MMOs of 2012
2012 is shaping up to be a phenomenal year for MMO fans. With World of Warcraft's near-decade of dominance seemingly approaching its end and the next generation of high profile titles looming on the horizon, the genre's future feels almost completely undecided. This year's successes and failures will likely shape the market for some time to come, and that's every bit as exciting as it is daunting.
It's hard to imagine what we'll be talking about in twelve months time, especially when so much remains up in the air. Will anyone replace Blizzard at the top of the MMORPG heap? Will the free-to-play model finally render subscription fees obsolete? Could this be the year the MMOFPS finally gets its breakout hit? Sadly, our psychic powers aren't quite strong enough to answer those questions (yet). Instead, we'll offer you a primer on a few of the upcoming MMOs that are definitely worth keeping a close eye on.
Here are five releases that are sure to shake up the MMO market in 2012.