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The Biggest Stories on MMORPG.com in 2017

By Suzie Ford on January 02, 2018 | Columns | Comments

The Biggest Stories on MMORPG.com in 2017

Now that 2017 is in the bag, we decided to take a look at the things that caught our community's -- YOUR -- eye the most over the past year. Think about the things you saw and read and see if they come up in some of our top news and content for 2017.

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#1 The Most Wanted MMOs of 2017

2016 was a rough year. The long-standing MMOs we've come to love carried along quite well, but for new titles, the selection was pretty limited. And so, as we're fond to do at year's end, we look forward to 2017 and the titles we expect to launch (even if in early access, which we pretty much consider launched but half-baked). Here's to the next twelve months and the many hours of gaming goodness we hope it brings.

#2 The 10 Greatest MMORPGs of All Time - 2017 Edition

It feels like this is a list we should revisit every so often, especially as games change, games launch, and games die in the world of MMORPGs. The following is a list we compiled using something we like to call âour hearts and minds and assesâ. Our Top 10 Great MMOs of All Time list is merely our own thoughts, put to paper. We absolutely welcome your own insight, and soon weâll begin a poll of our users to catalog the Playersâ Choice for 2017 too.

#3 How to Unlock Flying in Heavensward

One of the big new features in Final Fantasy XIV’s first expansion, Heavensward, is that players will be finally taking to the sky on flying mounts.  But, as with all things FFXIV, there’s a bit of a process when it comes to learning how to ride said flying mounts. Plus, you're probably wondering how to get that snazzy new Black Chocobo in the expansion too. In this quick-start guide, we hope to help you figure it out and get into the air as fast as possible.

#4 Players' Choice Awards - The Best MMO of 2016

In our third and final Player's Choice Award for 2016, we're asking you to pick your top overall MMO of the year that was.

Most Trafficked News Items

#1 World of Warcraft - Blizzard Wins German Lawsuit Against Bot Maker

German site Mein-MMO.de is reporting that Blizzard has won its lawsuit agains Bossland GmbH, the maker of Honorbuddy, a bot used in World of Warcraft. Earlier court decisions that were in Bossland's favor were overturned with the decision that "distribution of bot programs for online games is anti-competitive". As a result, distribution and sales of Honorbuddy in Germany must cease. As yet, the full disclosure of the settlement has not been published.

#2 World of Warcraft - Blizzard Backtracks on Flying Achievement Requirements

In a new post on the World of Warcraft community site, the dev team has announced a pair of significant changes to upcoming patch 7.2 and the requirements to 'earn' flying in Legion's Broken Isles. 

#3 Ashes of Creation News Page

Everything AoC ranked in our news, including the general News Search for the game.

#4 Lost Ark News Page

People are hungry for news about Lost Ark, a game that is said to be coming West sometime in 2018!

#5 World of Warcraft - RUMOR: Next Expansion Details Leaked - Veil of Shadows

This one proved not to be true after all, but it was fun to speculate!

From the Halls of Rumor, details of the next World of Warcraft expansion have been leaked. It's a pretty hefty amount of material to dismiss outright, so we'll give you the nitty gritty and you can decide for yourselves.

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#1 Lost Ark

Lost Ark, a 3D massively-multiplayer online role-playing game offers an immersive action-centric playing style and adopts a non-targeting combat system and a dynamic quarter-view angle to maximize the game experience.

#2 Ashes of Creation

Ashes of Creation is an upcoming MMORPG by Intrepid Studios. Set in a backdrop of high fantasy, players will venture into a vast new world to explore and tame the wilderness. Ashes of Creation’s foundational node system means nearly the entirety of the world is built by player choice and actions! No two player experiences will feel the same - every server ebbs and flows with its own unique story and character all based on player choice.

#3 Dark & Light

Dark and Light is an expansive multiplayer fantasy-themed sandbox survival game. Players join one of three opposing factions and stake their claim on the land, battling with powerful magical spells and staging sieges with an army of allies and tamed creatures. Explore Dark and Light's massive world, Archos, and uncover the planet's dark history while competing for survival!

#4 Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen

Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen is a group-focused MMORPG based on challenging gameplay and open world high fantasy. It takes place on a world populated by deities and heroes, called Terminus. Mortal and planar shards which have collided create the dramatic and epic environment of Terminus. With some of those shards came deities and demigods that, over time, raised empires which forged the turbulent political landscape. Centuries later, new planar collisions have occurred that will pull the players into the world and its politics. The player is a legendary hero, stripped of his or her powerful relics and left to explore the dramatically diverse and epic regions of Terminus with hopes of reclaiming their relics and those of lost heroes. 

#5 Secret World Legends

Secret World Legends blends elements of mythological and modern day civilizations, along with a mix of dark fantasy and the supernatural, and has no character classes. In The Secret World, where urban legends, myths, and conspiracy theories are all true, the only question is: what do you do now?

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Suzie Ford / Suzie is the Associate Editor and News Manager at MMORPG.com. An avid gamer, Suzie lives in the desert Southwestern US with her own personal minion.