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a run-down of the games to watch in alphabetical order:
What? Sandbox MMO set in a high fantasy world playing out the conflict between two main rivals: the Republic of Calpheon and the Kingdom of Valencia.
Who? Korean game studio Pearl Abyss has been working on the game since 2010.
Why? Not only does the game feature a large seamless world, but it also features an Assassin's Creed-like parkour movement system; action combat based on aiming, dodging, and combos; a full weather system with typhoons, fog, and other elements to affect gameplay; and full mounted combat with animals you raise and breed yourself.
When? On December 5, the developer confirmed that Black Desert would be coming to the Western market sometime in 2015.
What? The latest game in the EverQuest series, EQ Next is said to be set in a parallel world to Norrath. It will not only be available for the PC, but also the PlayStation 4 and the Oculus Rift, hinting at some interesting possibilities with virtual reality.
Who? Sony Online Entertainment has been working on the game presumably since 2009 or earlier.
Why? If you're an EverQuest fan, this one is a must, but the game aims to have a further reach than just dedicated fans. SOE also released a companion sandbox game (EverQuest Landmark) which is said to introduce potential players to how EQ Next will work as "the largest sandbox style MMO ever designed," according to SOE president John Smedley.
When? No concrete release date yet, but with Landmark established, I imagine Next can't be too far behind. I'd bet on summer of 2015.
What? A Zombie MMO made in the same engine as PlanetSide 2 and EverQuest Next. It's set in the rural U.S. and the key is to survive the zombies, the elements, and other players.
Who? Sony Online Entertainment is working on this one, too.
Why? The big thing here is the fact that the game is capitalizing on the wild success of games like DayZ and Rust, but with the support and resources of Sony. It's not meant to be a PvP game that just so happens to have zombies (like DayZ), but centered more on surviving the zombie apocalypse.
When? Steam Early Access starts on January 15, 2015.
Life is Feudal
What? An ambitious sandbox MMO set in a realistic medieval land where you build and craft to your heart's content while always watching your back.
Who? Indie studio Bitbox Ltd.
Why? Full loot, free-for-all PvP, terraforming, complex crafting, large-scale castle sieges, no-target combat... think of it as Wurm Online meets Mount & Blade.
When? According to the website, it's expected to release in Fall/Winter 2015. It's currently available in Steam Early Access as an alpha.
What? A fantasy game that teases "so much more," including mythology and technology. The idea is that your character steps through gateways that will allows play in several different settings.
Who? Citadel Studios is made up of a team of veterans, including Ultima Online's Derek Brinkmann, Bruce Bonnick, Tim Cotten, and Mike Moore.
Why? Forget levels, classes, and rules. Shards Online aims to take what you know about MMO worlds and turn them upside down. The game's FAQ says it best: "Imagine learning to craft ancient alien technology in our terminus shard and bringing those items with you to the fantasy world!"
When? No official word, but the rumors say 2015.