Can we all agree that paying bills is the worst? If you’re hankering for some good ‘ol MMORPG action but dread the thought of another monthly payment, take a look at these free-to-play MMORPGs that offer a decent amount of F2P content. Fantasy, Sci-Fi, PvP-centered, story-driven, rich lore – you will find at least one title to your liking.
Guild Wars 2 launched in 2012 as a one-time purchase game with no monthly subscription. In 2015, it switched to a free-to-play business model and, judging by the number of active players, it was the right decision.
As a free player, you get access to the core game. This means that you will have to spend money to unlock the expansions, however, the vanilla game includes all playable classes, a rich story that develops around your choices, and plenty of PvE and PvP content.
The game has also aged beautifully. The artwork and graphics are just amazing.
Blade & Soul
Blade & Soul turned five in 2021 and that’s quite an achievement for a Korean free to play MMORPG in an oversaturated Western market.
The game has lots of PvE content that’s not locked behind paywalls. All the classes are available to free players. The action combat is fun. If you wish to be a successful end-game player you will need to spend some real money, but if you’re looking for a casual MMORPG with nice graphics you cannot go wrong with this one.
If you are a Star Trek fan then this is a must-play, or at least a must-try, game for you. Why? Because of the stories. Constant updates add more content that’s based on events from the TV series. Beloved characters make an appearance as NPCs who are sometimes voiced by the very Star Trek actors that played them. The best part? This Sci-Fi MMORPG has a loyal and active player base who just loves to argue about which Enterprise captain is the best and other never-ending Star Trek topics.
Star Wars: The Old Republic is the free MMORPG that allows you to become a Jedi, Bounty Hunter, or Sith Lord and visit beloved places such as Tatooine and Alderaan.
Eight unique classes are available. Story-mode quests, dungeons, raids, and PvP are available to free players. Regular events infuse the game with new content all year long. Whether you are a Star Wars fan or not, this game is a solid choice if you’re looking for a free Sci-Fi MMORPG that’s not Star Trek Online.
RuneScape 3 is one of the first MMORPGs. It was released in 2001 and it’s still going strong. In just a few months since it was made available via Steam, it garnered Very Positive reviews and that speaks volumes about its quality.
The gameplay is different from what you are used to if you’ve played more recent titles but it’s definitely worth a try. The game is known for its memorable quests, charismatic NPCs, and hardcore progression. If you want to go further down the legacy MMORPG rabbit hole, don’t be afraid to try the vanilla version as well, Old School RuneScape.
Rift came out in 2011. It was marketed as a WoW killer and we all know how that turned out. It’s a real pity that this game didn’t get more attention because it has some really nice features such as class flexibility, player housing, and dynamic events.
It’s a theme-park MMORPG set in a fantasy world. You have dungeons, raids, PvP, and everything you could want from a title of this kind. Sadly, the game hasn’t had any more expansions lately but there’s plenty of content, and an active player base to keep you entertained for quite a while.
The infamous EVE Online is not a game for everyone. Unlike most MMORPGs that strive to give you a pleasant starting experience and guide your first steps, EVE Online throws you into a ruthless dog-eat-dog world. Prepare to meet some of the most terrible characters ever…your fellow players.
This one is a community-driven MMORPG where your game experience is shaped by your actions and social interactions. EVE Online is a unique game, truly hard to master and, with the right people, one of the most interesting MMO experiences you’ll come across.
Secret World Legends
Secret World Legends is set in a one of a kind universe. It’s Lovecraft meets superheroes meet supernatural meets conspiracies meet magic meets the real world. The game offers more than 100 hours of story-driven content for free.
The missions will take you on a fantastic trip around the world from Transylvania to Seoul visiting real-world locations re-imagined in a dark and mysterious universe. Secret World Legends can be played entirely alone but social interaction makes it more fun so don’t be shy about joining a group.
The game world needs no introduction so we will just talk about the gameplay. Choose from four races, ten classes, and more than 1,000 skills to create your Middle Earth avatar.
Journey from the tranquil Shire to the dark Mines of Moria and stroll through the ancient woods of Lothlorien.
The game’s unique take on the PvP system, player versus monster player, allows players to become Sauron’s minions and to fight others. Player housing, crafting, and a dedicated community are good reasons to give it a go.
Dofus is a cute MMORPG with tactical combat. The character system includes 18 unique classes. Players develop their characters via a classic RPG progression system based on XP from monster kills and quest rewards.
The turn-based combat is the main appeal of the game. The graphics are cartoony and the in-game atmosphere is relaxing. However, don’t let this casual look fool you. The gameplay is catchy and you will end up spending many hours in the World of Twelve with your fellow adventurers.
Age of Conan Unchained
Age of Conan Unchained describes itself as “sexy, savage, and brutal” and who are we to argue with the good people at Funcom? Discover the world of Hyboria as a Barbarian or any other of the 12 available classes.
Action combat will keep you on your toes as you slay terrible monsters in PvE battles and give your fellow players a hard time in open-world PvP. Now, are ready to crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentation of the women?
Truth be told, Albion Online is a challenging game. It’s not your average theme-park MMORPG. Instead, it offers a sandbox experience based on a classless system. A character’s armors and weapons define its play style. You gain abilities depending on the items you equip.
From landowner to battle-hardened warrior, you can become anything you want to be, provided you have the right equipment. Social interaction is guaranteed as the economy is player-driven with most of the items, gear included, created by players.
Neverwinter is the original Dungeons & Dragons experience made into an MMORPG. Players can choose one of the eight classes, take their character to max level, and discover all the content without paying a cent. The action combat is engaging and fun.
D&D fans will appreciate this instance of the Forgotten Realms populated by iconic NPCs, villains, and monsters. The graphics are amazing and the game is not very hardware demanding. Neverwinter is also available on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.
Phantasy Star Online 2
Phantasy Star Online 2 is a free MMORPG that caters to both hardcore and casual players. If you plan on clearing end-game content, you should know that there will be grinding involved.
If you want to keep things casual, you will be more than happy with customizing your avatar and interacting with others while questing. The combat is fun and there’s lots of free content.
Phantasy Star Online 2 has Very Positive Steam reviews from thousands of users with hundreds of played hours, so you can be sure it is worth a try.
There you have it! Our pick at The Best Free-to-Play MMORPGs in 2021. Which one got your attention?