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This is a selected list of notable massively multiplayer online games which are free-to-play in some form without ever requiring a subscription or other payment. These are commonly MMORPGs or MMOFPSs, but could be of any genre.

Free-to-play video games, also known as free-to-start, are games that give players access to a significant portion of their content without paying. Free-to-play can be contrasted with pay to play, in which payment is required before using a service for the first time.

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Free play

These MMOGs provide client software free of charge and allow users to play the game without requiring payment. The games' expenses are typically funded by sponsors or through donations (which have no effect in the game itself).

Developer(s)Release datePlatform(s)GenreSynopsisType
Allegiance Microsoft Research March 16, 2000 Windows Space Sim/RTS Hybrid3D Space Combat with teamwork and RTS elements3D
Astro Battle Lava Lord GamesDecember 31, 2004 Windows, Linux Multi-directional shooter Overhead multi-directional shoot-em-up where players design their own ships2D
Crossfire n/a1992Multi-platform, including Windows, OS X, Linux and others. Medieval fantasy MMORPG Open source cross between NetHack and Gauntlet.2D
Gekkeiju Online Coolhouse Productions 2003 Windows Medieval fantasy MMORPGPlayers control an anime like character in a medieval fantasy world.3D
Infantry Online Harmless Games LLC
Sony Online Entertainment
1999 Windows Action Players take the role of soldiers on an isometric battleground and fight in a variety of gametypes. 2.5D
Meridian 59 Archetype Interactive (original)
Near Death Studios (current)
December 15, 1995 Windows Role playing Play as an adventurer in a medieval sword-and-sorcery world alongside other adventurers3D
Omerta Omerta Game LimitedSeptember 26, 2003Browser-basedMMORPG, MafiaText
PlaneShift Atomic Blue2003Multi-platform, including Windows, OS X, Linux and others. Medieval fantasy MMORPGAn open source, fantasy MMORPG with enforced roleplaying elements.3D
SubSpace Burst, Virgin Interactive, fan communityNovember 30, 1997 Windows Action Players fly, fight and play a variety of games with spaceships.2D
Terra Kaon Interactive (original)
Terra Outlands (current)
June 1997 Windows Action Play as a vehicle operator in a 24/7 3D virtual world individual or clan based battle game3D
Underlight Lyra StudiosMarch 1998 Windows Medieval fantasy MMORPGPlay as a dreamer in the city of dreams, in a unique role-playing environment (in-character at all times). The game features live action FPS combat, an advancement system where players write quests for other players, and a unique faction system with fixed houses that are player run.3D
Urban Dead Kevan DavisJuly 3, 2005Browser-based Survival horror Play as a human or a zombie trying to survive in the undead-infested city of Malton.Text
Virtual Air Traffic Simulation Network
(VATSIM)
n/aJuly 2001n/a Flight simulation Uses existing flight simulation software with custom plug-ins, players may interact with the network as either pilots or air traffic controllers.
Wyvern Steve Yegge, Cabochon, Inc.February 4, 2001 Windows, OS X, Linux Fantasy MMORPG Crossfire and NetHack inspired game where players take on the mantle of adventurer and battle monsters in their quest.2D

Free play with advertising

These MMOGs are free to play. They are funded through advertising, either in-game or through pop-ups.

Advertising form of communication for marketing, typically paid for

Advertising is a marketing communication that employs an openly sponsored, non-personal message to promote or sell a product, service or idea. Sponsors of advertising are typically businesses wishing to promote their products or services. Advertising is differentiated from public relations in that an advertiser pays for and has control over the message. It differs from personal selling in that the message is non-personal, i.e., not directed to a particular individual. Advertising is communicated through various mass media, including traditional media such as newspapers, magazines, television, radio, outdoor advertising or direct mail; and new media such as search results, blogs, social media, websites or text messages. The actual presentation of the message in a medium is referred to as an advertisement, or "ad" or advert for short.

Developer(s)Release datePlatform(s)GenreSynopsisType
Agar.io ZeachApril 28, 2015Browser-based Action Thousands of Cells compete for survival. Eat or be eaten.Web
Anarchy Online Funcom June 27, 2001 Windows MMORPG, Science-fiction Two factions fight for control of a distant desert planet.3D
Jennifer Government: NationStates Max Barry November 13, 2002Browser-based Government simulation game Players build nations and run them according to their political ideals.Web
Slither.io Steve HowseMarch 25, 2016Browser-based Casual Hundreds of worms in the same area eat dots to get bigger without running into each other's tails.Web

Free play with micro-transactions

These MMOGs are free to play, but players may optionally purchase in-game items or currency.

Key
ActiveServers are currently available
ClosedServers have been discontinued
UnknownServer status is unknown
Developer(s)Release datePlatform(s)GenrePaymentSynopsisTypeStatus
Age of Empires Online Microsoft Game Studios August 16, 2011 Windows MMORTS Free play with in-game currency and items that can be purchased from a shop or earned through gameplayGameplay from the Age of Empires series offering online MMO features.3DClosed July 1, 2014
Age of Wulin Suzhou Snail Electronic Co., Ltd.April 10, 2013 Windows MMORPGChinese fantasy martial arts PvP game with persistent characters.3DActive
Allods Online Astrum NivalFebruary 16, 2010 Windows MMORPGFree to play with items that can be purchased from a shopTraditional 3D fantasy MMORPG with quests, NPCs, dungeons, guilds, PvE and PvP.3DActive
Angels Online UserJoy Technology 2006 Windows, PlayStation 3 Medieval fantasy MMORPGFree to play with items that can be purchased from a shopPlayers control an anime like character in a medieval fantasy world.2DActive
ArchLord NHN Corporation October 3, 2006 Windows Medieval fantasy MMORPGFree play with in-game currency that can be purchased from a shop3DClosed January 1, 2014
Atlantica Online NDOORS Interactive October 30, 2008 Windows Fantasy MMORPGFree to play with items that can be purchased from a shopTurn-based battles. Guild-controlled customizable cites. Certain features require guild membership.3DActive
Audition Online T3 Entertainment2005 Windows Casual game Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shopDance competition. Game style is similar to Stepmania, Dance Dance Revolution and Bust A Groove.3DActive
Battlefield Play4Free EA Digital Illusions CE, Easy StudiosApril 4, 2011 Windows FPSGame is supported by micro-transactions where players can purchase equipment and weapon upgrades.Free-to-play remake of Battlefield 2 with updated graphics and gameplay.3DClosed July 14, 2015
Cabal Online ESTSoft2006 Windows Sci-fi MMORPGFree to play with items that can be purchased from a shopMMORPG with a combo battle system.3DActive
Castle of Heroes SNAIL Game2009Browser-basedMMORTSFree to play with items that can be purchased from a shopStrategy MMORPG taking place in a medieval fantasy universe.WebActive
DarkSpace PalestarDecember 21, 2001 Windows Sci-fi MMORPGFree to play with purchasable credits to use in game enhancements and special itemsSci-fi tactical space combat with strategy in a team orientated game. Players gain rank and prestige, which expands the ships they can command and the strategic decisions they make.3DActive
Dead Frontier Neil Yates2008Browser-basedHorrorFree to play with purchasable credits to use in game enhancements and special itemsThird-person shooters where players create and build up their character through PvE looting, missions, and trade.3D, 2D and WebActive
DECO Online Rocksoft2007 Windows MMORPGFree to play with items that can be purchased from a shopCombo based combat. Players can earn fame, enhance items and change job.3DClosed April 5, 2011
Domain of Heroes Tandem Games 2008Browser-basedFantasy, Text Based, MMORPGFree to play with items that can be purchased from a shopPlayers create and build up their character through PvP, PvE, quests and trade.WebClosed March 2015
Dragon Nest Nexon, Shanda and Eyedentity GamesJuly 26, 2011 Windows MMORPGFree to play with items that can be purchased from a shopAnime-styled fantasy MMORPG3DActive
Dragon Oath ChangYou2007 Windows MMORPGFree to play with items that can be purchased from a shopPlayers follow one of the nine ancient forms of Kung Fu to gain skills and advance through a fantasy world based on Chinese mythology.3DActive
Dragonica Gravity Interactive, Inc. June 10, 2009 Windows Fantasy MMORPGFree to play with items that can be purchased from a shopAnime/manga styled side-scrolling hack & slash.3DUnknown
Drift City NPLUTOSeptember 5, 2007 Windows Racing Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shopPlayers progress through a linear mission system with multiplayer races.3DUnknown
Dungeon Fighter Online Nexon June 9, 2010 Windows Fantasy MMORPGFree to play with items that can be purchased from a shop.Formerly known as "Dungeon & Fighter" and "Arad Senki."2DClosed
Dungeons & Dragons Online Turbine, Inc. February 28, 2006 Windows MMORPGFree to play with items and privileges that can be purchased from a shopMMORPG based on Dungeons & Dragons.3DActive
EGO Punch Entertainment, Inc. September 2008Browser-based & mobile phones Online Community, Casual Game, Virtual World Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop2DUnknown
Empire & State Novel, Inc. November 2011Browser-based MMORPG Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shopPolitical strategy2DUnknown
Entropia Universe MindArk January 30, 2003 Windows MMORPG, MMOFPS, Science-fiction Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shopMassive virtual universe with a in-game currency linked to the USD.3DActive
Eternal Lands Open Source licenseFebruary 2003 Windows, OS X, Linux MMORPGFree to play with items that can be purchased from a shopMedieval fantasy genre MMOG with combat and trading.3DUnknown
Exteel NCsoft December 2007 Windows Third-person shooter Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shopCustomize and control giant mech. PvP and PvE.3DClosed Sept. 1, 2010
Fiesta Online Outspark GamesNovember 7, 2007 Windows Medieval fantasy MMORPGFree to play with items that can be purchased from a shopMMORPG with player classes, levels and housing.3DActive
Flyff AeonsoftDecember 2005 Windows Fantasy MMORPGFree to play with items that can be purchased from a shopFantasy RPG with emphasis on the community.3DActive
Global Agenda Hi-Rez StudiosFebruary 1, 2010 Windows Third-person Shooter Free to play with items that can be purchased from the cash shop and one time buy optionSci-fi shooter mmo with rpg based character advancement and team oriented combat.3DUnknown
Goodgame Empire Goodgame Studios August 14, 2011Browser based (Flash)Middle Ages MMORPGFree to play with items that can be purchased from a shopBuilding a castle, create a powerful army and fight player versus player battles on a dynamic world map.3DActive
Granado Espada imc GAMES2007 Windows MMORPGFree to play with items that can be purchased from a shopControl up to 3 characters at the same time.3DUnknown
Guns and Robots Masthead Studios 2013 Windows Third-person shooter Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shopWide variety of customizable parts, build robots, fight in different arenas.3DUnknown
GunZ: The Duel MAIET Entertainment 2003 Windows Third-person shooter Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shopPlayer characters fight on different levels and kill each other to level up.3DUnknown
Hattrick ExtralivesAugust 30, 1997Browser-based Sports game Free to play with privileges that can be purchased from a shopPlayers manage a simulated soccer team to compete with others.WebActive
Illyriad Illyriad Games Ltd2011Browser-basedFantasy Real-time strategy Free to play with in-game currency and privileges that can be purchased from a shopFantasy MMORTS with city and empire building.WebUnknown
Imperium Galactic War Vavel Games and Kabam 2013Browser-basedFantasy Real-time strategy Free to play with in-game currency and privileges that can be purchased from a shopPlayers manage a star base, build fleets form alliances and conquer the galaxy.WebUnknown
Jade Dynasty (video game) Perfect World Entertainment May 21, 2009 Windows MMORPGFree to play with items that can be purchased from a shopMartial arts style game with a good vs evil theme.3DUnknown
Kal Online Inix Soft2004 Windows Fantasy MMORPGFree to play with items that can be purchased from a shopFantasy MMORPG3DUnknown
La Tale Actoz SoftSeptember 18, 2009 Windows MMORPGFree to play with items that can be purchased from a shopPlayers take the role of adventurers in a mythological fantasy world.2DActive
Lunia: Record of Lunia War allmFebruary 18, 2008 Windows Action MMORPGFree to play with items that can be purchased from a shopAction RPG with emphasis on combat, storytelling and PvP.3DUnknown
Mabinogi Nexon June 2004 Windows FantasyFree to play with items and privileges that can be purchased from a shopBased on Irish mythology, with an emphasis on life in fantasy world rather than hack and slash.3DActive
MapleStory Nexon April 29, 2003 Windows Fantasy MMORPGFree to play with items that can be purchased from a shopAction RPG elements, quests, party quests and guild quests.2DActive
Miniconomy Trade Games InternationalJanuary 1, 2001Browser-basedMMO Trade GameFree to play with items and privileges that can be purchased from a shopBrowser-based trading game where players all start equal and have to sell to and buy from, each other to become the richest within a given timeframeWebUnknown
MLB Dugout Heroes OnNet Co. Ltd.2009 Windows Sports Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shopSports MMO that revolves around baseball using MLBPA licensed players.3DUnknown
Myth War Online IGG July 7, 2006 Windows MMORPGFree to play with items that can be purchased from a shop2DUnknown
Need for Speed: World EA Black Box July 27, 2010 Windows MMORG, Racing Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shopOnline racing game3DClosed July 14, 2015
PangYa Ntreev Soft 2007 Windows Sports game Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shopAnime style, arcade golf game.3DClosed December 12, 2016
Perfect World Perfect World Entertainment July 2005 Windows MMORPGFree to play with items that can be purchased from a shopGame world based on Chinese mythology.3DActive
Phoenix Dynasty Online Object Software2007 Windows fantasy MMORPGFree to play with items that can be purchased from a shopplayers can learn and practice the Chinese Kungfu to advance their character and rule the dynasty.2DUnknown
Pirates of the Burning Sea Flying Lab Software2008 Windows MMORPGFree to play with items and access to content that can be purchased from an item shopThe game is set in the Caribbean in 1720 and combines tactical ship and swashbuckling combat with a player-driven economy3DUnknown
PoxNora Octopi, Inc.August 2006 Windows, OS X, Linux Real-time strategy, FantasyFree to play with items that can be purchased from a shopUnknown
Priston Tale Triglow Pictures Inc.May 17, 2007 Windows Fantasy MMORPGFree to play with items that can be purchased from a shopFantasy MMORPG3DUnknown
Puzzle Pirates Grey Havens, LLC

(formerly Three Rings Design)

December 8, 2003 Windows, OS X, Linux Pirate-themed MMO based on puzzles.Free to play with items and privileges that can be purchased from a shopPlayers perform tasks as pirates by playing a number of puzzle-style mini games.2DActive
Ragnarok Online Gravity Interactive, Inc. 2003 Windows Fantasy MMORPGFree to play with items that can be purchased from a shopPlayers choose from dozens of character classes to level. Endgame activities focus on acquiring better equipment, hunting boss monsters (MvPs), PvP and large weekly guild vs. guild (War of Emperium) to capture castles.3D/2DActive
Red Stone (video game) L&K Logic Korea 2004 Windows Fantasy MMORPGFree to play with items that can be purchased from a shop16 classes to choose from. Has a class transformation & cp system.2DUnknown
Regnum Online NGD Studios May 24, 2007 Windows, OS X, Linux FantasyFree to play with items that can be purchased from a shopPlayers join a realm in a fight against 2 other realms. Other than PvP, players can capture forts and castles.3DUnknown
RF Online Codemasters 2006 Windows Sci-Fi, FantasyFree to play with items that can be purchased from a shopSet in a distant planet where magic and technology co-exist, emphasizes a 3-way race vs. race vs. race PVP system3DUnknown
ROSE Online Gravity Interactive, Inc. 2005 Windows Fantasy MMORPGFree to play with items that can be purchased from a shop3DActive
Rumble Fighter OGplanet2007 Windows Fantasy Fighting Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop3DClosed
Runes of Magic FrogsterMarch 19, 2009 Windows Fantasy MMORPGFree to play with items that can be purchased from a shop3DActive
Samurai Taisen PST Team2013Browser based MMORTS Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shopMassively-multiplayer online real time strategy game set in Sengoku period.WebUnknown
Secret of the Solstice DNC Entertainment2008 Windows FantasyFree to play with items that can be purchased from a shopSet in the world of Xen, players complete quests and customize characters using branching job trees.3DUnknown
Sentou Gakuen PST Team2012Browser based MMORPG Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shopMassively-multiplayer online role playing game set in high-school.WebUnknown
Sho Online Lizard InteractiveJune 2008 Windows MMORPG Chinese FantasyFree to play with items that can be purchased from a shopMassive warfare game based on a Chinese mythology in the Yin-Zhou era.3DUnknown
Shot Online OnNet Co. Ltd.2004 Windows Sports Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shopSports MMO that revolves around golf3DUnknown
Silkroad Online Joymax Co., Ltd2004 Windows MMORPGFree to play with items that can be purchased from a shopFantasy MMORPG set in the 7th century AD.3DUnknown
Spiral Knights Grey Havens, LLC

(formerly Three Rings Design and Sega)

2011 Windows, OS X, Linux Action MMORPGFree to play with purchasable credits to use in game enhancements and special itemsAction MMORPG focusing on instant, fast-paced action.3DActive
Star Trek Online Cryptic2010 Windows, OS X Sci-Fi, MMORPG Free to play with items that can be purchased from the cryptic storeStrategic action space combat, with away team ground missions.3DActive
Starport: Galactic Empires Playtechtonics2003 Windows Sci-Fi, Action Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shopStrategic action space combat, trading and colonization game.2DUnknown
Stronghold Kingdoms Firefly Studios2011 Windows MMORTS Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shopMassively-multiplayer online real time strategy game with a Medieval castle building theme.2DUnknown
Tales of Pirates MOLIMarch 24, 2008 Windows PiracyFree to play with items that can be purchased from a shop3DUnknown
Terra Militaris SNAIL Game2010Browser-basedMMORTSFree to play with items that can be purchased from a shopStrategy MMORPG taking place in a historical universe.WebUnknown
The 4th Coming Dialsoft1999 Windows FantasyA number of licensees provide the game free to play. Usually one can buy characters starting out at higher levels.Fantasy MMORPG 2DUnknown
The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar Turbine, Inc. 2007 Windows, OS X MMORPGFree to play with items and privileges that can be purchased from an item shopMMORPG in J. R. R. Tolkien's fantasy world Middle-earth, based on The Lord of the Rings .3DUnknown
Travian Travian Games GmbH2004Browser-basedHistorical strategy Free to play with in-game currency and privileges that can be purchased from a shopPlayers interact in a virtual world set roughly in Classical antiquity at the time of the Roman Empire.WebUnknown
Trickster Online Ntreev Soft April 2003 Windows Fantasy MMORPGFree to play with items that can be purchased from a shop3DClosed January 2014
Twelve Sky Aeria Games September 24, 2007 Windows MMORPGFree to play with items that can be purchased from a shopFantasy MMORPG, medieval-styled3DUnknown
Twinity ExitReality2008 Windows MMORPG Free to play, in-game currency can be purchased.Freeform play / chat. Players can sell their own virtual creations.3DUnknown
Vindictus Nexon September 17, 2010 Windows MMORPGFree to play with items that can be purchased from a shopFantasy MMORPG, medieval-styled3DActive
Vikings: War of Clans Plarium Games [1] August 10, 2015iOS, Android, BrowserMMORPGFree to play with items that can be purchased from a shopFantasy MMORPG, medieval-styled2DActive
Voyage Century Online Snail GameDecember 22, 2006 Windows Historical nauticalFree to play with items that can be purchased from a shopSet in the 17th century and features accurate historical representations of several coastal cities.3DUnknown
War of Legends Jagex January 19, 2010Browser-based (Flash)Fantasy MMORTS Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shopMMORTS with a historical Chinese mythological theme.2DUnknown
WonderKing Online NDOORS Interactive June 19, 2009 Windows Fantasy MMORPGFree to play with items that can be purchased from a shopAction RPG elements, quests, party quests and guild quests.2DUnknown
Wonderland Online IGGApril 9, 2008 (Globally) Windows Fantasy MMORPG Points cards can be redeemed in Item Mall.Players work together to survive after a shipwreck2DClosed January 2019
Scions of Fate IGG 2005 Windows MMORPGFree to play with items that can be purchased from a shopBased on a Korean comic of the same name.Unknown

Optional paid subscriptions

These MMOGs offer optional additional game content through paid subscription, but are otherwise free to play.

Developer(s)Release datePlatform(s)GenrePaymentSynopsisTypeStatus
Age of Conan: Unchained Funcom 2008 Windows Fantasy MMORPGFree or premium (paid) accounts available3DActive
APB:Reloaded K2 Network (as Gamersfirst)2010 Windows Contemporary, crime & law MMORPGFree to play with optional subscription options for faster game progression and some in-game perks. Clothing, vehicles and weapons available for purchase with secondary in-game currency purchased with real money.Play as criminal ("Crim") or vigilante ("Enforcer") in the fictional city of San Paro. Team- and mission-based Player versus player 3D (TPV) Active
Blood Wars BW Team2006Browser-based Post-apocalypse MMORPGFree or premium (paid) accounts availableBecome a vampire and fight with others in the last city in the world.WebUnknown
Club Penguin Disney and New Horizon Interactive August 28, 2005Browser-based (Flash) Chat Free or premium (paid) accounts available, premium accounts allow purchasing items and customization for the avatar and the avatar's living quarters.Players play mini games to earn coins to spend on things for their character or house2DClosed March 29, 2017
CrimeCraft Vogster EntertainmentAugust 25, 2009 Windows Post Apocalyptic MMO Third Person ShooterFree to play with optional monthly subscription options for extra content; special items available for purchase with secondary in-game currency purchased with real money.Shooter with role-playing elements.3DUnknown
Dofus Ankama Games September 2004Browser-based (Flash)MMORPGFree or premium (paid) accounts available2DActive
EverQuest SOE San Diego 1999 Windows Fantasy MMORPGFree or premium (paid) accounts available3DActive
EverQuest II SOE San Diego 2004 Windows Fantasy MMORPGFree or premium (paid) accounts available3DActive
Face of Mankind Duplex Systems December 29, 2009 Windows Science Fiction MMORPGFree or premium (paid) accounts availableOpen PVP Role-playing3DUnknown
Forumwarz Crotch Zombie Productions February 2008Browser based Multiplayer browser game, Strategy Free playRPG parodying internet culture WebUnknown
Free Realms SOE San Diego April 28, 2009 Windows, PlayStation 3 Fantasy MMO Adventure game Free to play with optional monthly subscription for extra content; special items available for purchase with secondary in-game currency purchased with real moneyFantasy world designed to be a family friendly environment3DClosed March 3, 2014
Furcadia Dragon's Eye ProductionsDecember 16, 1996 Windows , Third party Mac support2D Isometric Chat and socializing online game.Free-play available but payment options such as purchasing "Digos". Digos include premium avatars, in-game wings of several types and other customizable features. Players may purchase 'Silver Sponsorships', which provide a number of game-enhancing abilities and featuresCommunity-centric chat and Fantasy Role-Play based Anthropomorphic game with user-created content.2DUnknown
Horseland Horseland LLC1998Browser-based Chat Free to play with optional subscription to pay for own stables and other privileges.An online community where players can raise horses and dogs.Closed January 1, 2019
Knight Online MGame Corporation2004 Windows Medieval warSome servers are free to play3DUnknown
National Geographic Animal Jam Smart Bomb Interactive 2010Browser-basedEducational MMORPG, strategyFree or premium (paid) accounts available, premium accounts can access more animals and adventures, also purchasing more itemsPlayers can become an animal and roam Jamaa, also take adventures2DUnknown
NEO Shifters Frima Studio 2007Browser-based Science-fiction strategy Free-to-play game with optional subscription.Players choose their robot faction and fight for resources.2DUnknown
OGame Gameforge ProductionsOctober 15, 2007Browser-based Science-fiction strategy Advertising-based free-to-play version. Paid subscriptions and premium benefits are also available.Build and maintain a galactic empire.WebUnknown
Pirates of the Caribbean Online Disney October 31, 2007 Windows, Mac OS PiracyCan play free, though paying option offers numerous more upgrades and features.Players create their own pirate, do quests, interact with others, follow a similar storyline from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.2D and 3DUnknown
Planetside 2 SOE San Diego November 20, 2012 Windows First-person shooter Futuristic massively multiplayer online first-person shooter 3DActive
Puzzle Pirates Grey Havens, LLC

(formerly Three Rings Design)

December 8, 2003 Windows, Mac OS, Linux Puzzle video game Some servers require a monthly subscription to play on, while others are free but require micro-transactions for some items. (Note that even the monthly subscription servers can be paid for via micro-transactions, without direct cash payment.)Players perform tasks as pirates by playing a number of puzzle-style mini-games.2DActive
Rift Trion Worlds March, 2011 Windows High fantasy MMORPG Play without a paid subscription up to level 60. Storm Legion souls and some game features require subscription or purchase through in game shop.Takes place in the world of Telara. Players' characters of either the noble Guardians or techno-magical Defiants defend their world from the invading elemental planes in non-instanced Rifts.3DActive
Rubies of Eventide Mnemosyne, LLC2003 Windows Medieval fantasy Free play or paid accounts available, with server priority given to the latterPlayers can join different servers according to their play style: RP, PvP or normal play.3DUnknown
RuneScape Jagex 2001 Windows, Mac OS, Linux Medieval fantasy, MMORPGFree play or paid accounts available, paid accounts have access to many more skills, areas, weapons and quests. Additional ingame benefits are available through microtransactions.Features a vast array of skills, quests and mini-games.3DActive
Ryzom Winch Gate Property, Ltd.2004 Windows, Linux Role playing Free to play. A paid subscription is necessary for character advancement beyond a certain level.High fantasy world. Open source code and artistic material.3DUnknown
ScrumbleShip OrangeHat Tech, LLCOctober 31, 2011 Windows, Linux MMOG Free-to-play demo, purchase of additional packages available.Open-world MMOG block-building space flight simulator game 3DUnknown
Second Life Linden Lab 2003 Windows, OS X, Linux Virtual world Free to play with in-game currency and privileges that can be purchased with a subscriptionFreeform with in-game build system. Players can sell their own virtual creations.3DActive
Shattered Galaxy KRU Interactive 2001 Windows MMORTS Free play or paid accounts available, with gameplay benefits to paying accounts.Command a squad of up to 12 air or ground units in faction vs. faction warfare with as many as 20+ teammates.2.5DActive
Star Sonata Star Sonata LLCOctober 2004 Windows Space MMORPG Action Free to play with optional monthly subscription for extra contentEngage in space exploration, ship-to-ship combat, trade and galactic conquest to claim the seat of Emperor.3DActive
Star Wars: The Old Republic LucasArts /BioWareDecember 2011 Windows Space MMORPG Action Free to play with optional monthly subscription for extra contentEngage in Planet exploration, ship-to-ship combat, trade and questing with up to six different classes and sub classes(empire or republic) and several races to choose from.3DActive
Tibia CipSoft 1997 Windows, Linux, Browser-based (Flash)FantasyFree to play with restricted content. Can upgrade to a "Premium Account" for full content.Character development based on killing monsters and (optionally) doing quests and fighting other players.2DActive
Toontown Online Walt Disney Internet Group June 2, 2003 Windows, OS X CartoonFree to play. Players could purchase membership to unlock items, clothing, neighborhoods, etc.3D child-friendly environment where players took on the rules of cartoon characters in a battle against 'The Evil Cogs'. Completed Toontasks to earn weapon upgrades such as cakes and water squirters.3DClosed September 19, 2013
vSide ExitRealityMay 15, 2006 Windows, OS X Virtual World Free to play with in-game currency and privileges that can be purchased with a subscriptionMusic centered social MMOG.3DClosed
Wizard101 KingsIsle Entertainment September 2, 2008 Windows, OS X CartoonFree to play. Players can purchase membership to unlock locations and quests.Players take on the role of students of Wizardry to save the Spiral (which is the set of worlds this game takes place in) and battle a variety of creatures by casting spells using a turn-based combat system similar to collectible card.3DActive
Wurm Online Mojang OneTooFree AB Sunsplash Creations2006Browser-based Medieval fantasy MMORPGFree or premium (paid) accounts availableCommunity-centric fantasy MMORPG that strives to emulate real life in a medieval fantasy setting.3DActive

Buy to play

These MMOGs generally require an upfront cost to purchase the game client but are generally free to play without subscription fees. Players may optionally purchase in-game items or currency.

Developer(s)Release datePlatformGenreSynopsisType
Guild Wars 2 ArenaNet August 28, 2012WindowsMMORPGBase game is free to play, access to expansions requires purchase.3D
Albion Online Sandbox InteractiveJuly 17, 2017Windows, OS X, Linux, iOS, AndroidMMORPGAlbion online offers a selection of "Starter Packs" which grant players access to the game and offer a varying amount of gold to get started. Once a player purchases any of the starter packs, they will be granted open-ended access to the game with no extra mandatory fees.3D

Free play in open or closed beta

These MMOGs are free to play. They are still in beta, or development stage.

Developer(s)Release datePlatform(s)GenreSynopsisTypeStatus
End of Nations Petroglyph Games TBA Windows MMORPGAn MMORTS with base assault and base vs. base maps ranging from 1v1 up to 28v28.3DCanceled
8BitMMO Archive Entertainment TBA Windows, OS X, Linux MMORPGAn MMORPG open-world game with 8 bit graphics.2D Overhead viewIn beta

See also

A multiplayer video game is a video game in which more than one person can play in the same game environment at the same time, either locally or over the internet. Multiplayer games usually require players to share the resources of a single game system or use networking technology to play together over a greater distance; players may compete against one or more human contestants, work cooperatively with a human partner to achieve a common goal, supervise other players' activity, co-op. Multiplayer games allow players interaction with other individuals in partnership, competition or rivalry, providing them with social communication absent from single-player games.

Browser game game that is played using a browser

A browser game is a video game that is played via the World Wide Web using a web browser. Browser games can be run using standard web technologies or browser plug-ins. The creation of such games usually involves use of standard web technologies as a frontend and other technologies to provide a backend. Browser games include all video game genres and can be single-player or multiplayer. Browser games are also portable and can be played on multiple different devices, web browsers, and operating systems.

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Massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) are a combination of role-playing video games and massively multiplayer online games in which a very large number of players interact with one another within a virtual world.

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A massively multiplayer online game is an online game with large numbers of players, typically from hundreds to thousands, on the same server. MMOs usually feature a huge, persistent open world, although some games differ. These games can be found for most network-capable platforms, including the personal computer, video game console, or smartphones and other mobile devices.

<i>Shot Online</i> video game

Shot Online is a massive multiplayer online golf video game which also features character development and MMORPG elements. It is developed by the Seoul-based game developer WebzenOnNet Co. Ltd., and published by Webzen under their game portal website, GamesCampus. Although there is no subscription fee or cost to download and play the game, the game offers upgraded "Gold" membership plans for a monthly fee, and additional items may be purchased using real currency through the game's website.

Freemium business model and software licensing scheme in which the basic form of a product is free of charge but additional features requires payment

Freemium, a portmanteau of the words "free" and "premium", is a pricing strategy by which a product or service is provided free of charge, but money (premium) is charged for additional features, services, or virtual (online) or physical (offline) goods. The business model has been in use by the software industry since the 1980s as a licensing scheme. A subset of this model used by the video game industry is called free-to-play.

<i>Perfect World</i> (video game) video game from China

Perfect World, is a 3D adventure and fantasy MMORPG with traditional Chinese settings. Players can take on various roles depending on choice of race and choice of class within that race.

The history of massively multiplayer online games spans over thirty years and hundreds of massively multiplayer online games (MMOG) titles. The origin and influence on MMO games stems from MUDs, Dungeons & Dragons and earlier social games.

Exit Games is a German venture capital financed company, founded in 2003, with offices in Hamburg and Portland offering Photon, a multiplayer engine for cross-platform realtime multiplayer video games, massively multiplayer online games (MMOGs), chat and voice chat on various technological platforms, including mobile, PC and consoles.

<i>Dead Frontier</i> video game

Dead Frontier is a free-to-play, browser-based massively multiplayer online game which takes place in a post-apocalyptic, zombie-infested setting. It is operated by Creaky Corpse Ltd. Dead Frontier was released for open beta on April 21, 2008, and has over ten million registered accounts.

Massively multiplayer online real-time strategy game (MMORTS) mixes the genres of real-time strategy and massively multiplayer online games, possibly in the form of web browser-based games, in which a very large number of players interact with one another within a virtual world. Players often assume the role of a general, king, or other type of figurehead leading an army into battle while maintaining the resources needed for such warfare. The titles are often based in a sci-fi or fantasy universe and are distinguished from single or small-scale multiplayer RTSes by the number of players and common use of a persistent world, generally hosted by the game's publisher, which continues to evolve even when the player is offline.

Massively multiplayer online first-person shooter game (MMOFPS) mixes the genres of first-person shooter and massively multiplayer online games, possibly in the form of web browser-based games, in which a very large number of players interact with one another within a virtual world. In other words, an MMOFPS is a real-time, online gaming experience to be played within a massive in-game area which features a large number of simultaneous players in a first-person shooter fashion. These games provide large-scale, sometimes team-based combat.

<i>Pirate101</i> 2012 video game by KingsIsle Entertainment

Pirate101 is a pirate-themed massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) created by KingsIsle Entertainment. A sister game to Wizard101, players assume the role of heroic pirates who set out in search of the treasures of the "Spiral".

In video gaming, games as a service (GaaS) represents providing video games or game content on a continuing revenue model, similar to software as a service. Games as a service are ways to monetize video games either after their initial sale, or to support a free-to-play model. Games released under the GaaS model typically receive a long or indefinite stream of monetized new content over time to encourage players to continue paying to support the game. This often leads to games that work under a GaaS model to be called "living games" or "live games", since they continually change with these updates.

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