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This is a selected list of 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

These MMOGs run on a non-profit basis, requiring no payment from the players.

Developer(s) Release date Required OS Genre Payment Synopsis Type
Allegiance Microsoft 2000 Windows Space Sim/RTS Hybrid Free to play since source released in 2004 3D Space Combat with teamwork and RTS elements 3D
Astro battle Lava Lord Games 2004-12-31 Windows, Linux Multi-directional shooter Free to play, sequel in free beta testing Overhead multi-directional shoot-em-up where players design their own ships 2D
Crossfire n/a 1992 Multi-platform, including Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and others. Medieval fantasy MMORPG Free to play, open source project A cross between NetHack and Gauntlet. 3D
Gekkeiju Online Created by Suvi Aalto Produced by Coolhouse 2003 Windows Medieval fantasy MMORPG Free to play Players control an anime like character in a medieval fantasy world. Hard-to-see features such as weather which affects gameplay. 3D
Infantry Online Harmless Games LLC / Sony Online Entertainment 1999 Windows Action Free to play Players take the role of soldiers on an isometric battleground and duke it out in a variety of gametypes. 2.5D
IVAO Erwin Lion and Morten Hansen 1998-12-16 n/a Flight simulation Free to play Uses existing flight simulation software with custom plug-ins, players may interact with the network as either pilots or air traffic controllers.
PlaneShift Atomic Blue 2002-02-10 Windows, Mac OS X, Linux Medieval fantasy MMORPG Free play The player starts out as a peasant in search for fame and becomes a hero. Roleplaying is enforced. 3D
SubSpace Virgin Interactive/Fan-Community 1997-11-30 Windows Action Free to play Players fly, fight, and play a variety of games with spaceships. 2D
Terra Terra Outlands 1997-06 Windows Action Free to play Play as a vehicle operator in a 24x7 3D virtual world individual or clan based battle game 3D
Urban Dead Kevan Davis 2005-07 Browser-based Survival horror Free to play Play as a human or a zombie trying to survive in the undead-infested city of Malton. Web
Underlight Lyra Studios 1998-12-24 Windows Free play, public beta 3D
VATSIM n/a 2001-07, (replacing SATCO) n/a Flight simulation Free to play Uses existing flight simulation software with custom plug-ins, players may interact with the network as either pilots or air traffic controllers.

Free play with advertising

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

Developer(s) Release date Required OS Genre Payment Synopsis Type
Anarchy Online Funcom 2001-06 Windows MMORPG, Science-fiction Normally subscription based, currently in free-play until Jan 2011 (where it may be extended again) but with advertisements. 30% of the total game is available to play for free. Two factions fight for control of the distant desert planet Rubi-Ka. 3D
Jennifer Government: NationStates Max Barry 2002 Browser-based Government simulation game Advertising in the form of ad-bars the novel Jennifer Government. Players build nations and run them according to their political ideals. Web

Free play with micro-transactions

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

Developer(s) Release date Required OS Genre Payment Synopsis Type
2Moons GameHi 2007 Windows MMORPG Free-play, with Acclaim Coins purchases and in-game advertisement
9Dragons GameHi 2007 Windows MMORPG Free-play, with Acclaim Coins purchases and in-game advertisement Player characters learn martial arts to survive in the harsh lands of China.
Angels Online UserJoy Technology 2006 Windows, Playstation 3 Medieval fantasy MMORPG Free to play, optional item shop purchases Players control an anime like character in a medieval fantasy world. 2D
ArchLord NHN Corporation 2006-10-03 Windows Medieval fantasy MMORPG Free play, players may purchase in-game currency 3D
Atlantica Online NDOORS Interactive 2008-10-30 Windows Fantasy MMORPG Free to play with microtransactions. Turn-based battles. Guild-controlled customizable cites. Certain features require guild membership. 3D
Audition Online T3 Entertainment 2005 Windows Casual game Free to play, using a cash shop system that allows users to use real money to purchase in-game clothes, accessories, etc. to dress up their avatars. Dance competition. Game style is similar to Stepmania, Dance Dance Revolution and Bust A Groove. 3D
Battlefield Heroes Electronic Arts 2009-07-14 Windows Third Person Shooter Free to play: Cash shop for more cosmetic changes. Weapons can be bought for in game currency or for longer with cash. Third person shooter, different sides fight for victory team deathmatch style. Many different vehicles, guns, and class abilities, as well as diverse maps, allow for variety. 3D
Bang Howdy Three Rings Design 2006-12-01 Windows, Mac OS, Linux Wild west MMO A collection of wild-west themed games for 2-4 players. Guilds and guild competitions. 3D
Cabal Online ESTSoft 2006 Windows Sci-fi MMORPG Free to play with cash shop. An MMORPG with a combo battle system. 3D
Conquer Online TQ Digital 2003 Windows MMORPG Free-play, with item purchases Combat-focused play in mythical China. Players can earn fame and wealth. 3D
Cyber Nations Kevin Beaks 2006-01-6 Browser-Based Online Geopolitical Simulator Free to play, with optional advertisements for bonus, and ability to donate for ingame cash and items. Create and improve a nation. Focused on politics such as forging alliances. Web
Domain of Heroes Tandem Games 2008 Browser Based Fantasy, Text Based, MMORPG Free-play, with optional purchases Players create and build up their character through PVP, PVE, Quests, and Trade. Web
DECO Online Rocksoft 2007 Windows MMORPG Free-play, with item purchases Combo based combat. Players can earn fame, enhance items, and change job. 3D
Dragon Oath ChangYou 2007 Windows MMORPG Free to play; optional tokens can be exchanged for exclusive items, pets, etc. Players follow one of the nine ancient forms of Kung Fu to gain skills and advance through a stunning fantasy world based on Chinese mythology. 3D
Dragonica Barunson Interactive 2009-06-10 Windows Fantasy MMORPG Free to play, optional cash shop purchases 3D
Drift City NPLUTO 2007-09-05 Windows Racing Free to play with an item shop. Players progress through a linear mission system with multiplayer races. 3D
Dungeons & Dragons Online Turbine, Inc. 2006 Windows MMORPG Free to play with in-game shop. In game shop can unlock inaccessible areas permanently. Optional subscription available with rewards that remain even after subscription is over. MMORPG based on Dungeons & Dragons. 3D
EGO Punch Entertainment, Inc. 2008-09 Browser based & mobile phones Online Community, Casual Game, Virtual World Players can purchase tokens which are used to buy items and clothing. Players also earn merits by playing various games which can also be used to purchase items and clothing. 2D
Entropia Universe MindArk 2003-01-30 Windows MMORPG, MMOFPS, Science-fiction Virtual economy with in-game to real-life currency exchange Massive virtual universe with a virtual economy. 3D
Eternal Lands Open Source license 2003-02 Windows, Mac OS, Linux MMORPG Free to play with purchasable items on the homepage A medieval fantasy genre MMOG with combat and trading. 3D
Exteel NCsoft 2007-12 Windows Third-person shooter Free to play with in-game items and skills available for purchase Customize and control giant mech. PvP and PvE. 3D
Flyff Aeonsoft 2005-12 Windows Fantasy MMORPG Free to play with cash shop Fantasay RPG with emphasis community. 3D
Gaia Online - 2003-02 Forum-based Fantasy, Online Community Users may purchase special, month-specific items called Monthly Collectibles with real currency. Constant update to Online Community with new items and contests. Web
Granado Espada imc GAMES 2007 Windows MMORPG Free play with the ability to purchase gold for in-game items. Control up to 3 characters at the same time. 3D
Gunbound Softnyx 2006 Windows Shooter, Action Free to play with cash shop. A turn-based game similar to Worms. 2D
Gunz: The Duel MAIET Entertainment 2005 (Release) - 2003 (Beta) Windows Third-person shooter Browser (Windows client available), free-play, no in-game advertisement, where players can buy "G coins" at a rate of 10 G coins=1 American Dollar Player characters fight on different levels and kill each other to level up. 3D
Hattrick Extralives 1997-08 Browser-based Sports game Optional "supporter service" and "mobile service" Players manage a simulated soccer team to compete with others. Web
Jade Dynasty (video game) Perfect World International 2009-06 Windows MMORPG Free to play. Item purchase via zen shop. Martial arts style game with a good vs evil theme. 3D
Kal Online Inix Soft 2004 Windows Fantasy MMORPG Free-play, with an item shop. Fantasy MMORPG 3D
Kingdom of Loathing Asymmetric Publications 2003-02 Browser-based Comedy Fantasy MMORPG Free to play with items available for purchase Players follow a story to free King Ralph whilst interacting with others online. Web
Kart Rider Nexon 2007 Windows Racing Free-play, with an item shop. Racing game similar to Mario Kart. 3D
LaTale Actoz Soft 2008-09-18 Windows MMORPG Free to play with items available for purchase. Players take the role of adventurers in a mythological fantasy world. 2D
Lunia: Record of Lunia War allm 2008-02-18 Windows Action MMORPG Free to play with cash shop Action RPG with emphasis on combat, storytelling and PvP. 3D
Mabinogi Nexon 2004-06 Windows Fantasy Free to play with special items and privileges available for purchase Based on Welsh mythology, with an emphasis on life in fantasy world rather than hack and slash. 3D
MapleStory Nexon 2003-04-29 Windows Fantasy MMORPG Free to play, with items and gameplay enhancements available for purchase on website Action RPG elements, quests, party quests, and guild quests. 2D
Miniconomy Trade Games International 2001-01-01 Browser-based MMO Trade Game Free to play, with additional options and gameplay enhancements available for purchase on website 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 cash shop. A sports MMO that revolves around baseball using MLBPA licensed players. 3D
Navy Field SD Enternet 2006-02-08 Windows MMORPG, Naval simulation Free to play, with additional items and gameplay enhancements available for purchase on website A naval combat MMOG set during World War II.
Nostale Entwell 2007 Windows Fantasy MMORPG Free play with item purchases Player starts as an adventurer to complete timestone missions and quests that follows with the game's story. 2D
PangYa Ntreev Soft 2007 Windows Sports game Free play with item purchases Anime style, arcade golf game. 3D
Perfect World Perfect World Entertainment 2005-07 Windows MMORPG Free to play, optional item shop Players can fly game world based on Chinese mythology. 3D
Phoenix Dynasty Online Object Software 2007 Windows fantasy MMORPG Free to play, optional item shop purchases players can learn and practice the Chinese Kungfu to advance their character and rule the dynasty. 2D
PoxNora Octopi, Inc. 2006-08 Windows Real-time strategy, Fantasy Free play with item purchases
Priston Tale Triglow Pictures Inc. 2007-05-17 Windows Fantasy MMORPG Free to play with Item shop Fantasy MMORPG where you can choose from 8 different character classes and fully customize stat points as you level up. The game features an aging system where you can spend gold and use items to 'age' your weapons and armor with chance of failure up to level +18 and each level from 4 and up has a special color. There is PVP and a Survival Mode type game called SOD(Survive of Die) where you try to kill waves of monsters as they progress in level every round up to 8. 3D
Puzzle Pirates Three Rings Design 2003-12-08 Windows, Mac OS, Linux Pirate-themed MMO based on puzzles. Free play with special items and privileges available for purchase with secondary in-game currency. Secondary currency may be traded between players for normal in-game currency (eliminating any need to spend real money), or purchased with real money. 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 server, Valkyrie. Optional paid servers. Has a cashshop. 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
Rakion softnyx 2005 Windows Third-person fighting Free play with in-game currency and improved status available for purchase. A room based game. Players create rooms with different game types such as PvP or Team PvP.
Rappelz nFlavor 2006 Windows Fantasy MMORPG Free play with special items available for purchase 3D
Regnum Online NGD Studios 2007-05-24 Windows, Linux Fantasy Free play with premium item available for purchase Players join a realm in a fight against 2 other realms. Other than PvP, players can capture forts and castles. 3D
Rising Force Online Codemasters 2006 - 2008 Windows Sci-Fi, Fantasy Free play with cash 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 play with item purchases - 3D
Runes of Magic Frogster 2009-03-19 Windows Fantasy MMORPG Free play with item purchases - 3D
Second Life Linden Lab 2003 Windows, Mac OS X, Linux Virtual world Basic accounts are free, real world currency can be converted to in game currency. Freeform with in-game build system. Players can sell their own virtual creations. 3D
Secret of the Solstice DNC Entertainment 2008 Windows Fantasy Free play with non-permanent item purchases Set in the world of Xen, players complete quests and customize characters using branching job trees. 3D
Sho Online Lizard Interactive 2008-06 Windows MMORPG Chinese Fantasy Free to play, with a in-game item shop A 3D Massive Warfare game based on a Chinese mythology in Yin-Zhou era. 3D
Shot Online OnNet Co. Ltd. 2004 Windows Sports Free to play with cash shop. A sports MMO that revolves around golf. 3D
Silkroad Online Joymax Co., Ltd 2004 Windows MMORPG Free to play with cash shop. A fantasy MMORPG set in the 7th century AD. 3D
Starport: Galactic Empires Playtechtonics 2003 Windows Sci-Fi, Action Free to play with an in-game shop A strategic action space combat, trading and colonization game. 2D
Tales of Pirates MOLI 2008-03-24 Windows Piracy Free to play with item purchases 3D
There There inc 2003 Windows Virtual world Basic accounts are free, Premium Membership is One-Time fee of $9.95 (Lifetime). real world currency can be converted to in game currency. Freeform play / chat. Players can sell their own virtual creations. 3D
Travian Travian Games GmbH Browser-based Historical strategy Additional game tools are available for a fee. Players interact in a virtual world set roughly in Classical antiquity at the time of the Roman Empire. Web
Trickster Online Ntreev Soft 2003-04 (Korea) Windows Fantasy MMORPG Free to play, with items available for purchase 3D
Twelve Sky Aeria Games 2007-09-24 Windows MMORPG Free to play with items available for purchase. Fantasy MMORPG, medieval-styled 3D
Voyage Century Online Snail Game 2006-12-22 Windows Historical nautical Free play with items available for purchase Set in the 17th century and features accurate historical representations of several coastal cities. 3D
War of Legends Jagex 2010 Adobe Flash Fantasy MMORTS Free to play, with items and gameplay enhancements available for purchase on website MMORTS with a historical Chinese mythological theme. 2D
WonderKing Online NDOORS Interactive 2009-06-19 Windows Fantasy MMORPG Free to play, with items and gameplay enhancements available for purchase on website Action RPG elements, quests, party quests, and guild quests. 2D
Yulgang IGG 2005 Windows MMORPG Free play with items available for purchase Based on a Korean comic of the same name.

Optional paid subscriptions

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

Developer(s) Release date Required OS Genre Payment Synopsis Type
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-based) 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
Forumwarz Crotch Zombie Productions February 2008 Browser based Multiplayer browser game, Strategy Free play RPG parodying internet culture Web
Free Realms 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 Internet Chat Free to play. 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
OGame Gameforge Productions October 15, 2007 Browser-based Science-fiction strategy The free-to-play version is advertising-based. Paid subscriptions and premium benefits are also available. Build and maintain a galactic empire. Web
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
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. 3D
Puzzle Pirates Three Rings Design December 8, 2003 Windows, Mac OS, Linux Piracy 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.
Roblox Roblox Corporation March 23, 2004 Windows, ActiveX Building game Free online building game, where players can could build and program with a simplified version of Lua. Players have a choice to build places or play games others have made. 3D
RuneScape Jagex 2001 Java (applet) Medieval fantasy, MMORPG Free play or paid accounts available, paid accounts have access to more skills, areas, weapons, and quests. Features a vast array of skills, quests, and mini-games. 3D/web
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
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
Tibia CipSoft GmbH 1997 Windows, Linux 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 Walt Disney Internet Group June 2, 2003 Windows, Mac OS X Cartoon F2P, Free to play. Players can purchase membership to unlock items, clothing, neighborhoods, etc. Disney's Toon Town Online is a 3D child-friendly environment where players take on the rules of cartoon characters in a battle against 'The Evil Cogs'. Complete Toontasks to earn weapon upgrades such as cakes and water squirters. 3D
Wurm Online Mojang Specifications 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

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

Developer(s) Release date Required OS Genre Synopsis Type
NeoSteam JoyImpact RELEASED... Windows Fantasy MMORPG A Steampunk fantasy game. 3D
Phoenix Dynasty Online Object Software Windows Fantasy MMORPG A fantasy MMORPG incorporated with ancient Chinese philosophy of five elements. Players can learn up to 30 skills and make powerful equipment by themselves. 2D
Wyvern Cabochon Technologies 2001 Windows, Mac OS X, Linux Fantasy MMORPG A Crossfire and NetHack inspired game where players take on the mantle of adventurer and battle monsters in their quest to be welcomed into the Hall of Fame. 2D
Zu Online ONWIND Digital 2008 (Open Beta) Windows Fantasy MMORPG Based on a Chinese novel. Cartoonish, cell-shaded graphics. Features flight, pets, guilds, quests, PvP, PvE, and daily events. 3D
Earth Eternal Sparkplay Media 2009 (Open Beta) Windows Fantasy MMORPG A browser-based furry MMORPG with cartoonish graphics, it's free to play but with additional pay for bonuses. 3D

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