Chronology of massively multiplayer online strategy video games

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This is a comprehensive index of massively multiplayer online strategy video games, sorted chronologically. Turn-based games include tick-based games that reset the number of allowed actions after a certain time period. Real-time games feature fast-paced interaction between units that occurs in real time, much as in other real-time strategy games. Information regarding date of release, developer, platform, setting and notability is provided when available. The table can be sorted by clicking on the small boxes next to the column headings.


Legend[edit]

Video game platforms
BBS BBS door
BROW Browser game
CROSS Cross-platform
FLASH Adobe Flash
JAVASE Java Platform, Standard Edition
OSX Mac OS X
ST Atari ST
TRS80 TRS-80
WIN Microsoft Windows
WIN9X Windows 9x
WINNT Windows NT / 2000 / XP / Vista / 7
   

Turn-based/Tick-based[edit]

Year Game Developer Setting Platform Notes
1980 Trade Wars Chris Sherrick Sci-fi BBS, TRS80
1986 TradeWars 2002 Gary Martin, John Pritchett Sci-fi BBS, BROW
1987 Space Empire Elite Jon Radoff Sci-fi BBS, ST
1990 Solar Realms Elite Amit Patel Sci-fi BBS Started as a Space Empire Elite clone.
1992 Barren Realms Elite Mehul Patel Sci-fi BBS Started as a Solar Realms Elite clone.
1993 Falcon's Eye Mehul Patel Fantasy BBS
c. 1990 Space Dynasty Hollie Satterfield Sci-fi BBS Started as a Space Empire Elite clone.
c. 1990 STellar Chaos Roger M. Thomas Sci-fi BBS, ST
c. 1990 Yankee Trader Alan Davenport Sci-fi BBS
1996 Earth: 2025 Mehul Patel Sci-fi BROW
1996 Utopia Mehul Patel Sci-fi BROW
1998 Horseland Horseland LLC Fantasy BROW, FLASH
1998 UltraCorps VR-1, SJ Games Sci-fi BROW, HTML
2000 Planetarion Fifth Season AS Sci-fi BROW, HTML
2001 NukeZone Stefan Karlström Sci-fi BROW, HTML
2004 Reign Ty Kauffman, Mark Caudill, David DiBattiste Sci-fi BROW, HTML
2005 Urban Dead Kevan Davis Horror BROW, HTML
2006 KDice Ryan Dewsbury Abstract BROW, FLASH
2006 PoxNora Octopi, Inc. Fantasy BROW, JAVASE
2008 Continuum, The Seven Lights Sci-fi BROW, FLASH
2009 Virtonomics Gamerflot Ltd Economy BROW, HTML
2012 Freeciv Greatturn Davide Baldini Historical CROSS

Real-time[edit]

Year Game Developer Setting Platform Notes
1998 Mankind Vibes Online Gaming Sci-fi WIN9X, WINNT
2000 StarPeace Oceanus Communications Sci-fi WIN9X, WINNT City-building game, much like SimCity.
2001 Shattered Galaxy Kru Sci-fi WIN
2002 Fatelords Zygimantas Berziunas Sci-fi BROW, HTML Defunct.
2004 Mudcraft Brian Winn, Jason Tye Fantasy BROW, FLASH
2004 Travian Travian Games GmbH Historical BROW, HTML
2006 TribalWars Innogames Historical BROW, HTML
2007 Dreamlords LockPick Entertainment Fantasy BROW, CUSTOM PLUGIN
2007 Ikariam Gameforge Historical BROW, HTML
2008 Saga Wahoo Fantasy WINNT
2009 Evony: Age I Evony, LLC Historical BROW, FLASH
2010 War of Legends Jagex Fantasy BROW, FLASH
2011 Illyriad Illyriad Games Ltd Fantasy BROW, HTML5
2011 Age of Empires Online Robot Entertainment, Gas Powered Games Historical Windows
TBA Evony: Age II Evony, LLC Historical BROW, FLASH
TBA Society Stardock Fantasy WIN

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