Best Upcoming MMORPGs 2021 (And Beyond)

If you like MMORPG or MMO games, then this list of the absolute best upcoming MMORPG and MMO games will pique your interest.

At one point in time, MMORPGs were as rare as the legendary loot that players desperately hope to receive at the end of a quest.

The genre’s history is littered with total failures and ambitious games that never received the attention they deserved.

However, the situation appears to have changed in 2021, with the ongoing success of popular MMORPGs like WoW Classic, Neverwinter and Final Fantasy XIV proving the timeless nature of the subgenre.

In this game list, we’ll be highlighting the best upcoming MMORPGs releasing in 2021 and beyond, including a mix of newly announced games as well as those still in alpha or beta periods.

If we forgot to include your favorite game, feel free to sound off in the comments and let us know.

Lastly, make sure to check back as we continue to update this list with new games in the future.

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One of the first new MMORPGs releasing in 2021 is Wild Terra 2: New Lands, a sequel to the original MMORPG released in 2017. Much like its predecessor, the game presents a persistent medieval open-world controlled by players.

You’ll have the option to live in a shared territory called the One Mainland, where you can build structures, develop your skills, hunt wild game, and participate in both PvP and PvE battles, or chart a course for the New Lands and conquer a new continent each season.

Destiny’s Sword is an upcoming squad-based strategy MMO where winning a battle is about more than brute strength. This is because the game features unique social mechanics that task players with managing both the physical and mental wellbeing of their team as they command them through battles with enemy factions.

As the war progresses, your character will start to develop mental illnesses that can affect their team morale as well as their performance in battle. Destiny’s Sword considers itself a “community-first MMO,” where personal victories take a backseat to elevating your teammates.

Although Crucible didn’t exactly manage to set the world on fire or really even create a spark, Amazon Games is looking for redemption with New World, the company’s first foray into MMOs. The game presents players with a fantasy-inspired open world called Aeternum where you can wield swords, bows, guns and magic, using an active combat system.

Offering both PvP and PvE gameplay, New World features an array of modes, including large-scale 50v50 siege battles for control over player-occupied territories. Amazon boasts that over 1,000 players will be able to share the same world, so we’re eager to see the game in action.

Cryptic Studios, the developer behind Neverwinter, has been tapped to create an MMO based on the popular Magic: The Gathering series. Magic: Legends will be a top-down, free-to-play MMORPG set in the same universe as the deckbuilding game and is expected to release sometime next year.

The game sees you becoming a powerful Planeswalker capable of casting spells to perform various attacks, buffs and debuffs. Since it’s directly connected to the source material, you can expect appearances from legendary characters from Magic: The Gathering. Lastly, you’ll have the option to play solo or with up to three players.

Another top-down MMORPG currently in development is Corepunk, which blends cyberpunk, steampunk, dark fantasy and science fiction. The game presents a persistent universe inhabited by four unique cultures and a physical fog-of-war that limits how far your character can see.

This encourages exploration and gives rise to new tactics and strategies when battling enemies. Corepunk also features more traditional MMO elements such as professions, guilds, dungeons, raids, a karma system, and more, in order to keep you engaged and coming back for more.

An early alpha preview of Ashes of Creation bodes well for Intrepid’s upcoming MMORPG. Its in-engine footage highlights one of the game’s raid bosses as well as a unique node system that lets players fill up the world map with their own housing and invest in multiple properties, ranging from farms to luxurious mansions.

Another notable feature is the ability to raid castles with support for guilds and large-scale battles. While Ashes of Creation‘s high fantasy aesthetic may pull it a bit too close to a generic-looking territory, Intrepid appears to be on the brink of something great, evident by the game’s approach to a player-driven economy and property ownership.

Starbase is an upcoming space MMO set in a fully destructible, continually expanding universe that combines voxel and vertex-based technology to create highly detailed environments capable of simulating real-world physics.

This allows for in-game collisions that can either break off a few pieces of your ship or completely rip it apart, depending on your speed. Players can interact with one another in a variety of ways, including trading, cooperative building, and visceral spacecraft battles.

Dual Universe is another upcoming space MMO that shows a lot of promise. The game boasts the first fully changeable universe where players are free to create vehicles, ships, buildings and even full-sized cities.

But it doesn’t end there, as player-driven economy, politics, trade and warfare systems offer a truly immersive experience. While a game of this scale could easily fall prey to many of the usual MMO trappings, the developer has come up with an ambitious solution: make the entire universe seamless by connecting every player in real-time.

Crowfall is an upcoming fantasy MMORPG centered on forming political alliances and rivalries to divide and conquer. To this point, the game emphasizes player interaction via a host of political/economic systems such as territory ownership, alliance hierarchies, trading, and more.

Players can leverage each of these systems to advance their position of power and seize the throne. In terms of character creation, Crowfall uses a point-based stat system that allows players to tailor classes to their playstyle. This ensures no two builds are the same, with each avatar having distinct advantages and disadvantages determined by the player.

Having been in development for roughly six years, Arthurian fantasy MMO Camelot Unchained appears to be the latest victim of what’s been deemed “development hell.” So far, we know the game will let players join one of three factions — Arthurian, Tuatha De Danann or Viking.

From there, players will be able to explore a variety of activities, including large-scale battles spanning multiple realms, base building, trading and armor/weapon crafting. While far from release-ready, an upcoming Alpha build will hopefully provide a bit more context as to what players can expect from Camelot Unchained in the future.

While many are still mourning the loss of the wildly popular superhero MMO City of Heroes, developer Missing Worlds Media has spent the last six years creating a spiritual successor, aptly named City of Titans. Similar to CoH, the game will allow players to create an original hero or villain and begin carving out their adventures through selectable storylines.

In-game powers cover just about every superhero trope you could imagine, including flight, teleportation, super strength and laser vision, to name a few. Although CoT is still very far from being finished or even playable, the most recent developer update shows improvements to the game’s UI and character creation tools.

Formerly called Ascent: Infinite Realm, Elyon is an upcoming MMO developed by Bluehole, the company behind PUBG. The game sees players exploring a massive steampunk fantasy open-world in search of a new home.

However, to traverse Elyon‘s mostly vertical environments, players will have to take to the skies using a wide selection of highly customizable hover vehicles and flying mounts. Additionally, ground base weaponry such as mechs, anti-air artillery and cannons make Elyon‘s large-scale wars feel like epic battles pulled straight off a page of a fantasy novel.

Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen is another upcoming MMO set in a high-fantasy world filled with swords and sorcery. Taking on the role of a legendary hero who’s been stripped of their powers, players will have to rebuild their legacy by exploring Terminus, a world brimming with formidable foes and powerful relics waiting to be revealed.

The game places a heavy emphasis on group play and social interaction, with many high-reward quests requiring a full party. Most promising is Pantheon’s strategic combat system, which removes the option to rotate abilities and instead encourages players to carefully plan out every action before executing.

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Justin Fernandez
Justin Fernandez

As a fan of both indie and triple-A games, Justin finds joy in discovering and sharing hidden gems with other passionate gamers. In addition to reporting on the latest and greatest titles, he manages GamingScan’s social media channels.

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