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The World of MMOs in 2023: New Releases, Expansions and Updates

The World of MMOs in 2023: New Releases, Expansions and Updates

Are you wondering if 2023 will be a good year for MMO games? Only one way to find out. By taking a look at the available info regarding new releases and updates.

In the name of tidiness, we have organized our 2023 MMO calendar into three sections: MMOs with a confirmed release date or window, updates and expansions for existing MMORPGs, and new MMO games that will enter early access or might come out this year.

MMOs That Have a Planned 2023 Release Date

As always, take the release date with a grain of salt. Sadly, we have grown accustomed to delays.

The Day Before

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The Day Before will be hitting Steam in March.

Release Date: March 1st.

This visually impressive zombie MMO is one of the most wish-listed Steam titles. The Day Before is an open-world survival game set in the aftermath of a terrible pandemic.

Team up against the infected and beware of your fellow survivors as well. Scavenge, kill, and do everything in your power to make it through the day.

Ethyrial: Echoes of Yore

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Ethyrial is set to release this year.

Release Date: April 2023.

Ethyrial brands itself as a hardcore MMORPG. Adventures are set in Irumesa, a land at war. Notable game features include loss of items and XP upon dying, a complex character system with meaningful skill and stat choices, emphasis on teamwork, a bounty system for PvP ganking, and unique items that come in a limited supply.

War of Dragnorox

Release Date: September 1st (Open Beta).

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War of Dragnoros is getting ready for open beta.

As of January 2023, War of Dragnorox is 72% complete, so it might just hit the planned release date. This is a sandbox fantasy MMORPG with a focus on max-level content. More than 30 zones and 19 end-game raids are part of the launch day activities.

War of Dragnorox will have a classic business model with an initial purchase and monthly subscription that will include all future updates. The team is against cash shops, cosmetics, XP boosts, or other microtransactions.

Ashfall

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Ashfall is a shooter MMO coming soon.

Release Date: Q3 2023.

Ashfall is a Terminator/Fallout-flavored shooter MMORPG. AI rises to power and goes berserk on humans. In the aftermath of the nuclear destruction, one leaves the Vault in search of the Core of Creation, humanity’s last hope.

Soundtrack from industry-established veterans such as Hans Zimmer, Steve Mazzaro, and Inon Zur promises a unique post-apocalyptic atmosphere.

Odin: Valhalla Rising

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Odin: Valhalla Rising will be coming to the west in 2023.

Release Date: Q4 2023.

Kakao Games plans to bring this open-world MMO to Europe and North America in late 2023. Odin: Valhalla Rising features action combat and attractive graphics.

The game has been out in South Korea since June 2021. You can find plenty of gameplay videos to get a taste of this Norse-inspired MMORPG.

Inkbound

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Inkbound is coming in 2023.

Release Date: 2023.

From the developers of Overwhelmingly Positive-rated Monster Train comes a roguelike MMO RPG. Players discover the mythical land of Atheneum and its living stories.

Inkbound borrows one of the most popular Monster Train features: class mixing. Shape your character and test its combat prowess in procedurally generated runs. See how many enemies you can defeat and how much loot you can acquire.

Blue Protocol

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Blue Protocol is a highly awaited in the west.

Release Date: 2023.

Developed by Bandai Namco, Blue Protocol is one of the most hyped 2023 MMOs. It’s an anime game featuring a seamless open world, a deep character system, and fast-paced action combat.

Blue Protocol will be free-to-play with premium cosmetics. It’s slated for a Japan release in early 2023 followed by a Western release later this year.

Updates, Patches, and Expansions for Existing MMORPGs

Lord of the Rings Online confirms Q4 expansion and possibly River Hobbits

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This year brings updates concerning landscapes, classes, crafting, and more. All lead to the Q4 expansion that will include a new level cap, a new class, a new raid, a new instance, and who knows what else.

The developers aren’t ready to share any details at this point. River Hobbits are not part of the plan, but Executive Producer Robert Ciccolini said that a 2023 release isn’t out of the question.

The next Black Desert Online is in development

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Land of the Morning Light is BDO’s upcoming expansion. Rumor has it that it will first release in Korea in February. The global version will follow a few months later.

Land of the Morning Light is an incursion into Korean history. It is based on the Joseon Dynasty and features myths and legends from past eras.

Aion Classic is available in Europe

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Aion Classic is coming to Europe.

Classic Aion servers open up for the EU player base. These are permanent servers that implement the 2.0 update at launch.

The original level 55 PvE and PvP content with quality-of-life improvements and extra updates is available for free. Future updates will add the new dungeons and classes.

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 comes to Steam

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The Division 2 is now on Steam.

Starting on January 12th, Ubisoft’s 2019-MMO shooter RPG can be played through Steam. Will more people get into it now that the exclusivity period is over?

The Division 2 spots nice graphics, tactical gameplay, and plenty of content that doesn’t force player interaction.

AdventureQuest Worlds Unity releases this Spring

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AQWU is coming to Steam in just a few months.

The AQW Unity update should go live on Steam in March. The remake of the classic AdventureQuest: Worlds features the original new content plus many new features.

Thirteen storylines, more than 100 classes, and events are part of the fun. It’s possible to log in with an existing AQW account and retain all your previously hard-earned stuff.

EverQuest gets a ton of updates including a new progression server and expansion

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The roadmap for EverQuest is packed in 2023.

Devoted EQ players have nothing to worry about. The veteran MMO is not going into maintenance mode any time soon.

The 2023 plan includes new content for holiday events, Night of Shadows Tier 1-3 raids, a new UI engine, a new progression server in May, a DirectX 11 API port, and the 30th expansion in December.

The 20th  EverQuest II expansion arrives in November

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EverQuest 2 also has tons of content coming this year.

The 2023 EQII roadmap is teeming with updates. Each month comes with something new. The 20th expansion will be available for pre-order in October. According to the schedule, the release will happen in November.

We are eagerly waiting for details about it. We are also curious if the developers will keep up with the calendar.

The best of WoW Dragonflight is yet to come

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Will Dragonflight turn it around for WoW in 2023?

The 2023 battle plan includes the new Trading Post feature in January, a sizeable Season 2 Patch featuring a new zone, raid, PvP season, and Mythic+ dungeon pool in the Spring.

Summer comes with  a new mega-dungeon and more story content. Mythic+ and PvP Season 3 coupled with a new raid and zone is expected towards the end of the year.

WoW Wrath of the Lich King Classic continues the foray into the icy Northrend

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WOTLK will have a big year in 2023.

The fan-favorite Ulduar raid, the Argent Tournament Grounds daily quest hub, the 6th Arena Season, the second Vault of Archavon boss, and the new Titan Rune dungeons are coming in January.

We expect all the WotLK content to be available by the end of the year.

More Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker content and hints of the new expansion

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FFXIV will be getting ready for a new expansion this year.

With Patch 6.3 releasing in January, we’d say that Endwalker is about two thirds done. There is still plenty of content to gorge ourselves on and a big chunk is yet to come. However, there comes a point within the lifespan of each expansion when the community starts looking to the future.

The post-Endwalker story will feature Krile Mayer Baldesion as a main character. Rumor has it that teasers will begin in Patch 6.5.

Elder Scrolls Online deploys a complete Chapter followed by a change of strategy in Q3

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ESO will have a change of direction in 2023.

Both ESO developers and players have had enough of the year-long adventures. The first part of 2023 comes with the usual Q1 dungeon DLC and a Chapter in Q2.

The difference is that the Chapter will tell a complete story. Starting with Q3, we will be treated with quality-of-life updates and a new system in Q4.

Ragnarok Begins is coming to Steam

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Ragnarok Begins is hopefully coming to Steam this year.

The new Ragnarok Online adventure will be available through Steam at a yet unrevealed 2023 date. The cross-platform MMORPG has the iconic Ragnarok art style, side-scrolling combat, and a plethora of PvE and PvP content.

If you cannot wait for the Steam release, Ragnarok Begins on PC is available from the official website. The mobile version is restricted to the USA and Canadian users.

RuneScape teases new content and a new skill

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Runescape will have plenty of new content in 2023.

The 2001-MMORPG lays out the 2023 master plan. Details are scarce at this point. We know that a new combat event and reduced death costs are coming first.

Fort Forinthry introduces a new storyline, followed by a new training method, more new quests and challenges, and Necromancy as the new RuneScape skill.

Old School RuneScape reveals new features and activities

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OSRS will also have new content in 2023.

Things are looking pretty lively on the old-school front. The new year kicks off with the Secrets of the North master quest.

The Official Account Builds feature is next in line. Bounty Hunter, Desert Treasure: The Fallen Empire, Forestry as a Woodcutting expansion, and a new skill are cooking in the OSRS oven.

Brand New MMO Games Going into Early Access in 2023

Don’t get your hopes up for too many fully-fledged 2023 releases. Early access is the best-case scenario for the majority of these games.

Dune Awakening

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Dune Awakening is hopefully coming soon.

With Funcom at the helm, the Dune franchise is getting the MMO treatment. The game features an open world, third-person shooter action combat, and survival mechanics.

Wayfinder

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Wayfinder is in closed beta.

Become a Wayfinder in this new MMORPG from the makers of Darksiders Genesis. Crafting, exploration, and player housing are part of the gameplay.

Past Fate

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Past Fate is an medieval MMO in early access.

It seems that open world has become the norm for new MMORPGs. Past Fate is a medieval fantasy game with player freedom, naval combat, and faction wars.

ARK 2

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Ark 2 is “coming soon” to Steam.

The sequel to Ark: Survival Evolved updates all the original systems. A new story featuring Santiago, improved modding support, challenging melee combat, dynamic events, and a new take on prehistoric creatures await us.

Starkeepers

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Starkeepers is “coming soon” to Steam.

Starkeepers is all about explosive action combat. Players take the role of heroes with distinct combat skills. Intriguing features include clan fortresses and a dynamic questing system.

CarX Street

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CarX Street is a MMO for car enthusiasts.

CarX Street is a racing MMO that allows players to build and customize racing vehicles. From urban streets bursting with activity to picturesque mountain tracks, you can test your wheels in a multitude of environments.

Fractured Veil

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2023 will be zombie-filled in Fractured Veil.

The zombie apocalypse takes over Hawaiian paradise. This survival MMO has RPG character progression, base building, PvE and PvP content, and 64 square km of open world filled with mutants and other nasty creatures.

BattleBit Remastered

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BattleBit Remastered is coming soon.

Size does matter in BattleBit Remastered, a low poly MMO FPS with maps that support up to 127 players…per side. Class specializations and multiple weapons allow players to serve as soldiers with distinct roles.

Ilysia

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Explore Ilysia in VR in 2023.

Ilysia is a VR MMORPG that offers an intricate class system, crating, player housing, PvE raids, optional PvP, caravan exploration, fast travel, pet battles, and more. Don’t you guys have virtual reality headsets?

Into the Echo

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We will hopefully get to do some time travel in 2023.

A time-traveling MMO set on the planet Raava allows players to become crafters, fighters, or code-breakers (whatever the last-mentioned means, we have no idea). While the release date is nowhere in sight, the development team is planning for pre-alpha tests in 2023.