18 Best Free MMORPGs You Should Play

Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games a.k.a MMORPGs have become a huge hit in the recent few years. Every gamer wants to play an online RPG where they can battle other players and create their own characters with full customization. There are hundreds of different and free MMORPG games available out there but we bring you the best of the best. here’s a list of the best free MMORPG games to play in 2023.

1. Dota 2

Dota 2

Dota 2 is one of the most popular multiplayer online games. This game is the most played game on Steam; the game delivery platform developed by Valve. Dota 2 is a direct sequel to the Dota (Defense of the Ancients) mod developed for the World of Warcraft III game. The mod quickly gained a lot of attention and praise which finally led to Valve hiring the developers behind the mod and creating Dota 2. Dota 2 is a highly competitive game played by millions of people worldwide. You control a hero in the game with different abilities and your objective is to destroy the opposing team’s ancient while keeping your ancient safe. Teams of 5 players battle in a beautiful battlefield filled with lush jungles. The offers in-game purchases, so you can buy extra heroes or items to gain an advantage over your competition.

Developer: Valve Corporation

Availability: Free to Play with in-game purchases

2. League of Legends

League Of Legends

League of Legends started off as a direct copy of DotA but in a short amount of time, it grew to become the most-played MMO game in the world. With nearly 70 million people playing it per month, LoL became a blockbuster hit in the world of free-to-play games. The gameplay is very similar to DotA and Dota 2. You choose one champion with various abilities and try to destroy your opponent team’s nexus while saving your own. Two teams of 5 players duke it out on a three-lane map where each lane needs to be defended against enemy minions and champions. The gameplay requires you to be quick, agile, and a fast decision-maker if you want to become a good player. LoL also offers in-game purchases where you can buy different champions or items to boost your gameplay. There are 10 free champions available and the selection of these free champions keeps changing every week so you can try all of them before actually buying them.

Developer: Riot Games

Availability: Free to Play with in-game purchases

3. Heroes of The Storm

Heroes of the Storm

Heroes of the Storm a.k.a HoTS is a massively multiplayer online battle arena game developed by Blizzard; the developers behind World of Warcraft. Blizzard is trying to get back in the battle arena scene and give both Dota 2 and LoL a good run for their money. HoTS features heroes from different games developed by Blizzard. These heroes come from World of Warcraft (Illidan, Malfurion, etc), Diablo (Diablo, Sonya, etc), and Starcraft II (Raynor, Tychus, etc). You can choose any hero that’s available in the weekly free rotation or you can actually buy a hero of your choice with actually money or in-game gold. You can collect gold by playing the game and completing daily quests. Your job is to keep your core safe while trying to destroy the enemy team’s core. You can also take advantage of unique map elements that can aid you in your objectives. The game does not have items, so you don’t have to worry about getting different items for your heroes at all.

Developer: Blizzard Entertainment

Availability: Free to Play with in-game purchases

4. SMITE

SMITE

Smite is fairly new to the multiplayer online games scene, however, it has still managed to gather a decent amount of praise and attention in this short amount of time. The gameplay is fairly similar to other game in the genre but Smite provides a lot of different game modes that keep the players hooked and give the game a more versatility. Instead of using new heroes or champions, Smite lets players choose from gods and mythical heroes to play as their heroes. There are different gods and other deities from different cultures. The game also features a third-person perspective instead of the over the top view found in similar games.

Developer: Hi-Rez Studios

Availability: Free to Play with in-game purchases

5. World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft is the true MMORPG developed by Blizzard and it has received the highest positive reviews for its unique gameplay and amazing environment. The game lets you pick your hero, choose a class, and customize your hero in different ways. You have to complete quests to advance your level. You can complete the quests alone or you can join a group and do a multiplayer quest run. You can also battle other players in-game. The game offers a subscription-based model so you have to buy prepaid cards or pay with your credit card to keep playing the game after a certain period. Playing for up to level 20 is free and after that, you have to buy a subscription.

Developer: Blizzard Entertainment

Availability: Free to Play for up to level 20, needs a subscription after that.

6. Skyforge

Skyforge

Skyforge is the latest addition to the MMORPG world that has quickly became a hit. This free to play game offers the most unique gameplay and story. You start off as an immortal in the game and you can choose any class you want. You can also change your class anytime you want with a single click unlike other MMOs where you are locked to a single class that you choose in the beginning. Your goal is to gain prestige by completing quests and ultimately transforming your hero from an immortal to a divine god granting him very strong powers. The game is still in beta phase but you can play it for free without any subscriptions at all.

Developer: Allods Team

Availability: Free to Play

7. Neverwinter

neverwinter

Neverwinter is a new MMORPG game as well that’s only available on Windows and Xbox One platforms for now. The game is based on Dungeons & Dragons’ set of rules. You can choose a character from different classes and races and assign it action points in order to boost his skills and stats. The more quests you complete, the more your character grows and become stronger. You can form groups with other players in the game and complete quests together to make it easier for each of you.

Developer: Cryptic Studios

Availability: Free to Play with in-game purchases

8. ArcheAge

Archeage

ArcheAge is a completely unique twist in the world of MMO role-playing games. This game gives the player a lot more content that keeps them hooked for a very long time. In ARcheAge you can craft different things from food to weapons, you can craft it at all. You can level up and gain prestige to get even more crafting skills. You can build ships and duke it out with other players in a naval combat. You can build siege weapons to destroy enemy forts, homes, etc. You can do almost anything that you would do in the real world. There are hundreds of choices and only you can make the decision in this exciting game.

Developer: XL Games

Availability: Free to Play

9. Path of Exile

path of exile

Path of Exile is heavily inspired by Blizzard’s Diablo franchise. In this game, you embark on an outdoor adventure exploring large areas including dungeons and caves. You fight off monsters and other evils that are present in such areas and gain experience for completing quests. You can play with others but the main focus of the game is to provide each player with an isolated large map to explore, you can do so with your party as well. The game is truly free to play and you don’t need to spend any money in order to gain an advantage.

Developer: Grinding Gear Games

Availability: Free to Play

10. EverQuest

everquest

EverQuest is one of the oldest MMORPGs still going strong today. The game also borrows its gameplay mechanics from Dungeons & Dragons where you have to choose your character and build it from a set of given races and classes. You embark on adventures and complete quests to gain gold and skill points. Leveling up your character brings in more skills for your character making it even more powerful. You can team up with other players, join their guild, and start fighting monsters together. The game offers a large community of role-playing lovers but since the rise of Warcraft, EverQuest has seen a huge decline in its popularity.

Developer: Daybreak Game Company

Availability: Free to Play

11. Warframe

warframe

We’ve had enough of the medieval-themed MMORPGs and now it’s time to take a look at something new and futuristic like ninjas in mech armor. In Warframe you are part of a ninja race that has awoken in the future and your job is to become the stealthiest assassins like your ancestors. Warframe is a third-person shooter where you team up with other players and complete missions to level up your heroes. You can also buy extra weapons and stuff with in-game currency or by using real cash to buy platinum that can be used to purchase in-game content as well.

Developer: Digital Extremes

Compatibility: Windows, Xbox One, PlayStation 4

Availability: Free to Play with in-game purchases.

12. Aura Kingdom

Aura Kingdom

Aura Kingdom is an anime-styled MMORPG that has been very well received in the Asian markets like Taiwan, China, Japan, etc. You start off your story in a village where the villagers ask you for your help, you complete these quests to advance in the game and gain experience. The game is a bit repetitive and the challenges are a bit on the easy side making the overall gameplay boring over the long run. The graphics are still pretty solid and the storyline gives the game a whole new level.

Developer: X-Legend

Availability: Free to Play

13. TERA Rising

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The Exiled Realm of Arborea a.k.a TERA is a popular MMORPG with a fantasy 3D theme. The game features different races with special skills that make each race unique in its own way. You customize your character and start your journey in this beautiful new world rendered in amazing 3D graphics. The combat system is pretty solid with manual controls where you have to attack and dodge on your own. The game offers a 3rd-person view and the game has finally said goodbye to the subscription model. It is now a free-to-play game.

Developer: Bluehole Studio

Availability: Free to Play

14. Age of Conan: Unchained

Age of Conan

Age of Conan: Unchained is a popular MMORPG based on the famous Conan novel written by Robert E. Howard. The game takes place in the mythical world of the Hyborian kingdom where you embark on an adventure either solo or with your group. Players can choose from 4 different races for their characters and each race comes with unique abilities and skills that aid the character in its journey. The combat system used in the game gives a pretty real feel where you can chain different combos to cause extra damage. The game features beautiful graphics and an intriguing storyline.

Developer: Funcom

Availability: Free to Play and Subscription model.

15. Marvel Heroes 2015

Marvel Heroes 2015

All these games with magic, spells, swords, and sorcery get pretty boring, pretty quickly. What doesn’t get boring is your favorite comic book heroes duking it out in the battle arena. You can choose your character from 100 different Marvel heroes and villains in this exciting game. Form a team with your friends and get ready to destroy the evil forces of Dr. Doom and other villains in action-packed combat. Marvel Heroes 2015 lets you be your favorite superhero and save the day with your skills.

Developer: Gazillion Entertainment

Availability: Free to Play with in-game purchases.

16. Lost Ark

18 Best Free MMORPGs You Should Play
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Lost Ark is a much newer addition to the world of MMOARPG than most of the other games on this list. Released in 2022, the game has amassed quite the popularity, thanks to its fabulous cinematic story driving the phenomenal combat mechanics. Besides, the world of Arkesia, where the game takes place in, is stunning, to say the least. There is just way too much to explore, and well, destroy. There are 15 classes to choose from, and if you ask me, Striker is the one to pick. No matter what class you choose, you will have to plough through hordes of enemies and relentless boss fights to make sure peace in Arkesia remains intact. Hands down, one of the best MMORPG games to play in 2023.

Availability: Free to Play with in-game purchases.

17. World of Warships

World of Warships Gameplay

If you want to play something that is both visually stunning and a breath of fresh air in the MMORPG genre, give World of Warships a try. This Wargaming-developed game is one of the best free MMORPGs that you can quite possibly play. If you are not looking for a concrete storyline and just want to enjoy mindless destruction for a while, this is it. You take control of a warship and make sure that enemy warships do not make it through your defenses.

Besides, if you crank up the graphics to the maximum possible settings, you will be taken aback by how realistic the visuals are. Not just that, the game mechanics feel pretty real and will keep you engaged for hours on end. With over 600 warships to unlock and choose from, it can be easily said that World of Warships is an endless conquest of naval warfare that will keep you hooked.

Developer: Wargaming

Availability: Free to Play with in-game purchases.

18. World of Tanks

World of Tanks Gameplay

Just like World of Warships, Wargaming’s World of Tanks is another free to play MMORPG game that you should really give a try. You are basically in control of a tank of your choice and are to wreak havoc on enemy tanks. That’s pretty much it. In the process, upgrade your tanks and become a force to be reckoned with. There are 600+ tanks to get your hands on and mop the floor with enemies. Most importantly, the game is very well-optimized to run on any modern-day system without much of a hassle.

Developer: Wargaming

Availability: Free to Play with in-game purchases.

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  • Dungeon fighter online is also a game in this category and best of all its actually FREE. Ive played since i was first introduced into gaming and it is a PC only game,I would consider some of you look into it because its actually fun.

  • “20 levels mean a lot of play time”

    Are we talking about the same WoW?

    Bilzzard messed around with leveling speed. 20 levels is a few hours, not “a lot of play time”.

  • I’ve played a few of these, but IMO, Rift is the hands-down winner. Endless amounts of complexity and detail keep it interesting.

  • Best –

    GW2 – Wow Tie
    Rift (I’m surprised it was so low – that was considered to be a wow killer when it first came out lol and it was very popular and ads everywhere)
    Ddo
    Lotr
    Elder scrolls online

  • What i do know is the old days of $16.00 for six months subscription or $5.00 for a zillion in-game credits is well over and gone. Games cost rl cash to play these days and some of those in-game shop can use up literally $1000’s

  • Destiny 2 is also a good MMO that is free with a lot of content before you hit the paywall stuff.

    • destiny 2 made a lot of people mad because older players like myself grinded past 750 light from 100 with ability’s needing to refreshed with missions and then they made all the new players start at 750 light and everyone get infinite ability permanently

  • Hello
    Over a decade ago I played WoW, and switched to DDO about 10 years ago, as I am an old time tabletop D&Der. DDO has 3 levels of membership Free To Play which is limited. Buy the different areas and subscription. I took the buy to play route. I started with FTP and prob brought a few lower level upgrades, then went subscription. You would think that would cover all of the dungeon addons. Nope! Not long after that, they put out a big expansion pack that I had to buy if I wanted to be there, that was equal to 3 months subscriptions! So, I went the add as they came out path. The biggest advantage to me is no monthly fee, for what I felt were few advantages. Currently I can only have one hireling for dungeons and a daily sliver roll for freebies. Paid has at least 2 hires, a weekly gold roll and perhaps some other benefits beyond that and faster progress. I felt it wasn’t worth it and find pay as they come out to be much cheaper in the long run.

  • To add insult to injury, Eve Online is solely P2W because PLEX can literally move you from Point A to Point Z in a matter of 3 seconds. Also, the community is highly toxic due to it being populated by people I like to call “Basement Dwellers”. The subscription also adds the final icing on the cake, the cake that was taken from a Pennsylvania garbage can during soccer games.

  • SWTOR is pay to win. You are not simply encouraged to pony up, you are severely crippled for not doing so.

    • its not pay 2 win moron its called being subscriber that isnt pay to win thats called pay 2 play no the difference dipstick ive played that game sense launch spo stop spreading lies asshat

    • I’ve played SWTOR for free and I have never experienced any drawbacks or negative effects! Maybe the others progress faster ok, but how is that influencing me?
      Is it a goal to be the fastest to finish the game?
      I do not hink so…

  • GREAT article! Two thumbs up and 5/5 stars! Thanks for sharing your wisdom with regards to the best MMORPGs available to play free in 2020. I play GW2 mainly right now, but played WoW from around 2007 and many other MMOs, including Defiance and Defiance: 2050 as you mentioned above—of course the original Defiance isn’t *necessarily* an RPG. Well, just wanted to thank you. I’ll be looking for more articles from you! =)

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