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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 play[edit]

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 date Platform(s) Genre Synopsis Type
Allegiance Microsoft Research March 16, 2000 Windows Space Sim/RTS Hybrid 3D Space Combat with teamwork and RTS elements 3D
Astro Battle Lava Lord Games December 31, 2004 Windows, Linux Multi-directional shooter Overhead multi-directional shoot-em-up where players design their own ships 2D
Crossfire n/a 1992 Multi-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 MMORPG Players 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 adventurers 3D
Omerta Omerta Game Limited September 26, 2003 Browser-based MMORPG, Mafia Text
PlaneShift Atomic Blue 2003 Multi-platform, including Windows, OS X, Linux and others. Medieval fantasy MMORPG An open source, fantasy MMORPG with enforced roleplaying elements. 3D
SubSpace Burst, Virgin Interactive, fan community November 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 game 3D
Underlight Lyra Studios December 24, 1998 Windows 3D
Urban Dead Kevan Davis July 3, 2005 Browser-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/a July 2001 n/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
Xonotic Team Xonotic December 23 2010 Windows, OS X, Linux MMOFPS Fast-paced open-source MMOFPS running on a heavily modified version of the Quake engine. 3D

Free play with advertising[edit]

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

Developer(s) Release date Platform(s) Genre Synopsis Type
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, 2002 Browser-based Government simulation game Players build nations and run them according to their political ideals. Web

Free play with micro-transactions[edit]

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

Developer(s) Release date Platform(s) Genre Payment Synopsis Type
9Dragons Indy21 2007 Windows MMORPG Free to play with advertisements and items that can be purchased from a shop Player characters learn martial arts to survive in the harsh lands of China.
Age of Empires Online Microsoft August 16, 2011 Windows MMORTS Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop or earned through gameplay. MMORTS based on the Age of Empires series with quests, NPCs, PvE and PvP. 3D
Age of Wulin Suzhou Snail Electronic Co., Ltd. April 10, 2013 Windows MMORPG Chinese fantasy martials arts PvP game with persistent characters. 3D
Allods Online Astrum Nival February 16, 2010 Windows MMORPG Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop Traditional 3D fantasy MMORPG with quests, NPCs, dungeons, guilds, PvE and PvP. 3D
Angels Online UserJoy Technology 2006 Windows, PlayStation 3 Medieval fantasy MMORPG Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop Players control an anime like character in a medieval fantasy world. 2D
ArchLord NHN Corporation October 3, 2006 Windows Medieval fantasy MMORPG Free play with in-game currency that can be purchased from a shop 3D
Atlantica Online NDOORS Interactive October 30, 2008 Windows Fantasy MMORPG Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop Turn-based battles. Guild-controlled customizable cites. Certain features require guild membership. 3D
Audition Online T3 Entertainment 2005 Windows Casual game Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop Dance competition. Game style is similar to Stepmania, Dance Dance Revolution and Bust A Groove. 3D
Battlefield Play4Free EA Digital Illusions CE, Easy Studios April 4, 2011 Windows FPS Game 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. 3D
Cabal Online ESTSoft 2006 Windows Sci-fi MMORPG Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop MMORPG with a combo battle system. 3D
Castle of Heroes SNAIL Game 2009 Browser-based MMORTS Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop Strategy MMORPG taking place in a medieval fantasy universe. Web
Combat Arms Nexon 2008 Windows First-Person Shooter Free to play with in-game currencies for purchasing additional weapons 3D
Cyber Nations Kevin Beaks January 6, 2006 Browser-based Online Geopolitical Simulator Free to play with advertisements and in-game currency that can be purchased from a shop Create and improve a nation. Focused on politics such as forging alliances. Web
DarkSpace Palestar December 21, 2001 Windows Sci-fi MMORPG Free to play with purchasable credits to use in game enhancements and special items Sci-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. 3D
Dead Frontier Neil Yates 2008 Browser-based Horror Free to play with purchasable credits to use in game enhancements and special items Third-person shooters where players create and build up their character through PvP, missions and trade. 3D, 2D and Web
DECO Online Rocksoft 2007 Windows MMORPG Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop Combo based combat. Players can earn fame, enhance items and change job. 3D
Domain of Heroes Tandem Games 2008 Browser-based Fantasy, Text Based, MMORPG Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop Players create and build up their character through PvP, PvE, quests and trade. Web
Dragon Nest Nexon, Shanda and Eyedentity Games July 26, 2011 Windows MMORPG Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop Anime-styled fantasy MMORPG 3D
Dragon Oath ChangYou 2007 Windows MMORPG Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop Players follow one of the nine ancient forms of Kung Fu to gain skills and advance through a fantasy world based on Chinese mythology. 3D
Dragonica Gravity Interactive, Inc. June 10, 2009 Windows Fantasy MMORPG Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop Anime/manga styled side-scrolling hack & slash. 3D
Drift City NPLUTO September 5, 2007 Windows Racing Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop Players progress through a linear mission system with multiplayer races. 3D
Dungeon Fighter Online Nexon June 9, 2010 Windows Fantasy MMORPG Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop. Formerly known as "Dungeon & Fighter" and "Arad Senki." 2D
Dungeons & Dragons Online Turbine, Inc. February 28, 2006 Windows MMORPG Free to play with items and privileges that can be purchased from a shop MMORPG based on Dungeons & Dragons. 3D
EGO Punch Entertainment, Inc. September 2008 Browser-based & mobile phones Online Community, Casual Game, Virtual World Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop 2D
Empire & State Novel, Inc. November 2011 Browser-based MMORPG Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop Political strategy 2D
Entropia Universe MindArk January 30, 2003 Windows MMORPG, MMOFPS, Science-fiction Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop Massive virtual universe with a virtual economy. 3D
Eternal Lands Open Source license February 2003 Windows, OS X, Linux MMORPG Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop Medieval fantasy genre MMOG with combat and trading. 3D
Exteel NCsoft December 2007 Windows Third-person shooter Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop Customize and control giant mech. PvP and PvE. 3D
Fairyland Lager Network Technologies February 2007 Windows Fantasy Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop Fantasy MMORPG with player classes, pets and crafting. 2D
Fiesta Online Outspark Games November 7, 2007 Windows Medieval fantasy MMORPG Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop MMORPG with player classes, levels and housing. 3D
Flyff Aeonsoft December 2005 Windows Fantasy MMORPG Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop Fantasy RPG with emphasis on the community. 3D
Global Agenda Hi-Rez Studios February 1, 2010 Windows Third-person Shooter Free to play with items that can be purchased from the cash shop and one time buy option Sci-fi shooter mmo with rpg based character advancement and team oriented combat. 3D
Granado Espada imc GAMES 2007 Windows MMORPG Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop Control up to 3 characters at the same time. 3D
Guns and Robots Masthead Studios 2013 Windows Third-person shooter Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop Wide variety of customizable parts, build robots, fight in different arenas. 3D
GunZ: The Duel MAIET Entertainment 2003 Windows Third-person shooter Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop Player characters fight on different levels and kill each other to level up. 3D
Hattrick Extralives August 30, 1997 Browser-based Sports game Free to play with privileges that can be purchased from a shop Players manage a simulated soccer team to compete with others. Web
Illyriad Illyriad Games Ltd 2011 Browser-based Fantasy Real-time strategy Free to play with in-game currency and privileges that can be purchased from a shop Fantasy MMORTS with city and empire building. Web
Jade Dynasty (video game) Perfect World Entertainment May 21, 2009 Windows MMORPG Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop Martial arts style game with a good vs evil theme. 3D
Kal Online Inix Soft 2004 Windows Fantasy MMORPG Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop Fantasy MMORPG 3D
La Tale Actoz Soft September 18, 2009 Windows MMORPG Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop Players take the role of adventurers in a mythological fantasy world. 2D
Lunia: Record of Lunia War allm February 18, 2008 Windows Action MMORPG Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop Action RPG with emphasis on combat, storytelling and PvP. 3D
Mabinogi Nexon June 2004 Windows Fantasy Free to play with items and privileges that can be purchased from a shop Based on Irish mythology, with an emphasis on life in fantasy world rather than hack and slash. 3D
MapleStory Nexon April 29, 2003 Windows Fantasy MMORPG Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop Action RPG elements, quests, party quests and guild quests. 2D
Miniconomy Trade Games International January 1, 2001 Browser-based MMO Trade Game Free to play with items and privileges that can be purchased from a shop Browser-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 timeframe Web
MLB Dugout Heroes OnNet Co. Ltd. 2009 Windows Sports Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop Sports MMO that revolves around baseball using MLBPA licensed players. 3D
Myth War Online IGG July 7, 2006 Windows MMORPG Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop 2D
Nadirim Twisted Tribe November 7, 2011 Browser-based MMORPG Turn-based Free play with in-game currency that can be purchased from a shop Fantasy world inspired by the tales of the Arabian Nights. 2.5 D
Need for Speed: World EA Black Box July 27, 2010 Windows MMORG, Racing Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop 3D
PangYa Ntreev Soft 2007 Windows Sports game Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop Anime style, arcade golf game. 3D
Perfect World Perfect World Entertainment July 2005 Windows MMORPG Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop Players can fly game world based on Chinese mythology. 3D
Phoenix Dynasty Online Object Software 2007 Windows fantasy MMORPG Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop players can learn and practice the Chinese Kungfu to advance their character and rule the dynasty. 2D
Pirates of the Burning Sea Flying Lab Software 2008 Windows MMORPG Free to play with items and access to content that can be purchased from an item shop The game is set in the Caribbean in 1720 and combines tactical ship and swashbuckling combat with a player-driven economy 3D
PoxNora Octopi, Inc. August 2006 Windows, OS X, Linux Real-time strategy, Fantasy Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop
Priston Tale Triglow Pictures Inc. May 17, 2007 Windows Fantasy MMORPG Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop Fantasy MMORPG 3D
Puzzle Pirates 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 shop Players perform tasks as pirates by playing a number of puzzle-style mini games. 2D
Ragnarok Online Gravity Interactive, Inc. 2003 Windows Fantasy MMORPG Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop Players 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/2D
Regnum Online NGD Studios May 24, 2007 Windows, OS X, Linux Fantasy Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop Players join a realm in a fight against 2 other realms. Other than PvP, players can capture forts and castles. 3D
RF Online Codemasters 2006 Windows Sci-Fi, Fantasy Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop Set in a distant planet where magic and technology co-exist, emphasizes a 3-way race vs. race vs. race PVP system 3D
ROSE Online Gravity Interactive, Inc. 2005 Windows Fantasy MMORPG Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop 3D
Rumble Fighter OGplanet 2007 Windows Fantasy Fighting Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop 3D
Runes of Magic Frogster March 19, 2009 Windows Fantasy MMORPG Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop 3D
Samurai Taisen PST Team 2013 Browser based MMORTS Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop Massively-multiplayer online real time strategy game set in Sengoku period. Web
Secret of the Solstice DNC Entertainment 2008 Windows Fantasy Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop Set in the world of Xen, players complete quests and customize characters using branching job trees. 3D
Sentou Gakuen PST Team 2012 Browser based MMORPG Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop Massively-multiplayer online role playing game set in high-school. Web
Sho Online Lizard Interactive June 2008 Windows MMORPG Chinese Fantasy Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop Massive warfare game based on a Chinese mythology in the Yin-Zhou era. 3D
Shot Online OnNet Co. Ltd. 2004 Windows Sports Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop Sports MMO that revolves around golf. 3D
Silkroad Online Joymax Co., Ltd 2004 Windows MMORPG Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop Fantasy MMORPG set in the 7th century AD. 3D
Spiral Knights Three Rings Design and Sega 2011 Windows, OS X, Linux Action MMORPG Free to play with purchasable credits to use in game enhancements and special items Action MMORPG focusing on instant, fast-paced action. 3D
Star Trek Online Cryptic 2010 Windows, OS X Sci-Fi, MMORPG Free to play with items that can be purchased from a the cryptic store Strategic action space combat, with away team ground missions. 3D
Starport: Galactic Empires Playtechtonics 2003 Windows Sci-Fi, Action Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop Strategic action space combat, trading and colonization game. 2D
Stronghold Kingdoms Firefly Studios 2011 Windows MMORTS Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop Massively-multiplayer online real time strategy game with a Medieval castle building theme. 2D
Tales of Pirates MOLI March 24, 2008 Windows Piracy Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop 3D
Talisman Online Miracle Castle Limited 2007 Windows Fantasy MMORPG Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop 3D fantasy MMORPG in an oriental setting. 3D
Terra Militaris SNAIL Game 2010 Browser-based MMORTS Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop Strategy MMORPG taking place in a historical universe. Web
The 4th Coming Dialsoft 1999 Windows Fantasy A number of licensees provide the game free to play. Usually one can buy characters starting out at higher levels. Fantasy MMORPG 2D
The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar Turbine, Inc. 2007 Windows, OS X MMORPG Free to play with items and privileges that can be purchased from an item shop MMORPG in J. R. R. Tolkien's fantasy world Middle-earth, based on The Lord of the Rings. 3D
Travian Travian Games GmbH 2004 Browser-based Historical strategy Free to play with in-game currency and privileges that can be purchased from a shop Players interact in a virtual world set roughly in Classical antiquity at the time of the Roman Empire. Web
Trickster Online Ntreev Soft April 2003 Windows Fantasy MMORPG Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop 3D
Twelve Sky Aeria Games September 24, 2007 Windows MMORPG Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop Fantasy MMORPG, medieval-styled 3D
Twinity ExitReality 2008 Windows MMORPG Free to play, in-game currency can be purchased. Freeform play / chat. Players can sell their own virtual creations. 3D
Vindictus Nexon September 17, 2010 Windows MMORPG Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop Fantasy MMORPG, medieval-styled 3D
Virtonomics Gamerflot Ltd. May 30, 2009 Browser-based Business simulation Free to play with purchasable credits to use in game enhancements and special items. Turn-based massively multiplayer online economy game. Virtual business simulation. Web
Voyage Century Online Snail Game December 22, 2006 Windows Historical nautical Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop Set in the 17th century and features accurate historical representations of several coastal cities. 3D
War of Legends Jagex January 19, 2010 Browser-based (Flash) Fantasy MMORTS Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop MMORTS with a historical Chinese mythological theme. 2D
WonderKing Online NDOORS Interactive June 19, 2009 Windows Fantasy MMORPG Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop Action RPG elements, quests, party quests and guild quests. 2D
Wonderland Online IGG April 9, 2008 (Globally) Windows Fantasy MMORPG Points cards can be redeemed in Item Mall. Players work together to survive after a shipwreck 2D
World of the Living Dead: Resurrection Ballardia October 11, 2013 Browser-based Map-based Zombie Survival Strategy MMORPG Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop Control and protect a squad of survivors around post-apocalyptic LA, PvP, Item Customisation 2D
World of Tanks Wargaming.net January 19, 2011 Windows Vehicle Combat MMORPG Free to play. Earn in-game credit with each battle. Credits and Experience Points used to upgrade tanks. First Person combat using simulated armored vehicles. 3D
Scions of Fate IGG 2005 Windows MMORPG Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop Based on a Korean comic of the same name.
Zu Online IGG December 14, 2007 Windows Fantasy MMORPG Based on a Chinese novel. Cartoonish, cell-shaded graphics. Features flight, pets, guilds, quests, PvP, PvE and daily events. 3D
Goodgame Empire Goodgame Studios August 14, 2011 Browser based (Flash) Middle Ages MMORPG Free to play with items that can be purchased from a shop Building a castle, create a powerful army and fight player versus player battles on a dynamic world map. 3D

Optional paid subscriptions[edit]

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

Developer(s) Release date Platform(s) Genre Payment Synopsis Type
Age of Conan: Unchained Funcom 2008 Windows Fantasy MMORPG Free or premium (paid) accounts available 3D
APB:Reloaded K2 Network (as Gamersfirst) 2010 Windows Contemporary, crime & law MMORPG Free 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)
Blood Wars BW Team 2006 Browser-based Post-apocalypse MMORPG Free or premium (paid) accounts available Become a vampire and fight with others in the last city in the world. Web
Club Penguin Disney and New Horizon Interactive August 28, 2005 Browser-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 house 2D
CrimeCraft Vogster Entertainment August 25, 2009 Windows Post Apocalyptic MMO Third Person Shooter Free 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. 3D
Dofus Ankama Games September 2004 Browser-based (Flash) MMORPG Free or premium (paid) accounts available 2D
EverQuest SOE San Diego 1999 Windows Fantasy MMORPG Free or premium (paid) accounts available 3D
EverQuest II SOE San Diego 2004 Windows Fantasy MMORPG Free or premium (paid) accounts available 3D
Face of Mankind Duplex Systems December 29, 2009 Windows Science Fiction MMORPG Free or premium (paid) accounts available Open PVP Role-playing 3D
Forumwarz Crotch Zombie Productions February 2008 Browser based Multiplayer browser game, Strategy Free play RPG parodying internet culture Web
Free Realms(closed) 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 money Fantasy world designed to be a family friendly environment 3D
Furcadia Dragon's Eye Productions December 16, 1996 Windows, Third party Mac support 2D 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 features Community-centric chat and Fantasy Role-Play based Anthropomorphic game with user-created content. 2D
Horseland Horseland LLC 1998 Browser-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.
Knight Online MGame Corporation 2004 Windows Medieval war Some servers are free to play 3D
National Geographic Animal Jam Smart Bomb Interactive 2010 Browser-based Educational MMORPG, strategy Free or premium (paid) accounts available, premium accounts can access more animals and adventures, also purchasing more items Players can become an animal and roam Jamaa, also take adventures 2D
NEO Shifters Frima Studio 2007 Browser-based Science-fiction strategy Free-to-play game with optional subscription. Players choose their robot faction and fight for resources. 2D
OGame Gameforge Productions October 15, 2007 Browser-based Science-fiction strategy Advertising-based free-to-play version. Paid subscriptions and premium benefits are also available. Build and maintain a galactic empire. Web
Pirates of the Caribbean Online Disney October 31, 2007 Windows, Mac OS Piracy Can 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 3D
Planetside 2 SOE San Diego November 20, 2012 Windows First-person shooter Futuristic massively multiplayer online first-person shooter 3D
Puzzle Pirates 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. 2D
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. 3D
Rubies of Eventide Mnemosyne, LLC 2003 Windows Medieval fantasy Free play or paid accounts available, with server priority given to the latter Players can join different servers according to their play style: RP, PvP or normal play. 3D
RuneScape Jagex 2001 Java (applet) Medieval fantasy, MMORPG Free 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. 3D
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. 3D
ScrumbleShip OrangeHat Tech, LLC October 31, 2011 Windows, Linux MMOG Free-to-play demo, purchase of additional packages available. Open-world MMOG block-building space flight simulator game 3D
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 subscription Freeform with in-game build system. Players can sell their own virtual creations. 3D
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. 2.5D
Star Sonata Star Sonata LLC October 2004 Windows Space MMORPG Action Free to play with optional monthly subscription for extra content Engage in space exploration, ship-to-ship combat, trade and galactic conquest to claim the seat of Emperor. 3D
Star Wars : The Old Republic LucasArts /BioWare December 2011 Windows Space MMORPG Action Free to play with optional monthly subscription for extra content Engage 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. 3D
Tibia CipSoft 1997 Windows, Linux, Browser-based (Flash) Fantasy Free 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. 2D
Toontown Online (closed) Walt Disney Internet Group June 2, 2003 Windows, OS X Cartoon Free 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. 3D
vSide ExitReality May 15, 2006 Windows, OS X Virtual World Free to play with in-game currency and privileges that can be purchased with a subscription Music centered social MMOG. 3D
Wizard101 KingsIsle Entertainment September 2, 2008 Windows, OS X Cartoon Free 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. 3D
World of Warcraft Blizzard Entertainment November 11, 2004 Windows, OS X High fantasy Free "Starter Edition" accounts only allow play up to level 20, cannot form parties and disallow trading items or joining a guild. Can upgrade to a full account by paying subscription fee. Popular online MMORPG based in Blizzard's WarCraft setting. 3D
Wurm Online Mojang OneTooFree AB Sunsplash Creations 2006 Browser-based Medieval fantasy MMORPG Free or premium (paid) accounts available Community-centric fantasy MMORPG that strives to emulate real life in a medieval fantasy setting. 3D

Free play in open or closed beta[edit]

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

Developer(s) Release date Platform(s) Genre Synopsis Type
End of Nations Petroglyph Games TBA Windows MMORPG An MMORTS with base assault and base vs. base maps ranging from 1v1 up to 28v28. 3D
8BitMMO Archive Entertainment TBA Windows, OS X, Linux MMORPG An MMORPG That is an open-world game in 8bit, 2D Overhead view

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