The Best MMO Crossovers We’ve Seen So Far
If there’s one thing us MMO players enjoy, it’s that of a good MMO crossover between franchises. To-date, many have tried them on a minor scale, such as promo purchase rewards for skins and other trivial goodies. But in 2019 and beyond, some studios have set the bar incredibly high, with tangible crossovers that players can experience either through PvE or more. So here are our favorite and best MMO crossovers we’ve seen so far.
Final Fantasy XIV and Final Fantasy XIV
This is one of those mash ups that franchise fans have been drooling over. This month, the FFXIV x FFXV crossover event is going on, and it’s great to see Prince Noctis in Eorzea. Players were able to partake in a few adventures alongside Noctis. He’s arrived mysteriously in the Regalia, and needs to find a way home. But not before some shenanigans, as we slowly figure out plot details. The entire chain features a couple of duty fights which had awesome mechanics. In the end, this was a touching tale and if you have the MGP, you could even grab the Regalia in the Gold Saucer. For 200,000 MPG you can have FFXIV’s very first 4-seater mount thanks to FFXV.
Final Fantasy XIV and Monster Hunter: World
We had to start off with this one. Final Fantasy XIV and Monster Hunter: World – two Japenese MMOs that couldn’t be any different from each other. On the one hand, the former is a globally beloved JRPG franchise. The MMORPG is thriving and continues to offer hours of fun for players. The latter while new to the scene, is steadily becoming the most popular – probably already is – monster hunting game in the genre’s history. So what does Capcom and Square Enix decide to do? Well a crossover of course. FFXIV players can now hunt a popular MHW boss in-game for appropriately themed rewards. Frankly, we’d be disappointed if we don’t see more of this happening in the future.
World of Warcraft and Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm
Anyone surprised to see this here? This is Blizzard doing what Blizzard does best – offering a platter of fan service to loyal players who’ve been part of Blizzard’s roster of games forever. Both Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm features popular characters from the World of Warcraft lore. And before you snicker, you’d be surprised to know just how much pulling power this has for both games. Sure, Hearthstone may be a filthy casual card game that even non Warcraft fans can get into. But don’t underestimate the power of a Warcraft themed crossover. Imagine the hype if Deathwing was announced as a Heroes of the Storm character. In fact, just this year, Blizzard added the popular Alterac Valley as a battleground to the pleasure of WoW heads everywhere.
Defiance 2050 and RIFT
RIFT was given a new berth as it launched a brand new fresh start progression server RIFT Prime in February last year year. Not content with one reboot, the studio also relaunched its 2013 FPSMMO Defiance – which had a TV show crossover in the past – with an updated graphics version called Defiance 2050. Both launches were pretty successful and to celebrate at the time, and the studio had a crossover event. For a few weeks, monsters from Defiance would appear randomly from world events in the MMORPG RIFT. Players could hunt these down for rewards and boast that “they were there” when the unlikeliest of crossovers took place in the MMO world.
Wildstar, Blade and Soul, Guild Wars 2 and Master X Master
Perhaps the one that flew under the radar was the epic collaboration of characters within NCsoft’s MMO universe. 2017’s Master X Master – a hybrid MOBA game – turned heads when its hero roster featured popular characters from all of NCsoft’s games. This included Rytlock from Guild Wars 1/2, Mondo Zax from Wildstar and many more. Unfortunately for MXM, the game didn’t last the year, and was eventually shut down in late December 2017. But for as long as it was live, by all accounts, players had a fun time using their favorite MMO characters to duke it out in small arena maps with fun abilities.
Monster Hunter: World and The Witcher
You know MHW just got a whole lot better when Geralt of Rivia himself appears in-game. The crossover content revolved around a new, original quest line available to all Monster Hunter: World players who reached Hunter Rank 16 or above. Starring legendary monster slayer Geralt of Rivia, once again voiced by Doug Cockle in the English version of the game, ‘Contract: Trouble in the Ancient Forest’ tasks the witcher with tracking down and dealing with a powerful force known as the Leshen. Defeating this mysterious creature will require the skills befitting a seasoned professional, and gamers will have at their disposal the White Wolf’s arsenal and abilities, including his silver sword and combat magic. Players will also engage in dialogues with other characters, influencing how the story unfolds through choices they make — a hallmark of The Witcher series.