MMORPG, or Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game, is a type of online game that combines massively multiplayer online games and role-playing video games into one. MMORPGs are highly popular because of its feature that allows players to interact with each other online.
If you are new to the MMORPG scene though, then you might be overwhelmed with the numerous options you can choose from. There are those games that are considered to be “Editor’s Pick” by various media. You may also get torn between picking the free-to-play ones or the buy-to-play varieties. For newbies, a straightforward factor to consider when making a choice is the active number of players in a game’s server. The number of active players reflects just how many players are happy with the game, after all.
Without further ado, here is a list of MMORPGs with the most active players around the world:
The Elder Scrolls Online
Developed by ZeniMax Online Studios and subsequently released by Bethesda Softworks last April 2014, The Elder Scrolls Online has successfully carved its name in the MMORPG scene. It initially received mixed reviews but was able to get back on its feet after rebranding its game into The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited. The game features quests, free roaming, and random events that keep the players entertained. It can be played on Microsoft Windows, OS X, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.
Guild Wars 2 – Path of Fire
Shortly referred to as Guild Wars 2, this game was developed by ArenaNet and subsequently released by NCSOFT back in August 2012. One thing of note with this game is that it replaced the traditional quest feature common with multiplayer games. Instead of that, Guild Wars 2 – Path of Fire uses the ripple effect feature. With this feature, one’s progress in the game follows the actions one takes. This game can be played on Microsoft Windows and OS X.
Final Fantasy XIV
Final Fantasy XIV is perhaps one of the most successful MMORPGs in existence. Though that may be the case, it can’t be denied that the game has also experienced a decline in active users in the past. Square Enix stands as both its developer and publisher. The game is known for its ability to allow players to customize their game character’s appearance. It also offers a class system for the players. Final Fantasy XIV can be played on Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4.
World of Warcraft
World of Warcraft is undoubtedly the most populated MMORPG nowadays. To hold true to that, World of Warcraft has the Guinness World Record for the most popular MMORPG for subscribers. Blizzard Entertainment released this game back in 2004. It offers quests, free roaming, interaction with online and non-playing characters, as well as monster battles. The game can be played on Microsoft Windows and macOS.
TERA, abbreviated from The Exiled Realm of Arborea, is an MMORPG game developed by Bluehole Studio. Its initial release was in South Korea way back in January 2011 under NHN Corporation. It was then subsequently released in North America by En Masse Entertainment and Europe by Gameforge on May 2012. Crafting, questing, and PVP battles are the main gameplay of TERA Rising. You can play this game on Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.
Developed and published by CCP Games, EVE Online takes pride in its space-based settings and sophisticated gameplay that involves a variety of in-game professions and activities. This means that aside from combat, you can also mine, manufacture, trade, and explore. EVE Online can be played on Microsoft Windows and macOS.
Star Wars: The Old Republic
If you are a fan of Star Wars since God knows when or have just been dragged into the fandom with the release of the movie Star Wars: Solo, then consider playing Star Wars: The Old Republic. This MMORPG is a game heavily based on the Star Wars universe, after all. Developed by BioWare and published by Electronic Arts, you can look forward to receiving your own starship with this game. It can only be played on Microsoft Windows though.
Black Desert Online
Developed by Pearl Abyss and released by Kakao Games, Black Desert Online is known for its action-based combat gameplay. Black Desert Online has more comprehensive features though that include day-to-night setting, player housing, mounted combat, and a whole lot more. The game can be played in Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.
RuneScape is also on the list. Jagex developed and published this game way back in 2001. Since then, RuneScape has gone on to bag a few records over the years. One of the most prominent records is Guinness World Record of most updated and most popular free MMORPG game today. RuneScape can be played on Linux, Microsoft Windows, iOS, Android, and macOS.