Best Upcoming Online Games in 2018
Online games have taken the world by storm, ever since 3DO was launched by Meridian 59 in 1996, becoming the world’s first MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) for the internet. Over the years the online gaming arena generated $37.91 billion in revenues during 2015, while forecasts predict a growing trend that will reach $59.79 billion by 2020.
While major revenues come mainly from the North American & Asia Pacific regions of the world, there are over 1.2 billion gamers across the globe with nearly 700 million actively participating in online events. Leading game developers like Activision Blizzard, Electronic Arts, and Ubisoft have taken this spectacle into consideration and it is clear that high-speed internet has definitely played its part in supporting this international zeal.
While it takes a minimal of 10 Mbps of downloading speed and 1 Mbps of upload speed to play uninterrupted for hours, a ping rate less than 20 milliseconds is considered ideal for online gaming whereas anything more than 150 milliseconds can most possibly result in rage quits by players across the globe for considerable lag during gameplay.
Nearly 126 petabytes for online gaming traffic was observed during 2016. This is tremendous as 1 petabyte is nearly 1000 terabytes, which is 1 million GBs. There is no doubt that online games without high-speed internet would have never been made possible.
In this post, let’s take a look at some of the best upcoming online games to hit international gameplay this year in 2018. We hope you enjoy this read as much we did while compiling it:
Ascent: Infinite Realm
Focusing primarily on airborne warfare, the gameplay revolves around empires being pitched against each other for worldly domination. Ascent is MMORPG, and while the developers have yet to make an announcement regarding the online game’s international release, work is underway to finish the entire project during the last few months of the first half of this year.
The trailer and the website itself makes this new ordeal quite an exasperating experience for enthusiastic players who are eagerly waiting for this marvel to hit the online playing arena soon. The game seemingly has a lot to offer and so far has built quite an anticipation for its pre-release phase.
We literary couldn’t start off with a better online game to play this year, lots of action, myth, folklore, and explosions going down with this beauty, and yes dragons are there in the mix as well, so KUDOS to all of you players out there.
Ashes of Creation
Set on uninhabited which speaks visually to the onlookers with tons of appeal, giving off vibes similar to James Cameron’s Avatar in 2009, players will take-on their survival instinct in this attractive looking online game. Build cities and civilizations as you and others start to inhabit a planet that has remained untouched for over thousands of millennia.
Become the first colony of this world and explore the vastness of this sphere’s breathtaking visage covered in adorable and spectacular scenic beauty. Stay up to date as more colonies emerge and the world quickly changes and adapts to the new population. Strength, willpower, and intelligence all would be required by players to stay put and make their newly found land as their rightful home. We expect in awe for this bigger than life phenomenon to pluck our heartstrings as it tries to bring the ‘massiveness’ back in online gaming.
Specifically for Microsoft Windows’ players, and expected to be released internationally during the second quarter of 2018, Bless is a stunning online game offering an immersive gameplay and design. Developed by Neowiz Games, and aimed as a role-playing game set in a fictional universe, the story of the multiplayer game pitches two major factions against each other.
The two nations at war, namely Union, and Hieron have battled each other for ages for domination, and as a player, you have a complete choice which guild you would join before the fun begins. With a wide roster of characters to choose from, you can boost further your abilities with upgrades and enhance your playable character’s skills and stats along the game. We anticipate nothing short of spectacular from what we have heard and seen so far on their website, and already craving to choose either a Pantera Race character who is of berserker class or an Aqua Elf of the Mage Class as one of our first selection.
A project that was launched on Kickstarter, with a progressive following and a grant funding of nearly reaching $2.8 million, sometimes referred to as ‘Throne War Simulator’ is expected to reach its final and official release as Crowfall this year. This real-time strategy online game being developed by ArtCraft will feature a 3rd person view and an open world with heap loads of engaging and interactive elements.
The story will feature players crossing overworlds after each campaign comes to its finale, stretching over a period of one complete year for each campaign. There is going to be a lot of exploration as players unlock areas on each world’s map while facing against wildlife creatures and other players. With each milestone accomplished, gameplay will lead to towards harsher environments and tougher monsters to deal with. Progress will be saved automatically, and players will have the ability to up their arsenal with each accomplishment of the in-game objectives.
Chronicles of Elyria
Another Microsoft Windows’ specific upcoming online game, the world of Elyria is an open to new experiences with both destructive and constructive features. The developers want players to become completely immersed in the virtual world setting where what you decide determines your destiny and final outcomes. There are more than 20 biomes for online players to explore, discover, build, and destroy.
Taking huge locations into consideration like deserts, aquatic settings, and other diverse topographical localities. The gameplay takes a lot of variety such as defenseless territories, wildlife, and mysteries. Surprisingly the game also offers something known as ‘Permadeath’ a term originally created in the game lore to bring about features such as spirit walking elements and limiting an online character’s maximum playtime to 52 weeks so as to accommodate late joiners to the buzzing platform.
Expected to release early this year, an action role-playing game developed by Phoenix Labs. Centering on a co-op monster hunter gameplay style which plays out like a boss fight of sorts. Though early demos for combat alone are already out there much to look forward to considering the story, world setting, exploration modes, and folklore.
With a 3rd person view and utilizing a combo system game mechanics, each hunt for a monster may presumably take up to 20 minutes of real gameplay time. You can also choose to go solo or merge with a team of hunters, up to 4 players in each team.
The basic focus of the game is craft powerful weapons and upgrade your playable character stats in order to confront even stronger monsters wandering around in the wilderness. The story so far reveals mankind becoming near to extinction due to the rampage of overpowered monsters who consume the homes of man and destroy land in the process. It is nonetheless a survival game where each must defend their own.
Master X Master
Fantastic to look at and even great to simply watch all the action go down in this gloriously developed MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena), Master x Master shows a lot of promise for onlookers. With over 30 characters to choose from, each with their own set of unique skills and gameplay, it is fairly addictive and tons of fun going through all the in-game content and various gameplay modes and settings.
Players are offered a 3rd person shooter and can tag between two playable Masters, while the one not in use is allowed to replenish lost health. The game offers both players versus player matches as well as a core gameplay based on player versus environment. The game looks great for MOBA enthusiasts out there and has a lot to offer for online players looking for a unique game that offers them the visuals they need to get hooked on to this game quickly.
Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen
Set in the fantasy world of Terminus where a lot of folklore and mystical creatures surround the area, taking into account civilizations from different realms and various times as well. The game is considered as the spiritual successor of EverQuest and offers you a role-playing gameplay where the majority of the settings pit the player against the in-game environment.
Though talks are underway that player versus player elements would also be included soon. Completion of each mission and in-game objectives offers players the chance to upgrade their statistics as well as performance and skills. Joining the online community is all about building a reputation for yourself as a player and online gameplay will offer players to join guilds and work as a team.
With over 9 races to choose your character from and 12 different classes to categorize them in, there is certainly a lot of decision making involved when players choose to enter the world of Terminus, with the lore also mentioning those who can seek right through the heart of this enchanted land.
Another MOBA on our list which takes a lot of influence from the fan favorite PUBG (PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds). There are no teams, it is you versus the world for a death match with exaggerated proportions. The graphics and gameplay look astounding, with a 3rd person aerial view that all strategy game players have become accustomed to, players have a chance to upgrade their arsenal by completing in-game objectives.
Victory solely bases on each player’s decision-making skills and reaction speed. With a wide roaster of playable characters to choose from and an interactive environment that offers its own bit of challenges, this game will have thinking about every move you make. Each playable character offers its own set of unique skills and gameplay, and as the game release this year in full swing, surviving online will only raise the competition even further.
Developed by NCSOFT, the MMORPG serves as the direct sequel to the first Lineage game of 1998. The game takes its influence from medieval fantasies as its predecessor, and though the game has suffered from numerous delays hopes are high that the game will be released this year eventually. The game will feature advanced graphics and gameplay mechanics and is also considered the last game of its series. There is a wide character choice available for players to choose from including elves, magicians, and Holy Knights.
That is it for our list of the most anticipated online games coming live this year. As an end note for all players make sure your system requirements are jacked to the top so you can enjoy the aforementioned games in their full glory. Also, keep in mind that internet services also impacts online gameplay, so choose wisely in order not to suffer from lags during missions and in-game operation which will most definitely lead to rage quits for many of us out there.
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