Recommended Free-to-Play PC/Mobile MMOs for January 2017

ARK Survival Evolved Online (CN)
Launch
Free-to-play

 

 

For some of you ARK Surivvial Evolved is already an old survival MMORPG, but there are still players that didn’t get to try it. When you go to their steam page, you see a ton of mixed reviews that can be put together like this:
Good Reviews: the game is great, a lot of freedom, different biomes, a true survival MMO;
Bad Reviews: server problems, allowing free transfer for tribes from other servers, developers focusing on releasing the console version, ignoring their pc player-base, paid DLCs on an early access game.
As you can see, 90% of the bad reviews have something against Studio Wildcard and Instinct Games, so we can assume that if Snail Games decides to bring the new licensed free to play Ark Survival Evolved Online to the Western Market, a ton of players will flood their servers.

There are a few differences between the two versions and I think there will be a lot more on the future, but for the moment we know that the f2p version will have a vanity costume shop, detailed tutorials, private chatting, mailbox features, a slightly easier progression and an enhanced graphic system.

The Chinese Open Beta has three different type of servers (civilized, war and savaged servers) each with its own rules. If you can pass the language barrier and want to try this new f2p version of Ark, we already have a registration & download guide for you.

World of Warcraft New Vanilla Server – Elysium Project
Launch
Fresh-start server
Free-to-play

Even if this is a private server, for me it’s a rebirth of social aspects inside an MMORPG. I’m so excited about this project, but let’s start from the beginning.

World of Warcraft Elysium is the new vanilla server that will be launched on January 7, 2017 at 18:00 GMT+1 (as the time I am writing this article there are still a few hours left). After the old Nostalrius servers were shutdown by Blizzard, with just a cease and desist order, and a long waiting time for a Blizzard announcement regarding the Legacy Servers, the core and the old Nostalrius database were handled to Elysium. This move assured the rebirth of Nost realms (as both the old PvP and PvE servers are up and running) and the birth of a new PvP server called Elysium.

You may be wondering what makes it special, right? Each player that decided to roll a new character on this server has its own reasons ranging from the love of core aspects that made World of Warcraft the top MMORPG for so many years, to settling down and finding a new place to call home.

For me it’s all about the community and the journey. Other MMOs and the retail Legion WoW servers have lost the social aspect a long time ago. Trying to please everybody, easing every aspect of hardcore gameplay have killed the social interaction. I can hardly wait just to log in with thousands of other players (Elysium new server is expected to have around 15k-20k players) create a party, and chatting about anything while struggling to find a mob to kill. There is no phasing system, no easy way to skip the content so we should work together to achieve our goals.

There are players that hate fighting over a low amounts of mobs due to the large number of players around them, but if I only wanted to kill something I would install a singleplayer RPG. There is a history to be written, stories and special moments that will remain fresh in our memories for many years and I want to be a part of them.

PvP with the opposing faction, those massive open world fights are coming also, and to be honest I would join any game that can bring back those old times that made the genre great.

If you want to learn more about Elysium check the official site and if you join the game, hit me up on Apophis. For the Horde – Lok’tar Ogar.

Ragnarok Mobile (CN)
Open beta
Free-to-play

Ragnarok is one of the most known MMORPG, and there are still many fans out there waiting for a new version. Even if they hoped for a PC title, a mobile version of RO should not go under the radar.

The new developers are trying to remain faithful to the original version, but they also stated that the gameplay is somehow outdated, plus they need to adapt it to fit the mobile scene. In Ragnarok Mobile players will have a lot of quests and storylines missions, but if they prefer a grinding approach they can skip those and start killing mobs, without missing important gameplay aspects. The PvP modes are not availabe yet, but those will come at a later date in the new timeline, same as it was back in the old days.

The core gameplay will be a mix of autofight and skill decisions, although the developers are trying to create a challenging experience that will get you kill if you only set the game on “auto pilot”. Also, if you die in Ragnarok Online you will loose XP. Another important factor will be the teamwork, so even if in previous tests there were some classes that could solo almost every map (like the assassin), developers are doing their best to fix this ballance issues.

Ragnarok Mobile will be officialy release for both Android and iOS on March 1st, but until then a beta test is scheduled for January 19th. If you want to learn more about RO check our In-Depth Review: Ragnarok Online Mobile Kicks off Autumn Test and keep an eye for new guides (you should also watch the forums).

Torchlight Mobile
Open beta
Free-to-play

Torchlight Mobile is not a port for the PC version, the new game developed by Runic Games, Perfect World (CN) and Fedeen Games (they will be responsible for the Western release) was coded from scratch for both Android and iOS devices.

The mobile version remained faithful to the original game and implemented or adapted almost every feature loved by Torchlight fans such as large dungeons, random loot drops (the rarest weapons will come with a powerful active skill – like a character ultimate ability), a large variety of enemies and the fan’s favorite pet system. The combat system is fluid and players will have the option to create different combos by combining 6 character based skills into 36 different variations.

Perfect World decided to go even further with Torchlight Mobile and added PvP elements such as 1 vs 1 duel Arena and some kind of “moba minigame”. We don’t have any details about the future cash shop / payment system, but we know that there won’t be any stamina system so that’s a big start.

The CN Open Beta will start on January 12 so if you want to try the game before it will be released worldwide you should definitely try it now.

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