The Best Free MMORPGs Available to Play Now!!! (2020)

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All gamers know that the only thing better than an awesome MMORPG is a free awesome MMORPG.

MMORPGs have always been a mainstay of the gaming industry. They have captured audiences for years and allowed players the world over to connect and display their love of a genre along with some creative flair.

MMORPGs are now widely available across a variety of platforms, and free-to-play MMOs are ever-increasing in their popularity. They also come in a variety of sub-genres, from warcraft games to space games to shooters.

Many regular MMO games also offer extended trials, which allow players plenty of time to decide if a game is perfect for them. Here are our picks for the best free MMORPGs currently available.

Note: While some of these games are free to play they do charge for in-game currency so you might want to check out our guides on earning free gift cards and getting paid to play mobile games

The Best Free MMORPGs

War Games

World Of Tanks

World Of Tanks
World Of Tanks

World of Tanks is one of the most massive military-style games on the market. It showcases several hundred tanks and military weapons. The game doesn’t require tons of work into strategizing about armor and vehicle formatting.

World of Tanks gives players the addictive, fast-paced gameplay that players find in arcade games. The rate of play and ease of use make it one of the most popular war games out there.

Play Word Of Tanks

World Of Warships

World Of Warships
World Of Warships

World of Warships takes World of Tanks and gives it a more realistic approach. The warships are large, slow, and extremely powerful. The fact that the warships are large and slow alters gameplay, making World of Warships a game of technical strategy.

On the plus side, it also gives players ample time to enjoy their lovely graphics.

Play World of Warships

War Of Warplanes

War Of Warplanes
War Of Warplanes

So far, we’ve covered land and sea war games, and now we move onto the air. War of Warplanes gives players the ability to make all of their Top Gun fantasies come to life if Top Gun took place in World War 2.

The war play is all about scrappy adrenaline-pumping combat. It also doesn’t hurt that the skies are gorgeous and that flying, in general, is lots of fun.

World Thunder

World Thunder
World Thunder

Planes, tanks, and warships, oh my! War Thunder is a war game that combines all others. Realism is the name of War Thunder’s game.

The gameplay is as real as it gets, with a focus on ballistics and armor that reacts in-game, like their real-world counterparts.

Space & Sci-Fi Games

Dreadnought

Dreadnought
Dreadnought

Dreadnought is precisely what we’ve come to expect from space games, as in you look cool while flying in your own highly customized space ship.

The best part is, there is no need hours of grinding to master the five vs. five combat system with a specialized fleet of vessels.

Play Dreadnought for Free

Fractured Space

Fractured Space
Fractured Space

If Dreadnought is classic space-age gameplay, then Fractured Space is its tactically strategic cousin. The game offers multiple modes, from a solo P vs. E and a Conquest mode. Fractured Space really comes into its own with its stunning fight scenes and tactical acumen.

Note: Featured Space is no longer officially supported, however, thanks to industrious reddit users you can still play Fractured Space on private servers. 

How to Play Fractured Space

Star Conflict

Star Conflict
Star Conflict

Star Conflict is the fleet builder free MMORPG that takes Dreadnought to a new level. The thing that truly separates this game from Dreadnought is that pilots get to hunt down treasures throughout the galaxy.

As a bonus, Star Conflict is one of the few MMOs that can be played in VR.

Play Star Conflict for Free

Traditional MMOs and RPGs

Neverwinter

Neverwinter
Neverwinter

Neverwinter is one of the oldest online MMORPGs; its been around since 1991. Its early combat is often compared to Diablo, and it is set in the lore of the wildly popular Dungeons and Dragons.

Newer versions of Neverwinter have a combat style more reminiscent of Darksiders. It is a hallmark of free MMORPGs and is available for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. The only downside is that in-game purchases are incredibly expensive.

Defiance


Defiance is a classic MMORPG, which was initially released on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC. Defiance is most well-known for its relation to the Destiny franchise and the companion show, which aired on SyFy.

The combat is the traditional third-person shooter Newer versions of Defiance 2050 have since been released on the Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

Lord of The Rings Online

Lord of The Rings Online

This one is an oldie but goodie. Everyone and their mother has heard of the Lord of the Rings, and while the Shadow of Mordor was fun, this is less gritty orc battles and more like a traditional MMO.

Players get to choose a race and class and explore all of the things that the Jackson movies didn’t.

Play Lord of the Rings for Free

 

Star Wars: The Old Republic

Star Wars: The Old Republic

One cannot talk about free MMORPGs without referencing Star War: The Old Republic. Its a truly iconic game, and it is what all other MMOs are compared to, which isn’t surprising given how expansive the gameplay and world-building are in the game.

Bioware has outdone itself with this comprehensive MMO.

Play Star Wars: The Old Republic 

Star Trek Online

Star Trek Online

Star Trek Online is a pretty solid alternative to Star Wars The Old Republic. Players get to revive their Star Trek nostalgia since the challenges play out as though they’re actual episodes.

The character creation is similar to Dragon Age, meaning you can fully customize your character’s features.

Play Star Trek Online

DC Universe Online

DC Universe Online
DC Universe Online

DC Universe Online started as a paid MMO but has since gone the free-to-play route with in-game purchases still available, of course.

Players do not get to be actual comic book characters, like Wonder Woman or Batman, but they do get to base their characters and powers off of them. There are plenty of quests, and while it’s not an open-world MMORPG, it’s still pretty expansive.

Play DC Universe Online for Free

Final Fantasy XIV

Final Fantasy XIV
Final Fantasy XIV

Final Fantasy has been around forever, and it goes without saying that the franchise is popular despite some issues with some of the franchise’s launches. True to form, the first version of this MMO was rough, and then they redid it, and now it’s amazing.

In other words, it’s normal Square Enix stuff. It offers a unique combat and skill tree system and allows for cross-play with Playstation.

Play Final Fantasy XIV for Free

Secret World Legends

Secret World Legends
Secret World Legends

Secret World Legends is one of the few free MMORPGs that is set in the real world. This game gives people a real-world look at MMOs.

Gone are the ways of magic and spellcasting, and instead, you get fight supernatural monsters with real-world fighting tools. Secret World Legends is definitely less a fantasy MMO and more a supernatural horror one.

Play Secret World Legends

Runescape 3

Runescape is a veteran in the MMO sphere. It has a massive player base with millions of registered players. It is also one of the few free MMORPGs known for having a friendly atmosphere.

Runescape offers a free version with plenty of content and a paid version for further exploration.

Play Runescape 3 for Free

Dungeons and Dragons Online

Dungeons & Dragons has had a difficult time breaking out from its tabletop origins. It launched back in 2006, and it definitely left room for improvement.

However, the game has come a long way since its initial launch, and fans of the tabletop icon cannot help but be charmed by both the familiar D&D lore and the setting of Stormreach.

Play D&D Online for Free

Tera

Tera
Tera

Tera is another free MMORPG giant and with good reason. Tera is fantastic and is one of the most action-heavy RPGs ever. The open-world setting is nothing short of gigantic, and every inch of it is full of questing and crafting options.

Players get to enjoy a heavy dose of action MMO that is unlike anything other games available.

Play Tera for Free

League Of Legends

League Of Legends
League Of Legends

League of Legends is a significant player in MMOs, although it really is more of a freemium than a genuinely free MMORPG. There have been plenty of expansions on this already expansive platform, and it is definitely a fun game to play.

Play League of Legends for Free

World Of Warcraft

World Of Warcraft
World Of Warcraft

World of Warcraft is another freemium, although it caps you at level 20. The game is so big; however, I think the free option is worth mentioning.

WoW is popular for a reason, and it is evident in the gameplay why. The combat is fun, and it embodies the things we all love about classic RPGs.

Play World of Warcraft for Free.

Unique MMOs:

Skyforge

Skyforge
Skyforge

Skyforge is one of the most beautiful free MMORPGs I’ve ever seen. The graphics are complete eye-candy.

The only thing better than Skyforge’s graphics is its combat mechanics.

Players can master multiple combat styles and skills and switch between them effortlessly in the midst of battle. It is an MMO that I never get tired of exploring.

ArcheAge

ArcheAge
ArcheAge

Archeage is one of the only ship-based MMOs. Traverse the seas as a pirate and relive all of the fun from games like Assassin’s Creed Black Flag, just, you know, for free.

A bonus is that Archeage also provides dragons for players to ride, and need I say more about how awesome the game is than that?

Play ArchAge

Smite

Smite
Smite

Smite is an excellent alternative to League of Legends, and unlike League of Legends, Smite is entirely free.

This game features a slightly different take on third-person shooters, and the altered angle is kind of refreshing. Smite is an arena-based MMO and showcases a combat style similar to that of Dota 2.

Play Smite for Free

Albion Online

Albion Online
Albion Online

Albion Online is similar to Runescape and is heavy on grinding, which makes it unusual in today’s landscape of less grind-heavy free MMORPGs. The unique thing about Albion Online is the fact that there are true character classes.

It makes for customizable gameplay, but it means that players have to build their characters from the ground up completely.

Play Albion Online for Free

Guild Wars 2

Guild Wars 2
Guild Wars 2

Guild Wars 2 is one of the most highly ranked games available. It essentially works as a combat fluid, less teamwork required version World of Warcraft. Gamers have the option of in-game purchases, but it’s not required for game mastery or leveling up.

The challenges are dynamic, which is a challenge unto itself. The best part is that the game doesn’t require a monthly subscription fee like WoW; instead, it’s completely free.

Play Guild Wars 2 for Free

Crossout

Crossout
Crossout

Crossout completes our list and deservedly so. It is a completely unique RPG. Crossout is the game that fulfills all of our collective

Mad Max fantasies. Customizable apocalypse-ready vehicles, a desert landscape, and looting for everyone. This game is loads of fun, and everyone should try it at least once.

Play Crossout for Free

The Bottom Line

Video games are so much fun, every time I play them, I’m reminded of how creative people are and how cool it is to share an interest with so many people across the world.

Thanks for reading, and don’t forget to play the games and drop a line to the developers to tell them how amazing a job they did.

About the Author

I’m a polymath, writer, and an all-around nerd. If it involves gaming, anime/manga, or comics I probably have an opinion on it. I have written pieces for The Nerd Stash and The Digital Spy. You can find me on my website or my blog. I love spending time with my dog, Jester, and playing a Simic Hybrid Wood Elf in D&D.