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Aion

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Aion is all about endgame with its unique flying experience and epic high level PvPvE gameplay. Read Review

SAOs Legend

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Sword Art Online browser based MMO good for playing at work due to AFK options. Read Review

God Wars

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God Wars is yet another team centric turn-based fantasy MMO, but with a base building twist. Read Review

Dekaron

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Dekaron is an action MMO featuring really unique classes with over 12 years of free content. Read Review

Quake Champions

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Quake Champions reminds us of Quake 3 glory days with a modern twist. Read Review

Drakensang Online

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The only good Diablo clone playable directly from your browser. Read Review

Chronicles of Eidola

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Match 3 combat in a browser based MMO full of mini-games and several autoplay features. Read Review

Blade and Soul

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Blade and Soul finally provides the western audience with a fantastic martial arts fantasy MMORPG. Read Review

Felspire

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Lots of character progression and in-game bot features best for play while doing something else. Read Review

Star Wars The Old Republic

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Brings Star Wars to life with epic storytelling and expanding multiplayer features since launch. Read Review

Pirates: Tides of Fortune

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Familiar city builder with better music, nicer art, and of course, pirates. Read Review

Atlantica Online

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Atlantica’s extensive party building and turn-based tactical combat is truly unique among MMORPGs. Read Review

Guardians of Divinity

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Casual MMOARPG that doesn’t take a big time investment and can be played in a browser. Read Review

Sparta War of Empires

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Pays too much attention to paid players but earns marks for its theme and high production value. Read Review

Runes of Magic

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Basically a free to play, lower quality version of vanilla WoW with multi-classing. Read Review

Lord of the Rings Online

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Properly licensed LoTR MMO that truly emphasizes plot, narrative, and a living world. Read Review

Skyforge

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God based free MMORPG with a classless system presents typical MMORPG formula in a new package Read Review

Brawl of Ages

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Similar to Clash Royale, Brawl of Ages combines MOBA/tower defense/CCG gameplay. Read Review
Disclosure: Games are independently reviewed. However, MMOBro.com may receive compensation from companies associated with the above games or third parties.

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What are Free to Play MMO Games?

Obviousness of free meaning something you don’t need to pay for aside, these games do share some common qualities. At the same time, they also split in some key areas for how they generate revenue from the players.

Fifteen years ago, we would never have believed that some of the best games of the genre would be free to download and play. Back during the inception of the MMO era, this genre of gaming was actually the most expensive to play. There was a box fee like any other video game and an additional monthly subscription fee. And the average subscription fee started to climb, not decline as popularity increased. But then a few publishers decided to try something that would change the online landscape forever.

Instead of forcing players to pay money upfront prices and a subscription fee on top, these publishers decided to release their games as free to play MMOs. These games individually weren’t particularly novel, typically copying the best of paid MMORPGs into a free MMORPG model. The catch here was that players could buy items in game with real money. And paid items in these games were typically far better than what a non-premium player could acquire. So while the big money spenders were getting really strong, they were also the ones financial supporting the game for everyone else. This is typically referred to as a freemium model with some players getting a “premium” version of the free product. It’s a formula that still works today, but is one that creates some anxiety as people (including us) worry about pay to win freemium content.

Eventually, makers of big budget titles saw how successful MMOs with a free play option could be. Free MMOs started to release with unique features and modern capabilities instead of the copycat, rehashed game design that the subgenre was initially known for. They also began to toy with free to play monetization models. They introduced optional subscriptions for more content, in game skins and costumes to change character appearance, and “fun” items without any power benefit. They also provided options to buy things for much less real life money, meaning less “whales” but many more consumers. Especially because the populations of free to play MMO games with a fair revenue model tend to be much higher. You’ll find many different monetization strategies and how the cash shop affects the in game economy can be a huge boon or bane to overall enjoyability.

Although pay to win is certainly a concern, it doesn’t necessarily ruin gameplay. Many titles don’t have a lot of direct player interaction (for better or worse). As a player this lets you consume free content without the worry of falling behind, possibly just dabbling with freemium items as the need suits. The free online RPGs that stifle growth when competitive PvP starts are the titles of which to be truly weary.

Today, the free to play MMO space offers a myriad of different options with different choices. This is both in terms of the games themselves and how they choose to monetize. Ultimately, we try to present the best free MMORPGs available on this page. One size certainly does not fit all so keep that in mind when looking. It may take a few tries to find your perfect MMOG from the batch of games offered. Luckily, we always try to keep the list updated as new games release.