Top Upcoming Mmorpgs 2012 Games List – News and Links

A list of the most-anticipated upcoming MMORPGs due for release in 2012. Contains news, basic info, speculation, pictures and links.

So what can we look forward to in 2012? The MMO gaming industry is going strong and there are quite a few big-budget MMOGs in development right now that are expected to be released soon.

Note that some of this information may prove to be erroneous since some of the information is simply a bit a of guesswork and not really official news by the game developers. If this news seems a little bit old then you can visit the Best Free MMORPG 2012 – New and Upcoming Games List for the latest updates.

Star Wars: The Old Republic

Currently under development by BioWare and LucasArts, Star Wars: The Old Republic is an MMORPG set in the timeframe of the most critically acclaimed Star Wars game in LucasArts history, Knights of the Old Republic.

In Star Wars: The Old Republic, players will explore an age thousands of years before the rise of Darth Vader when war between the Old Republic and the Sith Empire divides the galaxy. Players can choose to play as Jedi, Sith, or a variety of other classic Star Wars roles, defining their personal story and determining their path down the light or dark side of the Force. Along the way, players will befriend courageous companions who will fight at their side or possibly betray them, based on the players’ actions. Players can also choose to team up with friends to battle enemies and overcome incredible challenges using dynamic Star Wars combat.

Official link: http://www.swtor.com/

Guild Wars 2

Fans of the hugely successful Guild Wars franchise have been eagerly awaiting the release of Guild Wars 2 which is currently under development by ArenaNet. Guild Wars 2 will draw from the game mechanics that made the original Guild Wars one of the most popular online games ever and will add a fully persistent world. It was also revealed that, like its predecessors, Guild Wars 2 will not have a subscription fee.

ArenaNet has promised fant that Guild Wars 2 will defy MMO conventions and create a new kind of game – free from boring grind and static, unchanging worlds.

“Let’s say a village is being terrorized by bandits. You don’t want to find out about that because there’s a villager standing there motionless with an exclamation mark over his head who says when you click on him, “Help, we’re being terrorized by bandits.” You want to find out like you would in GW2: because the bandits are attacking, chasing villagers through the streets, slaying them and setting their houses on fire. You can stand up for the villagers, or you can watch their village burn to the ground and then deal with the consequences. We’ve worked hard to create a living, dynamic world for you, where there’s always something new to do.” – Mike O’Brien, co-founder and president of ArenaNet

The official Guild Wars 2 site: http://www.guildwars2.com/en/

Titan

As the makers of the current top MMORPG in the market, World of Warcraft, Blizzard Entertainment’s every action is closely watched by the gaming press and MMORPG fans. When a job listing that mentioned a new game was published in 2007, speculation ran rampant and has not abated since. Not many details are forthcoming about Titan, called a “next gen MMO,” because Blizzard is keeping the project under wraps for now.

“Without giving away any details, we have some of our most experienced MMO developers, people who spent years working on the World of WarCraft team, working on this project,” said Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime. “We’re really trying to leverage all the lessons we learned through the years. Some of which we were able to address in World of WarCraft and others that maybe because of the design decisions we’ve made, you just can’t address. So we’re kind of taking a step back with all that knowledge to make something that’s completely new and fresh. We’re not trying to make a WoW sequel.” In fact, he explained that the two titles will co-exist in the future.

- from Ars Technica

World of Darkness Online

“They’re all around us, they control everything, they’ve always been here, waging their secret wars, devouring everything that gets in their way… It all begins after you die.”

Currently under development  is World of Darkness. This hotly-anticipated Vampire: The Masquerade MMO by CCP and White Wolf was recently confirmed to be by 2012 at the earliest. The WoD MMO will have a focus on player politics and social interaction, in addition it will be vampire only. As a 18+ MMO, there will be sex, blood and violence in the game

No website yet for the WoD MMO.

The Secret World

Funcom, the makers of bestselling MMOs Anarchy Online and Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures, has described The Secret World as a massively multiplayer online world with a unique modern-day setting and unparalleled freedom of character progression.

“Imagine if every myth, conspiracy theory and urban legend was true. Imagine a world where you can become anything you want to be, without restrictions such as classes or levels. This is the premise for The Secret World.”

Closed beta sign ups are already available at http://www.thesecretworld.com/

Transformers Universe

Again, as with many MMOs that are not yet ready for beta, not many details of the Transformers Universe game are forthcoming. TU is being developed by Jagex, one of the largest independent games developers and publishers in the world and the makers of Runescape. Players can choose between two warring factions, the Autobots and the Decepticons and customize their Transformers character in this combat-oriented MMO.

The teaser site is live at: http://transformersuniverse.com/2012-you-decide

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