*updated list of the Most Played MMORPGs of 2021.
Looking for a new MMORPG to play but don’t know what the most played MMORPG of 2020 is? Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games have been around for over 20 years. From the old days of UO, to Runescape, to the current most played MMORPG of 2020.
With the rise of MOBA and Battle Royale games, MMORPGs can feel a bit empty. However, there are still plenty of dedicated MMORPGs currently on the market. Many which are hosting upwards of hundreds of thousands of monthly players and subscribers. These are the top 10 most popular MMORPG of 2020 that you should consider playing.
*Note: We are only focusing on popular MMORPGs for the Western market and have excluded popular Asian MMORPGs. Also, the player counts are all estimates based on API’s available and external sources that gather data on user behavior.
Born from fire and ice, Neverwinter starts as the 10th most played MMORPG of 2020 with approximately 60,000 monthly players.
Although the graphics may be lacking, the freedom of character development means that you can choose how you play. Neverwinter also has an expansive dungeon system and multiple worlds and areas that you can traverse through, without feeling like they’re all generic copies of each other.
Not only that, the visual combat is solid. The guild battles and raids make it fulfilling when you find a group of friends.
9. Blade & Soul
With the Korean game being released into the western audiences, Blade & Soul has kept up in terms of audience count, averaging around 80,000 monthly players across EU and US.
Various websites have listed this number to be higher but that could include the Asian audience. What seems to be keeping this game alive is its active marketing campaigns in the western region.
Although it pretty much is like any other Korean MMORPG, Blade & Soul is a bit more simplistic. Blade & Soul has a solid accent on combat and simple mechanics. They also have an advanced skill tree that allows you to customize your skills to fit your playstyle, meaning no one character is the same as another, and no one character plays like another. This allows for deep customization, and can give you an edge if you know how to play your skills right.
Coupled with colorful characters and NPCs, Blade & Soul really captures your soul when it comes to a free MMORPG game.
8. Star Wars The Old Republic
We wouldn’t be able to have this list if we didn’t touch on Star Wars The Old Republic (SWTOR). The only surviving MMORPG based on the popular Star Wars franchise, The Old Republic still has approximately 135,000 monthly players. Despite this number, SWTOR can feel empty a lot of the time and many new players seems to be reeled in through marketing campaigns, keeping the numbers high.
SWTOR centers on building around the worlds and stories that were more untold from the movies. It also allows you to craft your own choices and path through the wilderness. Not only that, you get solid choices when building your character, from the weapons that you use, to the skills that you can enhance.
With the customization and great class stories, it’s no wonder that it’s the 8th most played MMORPGs of 2020.
7. Eve Online
One of the more revolutionary MMORPGs with a huge fanbase, Eve Online went where no MMORPG had gone before. Although Eve Online can be difficult to figure out at first. Eve Online sought to do something that people had rarely seen in the industry before: Create equal in-game to real-life currency exchanges.
This meant that the in-game currency that had been made could be exchanged at a set rate for real money. This meant that people could start up businesses in game that could help them accrue money quickly and easily, which also let corporations into the gaming industry.
Naturally, this made things complicated, as both players and corporations hopped on the train of earning money through Eve Online. Eve Online is still one of the most popular MMORPGs of 2020 with approximately 300,000 monthly players.
6. Black Desert Online
Black Desert Online (BDO) came almost out of nowhere onto the MMORPG scene. Having had it’s American adaptation released back in 2018, Black Desert Online was seen as a possible resurgence to the MMORPG world.
Although BDO didn’t make as large of a splash as hoped, the beautiful graphics and intricate battle system wowed many players. Currently sitting at approximately 350,000 monthly players. The one thing that makes Black Desert Online stand out above the rest is the usage of mouse movements and linking of keyboard combinations to activate different skills and attacks, which can create enchanting combinations in PVP situations.
This pushes players to become more combat oriented, and can create sparkling battles if done right. With a deep world development and intricate in-city systems, Black Desert Online deserves its massive fanbase and monthly active players.