2024 looks to be another incredible year for MMORPGs with multiple new games and expansion releases. Whether you’re a new or a returning player, this year’s MMORPG lineup has something for everyone. 

However, choosing the right new MMORPG to play in 2024 can be daunting, especially since it requires hours of commitment.

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As such, to help you out, we have curated a versatile lineup of the top 5 upcoming MMOs of 2024 for you to choose from.

The most anticipated upcoming MMOs this year

Path of Exile 2

A sorceress in Path of Exile 2
Credit: Grinding Gear Games

Platform: PC, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and, MacOS

Release date: TBC

Publisher: Grinding Gear Games

Path of Exile 2 is a free-to-play ARPG/MMORPG set in a dark fantasy world of Wraeclas with a top-down camera angle, fast-paced combat, and loot-based gameplay in the veins of the Diablo games. 

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It’s a sequel to Grinding Gear Games’ beloved Path of Exile (aka PoE) and features a brand new six-act campaign, 12 base classes, 100 distinct environments, 600 monsters, and 100 bosses. 

It features a new dodge roll mechanic with no cooldown, which works similarly to many modern RPGs like Elden Ring. Additionally, in PoE 2, you can dual-specialize your passive skill tree, allowing you to toggle between two very different fighting styles. 

PoE 2 closed beta is scheduled for 7 June 2024. 

Blue Protocol 

The Blue Protocol cast
Credit: Amazon Games

Platform: PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S.

Release date: TBC

Publisher: Bandai Namco, Amazon Games

Blue Protocol is a free-to-play MMORPG with anime aesthetics from Bandai Namco and Amazon Games. It’s currently available only in Japan, but a global release is happening in 2024. 

Blue Protocol takes place in the vast and vibrant world of Regnas, a land distorted by time and space by the overuse of technology. It’s up to you and your friends to prevent its fall, all while learning more about the world of Regnas as well as your own origin. 

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Blue Protocol features an elaborate character creation system with plenty of options to make a unique anime-style character. You can choose between five unique classes, with each favoring varying fighting styles and combat maneuvers.

The game features fast and frantic real-time combat with the option to dual-wield certain weapon types. While exploring Regnas, you can meet new companions, explore creepy dungeons, and fight tenacious world bosses.

Chrono Odyssey

Chrono Odyssey concept art is beautiful
Credit: Npixel

Platform: PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S.

Release date: TBC

Publisher: Npixel, Kakao Games

Chrono Odyssey is a premium next-gen MMORPG with photo-realistic visuals and dynamic, fast-paced combat. It’s built on Unreal Engine 5 and features a seamless open world with multiple biomes to explore. 

Chrono Odyssey takes place in the land of Setera, a lush fantasy world entangled in an inexplicable time and space anomaly that has distorted its timeline and attracted otherworldly formidable foes.

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You play as a custom-created character who comes into the possession of a powerful time-altering artifact called Chronotector. With the help of the mysterious artifact, you set out on a journey to discover the secrets behind Setera’s timeline, battle vicious creatures, and save Setera from its impending doom. 

Chrono Odyssey features six distinct classes, each favoring different weapon types and playstyles. There’s immense freedom to create hybrid builds as every class has access to two weapon types, which you can swap in real-time to mix and match your playstyles. 

There are also massive raids in Chrono Odyssey, where you team up with other players online to take down formidable foes, such as the gigantic Eltanius. 

Throne and Liberty

Throne and Liberty combat is one of the reasons it's on the list of upcoming MMOs we're excited about
Credit: NCSOFT

Platform: PC, MacOS, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S.

Release date: TBC

Publisher: NCSOFT, Amazon Games

Throne and Liberty is a free-to-play MMORPG set in a high-fantasy world where you partake in large-scale territorial battles against vicious creatures and other players. 

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Throne and Liberty features an extensive character creation system and a wide variety of weapon types for you to choose from. It doesn’t feature a traditional class system, which means your fighting style depends solely on the type of weapon you use

One of the highlight features of Throne and Liberty is that, unlike many other open world MMOs, you can’t hop onto a mount to explore the game’s various locales; instead, you can turn yourself into one of the many unique mystical animals and explore every nook and cranny of the game’s majestic world. 

Ashes of Creation 

Ashes of Creation combat
Credit: Intrepid Studios

Platform: PC

Release date: TBC

Publisher: Intrepid Studios

Ashes of Creation is an ever-evolving MMORPG built on Unreal Engine 5. It features a unique world-building mechanic driven by you and other players’ actions.

In Ashes of Creation, player action is the driving force of gameplay. Randomly generated cities can spawn, NPCs can appear, and quests can be triggered depending on the town’s population. There’s also a dynamic PvE gameplay system, which allows other players to attack and destroy your turf. 

Ashes of Creation puts a huge emphasis on character customization, with up to nine races and eight primary classes to choose from. As you progress, you can get access to a secondary class to customize your character’s build further. 

Another notable thing about Ashes of Creation is that its soundtrack is composed by the legendary Bear McCreary, whose work includes the likes of Sony Santa Monica’s God of War Ragnarok and Amazon Prime’s Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. 

These are some of the most anticipated MMORPGs of 2024. 

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