The question of what exactly is an “MMO” is still a little dicey. Since this is my article, I prefer to define them as requiring something more than lobbies or servers with very limited (and generally known) caps.

Still, we think the following games appeal to MMO players, and we’ve covered all of them at various times on TWIMMO, so join in with us in celebrating the best games of the coming year – and beyond!

(And check out our top “pure” upcoming MMOs article here.)

mmorpg     Top 6 Most Anticipated MMOs Of 2013

1. DayZ

The DayZ phenomenon is in full swing, and the standalone game – originally announced as being available by the end of 2012 – should be coming along nicely for a 2013 release. With many players willing to try out a buggy alpha build that required another game to play, the standalone should generate even more attention.

How much attention? As of this writing, the Day Z site boasts of 1,450,673 players. Some probably owned ARMA II beforehand, but I’d wager that the majority bought that game just to play DayZ. A million-plus sales out of the gate is hardly unrealistic, and much more could follow.

2. MechWarrior Online

Who doesn’t love giant bipedal fighting robots? MWO brings ’80s nostalgia to life, offering players the chance to climb into their own ‘mechs and customize their specs for whatever role they choose, whether it be hard-pounding, front-line fighting with a 100-ton behemoth or long-range sniping with lighter, more agile death machines.

mmorpg     Top 6 Most Anticipated MMOs Of 2013

3. World of Warplanes looks to do with planes what it did with tanks, and there’s no reason to think it won’t be a success. With 30 million-plus players to draw from, WoWP should have no trouble generating instant interest among both history and video-gaming buffs.

4. Hawken

Hawken is an underrated title that, in some circles, is more hotly anticipated than its ‘mech-battling cousin, MechWarrior Online. It lacks the name recognition, but Hawken has everything in place to be one of the sleeper hits of 2013.

5. World of Warships’s got a different style of “holy trinity” in mind, and it involves tanks, planes, and ships. While WoWS probably won’t be ready in 2013, it’s likely to build on WG’s other titles and make a big splash.

mmorpg     Top 6 Most Anticipated MMOs Of 2013

6. End of Nations

Trion’s MMORTS has been in development for some time, and it’s hit more than a few bumps in the road along the way. It’s an interesting enough mishmash of genres that we hope it will make it out in 2013.

Jason Winter has held several positions in the tabletop and video-gaming industry since 1996, including writer, editor, marketing coordinator, and game designer. He's the former editor of Beckett Massive Online Gamer and almost considers himself competent in PvP. In addition to his work with, he also blogs about video games at
  • T

    I don’t know what I like least, the list or the label Semi-MMO.

  • Abos0001

    Darkfall Unholy Wars should be on this list. 

  • Dustin Brookens

    are any of these real mmos? Multiplayer maybe, but massively seems a big stretch.

    • David Hatcher

      End of Nations is an MMO (open world, multiple players).  I don’t know about “the game that was called DayZ”. The rest I would call MOBAs; lobby based battle arena games like LoL.

  • Luke Malcolm

    These are Semi MMOs like how it was said on Facebook & I agree. But I think WarZ is a better choice than End of Nations even if there 2 totally different games / styles. 

    Command & Conqueor, Warcraft 3 or Starcraft are my go to RTS games.

    • Jason Winter

      The War Z launched. It’s not “anticipated.”

    • Chad M Klusman think a game that already launched and was a horrid letdown is a better choice? Hmm…

  • Chris Nggs

    MWO and Hawken are both lobby-based shooters…  How can you do a list like this and not include Neverwinter or TESO?

    • Jason Winter

      Reading is your friend.

      • Andrew

         To be fair, thats not what it says in the title of the link on the homepage. Confused me too.

    • Kurt Camilleri

      Guess no one can read SEMI in the title :/

  • Hicks64

    Maybe these all qualify as Multiplayer Online Battle Arenas? I really enjoy Hawken, but it seems it’s just mech deathmatch. Nothing’s wrong with a mech deathmatch game (yes I’ve played the objective modes), but I feel it can be outstanding with a little more depth or “unf.” Also looking forward to DayZ and Warplanes.

  • Mike Coulombe

    This may be the first thing I agree with Winters on! We should celebrate…

    A “as much hack-proof as possible” DayZ stand-alone would be PHENOMENAL. The problem with mods and custom content communities is that they also attract the worst hackers, because the games are usually easier to hack. And if they get caught, there isn’t much in the way of keeping them out. 

    I remember playing a lot of EQEmu, where I started growing in the MMO world. Some of the hackers back in 2001-2002 are still hacking servers right now. Some people just never “ascend in life”.

    Hacker free DayZ in a standalone client without all the hoops and loops and thingamajigs? HELL YEAH! Beats the crap out of WarZ where devs are a bigger threat than hackers.

  • Ian Mansfield

    though Starbound doesn’t really fit into either category that you defined, I thought that would be on this list before I actually read the article. Not a huge fan of the Fps lobbies , if anything I feel Dota 2 should be in this list.

  • Michael Fountain

    path of exile

  • Warfox Mihomiti

    Phantasy Star Online 2

    • HarmonBlues

      I’ve played my fair share of PSO/PSO:BB/PSU and if you’re a fan of those, I think you should enjoy PSO2. I had a pretty good time playing it, although I haven’t loaded it up in quite a while.

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  • Miguel Crespo

    Final Fantasy XIV realm reborn should be on this list, Jason is just a hater

    • Michael

      FF14 is not a semi-mmo like this list says.