is a completely different question.


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While a lot of the cool MMORPGs are coming from Korea and possibly staying there, we're a bit baffled at how the Eastern publishers manage to grab the exclusive rights to some of the West's biggest franchises. For example, what sense is there in having Call of Duty Online as a China exclusive, and with Chris Evans aka Captain America promoting it, to add insult to injury? Or Borderlands Online only for China too, a series that is extremely popular in North America and an MMO was something that many players were hoping to get? And what about Monster Hunter Online, a series that originated in Japan but has worldwide appeal, and yet this awesome-looking MMO is getting a China release only, so far? Anyway, all of these were beaten by the stunning martial arts MMORPG Blade & Soul, a game that is already becoming a pain in the neck – either announce a date or cancel it altogether, dammit!



Everything must come to an end. Sometimes it is games that have been around for a while, others it's games that are canceled during development. You mostly regretted that CCP, EVE Online developer, decided to cease development on World of Darkness, the ‘ultimate vampire simulator', as they promoted it. With the lack of vampire MMO games and a strong license behind it, it's easy to understand why you chose World of Darkness as your favorite. In second place comes Blizzard's Project Titan, a game that had few to none information released, but coming from the studio that pretty much set the path for MMOs with World of Warcraft, the hype was huge. In third place comes Dawngate, Electronic Art's new MOBA that didn't even get past open beta. Harry Potter Online got the fourth place and we believe the reason for this was that the game was a very low profile affair, developed by fans, and without any proper teaser revealed so far. A true, big-budget Harry Potter MMO would make so much money, it's crazy!



As expected, you're all a bit tired of MOBA games. With a few great ones taking everyone's time (you know, League of Legends, Dota 2 and SMITE), why are so many studios insisting in new MOBAs that clearly won't have anyone playing them? Sure, we don't mind having a few more contenders such as Blizzard's Heroes of the Storm, but for each one of those there's a dozen bland offerings that no one cares about. Give us a break with the MOBAs and try to create something original – the pie just isn't big enough for everyone to get a piece.

And that wraps the results of our FreeMMOStation Free MMO Game Awards 2014~2015. Let's hope that 2015 brings a lot of good games and that this will make your choice even more difficult than it was this time. Stick around for great news and announcements and don't forget to follow our updates via Facebook, YouTube, Google+ and Twitter, and sign up for our daily newsletter, it's all completely free and fluffy!

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Guild Wars 2 best MMORPG


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  • Lex

    Yes, one would say that an unimaginably large amount of money was lost durring the time players enjoyed original Dota, becouse not even a percentage of that was taxed or cash shopped, untill someone realised to put together a place and step up with the official game first.
    League of legends simply claimed monopoly ,and once large amount of players start playing something ,they do not stop, remmember World of Warcraft.

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  • Vince

    I wish Final Fantasy XIV Realm Reborn would offer up a Guild Wars 2-style option without the subscription. I just do not have the time to commit to a game enough to get the money out of a sub these days… and I guess there aren’t younger gamers checking out many MMO’s to make up for the older guys like me with things like a JOB to deal with 😛

    Blade & Soul is also… man, you guys keep that hope torch burning. I would like to see Phantasy Star Online 2 hit it West, and Sega at least (barely) acknowledged the western release of that in the past 6 months (via Tweet).

    Games like Borderlands or COD Online don’t bug me that much, since it’s clear that they’re there in lieu of console releases. I mean, just go with the flow for the successful model over there; I get it. Stuff like Civilization Online is more interesting to me though, since they’re original titles based on existing franchises. Or Monster Hunter Online, because no one cares about cheap little PS2-looking 3DS games releasing in that series here in the West, y’know? Yeah, yeah – the small MH hardcore fanbase (not even that vocal) is complaining now, but WAY MORE just want to see a production like TenCent’s CryEngine 3-powered beauty over here. For OUR PC’s (and our Next Gen consoles, let’s face it). Also painful 😀

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    • freemmostation

      We want Blade & Soul, dammit! xD

      I see your point, somewhat: COD doesn’t really need an “online” game (which is most likely inferior to the multiplayer of actual CODs), but Borderlands Online could be a hit, if made properly. But Civ Online, I have no idea for why we’re not getting this one, since it’s a fairly different game from the original series.

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