It’s once again time for our yearly update of the most played MMORPG of 2023.
Early 2020 World of Warcraft was the most played MMORPG but what will this year’s most played MMORPG be? Find out below.
It is often extremely hard to find out what is the most played MMORPG and which MMOs are completely dead. Sometimes servers are split up unevenly which can make it seem like the popular MMORPG you are playing is a dead game.
Like previously mentioned, BeStreamer focuses on MMORPGs by the player base and only within the Western Audience. There are many Chinese competitors but they will be skipped due to this. Some games popular in other Asian countries may still be listed as statistics sometimes do not display per region.
Without further ado, these are the most popular and most-played MMORPGs of 2023 by daily active players. This is estimated using APIs and publicly available statistics from websites that scrape data.
10. Eve Online (230K Daily Players)
A complex game to get into with an extremely serious vibe takes to the charts as the 10th most played MMORPG of 2023. In 2020 Eve Online was ranked 7th, despite having almost 200k fewer players than now.
It seems that more and more gamers have been flocking towards MMORPGs during the past few years, allowing servers to get fuller and older titles to revive.
Eve Online boasts astonishing graphics with deep and detailed gameplay. Serious gamers should give Eve Online a try but be careful not to lose your ship – some ships can cost over $33,000 (real USD).
9. Elite Dangerous – (275K Daily Players)
Elite Dangerous is a highly impressive space-simulation MMORPG that boasts not just depth, but an incredibly huge audience – around 275,000 daily active players.
Since its release in 2014, Elite Dangerous has been constantly updated with new content and features: the latest being in March 2022.
In this ever-evolving game, players take control of a starship captain and explore a vast universe filled with celestial bodies and other players.
There are two expansions available for the game: Horizons and Beyond – these bring massive changes to the way the game operates; it’s almost like having a completely new game to play!
Nonetheless, many agree that Enterprise Dangerous sometimes presents a daunting learning curve due to its complexities.
Despite this obstacle, those who are willing to push themselves can discover an adventurous realm with hundreds of exciting missions and goals – which is truly what makes Elite Dangeous so much fun!
8. Black Desert Online (325K Daily Players)
Doubling it’s audience in just a year – in comes Black Desert Online with 325,000 active daily users.
Black Desert Online is a sandbox-oriented MMORPG that has been released on pretty much every console and PC. BDO also supports cross-platform play for the console versions.
Black Desert Online is heavily aimed at the hardcore MMORPG audience and it’s a very PvP focused MMORPG. A major plus side of Black Desert Online is that there are no monthly fees.
You just need to buy the game once and it usually comes at a cheap price ($5-10).
If you are the type that loves PvP and enjoy a good but hard MMO, then give Black Desert Online a try. You can also watch streamers stream on Twitch to learn more.
7. Guild Wars 2 (350k Daily Players)
Released in 2012 and once seen as a revolutionary MMORPG. Guild Wars 2 would change the face of MMOs with stunning combat made Guild Wars 2 the 7th most played MMORPG of 2023.
Holding at around 350k daily active players, this Free to Play MMORPG is worth getting in to if you love fast paced combat.
There is plenty of content to explore in Guild Wars 2 which currently has 2 major expansion packs (Heart of Thorns and Path of Fire).
There is plenty of content for players to explore. As GW2 is F2P, you can easily jump in and out at any time without worrying about subscription fees.
You do however need to buy the expansions when you get there.
A gaming lover from a very young age, Justin has always had a keen eye for building his own computers or racing sims so that he can race his identical twin (and usually lose at the actual race).
Justin in the founder of BeStreamer and sees it as a free resource to help all gamers around the world