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The Think Tank: Which MMOs are you looking forward to the most in 2014?

Shawn Schuster

Can you believe it's already December? This is the time of year when we reflect back on what we've played over the last 12 months and try to remember what's coming out in the next 12.

We have some great titles to look forward to in 2014, including The Elder Scrolls Online, EQN Landmark, WildStar, and more. Since we've got a diverse team of MMO fans here on staff, I was curious about each writer's anticipated picks for the new year. Check out the answers just after the cut! And don't forget we'll do our official most-anticipated vote later on this month.

I think the answer is obvious: Elder Star Online. OK, I kid because I really have no idea which one excites me the most. Most of the ones I have heard about sound great, but my kneejerk reaction is to be skeptical until I can play them. Still, WildStar excites me because of its look, but there are smaller games like Wander or TUG that get me excited because they are unique.

So I'm going to go with Anarchy Online's new graphical launch.
No question for me: EverQuest Next, if it's out in 2014, followed by WildStar and Warlords of Draenor and TUG. I realize Landmark will be out first, but I've already got lots of games that let me build; what I reeeeally want is a full-on AAA sandbox from the folks who accidentally made the best MMO sandbox ever and visibly learned from the experience of tanking and rebuilding it.
I don't feel like I've seen enough out of most 2014 releases to feel either hyped or disappointed, so right now I'm most interested in living out my architectural dreams in EverQuest Next Landmark. I like building things and Landmark will let me build things. I really don't see a downside to this plan.

I try to keep my excitement in check for new MMOs until I've spent a solid chunk of time in beta (or release), but I'm downright giddy at the thought of a game with so many MMORPGish features that are almost entirely focused on futzing around in my own house. Slumber party at my place! When I figure out how to build a roof!
The only one I'm curious about is Destiny. WildStar and ESO couldn't possibly be more meh, which is too bad in the case of the latter since I dug the ever-living hell out of the single-player titles.

Assuming XL decides to do something with a western ArcheAge client in 2014 -- which is a huge assumption, I know -- it's still got my vote as most anticipated. Failing that, it's probably The Repopulation.

I guess I should also mention EQN or Landmark or whatever SOE is releasing in 2014. If it's releasing something in 2014 other than the paid alpha. I dunno, I'm so confused by all that.
I don't think it's much of a contest: WildStar all the way. It's got everything I want in an upcoming MMO, including a sci-fi theme, great housing, a bizarre sense of humor, and an alt-friendly environment. Plus bunny-girls. I want to be a bunny-girl. For science.
I'm amped on Destiny. I'm extremely burned out on high-fantasy games, and I love shooters, so I'm hoping Destiny will be the right mix of what I need right now. I also love Halo (sue me) and think Bungie is a solid studio, even if it keeps pretending it invented online multiplayer in every Destiny press release. I don't normally get overly excited about games before they launch, but I'm fully aboard this particular hype train.
The only ones I am really looking forward to are EverQuest Next Landmark (build, baby, build!) and EverQuest Next. I'd add Star Citizen to this even though it isn't expected to launch as a complete game until early 2015 because there will be plenty of modules released throughout 2014. Other games just honestly aren't even on my radar.

As for the two EQNs, I am not sure which I am looking forward to most. At times I am sure it's Landmark, as I can't wait to dive in and construct my own creations and author adventures for friends and strangers alike. Other times I am more excited for EQN because I will be able to watch (and participate in) the development of a living world that doesn't reset every time a new adventurer happens by. What can I say? Watching societies evolve is a passion of mine. And I can't tell you how much I am looking forward to having my decisions actually matter, not just for me but for my surroundings as well.
I'm really not looking forward to any of the new 2014 MMOs, but of the crop I'd probably have to say WildStar. It's kind of frustrating since none of them really deviates from the traditional MMO formula enough for me to really get hyped. We have so many quality titles already out, and we all know how MMO launches are. There are plenty of great games out there that have polished themselves up already. Why get so hyped for games that are more of the same? Even my desire to see WildStar has less to do with my interest in WildStar itself and more to do with certain friends who want to see it hit the shelves.
While I'm curious to see what kind of impact EverQuest Next Landmark and Elder Scrolls Online have on the industry, I think that WildStar has the best shot at consuming my free time. Many of my friends and family members are itching to get back into raiding and WildStar seems to be the next MMO to focus on that type of content. Oh, and hoverboards. 'Nuff said.
I have no interest in either WildStar or Elder Scrolls Online recreationally, but EQN Landmark looks like it has the potential to be a lot of fun. Destiny is also high on my list, as is Black Desert (an English version in 2014, please?!), but I'm mainly just excited for that little indie game that's going to come out of left field and punch us in the face with awesomeness.

What do you get when you throw the Massively writers' opinions together in one big pot to stew? You get The Think Tank, a column dedicated to ruminating on the MMO genre. We range from hardcore PvPers to sandbox lovers to the carest of the carebears, so expect some disagreement! Join Senior Editor Shawn Schuster and the team for a new edition right here every other Thursday.

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