A big year for gaming doesn't necessarily translate into a big year for MMOs. In particular these games are of the slow cooked variety: a premature launch can spell disaster for a game's long term prospects. A bug-filled launch (or even half-baked open beta) can taint the audience's reception of a game well into its life. Regardless of how significantly an MMO evolves, it's hard to reconcile a poor first impression.
This sort of premature launch seemed to be a theme in the late-arriving MMOs of 2007. GamePro's MMO Report Card looks at three in particular: Fury (developed by Auran), Tabula Rasa (Destination Games and NCSoft), and Hellgate: London (Flagship Studios.)