Posted Thu, Jan 10, 2013 by Sardu
Status: In Development
End of Nations has long suffered a personality crisis of sorts. Originally a hybrid RPG and RTS game, it became clear early on that the mashup was simply a bit too confusing for gamers more familiar with either genre. Eventually many of the more RPG hooks were dropped in favor of focusing on making EoN a more clearly defined RTS game, but somewhere along the way it morphed into a quasi-MOBA.
Confused about what kind of game EoN is yet? If so, you're not alone, and the team at PetroGlyph recently decided to take the game out of beta, offer pre-order refunds, move development to the main Trion offices, and continue refining the game into something more specific and fun.
Hopefully the additional development time will pay off, though the game currently runs the risk of becoming the next Tabula Rasa. In other words, a game that wasn't really sure what it wanted to be when it grew up, but ended up having to hit the streets regardless to be able to pay the bills.
Status: Closed Beta
This followup to the critically and commercially successful World of Tanks has been in development for quite some time now, and many expected it to see a full release by the end of 2012. However, if any free-to-play developer has the resources to continue polishing a game until it's ready for prime time, it's Wargaming.
It will be interesting to see if Warplanes lives up to some of the lofty expectations set by its tank-based counterpart. World of Tanks had a very broad appeal, based in part upon the fact that it provides a neat slice of the shooter pie, but one that doesn't necessarily require the same twitch gaming skill set.
Warplanes - and all aerial combat sims, really - might appeal to a somewhat slimmer audience by comparison. Just like trying to play racing games with a keyboard and mouse, flying around in a virtual setting is simply going to be a better experience for those gamers able to afford a flight stick. Barring that potential barrier for entry, Warplanes still has the potential to be one of the top free-to-play games of 2013.