Tiger Knight Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Tiger Knight RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Tiger Knight Relaunches After One-Day Shutdown https://www.gameskinny.com/5e71j/tiger-knight-relaunches-after-one-day-shutdown https://www.gameskinny.com/5e71j/tiger-knight-relaunches-after-one-day-shutdown Sun, 14 Jan 2018 14:54:00 -0500 Sjaak den Heijer

After averaging roughly 200 players at any given moment, Oasis Games decided to shut down Tiger Knight: Empire War on January 10th, 2018, with only some speculation of a self-published relaunch by NetDragon Websoft (the original developers of Empire Knight). Hardcore fans of the free-to-play game, which merges the gameplay of Mount & Blade with an MMO, were left in the dark. Luckily for them, only one day after its initial shutdown and without any announcement, NetDragon Websoft relaunched the game on January 11th, giving fans of the game hope of a bright future for one of their favorite games.

What is changing?

First of all, the name of the game has changed to the more direct Tiger Knight. From now on, NetDragon Websoft will be self-publishing Tiger Knight, making it very unlikely to get another shutdown. And since the developers are focusing on the game again, the chance of it getting frequent updates and support is quite high.

If you haven't tried Tiger Knight yet, check out the trailer below. What are your thoughts on the sudden relaunch? Let us know in the comments.

 

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4 Ways Upcoming MMOs Are Going to Change the Genre Forever https://www.gameskinny.com/96wqx/4-ways-upcoming-mmos-are-going-to-change-the-genre-forever https://www.gameskinny.com/96wqx/4-ways-upcoming-mmos-are-going-to-change-the-genre-forever Tue, 07 Mar 2017 08:00:02 -0500 Ty Arthur

Let's face it, the massively multiplayer gaming arena has become stagnant. With only a few exceptions here and there, anyone looking to join in on a new MMO can expect to see the exact same ideas churned out with slightly different graphical styles, from the beautiful but overly grindy Asian titles, to a slew of by-the-numbers fantasy games with the same basic quest layouts and crafting mechanics, they are all the same.

Games going free-to-play propped up the genre for a time, but even that seems to be failing to draw in huge numbers lately as players tire of talking to the village elder and killing X wildebeest time and again.

2016 in particular was a year marked by a lot of the same old, same old, dominated by World Of Warcraft's Legion expansion and the cluttered and overly complicated Korean MMO Black Desert Online.

All is not lost though, and there's hope for some serious game changers to arrive in the future. A handful of titles coming in the next year or two have the possibility of revolutionizing what it means to be an MMO, and thus saving this dying genre by injecting a fresh level of enthusiasm.

Key to this possible renewal are several game changing mechanics, from permadeath to survival elements.

Aging and Permadeath

Considering that developers want you to play in a living world for multi-year stretches, it's odd how few MMOs have tried to implement legitimate aging systems where infrastructure crumbles and characters die of old age.

Looking to fill that void and permanently change the gaming landscape is Chronicles of Elyria, an incredibly ambitious game that features a mechanic normally thought anathema to all things massively multiplayer: permadeath.

That's unquestionably a good way to get you invested in your character, knowing he/she's going to die permanently if you aren't careful. It also helps prevent the end-game boredom so typical of any MMORPG, as there will regularly be a new character to build up in a different way.

Like in real life, death is inevitable, as your character will age and eventually pass away. Further adding realism is how characters will change based on personal habits, from clothes getting dirty to bulges around the midsection developing if you eat more than you exercise. A much bigger look at this still early in development title is expected to be launched in just a handful of days at PAX East, so keep your eyes peeled!

On a similar note but with a different execution is Crowfall, featuring resetting campaigns that prevent any one player from always being on top and giving the player base a reason to keep going even after reaching "end game" content.

Squad-Based

If one character is good, five characters would be better, right? We've already seen some squad-based MMO implementation recently with Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade, and there's more of this style slated to come soon. It may not radically change everything about the genre, but it does expand the scope at least.

Long in the doldrums with no active news for years, it seems like Lineage Eternal is actually getting pushed towards a western release now and will put you in control of a four person squad. You primarily run one character at a time, with the others trailing behind, but you can switch between members of the group frequently, changing up the basic concept of one character at a time in any other MMORPG.

Did you dig the freedom and mass combat of Mount & Blade? The early access Tiger Knight takes that concept and puts it in a Chinese setting while offering each player a large group of soldiers to command in addition to your main character. It's basically online large scale warfare as the main game mechanic, allowing the Total War crowd to have its own historical warfare MMO.

Cross Genre

Once upon a time the term MMORPG exclusively meant something like World of Warcraft or Everquest. Nowadays the lines between massively multiplayer and other genres are starting to blur, with MOBAs in particular sitting in a position where they may as well already be called MMOs as well.

For instance, is Overwatch a "massively multiplayer" game? After all, it has no single player mode and revolves around large groups of players coming together for matches.

Now in beta, Mu Legend's aesthetics strongly bring to mind any of the huge MOBAs like League of Legends, and adds in a strong action RPG element to the massively multiplayer style.

Going a totally different direction while combining some of those same MOBA aspects is the upcoming Cloud Pirates, taking us off the ground and going up into the sky. Who doesn't want to be a sky pirate every now and again? Rather than upgrading your thief's skills or your warrior's sword, instead you unlock new airships, upgrade your cannons, and utilize new modules.

These cross genre games certainly aren't limited to online battle arena mechanics either, and its a good bet we'll see other styles continue to collide with MMOs in the future as developers break out of the typical massively multiplayer comfort zone. For something really unexpected, check out StarBreak, a Sega Genesis style platformer that also happens to be an MMO.

Survival Elements

The perpetually early access Ark: Survival Evolved is essentially already an MMO, even if it isn't officially labeled that, and has fewer players on a server than in a traditional massively multiplayer entry.

For those who want a true MMO experience where you can freeze or starve to death, there's the long, long, long in development Dark And Light, which curiously also features dinosaurs, extracting ingredients from the landscape, and has a very similar menu screen.

The survival genre is just getting started to be explored in a serious way in the MMO genre, and expect to see more of these types of elements added in the future and to become just as much of a staple as player economies and crafting.

Other Potential MMO Changes

It remains to be seen if the promise of these upcoming MMOs can truly be delivered. Talk is cheap (just ask anyone who bought No Man's Sky), while making good on all those development goals is much harder. With any luck we'll get something akin to what's been advertised, with aging, survival elements, cross-genre mash-ups, and squad-based play changing the face of the MMORPG world for years to come.

While the four major changes outlined above are very likely going to have a big impact on future MMO development, there are plenty of other welcome changes that could be game changers, like mixing offline with online (something Ultima: Shroud of the Avatar is currently working on).

There's of course the long shadow being cast by the sorta kinda MMO Star Citizen, which increasingly feels like it will never be released, so its hard to gauge how well its claims will be implemented and what sort of impact the end product will have on the overall genre.

Another style change that hasn't been implemented to the level it could is the non-combat focused MMO. Sadly, those that have been attempted so far -- like the now-dead Seed -- haven't managed to hit the big leagues yet, so combat remains a major MMO focus over other possibilities.

Which of these impending games has you ready to jump back into the massively multiplayer arena, and what's the biggest change you'd like to see the genre make in the coming years?

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The 11 Best Free Steam Games of 2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/1mvb9/the-11-best-free-steam-games-of-2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/1mvb9/the-11-best-free-steam-games-of-2016 Fri, 16 Dec 2016 10:57:06 -0500 Sergey_3847

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This is definitely not an ultimate list, and we are sure there have been so many other great games released this year on Steam.

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The next year looks even more interesting as the indie scene is turning into a true catalyst of great free-to-play games. So watch out for some great new titles coming in 2017, as well.

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What other great free Steam games would you like to see in this list? Post them below in the comments section.

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Eternal

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Genre: CCG, Strategy
Developer: Dire Wolf Digital
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Card games are everywhere now, and our list is full of them. However, this is not a drawback at all, as the statistics show that CCGs are just as popular as first-person shooters. Therefore it makes sense to talk about another great free-to-play card game -- Eternal.

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What makes Eternal exciting and different is a total lack of Random Number Generation (RNG). This alone should keep you interested, especially if you got tired of the Hearthstone randomness.

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Eternal has two PvE modes: Gauntlet and Forger, and one PvP mode called Draft. As a new player you need to climb the ladder and open booster packs for your collection. Later, when you have enough gold and cards, you can make the next step to play against some really experienced players and take your card battling to another level!

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Tiger Knight: Empire War

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Genre: MMO, Action, Strategy
Developer: NetDragon
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This epic MMO is currently in Early Access, but it already offers some amazing gameplay completely for free. If you like games like Mount & Blade, then be sure to check out this Chinese import (which is a rarity these days).

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In its current stage the game offers three game modes:

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Get your fix of historical strategy with this gem of a free game!

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Hunger Dungeon

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Genre: Action, MOBA
Developer: Buka Game Studio
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Hunger Dungeon is an 8–bit pixelated arena fighter for 1-6 players. It is very similar in style to Battlerite, but with oldschool graphics and mechanics.

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There aren’t that many heroes in the game yet -- but when it comes to skill trees and equipment, Hunger Dungeon will surprise you with an abundance of customizable features. Hero skills are designed to make the gameplay extremely dynamic and entertaining by using all kinds of traps, bombs, clones, shields and more!

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Other things such as loot, dungeon raiding and a huge number of arenas are also present, making this a game packed with content despite being free to play.

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Shadowverse

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Genre: CCG, Strategy, Action
Developer: CyGames
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Have you ever wanted to play a card game with an actual story? Now you can in Shadowverse -- a mobile game that became so popular the developers had to push it to other platforms.

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Cards in Shadowverse have an ability to evolve, meaning that their stats become bigger and better as you play them. There are hundreds of different cards in the game, and this number just keeps growing. You have access to many spells, amulets, and of course, minions.

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Building a deck in Shadowverse requires some knowledge of cards and their synergies. It is not enough to just put the most powerful cards in your deck and expect to win every game. Although it has elements of action, this is first and foremost a strategy game.

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Paladins

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Genre: Action
Developer: Hi-Rez Studios
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Paladins is the latest game from the developers of Smite. Since it was announced around the time of the Overwatch release, many people naturally claimed that Hi-Rez Studios tried to copy the Blizzard formula.

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If you compare the two games, you will see many similarities. However, unlike Overwatch, Paladins allows you to customize your hero’s abilities with the help of cards. On top of that, every hero can equip special items that can significantly increase their effectiveness on the battlefield.

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Paladins also doesn’t require a high-end PC for it to perform well, so it is a good consideration for an entertaining team-based shooter, even if you don’t exactly own a high-end gaming computer!

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Mandagon

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Genre: Adventure
Developer: Blind Sky Studios
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If you miss simple and beautiful 2D platformers from the NES/SNES era, then Mandagon is a game for you. There are no difficult game mechanics or revolutionary approaches to platforming, but it’s a solid game that has the potential to immerse you for many hours.

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The best thing about Mandagon is its inspiration -- Tibetan Buddhism. You get to travel around the land of Buddhist temples and culture, meeting wrathful deities who share their wisdom with you. In this charming way you receive clues on how to move to the next levels in a colorful and inspired setting.

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Istrolid

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Genre: Strategy
Developer: treeform
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Usually, when people think about a strategy game, they imagine it being slow and boring -- but that is not the case with Istrolid. This little indie project is extremely fast-paced, and yet totally makes you think in a strategic way.

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Here, you need to take as many points under your control as you can, and at the same time watch out for enemies intruding and trying to intercept your points.

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Of course, this game cannot be compared to the grand strategy games we are all so used to, but if you have a few spare hours, then Istrolid would be a perfect choice for you to get the strategy experience without the time commitment.

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Iron Snout

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Genre: Action
Developer: SnoutUp
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Iron Snout shows us that pigs can do so much more than just getting turned into bacon. They can also fight and protect themselves from hordes of wild animals equipped with various melee weapons!

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The gameplay is really simple here -- all you have to do is control a piggy that stands in the center of the screen and hit every single minion that attacks you either from left or right. The more enemies you kill, the higher the pressure becomes, and the better rewards await.

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You can also pick up weapons that drop from the dead enemies and use them to your benefit.

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It's a simple but effective premise that makes for some bloody fun carnage!

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Dungeon Fighter Online

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Genre: MMORPG, Action, Adventure
Developer: Neople
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This Korean game offers an unprecedented 2D MMO gameplay model that combines old and new concepts. The developers took classical RPG elements and put them in an old console 2D environment. Even the resolution settings are locked at 640x480.

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But when it comes to the character creation menu, this is where the game offers a truly great RPG experience. There are lots of quests and other cool side events that bring humor to an otherwise action-packed story. The PvP element is present, as well.

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Dungeon Fighter Online has been created with players who can’t afford high-end PCs (but still want to play a good game) in mind!

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Duelyst

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Genre: CCG, Strategy
Developer: Counterplay Games Inc.
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There aren’t that many really good collectible card games around, especially those that try not to copy the most famous games in the genre, such as Hearthstone and Magic: The Gathering. Duelyst is one of those games -- it really offers something both new and exciting at the same time.

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Of course, it has the fundamental mechanics of a card game -- the deck building, the mana utilization, the battlefield, etc. However, Duelyst has a fantastic visual style that gives this game an exclusive quality. It looks and plays more like a turn-based strategy with CCG elements rather than a pure card-based game.

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This makes it a completely unique game that takes a different approach to the whole genre; and worth the time of any fans looking for something slightly different.

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Atlas Reactor

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Genre: Strategy
Developer: Trion Worlds
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Atlas Reactor is a very unusual mix of MOBA and turn-based strategy, similar to the XCOM series. Two teams fight against each other on special arenas in a 4v4 format. The battles are really short and take no more than 20 turns. Whichever team earns more frags wins.

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It is interesting to note that both teams can take action simultaneously, and then they both watch how their decisions work out in the context of the other team's decisions.  Given the large number of heroes and abilities, every match-up plays out differently.

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Atlas Reactor is like a very fast-paced game of chess that may seem too chaotic at first -- but after a few games you will adapt and grow to love it!

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If you have a Steam account, you can always download new free-to-play games without paying a cent. However, most of the free games available have either a sub-par execution or have nothing to offer in terms of story and gameplay.

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Both of these qualities are required for a game to be enjoyable. Fortunately, you can always find a handful of free games that are worthy of your time. Here we present you with eleven of the best games that have been released this year on Steam under an F2P model.

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This selection includes games of different genres, such as strategies, action games, adventures, MMOs, and CCGs, in order to satisfy every possible taste!

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The Best Free PC Games of 2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/4vfmg/the-best-free-pc-games-of-2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/4vfmg/the-best-free-pc-games-of-2016 Tue, 29 Nov 2016 02:00:01 -0500 ChocolateCat42

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The End is Only the Beginning

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Now that you have a starting point, it's time to get out there and start gaming! Build your kingdoms, hire the best Freelancers, save Riddle School, and collect all of the treasure! If you like the games listed here, then follow the tags on Steam, Armor Games, or Newgrounds to find even more exciting or intriguing titles. Don't forget to leave a rating or a review so that more people find the games and try them out.

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You better work fast -- 2017 is just around the corner, bringing with it more new titles to enjoy.

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Realm Grinder

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In this mouse-only upgrade game, you earn coins and build up your kingdom to earn more coins to build up your kingdom. The game has both idle and active styles available and gives you the choice between Good and Evil. Each alignment offers three unique factions with which to ally. Elves, Faeries, and Angels for the Good, or Undead, Goblins, and Demons for the Bad. You are locked into your choice until you Abdicate, which resets your realm and converts all of your current Faction coins to Gems that you can use to upgrade future kingdoms.

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Each kingdom starts small with a single farm. You can also click around on the landscape to earn coins and the occasional Faction Coin. As you upgrade your kingdom, you unlock Assistants who gather coins for you. Each Faction offers unique benefits, though some come with a penalty depending on your playstyle. Elves, for instance, remove all idle play.

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So, what sort of kingdom will you build? Will you ally with the forces of Good or Evil? Build your kingdom on Armour Games.

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We Become What We Behold

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Not all games exist for pure amusement. Some are meant to provoke you, encourage you, or simply inform you. We Become What We Behold brings players to the world of Circles and Squares to act as journalists. Once players capture an image, it is displayed and tagged on a monitor for all to see. As you watch, the Circles and Squares will react to what they see.

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Sounds innocent enough, right? But remember: You must capture images that capture attention. Images of something interesting, something hashtag-able. Something shocking.

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Gameplay lasts around five minutes as you work to find what will get ratings for your journalism. Don't expect a happy ending.

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Are you brave enough to see the consequences of these actions?

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That Pokeyman Thing Your Grandkids are Into

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This year saw a massive flux of Pokemon-related gaming and merchandise when Niantic released the Augmented Reality Mobile Game Pokemon GO. As the player base increased, so, too, did those curious as to what, exactly, was a "Pokeyman." Generations came together as Gen1 players introduced their parents and/or children to what shaped their childhood, and as later fans of each Pokemon Generation found each other in the community.

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But with everything that grows popular, there is a foil: a parody. In That Pokeyman Thing Your Grandkids are Into, players take the form of Billy's Grandpa. In the first scene, Billy is attempting to explain the concept of a rad new mobile game to his grandpa, but the older man simply does not understand the appeal. Unconcerned, Billy runs off to explore the area around his grandpa's nursing home -- leaving a phone with his grandpa. Concerned for his daughter's reaction if something were to happen while Billy was unsupervised, Grandpa heads out to find him. The trouble is, various obstacles stand in his way in the form of citizens who refuse to move unless he progresses to certain levels or catches certain "Pokeymans." 

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To play, Trainers control Grandpa as he moves around the map. Keep an eye on the phone screen to your right -- as you near a Pokeyman, a colored square will appear. Grandpa must stand exactly on the square to see a Pokeyman; press the button to catch and move on. Each critter in the game has a parodied name and style, as indicated by the "Reasonably Based Feller" on the screenshot above. It's a game of Who's That Pokemon?! as fans get to identify what critter is being parodied with each catch.

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If you want to escape the possible fate of being moved to a worse nursing home by finding Billy and keeping him safe, you can begin your journey on Newgrounds.

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Zombidle: Kingdom Domination

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Take control of a dastardly Necromancer and help build his forces through the power of Clicks! In this click adventure, level up your necromancer and unlock zombie minions to deal more and more damage to various structures. Defeat the heroes sent by the Blacksmith's Guild to advance levels and journey through a map of the kingdom.

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As your monsters take down buildings and people, you earn skulls. Skulls, in turn, are used to level up your monsters or unlock new ones. Occasionally, a defeated foe will drop a scroll. Scrolls over you the chance to watch a 15-second advertisement in order to earn boosts; these boosts can range from damage increase to skull multipliers. 

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Zombidle's mechanics allow for passive and active gameplay. DPS minions allow you to leave the game for a while to earn skulls, but eventually your progression will cease when they meet a boss they cannot overcome, as boss battles have a time limit. You can also click to deal damage as your necromancer and speed up progress.

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Are you ready to grow a horde and tear down a kingdom with your dark powers? You can start at Armor Games, or on Zombidle's main site.

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Jumphobia

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This puzzle platformer puts a new spin on jumping challenges. You take control of the silhouette and guide them across levels, but you don't control your jumps. Instead, your character will jump every time you reach a ledge. You must be exceptionally aware of your environment, running across arrows to reverse gravity, jumping on monsters to slay them and advance, and controlling the direction of your jumps with excellent precision as you guide the silhouette through levels and portals. Helpful signs along the way offer hints and tips to help you advance.

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Jumphobia can be found on Newgrounds or Armor Games.

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Super Dangerous Dungeons

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Great treasure awaits in this pixel-graphic 2D platform dungeon game. You take control of Timmy, the self-proclaimed world's best "thie--er, treasure hunter!" Timmy can run side-to-side and jump, but he cannot survive in the shallowest water or a single tap of damage. You must use the environment to your advantage, guiding Timmy to the key that will unlock the next area and then the exit door. Moving platforms, rising water, and more will attempt to keep you from the treasure within the temple.

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Are you ready to brave all peril and help Timmy achieve his goal? Enter the temple via Newgrounds.

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Learn to Fly 3

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Our favorite stubborn Penguin is back. First, he refused to believe he could not fly. Then, he wouldn't let icebergs keep him grounded. Now? Penguin NASA wants to reach space.

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In Learn to Fly 3, you are in control of our Penguin protagonist's arsenal of equipment. Help him build a flight suit, starting with low-quality items. The more you test, the more money you earn; the more money you earn, the better equipment you can afford. Boosts, Stages, Shells, and Launchers help our little arctic friend inch closer and closer to his dream.

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Ready to defy gravity and limitations? Launch on Newgrounds.

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Riddle Transfer 2

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Newgrounds Veterans may be familiar with the Riddle School series that ended on a cliffhanger a few years back. This year, developer Jonochrome is back with the finale of his popular puzzle series. In addition, he came out with a remake of the game that started it all: Return to Riddle School.

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Riddle Transfer 2 picks up where Riddle Transfer left off, following Phil and friends as they race to escape back to their school. This Click Adventure series uses exploration, environment items, and situational riddles to lead players through puzzles to help Phil save the universe from Vizion.

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Ready to pick up a years-old tale to find an end? Enroll in Riddle School on Newgrounds.

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The remake of Riddle School can also be found on Newgrounds.

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Halo 5: Forge

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343 Industries and Microsoft teamed up this year to give Halo fans an early Christmas present: Halo 5: Forge on PC.

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Forge is a Creation game that allows players to build their own maps and game modes. Halo fans may remember Grifball from Halo 3, which was built in Forge. Now, Xbox One and PC players can team up to create and play on new levels, sharing maps and play styles to expand -- or experience -- the world of Halo 5.

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PC players will find keyboard and mouse support, the ability to build maps for up to 16 players, and the ability to host and play on said maps.

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Ready to report in, Spartans? Enlist through Halo Waypoint.

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Shadowverse

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Here's one for the card players! Fans of Yu-Gi-Oh, Hearthstone, and other Trading Card-Based games will enjoy this new addition to competitive card collections. With seven character classes and over 400 cards available, hours of play await.

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Hailing from Japan, Shadowverse "features AAA artwork and unique game mechanics that make it the most visually and tactically rich CCG on the market." The art is a vibrant and impressive take on the illustrated style most commonly used for J-anime.

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You have three ways to buy new card packs in Shadowverse. The three in-game currencies are Tickets, Crystals, and Rupies. The Shadowverse New-Player Guide notes:

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"There are other ways of obtaining new cards besides spending crystals or rupies.

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Tackle Missions

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Tapping the Missions button on the Home screen will show various missions for the day. Clearing these missions will net you rewards.

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Unlock Achievements

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Win matches, level up, and reach other in-game milestones to get rewards.

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Purchase Crystals

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Crystals can be purchased from the Shop.

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Play the Main Story

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Play through the stories to earn rewards. Some cards can only be obtained by playing through the story.

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Create Cards

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Cards that are no longer needed can be liquefied into vials from the Card screen. These vials can then be used to create new cards, as long as you have the required number of vials."

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Deckbuilders can find Shadowverse on Steam, or on the official site.

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Atlas Reactor

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RTS meets MOBA in this fast-paced turn-style battle. Players hire Freelancers to customize before challenging an opponent. Each round consists of a 20-second phase in which players order their troops before watching the action plays out. Players take their turns simultaneously, adding a new spin to strategy. You must react in real-time while attempting to predict your opponent's next move in an effort to overcome their team.

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A weekly rotation of free-to-play Freelancers opens this game up to any and all who are interested. You can also earn or purchase in-game currency to buy your favorite Freelancers -- similar to League of Legends and DOTA.

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Are you ready to enter the arena?

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Mandagon

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Enter Bardo, the Tibetan version of Limbo, to engage in an immersive narrative exploring life, death, and sacrifice. Mandagon is a 2D non-linear exploration game with small tasks to help you progress through the map.

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While the graphics are pixel-based, the designs are absolutely gorgeous. The Tibetan influence drives the entire setting and storyline; players benefit from a deeper understanding of the culture in addition to the deep storyline.

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The game is entirely free to play, and fans can access DLC that includes concept art, the entire soundtrack as a 22-minute meditation assist composition, and more.

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Are you ready to enter Bardo and learn the meaning of sacrifice? The journey begins on Steam.

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Tiger Knight: Empire War

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TK:EW is an MMO that prides itself on historic accuracy. Developed in Unreal3 and accompanied by background music from the producer of the Final Fantasy soundtrack, the game has a lot to offer players.

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Set in 300 BC, players have their choice of ancient kingdoms. The various modes of play range from one-on-one general duels to epic PvE army clashes. Damage types, units, weapons, and more come into play as you lead your army towards victory.

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Please note: While the game is free-to-play, some optional paid DLC is available to enhance the experience.

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Ready to enlist?

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Fractured Space

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This Sci-Fi MOBA has something for everyone. Players have their choice from Solo-Play, Co-Op PvE, and 5-vs-5 PvP. With the graphic power of Unreal Engine 4, you'll command your fleet in the epic expanse of space. Players choose the manufacturer, model, and weapon loadouts for their initial ship before launching as Captain to gain experience. The more experience a player earns, the larger a fleet they can control. Fractured Space combines the best elements of a shooter and a tactical game.

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If you want to join the battle, you can find Fractured Space on Steam.

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Transmissions: Element 120

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Shooter and Horror fans will enjoy this Indie game, especially if you like Half-Life. Set in the same universe as the popular-yet-unfinished series, this single-player game gifts players with "a gravity defying [sic] weapon that allows you to jump buildings and sustain large falls."

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Where are you and why have you been sent? The purpose of the game is to find answers to these questions and more.

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Sound like your cup of tea? You can find Transmissions: Element 120 on Steam.

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Paladins

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Released in September, Paladins is a multiplayer first-person shooter set in a vibrant fantasy world. Characters, referred to as Champions for the game, come in all races and jobs with deep levels of customization. Players can build decks to customize their Champion's abilities, as well. Will you be an Elf, Human, or perhaps a Dragon? Will you rely on mechanical beasts or traditional weapons?

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Join the fight today!

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2016 has been a year of many things. From the rise of geek culture in cinemas to the release of Pokemon Go and hype for the Nintendo Switch. It was also a year for new games, including Free-to-Play PC games. Steam, Armor Games, and Newgrounds released several new titles in all categories. Even Halo had a gift for gamers. So where do you begin?

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I waded through new titles, ratings, and player numbers to pick some of the best games from this year. In no particular order, check out these awesome titles!

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The 11 Most Anticipated MMORPG Releases of 2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/ogdn2/the-11-most-anticipated-mmorpg-releases-of-2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/ogdn2/the-11-most-anticipated-mmorpg-releases-of-2017 Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:43:09 -0500 Sergey_3847

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Bless

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Developer: Neowiz, Aeria Games
Current Status: In development
Business Model: Free-to-play
Official website
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You got it right -- Bless is still not available in the NA/EU regions. Many rumors have been circulating the web in the first quarter of 2016 about the beginning of the closed beta test, but it didn’t happen after all. Finally, last week the developers addressed its fans, and here is what they said about the upcoming release (read the full text here):

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“As explained in our status update the US/EU release of BLESS has been pushed due to some rework being done by our friends at Neowiz to enhance player’s experience.”

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This means that we need to wait for at least another six months to be able to play one of the most anticipated MMORPGs of the year. If you still aren’t familiar with the game, then take a look at the trailer below.

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What other anticipated MMORPG releases would you like to see included in this list? Share them in the comments section.

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Tiger Knight

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Developer: NetDragon
Current Status: Early access
Business Model: Free-to-play
Official website
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Tiger Knight is a historical action MMORPG in the vein of Mount & Blade. The coolest thing about Tiger Knight is that it is not fantasy-based, but accurately depicts the ruling period of the Han dynasty of the Chinese Empire (221–206 BC).

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The game utilizes a new and adapted Unreal Engine 3 and looks absolutely fantastic. Each player will be given a squad of soldiers rather than just one playable character to be used in the battles of epic proportions. So, can you imagine a PvP of 200 vs. 200? Well, that’s what you will get in Tiger Knight.

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Crowfall

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Developer: ArtCraft Entertainment
Current Status: Closed alpha test
Business Model: Buy-to-play
Official website
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This mysterious Kickstarter project is still deep in the development and testing stage, but there are rumors that late 2017 is the time when we will see Crowfall in its full glory.

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The world of Crowfall is divided into many segments, where each of them has its own separate campaign. Every next campaign becomes progressively harder, and the developers promise that they will take up to several months to finish.

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This is a cloud-based MMORPG that hosts different rules for different worlds, where guilds and factions can create their own challenges for others to try out. The Voxel Farm graphics engine will be well utilized for these purposes, as it allows for procedurally-generated areas and structures. The destructibility system is also promised to be spectacular.

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Twilight Spirits

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Developer: Netease
Current Status: In development
Business Model: Free-to-play
Official website
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Here is something different for you – an action MMORPG from the developers of Revelation Online. Twilight Spirits is a hack-and-slash game with tons of character customization, hence the RPG label. The game utilizes a never-before-scene graphics engine called Nirvana that makes everything look and move incredibly smoothly.

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The main goal of the game is to kill as many dungeon bosses as possible, so the core component of Twilight Spirits is PvE. However, there is one mode dedicated to PvP, and that is Guild Battles. Currently, this game is considered a title that will change not only how we see action MMORPG games, but hack-and-slash games in general.

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Dark and Light

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Developer: Snail Games
Current Status: In development
Business Model: Buy-to-play
Official website
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Here are a few interesting facts about Dark and Light:

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  • It has been in development for the last 12 years.
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  • It was almost ready, but then the development stopped.
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  • Later it was completely re-designed by the new developer.
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As you see, it has quite a history -- but all this will be finally over next year when the game hits the shelves. Dark and Light has a huge world with a total area of 25,000 square miles. No wonder the developers even included the terraforming technology that allows you to change the biomes from cold to hot and vice versa.

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Another cool thing about Dark and Light is that the day and night in the game change in real-time, as synchronized with your world clock – hence the title of the game. The characters will starve and get cold, so the survival component is very strong here. Other than that, this is your typical third-person MMORPG in a classical fantasy setting.

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Peria Chronicles

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Developer: Thingsoft
Current Status: In development
Business Model: Free-to-play
Official website
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Peria Chronicles will be really interesting for all manga and anime fans, as it utilizes cel-shading technology, which makes everything look like… well, like manga. To be honest this MMORPG does look very beautiful -- just watch the trailer below.

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The game won’t bother you with building tasks, but instead structures will naturally appear in the places where groups of players gather in big numbers. Every character will have a bunch of monster sidekicks, which means that it tries to appeal to Pokemon fans, as well.

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There is a voting system in the game that allows for guilds to vote for new players or how to punish the naughty ones. Overall, it’s full of fresh ideas and ought to put a smile on your face.

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Lineage Eternal: Twilight Resistance

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Developer: NCSOFT
Current Status: In development
Business Model: Pay-to-play
Official website
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Lineage Eternal has been in development hell for a very long time. It was promised to be released this year -- but as we can see even today it still didn’t manage to get to the closed beta stage. The fans are furious!

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The developers once again promise to deliver the game next year, but should we trust them on this? Probably yes, since any further delay would simply kill the buzz for one of the most anticipated games ever.

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It is interesting to note that Lineage Eternal: Twilight Resistance almost has nothing to do with the two original games of the cult MMORPG, but takes place 200 years after the event of the first game in a completely different setting.

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The game will have an isometric view (just like the original Lineage), and each zone will accommodate up to 1000 players at the same time with the possible PvP battles of 40v40 and 100v100. Lineage Eternal introduces a completely new interactive system called “Drag and Hold” that allows for a very simple yet effective way of controlling your character.

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All the dungeons and raids will be procedurally generated, so you will never stumble upon the exact same location twice. We’ll see if the mixture of old and new ideas will bring any benefit to the game, but that’s going to be clear only next year.

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Chronicles of Elyria

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Developer: Soulbound Studios
Current Status: In development
Business Model: Pay-to-play, Pay-per-life
Official website
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Chronicles of Elyria is a truly original project -- it is an MMORPG with sandbox elements and unusual approach to character development system. The heroes not only level-up and learn skills, but also gradually mature by getting gray hair and becoming one step closer to death. Hence, the business model that allows you to pay for the life of a character until it dies.

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The world of Chronicles of Elyria is reminiscent of medieval times with all their glorious castles and pristine nature. Now, imagine that there are no classes in the game -- you create a character and develop it in any way you like. You can become a king, a simple farmer or even a witcher -- it’s up to you.

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The project has been kicked off with the help of the Kickstarter campaign and is currently awaiting for the closed beta to start. You can register and wait for your invitation right now. It is really an unusual project and that’s what makes it so interesting.

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MU Legend

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Developer: Webzen
Current Status: In development
Business Model: Free-to-play
Official website
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MU Legend is a sequel-prequel to MU Online that takes you a thousand years prior to the events of the first game. It has been in development since 2009 and is currently open for closed beta registrations.

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The game combines both the elements of MOBA and MMORPG, which makes it a truly ambitious project. It introduces four new classes: War Mage, Dark Lord, Whisperer, and Blader. All classes have various abilities and skills that allow for some really creative hybrid builds.

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MU Legend offers two types of PvP arena battles: 1v1 and 10v10. Also, there is a separate mode for guild battles. This one has launched and can be played for free.

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Lost Ark

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Developer: Tripod
Current Status: In development
Business Model: Free-to-play
Official website
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Although Lost Ark is another clone of Diablo, it is extremely well done. It has been in development for the last two years and is set to be released early-to-mid 2017. The game is now only available in South Korea, and if the closed beta is successful there, it will be opened to the rest of the world.

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The most interesting thing about Lost Ark is that all areas within the open world of the game are fully available from the get go. However, some of the areas can be restricted if you take specific quests to accomplish.

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Lost Ark has a strong PvP component with several types of arenas for both small and massive battles between the in-game guilds. Another cool thing is the possibility to play card games in the taverns, which is truly a great addition to any modern RPG game.

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Revelation Online

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Developer: NetEase
Current Status: Closed beta
Business Model: Free-to-play
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Revelation Online has been in development for the seven long years, and finally it will be officially released worldwide sometime in early 2017.

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Currently, you can sign up for a closed beta and see what the game offers.
The world of Revelation includes a whole set of quests in the air, on the ground, and under the water -- all of which become progressively more difficult. The story is full of surprises and the characters are some of the most bizarre you have ever seen in any MMORPG title.

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It also includes the standard PvP arena, dungeon raids, crafting and trading systems, and other typical MMO game modes. Despite the lack of new ideas, Revelation Online looks very impressive and it will definitely find its audience.

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The year of 2016 has seen a huge increase in players coming back to their favorite MMORPG titles. Obviously, the biggest return has been to World of Warcraft with its new amazing expansion -- Legion. We all remember how Blizzard lost half of its subscribers just a year ago, and now they register numbers as high as over 10 million.

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The other two games that strongly retain their playerbase are Final Fantasy XIV and Guild Wars 2, both having over 7 million subscribers. And some new titles have also seen some success, such as Black Desert Online and Blade & Soul. However, their numbers are not even close to the tried-and-true giants of the MMORPG scene.

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Does this mean that there is no room for new massive multiplayer games anymore? Not at all! There are actually many great projects waiting to be released in 2017. Some of them are still in development, some are in closed alpha or beta stages, but all of them should be ready to see the light of the day next year. And some of them can certainly be played for free.

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Here are the 11 most anticipated MMORPGs of 2017 that you should be looking forward to.

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