Looking for the top free-to-play MMORPG games of 2014? Here is the list of the best MMOs due to be released in 2014, with links. This post will be updated regularly as more information about each upcoming MMORPG become available.
All of these games are currently under development so they are not playable yet. Most of the info here was taken from their official websites, press releases and interviews. The original sources are credited and linked to but since these MMORPGs are still being developed the details given here may change.
Many release dates given here are just speculative so please don’t think of them as set in stone.
Top Free-to-Play MMO Games 2014 List
Release Date: 2014
Developer: Roberts Space Industries
Monetization: Buy to play with microtransactions
Not your usual MMO game, Star Citizen by Roberts Space Industries (RSI) is a sandbox space game with open world architecture set in space that is being developed by Chris Roberts, the same guy who made the popular, genre-defining game Wing Commander. Strictly speaking it is not just an MMO (although it is set in a persistent world) because there is also a single-player, offline game mode. Private servers and mods will also be allowed.
This sandbox MMO will feature over 100 different galaxies in which they can trade, mine, fight and complete missions. Politics and the economy will be player-run in this space-sim MMO.
Release Date: 2014 or 2015 (exact release date unknown)
Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
Titan is the codename of one of Blizzard’s current projects. Not much is really known about this MMO and there is no official website yet. This leaked timeline shows a release date of 2014. Of course, Blizzard is already known for creating the best-selling World of Warcraft MMO so a lot of gamers are keeping an eye out for more rumors and news about Titan even though at the moment there is not much that is really known about it except for the fact that it will be separate and distinct from WoW and Diablo. This interview with a former Blizzard employee is very revealing though. He says that:
Just as any other blizzard game, it’s gonna be a lot of proven concepts refined to the best of the genre mixed with reliable ways to sell to the masses and added with some tiny bits of hardcore to appeal to even the darkest of souls…. also sims players.
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Release Date: 2014 (in Asia)
PK Project is an upcoming multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game being developed by Smilegate, the Korean-based developer that made the popular first-person shooter Crossfire. PK Project will feature iconic Marvel Entertainment characters like Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Hulk as well as characters from myth and history. The release date has been confirmed as 2014 in an official press release by Marvel.com.
Lineage Eternal: Twilight Resistance
Release Date: TBA
Lineage Eternal: Twilight Resistance, also called Lineage III, is the much-anticipated third release in the popular Lineage MMORPG franchise. Details are sparse at the moment but a recent demo showed that it has an isometric (top-down) view like that of Diablo. Terrain and interactive objects in the environment will be a big part of the combat system. For example, if a fire spell is cast, the surrounding plants will catch fire. Three clases, Warrior, Mage and Elemental Archer have been announced but more are expected to be added before the game’s release. (Source)
The release date of 2014 is just a guess since there has been no official announcement about it yet. The reason why it may come out in 2014 is because NCSoft, the developer, has run into serious trouble because the source code for Lineage Eternal has allegedly been stolen. This is bound to cause a delay. Despite this problem, it’s still worth keeping an eye out for news about this upcoming MMO since its two predecessors, Lineage and Lineage II, have brought in over 1.6 billion in revenues for NCsoft.
World of Darkness
Release Date: TBA
Developer: CCP Games
World of Darkness is an upcoming MMO game set in the dark fantasy world of Vampire: the Masquerade created by White Wolf Publishing. It is expected to be somewhat true to its origins by featuring social interaction, player politics and role-playing, with faction and territories being a big part of the game. It will explore the themes of “Mystery, Romance, Power and Danger” and it will not be particularly combat-intensive unless the player prefers to play it that way. (Source)
CCP Games is the developer of the sandbox MMORPG Eve Online.
According to what was revealed in the 2012 EVE Fanfest, players can play it in three different ways:
Coffeehouse style – players who like the social aspects of the game can play the coffeehouse which is very casual and RP player focused
Theme park – the part that has a lot of PvE, like traditional MMORPG gameplay
Sandbox – this is apparently the biggest and most important part of the game which has a lot of player conflict and politicking, cities will be controlled by “Princes”
Release Date: TBA
Developer: Undead Labs
Class4 is Undead Lab’s upcoming zombie survival open-world online game for the Xbox 360. Another project, called Class3, will be released first. Class3 will be also be an online game (on Xbox Live) but on a small scale meant for two players while Class4 is much more massive, with thousands of players simultaneously playing on the same server. Class3 will start off the story with a major zombie outbreak then Class4 will show what happens as the the outbreak progresses into a full-fledged zombie apocalypse and the total breakdown of modern society.
The man behind Undead Labs is Jeff Strain, ArenaNet co-founder and former World of Warcraft lead programmer. Strain has stated that he likes the microtransaction business model so it is possible that it will launch as free-to-play or possibly buy-to-play. Subscription fees are reportedly impossible since the Xbox LIVE Gold service already requires a monthly fee.
Release Date: TBA, estimated 2014 on Kickstarter
Developer: Black Eye Games
Monetization: Free-to-play with cash shop
An upcoming game by independent developer Black Eye Games, Gloria Victis is set in a dark and dangerous fantasy medieval world. Drawing inspiration from classic RPGs like Gothic, Baldur’s Gate and Neverwinter Nights, the game will have realistic melee, mounted and ranged weapons from medieval times. The developers have promised a mature, non-linear story that is “not afraid to tackle serious issues” as well as unrestricted character development with no classes. The actual release date has not yet been announced but their November 2012 Kickstarter page gives an estimate of 17 months before completion which means it might be due for release some time in 2014.
Ghost in the Shell MMO Game
Release Date: 2014
Developer: Neople (subsidiary of Nexon)
Website: none yet
Monetization: possibly free-to-play
Nexon has partnered up with Kodansa to develop a brand new Ghost in the Shell: STAND ALONE COMPLEX MMO shooter. The expected release date is early 2014. The official announcement in the Nexon website says that it will be a futuristic MMO first-person shooter featuring cyborg battles. There is also something called “cooperative battle mode, a new concept that integrates artificial intelligence with the player.” No other details are known.
LEGO Minifigures MMO
Release Date: testing 3rd quarter 2013, release first half 2014
The upcoming LEGO Minifigures MMO by Funcom is scheduled for closed beta testing in the 3rd quarter of this year and they are going for a 2014 release date. The MMO will be a family-friendly that is available for play on the PC, Mac, iOS, Android and Windows mobile platforms. The LEGO Minifigures MMORPG is envisioned as a fun, collection-driven game for kids with lots of LEGO humor, flashy combat, PvP brawls, and team PvP. It will contain a lot of different game environments from outer space to a world based on Greek mythology.
Release Date: 2014 (unconfirmed)
Edengrad is an upcoming independently developed crafting/survival MMORPG. It is currently being developed in Poland. In this MMO, players will spawn in a random location in the post-apocalyptic world. Since the newbie player will have no items, his or her first task will be to gather and build a shelter so he or she can survive the first night in Edengrad since monsters or predators tend to hunt after dark. Players will have to gather resources, cut down trees, grow crops, and craft items to sate their hunger, thirst and energy needs. Every item in the world from campfires to massive cities, will have to be crafted by players.
Registration for alpha testers: http://edengrad.net/forum/showthread.php?tid=343
That’s it for the top free MMORPG 2014 list. If you have any information or opinion about these MMOs that you want to share then please leave a comment below. Feel free to let us know about any other upcoming titles that we missed if they are due to be released in 2014.