Updated Fri, Dec 20, 2013 by Lewis B
The child of Kickstart but only of a modest $1 million dollars, Pathfinder Online is making bold claims but also keeping relatively grounded. None of the aims seem overly unrealistic but they do have a mountain to climb. With Beta likely to start in the summer of 2014 it isn't unfeasible to suggest a release later in the year. Of the videos released so far, it's shaping up well. I do get a Mortal Online 'vibe' but it's definitely all positive. There aren't enough sandbox MMOG's out there, so I'm eagerly awaiting Pathfinder Online.
In 2013 Guild Wars 2 has gone from strength to strength. Providing enormous amounts of updates and all for free, without a subscription fee, there's no better time to jump into Tyria. It isn't to say that Guild Wars 2 is perfect (what MMOG is?) but ArenaNet offer more bang for your buck than any competition out there. If that wasn't good enough, you can get the client for super cheap on Amazon or Ebay and having had a preview of the content coming in 2014, it's fair to say that ArenaNet intends to take on the likes of WildStar and The Elder Scrolls Online head on.
Is this still going I hear you ask. Yes, yes it is. World of Warcraft might be nearing its 50th birthday (not really) but it's showing no signs of slowing down. Sure it might be losing players, but it was never going to continue to gain subscribers so late into its lifespan. Sitting comfortably on around 9 million paying subscribers is still more than anything else out there and with that comes a continuous stream of updates. With a massive expansion due in 2014 (Warlords of Draenor) it's fair to say that World of Warcraft has plenty of life left in its old legs and 2014 like every other year before it, should be a good one.
The Secret World had a bumpy ride from it's launch. The mistake was made to launch as a subscription only game when it wasn't quite up to the standard players expected and when various other massively multiplayer games at the time were flying the free-to-play flag. Despite this, its transfer to a buy-to-play model has really seen the game flourish. Perhaps not to the dizzying heights of other games in the genre but 2014 should see a heavy dose of additional “issues” and for as little as $15.00 you really cannot go far wrong.