Have we settled on an official name for MMO-y action-RPGs yet? MMO action-RPG? Action-MMORPG? Diablonlines? Hmm. This question is of professional relevance to me, as Tera developers Bluehole Studio are now making one of those there games, whatever they're called.
Devillian [official site] will have players beat monsters until money and items fall out their guts, but also offer guilds and alliances and wars and whatnot. Rift folks Trion Worlds yesterday announced plans to bring the free-to-play AMMORPG (I like the "ammo" in there, v. action-packed - this could work!) to Europe and North America this year.
To briefly explain the story, there are monsters and you have powers so kill them I guess.
Devillian has four classes of monster slayer, which sound like a wizard, warrior, rogue, and gunman. It's a pretty slim lineup, but hopefully each will allow a wide range of different builds to make up for that. I wouldn't be surprised to see more classes added as microtransaction thingdoodles too. But the character designs, oh my! Those are classic goofy F2P MMO looks.
What does being an MMO add to it? A persistent world, 20v20 PvP battles, social stuff, and other people to murder monsters with.
Alpha and beta signups are open, if you're curious. Have a trailer: