Updated Fri, Dec 20, 2013 by Lewis B
The lego of massively multiplayer games and borrowing plenty from Minecraft, Landmark is offering players the ability to create truly beautiful structures and landscapes. You can already buy your way into the Beta if you buy a founders pack and from many of the time-lapse videos released it's clear it works exactly as intended.
The inclusion of enemies and “loot” is a little odd I must admit and it likely falls somewhere into the realms of Minecrafts survival mode but that shouldn't put you off. If you're creative or want to see your creations into a wider massively multiplayer game (i.e EverQuest Next Landmark) it really will be right for you.
An upcoming action role-playing game from the team behind Halo, is a hub based but also open world game. With still so little known publicly, besides the fact it's set 700 years in the future and is a shared-world shooter, its premise basically strikes me as a mix between Rage and Halo with massively multiplayer elements. With truly stunning visuals and a game world that looks ripe for exploring, this game has seen me firmly follow every ounce of information it has released.
Having entered closed Beta in October 2013, Pearl Abyss' Black Desert is visually stunning and as a free-to-play title offering large scale castle sieges there's enough here to capture a wide audience. The ability to climb and the combat is what really caught my attention but also the art style and although it bears similarities to Archage, it really does look fantastic. Sadly for us, there's no concrete date on when an English version arrives on our shores but we can hope that a translation will take less than 10 years. A 2014 release window then, seems likely.