Comparison of massively multiplayer online role-playing games

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This article contains an almost full table comparison of current massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs).

General information[edit]

Name Creator Genre Client sale method Client purchase price Monthly fee required Monthly subscription available[1] Release date(s) Last update
Age of Conan[2] Funcom Sword & Sorcery Download Free No Subscriptions available May 20, 2008 January 18, 2011 (18.1.11)
Aion: The Tower of Eternity NCSoft Fantasy Retail sale or Download Free No No September 22, 2009 June 18, 2014 (4.5.0.18)
Anarchy Online Funcom Science fiction Download Free No €17.19/month full access June 7, 2001 July 19, 2012 (18.5.1)
Asheron's Call Turbine Fantasy Download US$9.99 No No October 31, 1999 July 13, 2010
Champions Online Cryptic Studios Superhero comic book genre Retail sale or Download Free as of January 2011
(Originally $49.99)
No Gold Subscriptions available
Adds additional archetypes and character creation options.
September 1, 2009 United States
September 10, 2009 Australia
February 20, 2014
City of Heroes NCSoft / Paragon Studios Superhero comic book Shut Down 11/30/2012 April 28, 2004 April 15, 2011 (Last update before closing)
Darkfall Aventurine SA Fantasy Retail sale or Download €29.95 Yes €11.77 February 26, 2009 Unknown
DarkSpace PaleStar Science fiction Download Free No No 2001 April 3, 2011 (1.660)
Dark Age of Camelot Mythic Entertainment Fantasy Download Free Yes US$14.95/month October 10, 2001 August 28, 2014 (1.115c)[3]
Dofus Ankama Studio Fantasy Download Free No US$7/month full access August 23, 2004 France
September 1, 2005 United States
August 10, 2010 (2.0)
Dragonica Barunson Interactive Manga Fantasy Action Download Free No No June 10, 2009 Europe March 29, 2011 (Verdourus Forest 0.914.93)
Dragon Oath Changyou.com Fantasy Download Free No No 2007 2010
Dungeons & Dragons Online: Eberron Unlimited Turbine Fantasy Download Free No US$14.95 per month. February 28, 2006 December 11, 2014 (Update 24)
Elder Scrolls Online ZeniMax Online Studios Medieval Fantasy Download $59.99 No No April 4, 2014 May 2, 2013
Eternal Lands Eternal Lands Medieval Fantasy Download Free No No February 13, 2003 February 14, 2012 1.9.3
EVE Online CCP Games Science Fiction, Space simulation Download Free - US$19.99[4] Yes US$14.95 / Can be paid with ingame currency May 6, 2003 United StatesUnited Kingdom
May 23, 2003 Europe
January 13, 2015 (Proteus)
EverQuest Verant Interactive Fantasy Download Free No US$14.99/month March 16, 1999 July 28, 2010
EverQuest II Sony Online Entertainment Fantasy Retail sale or Download Free No US$14.99 November 8, 2004 August 4, 2010
Final Fantasy XI Square Enix Fantasy Retail sale US$9.99 (PC)
US$14.99 (Xbox 360)
€19.99 (PC/Xbox 360)
Yes US$12.95 + $1.00 per extra character
€12.95 + €1 per extra character
May 16, 2002 April 29, 2013
Game of Thrones Ascent Disruptor Beam Fantasy Download Free No No February 10, 2013United States November 1, 2014
Grand Fantasia X-Legend Entertainment Corp. Fantasy Anime/Steam-punk Download Free No No November 6, 2009United States
February 26, 2010Japan
December 13, 2010
Guild Wars ArenaNet Fantasy Retail sale or Download US$39.99 (includes Factions and Nightfall campaigns)
€34.99 (includes Factions and Nightfall campaigns)
No No April 28, 2005 August 25, 2011
Guild Wars 2 ArenaNet Fantasy Retail sale or Download US$59.99 Digital Editions, US$79.99 Digital Deluxe Edition No No August 28, 2012 January 13, 2015
Hero Online Netgame History Download Free No No 2006 Unknown
Knight Online MGame Corporation and Noah System Fantasy Download Free No No December 6, 2004 August 5, 2010 (1840)
Lineage NCsoft Fantasy Download US$9.99 Yes US$15/month September 3, 1998 August 11, 2010 (Season 3, Episode 1)
Lineage II NCsoft Fantasy Download Free No Non-free October 1, 2003 South Korea
April 27, 2004 United States
July 25, 2012
The Lord of the Rings Online Turbine Fantasy Retail sale or download Free No US$14.95/month April 24, 2007 May 1, 2015 United States
MapleStory Wizet Fantasy Download Free No No May 2002 South Korea
November 2003 Japan
December 2004 China
July 4, 2005 Taiwan
May 11, 2005 (Global)
June 23, 2005 (SEA)
July 19, 2010 (0.88) United States
July 15, 2010 (0.63) Europe
Minions of Mirth Prairie Games Fantasy Download Free - US$29.95[5] No No December 2005 Unknown
Omerta (video game) Omerta Game Limited Fantasy Retail sale or Download Free No No September 2003 February 2013 ( Version 4.0 )
Perfect World Beijing Perfect World Fantasy Retail sale or Download Free No No July 2005 China
December 2006 Taiwan
March 2007 Japan
TBA 2007 South Korea
December 16, 2014 (Patch version 824)
Pirates of the Burning Sea Flying Lab Software Fantasy Retail sale or download US$19.99 (free download) Yes US$12-month subscription: US$143($12/month) or 1-month subscription: US$14.99
Part of Station Access
January 22, 2008 June 23, 2009, V. 1.15.52
Ragnarok Online GRAVITY Co., Ltd. Fantasy, Steampunk Download Free No US$10/month August 31, 2002 December 4, 2009 (Episode 13.2)
Regnum Online NGD Studios Medieval fantasy Download Free No Lowest Ximerin (points) possible 5 USD; highest ximerin possible 60 USD April 24, 2007 April 29, 2010
Rift (video game) Trion Worlds Future fantasy Download Free No Paid with In-game Credits; US$12.99/Month March 1, 2011 February 17, 2011
Rise: The Vieneo Province Unistellar Industries Science fiction, Space simulation Download Free Yes US$5.95 April 1, 2006 Unknown
Runes of Magic Runewaker Entertainment Fantasy Download Free No No March 19, 2009 December 14, 2011
RuneScape Jagex Ltd Fantasy Browser-based Free No £4.95/month full access January 4, 2001 March 10, 2015
Ryzom Nevrax Science Fantasy Download Free No US$10.95/month
€7.95
September 20, 2004 May 28, 2011 (1.12.0)
Star Trek Online Cryptic Studios Science fiction, Star Trek Retail sale or Download Free No Yes February 2, 2010 October 14, 2014
Star Wars Galaxies Sony Online Entertainment Science fiction, Star Wars Shut Down June 26, 2003
Star Wars: The Old Republic Bioware Science fiction, Star Wars Retail and Download Free No Yes December 20, 2011 December 17, 2014
Tabula Rasa NCsoft Science fiction Shut down US$49.99 Yes US$14.99/month November 2, 2007 October 27, 2008
A Tale in the Desert eGenesis Historical Download Free Yes US$13.95/month February 3, 2003 August 7, 2010 (Fifth Telling)
TERA: Rising BlueHole Studio Fantasy Download Free No No January 25, 2011 June 21, 2015
Terra Militaris SNAIL Game Historical Web Free No No 2010 Unknown
Tibia CipSoft Fantasy Download Free No €7.45/month 1997 Unknown
Toontown Online The Walt Disney Company Classic cartoons Download Free No US$9.95/month 2003 June 2, 2010 (1.0.40.15)
Ultima Online Origin Systems Fantasy Download US$29.99 Yes US$12.99/month 1997 December 6, 2013 (Publish 85)
Underlight Lyra Studios LLC Fantasy Download Free No No March 1998 June 22, 2015
Vanguard: Saga of Heroes Sony Online Entertainment Fantasy Retail sale or download Free (free download) No No January 30, 2007 June 2, 2009 (Build 2461)
Vendetta Online Guild Software Space simulation Download Free Yes US$9.99/month
US$6.66/24 months
November 1, 2004 United States August 15, 2012 (VO 1.8.224)
Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning Mythic Entertainment Fantasy Shut Down September 18, 2008
WonderKing Online Ryu & Soft Fantasy Download Free No No March 20, 2006 South Korea
February 24, 2007 Japan
June 19, 2009 United States
2009 Philippines
2009 Germany
September 12, 2009
World of the Living Dead: Resurrection Ballardia Survival Strategy Browser-Based Free No No October 11, 2013 January 1, 2014 (2.1.9)
World of Warcraft Blizzard Entertainment Fantasy Retail sale or Download US$19.99 Battle Chest; Mists of Pandaria $19.99; Pre-Order Warlords Of Draenor $49.99 Yes Free limited
(to Lvl 20)

Full US$14.99/month
€12.99
November 23, 2004 United StatesAustralia
February 11, 2005 Europe
November 12, 2014 (6.0)
Name Creator Genre Client sale method Client purchase price Monthly fee required Monthly subscription available Release date(s) Last update

Statistics table[edit]

Name No. of players No. of players per server / shards / worlds No. of servers / shards / worlds Common peak of players Contains Instances
Anarchy Online 12000 12,000[6] ? 3 ? Yes (Missions)
Asheron's Call 000000010 ? ? 9 ? Yes
City of Heroes 200000 200,000[6] ? 11 (American version), 4 (European version) ? Yes (Missions)
DarkSpace 4500 4,500 ? 1 ? No
Dark Age of Camelot 125000 125,000[6] ? 6(?) 5,000 (America), 6,000 (Europe) Yes
Dofus 500,000 500,000[7] ? 44 45,000 per server (~6000 online) Yes
Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach 00000000 ? ? 8 ? Yes (Entire world)
EVE Online 500000 500,000[8] 500k Tranquility (rest of world), 50k Serenity (China)[9] 2 (China, and rest of world) Also has a test server for devs, but is open to playerbase to test/view new features incoming.[9] 35k Tranquility average in 2015 [9] 60,453 peak Tranquility,[10] ~500 Test shard [9] 7.2k China/Serenity average in 2015 [9] No
EverQuest 200000 200,000[6] ~8,000 25 as of August 2007 ~4,000 Yes (LDON, Plane of Time, Post GoD Raid Locations)
EverQuest II 185000 185,000[11] ~8,000 27 as of March 2008 ~2,500 per server Yes
Final Fantasy XI 500000 500,000[6] 15,000-20,000[12] 32 servers[13] Generally 1500–2000 per world Expansion only
Final Fantasy XIV 4000000 4,000,000[14] Avg. 62,500 64[15][16] ? Yes
Guild Wars 0 ? All 1 8 in PvE Everywhere except towns and outposts
Guild Wars 2 30000003,000,000[17] Avg. 62,500 48 (21 US, 27 Europe)[18] ? Yes (Dungeons and Personal Story missions)
Knight Online 4250000 4,250,000 1-2 million 12x3(subservers) 30,000 per subserver 30kx36 total ?
Lineage II 1300000 1,300,000[6] ? 10 ? Yes
The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar 00000000 ? ? 38 ? Yes
MapleStory 5000000 5,000,000[19] ? 89 (All versions) ; 7 (Global version) ? No
Perfect World 00000000 ? ? ? ? Yes
Pirates of the Burning Sea 00000000 ? Avg. 350 as of 2009-June 23 6 as of 2009-June 23 ? Yes
Ragnarok Online 00000000 ? ? 3 (iRO) ? Announced for a future update
Rift (video game) 1400000 1,400,000 100,000 22 15000 Yes (dungeons, warfronts, player/guild housing)
Rise: The Vieneo Province 4000 4,000 4,000 1 100 Entire world
RuneScape 400000 400,000 (As of 2014) [20] 2,000[21] 141 60,000 Yes
Ryzom ? ? 3 ? Partial: Ryzom Ring allows instanced content generated by players with a scenario editor.
Star Trek Online 25000002,500,000[22] All 2 ? Yes
Star Wars Galaxies 100000 100,000[6] ? 12 ? Yes
Star Wars: The Old Republic 10000001,600,000[23] ? 214 as of 2011-12-25 ? Yes
TERA: Rising 4000000 4,000,000[6]  ?  ?  ? Yes
Tibia 300000 300,000[6] 500 (max. is 950) 77 as of Feb. 4, 2010[24] Close to 35,000 as of 2010-02-04[24] No
Ultima Online 00000000 ? ? ? ? No
Underlight 00000000 ? All 1 ? No
Vendetta Online 00000000 ? All 1 ? No
Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning 300000 300,000[25] ? 4 ? Yes
WonderKing Online ? ? 2 (NA Version) ? No
World of Warcraft 56000005,600,000[26] Avg. 35,000 246 ? Yes
No. of players No. of players per server / shards / worlds No. of servers / shards / worlds Common peak of players Contains Instances

Engine table[edit]

Game engine type Source code available? Fully customizable user interface Windowable[27] Custom UI Mods / Addons
Aion: The Tower of Eternity 3D No Partial Yes No
Anarchy Online 3D No Yes Yes
Asheron's Call 3D No ? Yes
City of Heroes 3D No Partial Yes
DarkSpace 3D Yes No Yes
Dark Age of Camelot 3D No Yes Yes
Dofus 2D No Yes Yes
Dragon Oath 3D No Partial Yes
Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach 3D No No Yes
EVE Online 3D No Adjustable/movable windows and Colors, no custom additions Yes No[28]
EverQuest 3D No Yes Yes
EverQuest II 3D No Yes Yes
Final Fantasy XI 3D No No Yes[29]
Guild Wars 3D No Adjustable/movable windows, no custom additions Yes
Guild Wars 2 3D No ? Yes ?
Knight Online 3D No Partial Yes
Lineage II 3D No Adjustable/movable windows Yes
The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar 3D No Partial Yes Yes
MapleStory 2D No No Yes
Perfect World 3D No Yes Yes
Pirates of the Burning Sea 3D No Yes Yes
Ragnarok Online 2D, 3D No Partial Yes
Rift (video game) 3D No Yes Yes Yes
Rise: The Vieneo Province 3D No Adjustable/movable windows Yes
RuneScape 3D No Yes Yes
Ryzom 3D Yes Partial Yes
Star Trek Online 3D No Yes Yes
Star Wars Galaxies 3D No No Yes
Star Wars The Old Republic 3D No Yes (update 1.2) Yes No
Tabula Rasa 3D No No Yes
Tibia 2D No Partial Yes
Ultima Online 2D, 3D Some Yes Yes
Underlight 3D No No No No
Vendetta Online 3D No Partial Yes Yes
WonderKing Online 2D No No Yes
World of Warcraft 3D No Yes Yes Yes

Feature Set[edit]

The term "content" to be used where the type of content is the objective (e.g., PVP content = objective is to kill players).

PVE Group Instances PVE Raid Instances Open-world PVE Raid Content PVP Group Instances PVP Raid Instances Open-world PVP Raid Content Item appearance customization Auction House / Broker Jumping Swimming Mounts Guild Housing
Aion: The Tower of Eternity Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No (In development)
Anarchy Online Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Asheron's Call
City of Heroes
Dark Age of Camelot Yes No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
DarkSpace
Dofus Yes No No Yes No No Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
Dragon Oath
Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach Yes Yes No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
EVE Online Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A Yes N/A N/A N/A No
(In development)
EverQuest
EverQuest II Yes Yes Yes Yes No Partial No
(In development)
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Final Fantasy XI
Guild Wars Yes Partial No Yes No No Yes No No No No Yes
Guild Wars 2 Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
(in development)[30]
Knight Online
The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Lineage II
MapleStory Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Partial Yes No Yes No
Perfect World
Pirates of the Burning Sea
Ragnarok Online
Rift (video game) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Rise: The Vieneo Province
RuneScape Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Partial Partial Yes
Ryzom No No Yes No No Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Star Trek Online Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Partial Yes Yes No No Yes
Star Wars Galaxies
Star Wars The Old Republic Yes Yes Yes No (soon) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Tabula Rasa
Tibia
Ultima Online No No Yes No No Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes
Underlight No No No No No No Yes No Yes No No Yes
Vendetta Online
Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning Yes No Partial Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
WonderKing Online
World of Warcraft Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Monthly subscriptions usually offer more content in the game
  2. ^ "Age of Conan Play for Free". AgeOfConan.com. Retrieved Jan 3, 2013. 
  3. ^ http://www.darkageofcamelot.com/article/patch-1115c-comes-live-servers
  4. ^ Client is free with 14-day Trial. But you may buy client with 1 month prepaid if you want.
  5. ^ There is a "premium account" available with more additions to the game and gameplay for the players. This is a one-time fee.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i Woodcock, Bruce Sterling. "Mmogchart.com". Retrieved Jan 5, 2007. 
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ EVE ONLINE SURPASSES 500,000 SUBSCRIBERS WORLDWIDE
  9. ^ a b c d e [2]
  10. ^ 60,453 pilots: the new eve pcu record
  11. ^ MMOGData.VOIG.com Online Data About Online Games
  12. ^ "Protecting Final Fantasy XI From the Gil-Sellers". Retrieved Sep 7, 2007. 
  13. ^ "FINAL FANTASY XI ONLINE Server Status". Retrieved Jan 9, 2007. 
  14. ^ "Celebrating 4 Million Accounts Mark". Retrieved Apr 23, 2015. 
  15. ^ "FINAL FANTASY XIV ONLINE Server Status". Retrieved Apr 23, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Server Status - FINAL FANTASY XIV, The Lodestone". Retrieved Apr 23, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Colin Johanson on Guild Wars 2 in the Months Ahead". Retrieved Jan 15, 2013. 
  18. ^ "List Of Worlds". Guild Wars. Retrieved Sep 14, 2012. 
  19. ^ "2007 warp up". Maple Story Global. Dec 18, 2007. 
  20. ^ "RuneScape Online Community - Forums, News, Events and more". Jagex Ltd. August 2, 2014. Retrieved Aug 2, 2014. 
  21. ^ Wagner James Au (2008). "RuneScape Moves to Come Out of the Shadows". GigaOM. Retrieved Jul 14, 2008. 
  22. ^ Star Trek Online. Star Trek Online. January 29, 2015 = 5 Year Anniversary Infographic http://images-cdn.perfectworld.com/arc/15/df/15dfd990d3e6a010b50cf51079f2d8ef1422556818.jpg = 5 Year Anniversary Infographic. Retrieved February 25, 2015.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  23. ^ "Star Wars The Old Republic Statistics". Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  24. ^ a b [3][dead link]
  25. ^ "Axe drops at Warhammer dev as subs sink to 300K". Gamespot. Retrieved Feb 5, 2009. 
  26. ^ "World of WarCraft Subscribers By Quarter". MMO-Champion. August 5, 2015. Retrieved August 5, 2015. 
  27. ^ Allows the game to be played in a window while running in a desktop environment.
  28. ^ "EVE Online End User License Agreement". CCP Games. CCP Games. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  29. ^ Windowed mode was added with the Nov. 19, 2007 update; however, it has been reported as being buggy and still having an error if Alt-Tab is used.
  30. ^ https://heartofthorns.guildwars2.com/en