Massively OP’s 2021 Awards: Biggest MMO Surprise

Welcome again to Massively Overpowered’s formal end-of-the-year awards!

Today’s award is for the Biggest MMO Surprise of 2021, which was awarded to the Microsoft buyout of Besthsoft final 12 months. This class is supposed to supply one thing fairly totally different from massive tales, disappointments, and error; it’s meant to be one thing no one noticed coming in any respect, often one thing constructive, although not all the time. Don’t neglect to solid your individual vote within the just-for-fun reader ballot on the very finish!

And the MassivelyOP employees choose for the Biggest MMO Surprise of 2021 is…



​Andrew Ross: New World’s preliminary reputation.

Andy McAdams: Palia’s announcement out of the blue. I by no means performed Fallen Earth, but when the delighted shock in MOP chat is any indication, it has earned the most important shock of the 12 months.

Brianna Royce: I haven’t even actually considered Fallen Earth since I tried enjoying it one million years in the past, and I actually by no means anticipated it to come back again after being shut down. The indisputable fact that an organization purchased it, closed it, and opened it once more, without cost? Yeah that’s a shock, to make sure, however a welcome one. 😀


Carlo Lacsina: Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis’ launch. It felt like this recreation simply got here out of nowhere! It’s good that it got here out on time and it’s obtained a fairly enjoyable gameplay loop. There’s one thing enjoyable about simply going out to the open world and kicking monster butt for the only goal of simply getting stronger. It’s form of gradual proper now, however for the parents that don’t log in day by day or simply play casually, there’s fairly a number of issues to do. And for youthful gamers, this might make a strong first MMO.

Chris Neal: Rise of the comfy co-op MMOs. Yes, let the cozy, extra pastoral, large-scale multiplayer and MMO recreation revolution start. I’m right here for this.

Colin Henry: Fallen Earth Classic. I keep in mind when Fallen Earth went darkish and studio Little Orbit promised a reboot, my solely thought was that it was merely making an attempt to melt the blow of the shutdown. It had been such a distinct segment title for its total existence, its possibilities of a reboot or revival appeared slim, but right here we’re. Revivals like this all the time give me hope that sooner or later we might even see the sunsetted MMOs that I miss introduced again to life in some kind.

Eliot Lefebvre: The complete Magic Legends scenario. Yeah, I didn’t suppose Magic Legends was an important recreation. It was a suitable one, at greatest. But nonetheless, it’s uncommon for Cryptic of all corporations to simply reduce its losses that quickly.


Justin Olivetti: No contest — the abrupt and pleasant resurrection of Fallen Earth, one in every of my all-time favourite MMOs, introduced again without cost as a result of the devs merely liked it a lot. This nonetheless brings a smile to my face.

Mia DeSanzo: Swords of Legends Online’s abrupt announcement and launch buzz.

Sam Kash: New World releasing and it’s really enjoyable!

Tyler Edwards: Palia popping out of nowhere and getting lots of hype off the bat.

The resurrection of Fallen Earth took our award for Biggest MMO Surprise. What’s your choose?

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How does MassivelyOP select the winner?

Our crew gathers collectively to appoint and focus on candidates and hopefully decide on a consensus winner. We don’t have a tough vote, however we do embrace written commentary from each author who submitted it on time in an effort to see the place a few of us differed, what our secondary picks have been, and why we personally nominated what we did (or didn’t). The web site’s award goes to the employees choice, however we’ll embrace each it and the group’s high nomination in our debrief in January.

How does MassivelyOP populate this ballot?

Poll choices embrace all surprises nominated plus a number of others we thought needs to be included.


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