Now that 2007 is behind us, we here at WarCry take our annual look back at what went on. We came up with awards in six categories that recognize excellence in the MMO industry. Find out who takes home the hardware in our second annual WarCry Editors' Choice Awards.
Last year, World of Warcraft was named Game of the Year as it rang up a few victories. Did anyone usurp the champion this year? Let's find out.
|Studio of the Year|
We hand out the hardware to the company that we felt did the best job on their core MMO and their overall business over the last year. In 2006, Cryptic Studios nabbed the award.
Almost every major MMO released one or more expansion packs in 2007. We looked at them all and came up with the one that we felt was the best. The answer may surprise you. Last year, EVE Online's Revelations I took this category.
|Best Imported Game|
In a brand new category, we look at the world of games adapted to English from foreign markets. Year by year they become a larger part of the MMO landscape. In this category, we recognize the best ones, regardless of when they were released.
|Best New Game|
Of those MMOs that launched between January 1st and December 31st 2007, we identify the one that we felt was of the highest quality. Sometimes that is not an easy task. Last year, we chose not to give the award out at all, as no new game did enough to earn a badge. This year, one did.
|Most Anticipated of 2008|
It's no science to predict when an MMO might launch. Last year's winner and honorable mention both got delayed into 2008, which makes the field even more interesting. Of those games we feel likely to launch in 2008, we selected the one that looks the best. Last year, that game was Warhammer Online. Will it defend that title?
|Game of the Year|
It shouldn't surprise anyone that World of Warcraft nabbed this category in 2006, but can it defend the title? This award goes to the single best MMO, regardless of when it was launched during the previous calendar year.
Before we go on, we wanted take this chance to thank everyone in the industry who has worked with us over the last year and all the readers who have been in to read the things we write. It's been fun!
Now, onto the awards. First up: Studio of the Year.