Free MMORPG & Free MMOs

Archive for September 2009

After playing two of the most recent free to play MMORPGs to hit the market, Dragonica and Dungeons & Dragons Online, I am yet again impressed by the quality of free to play games. Free MMORPG games are just getting better and better. A long time ago – the term ‘free to play’ was usually associated with low quality poorly translated games, but today that stereotype is largely gone. Games like Dragonica, Atlantica Online and Runes of Magic feel just as ‘high quality’ as pay to play games like World of Warcraft and Eve Online both in all aspects from gameplay to the soundtrack. Anyone that has had a chance to play Dungeons & Dragons Online or Dragonica Online will agree with me here.

Heck, I would argue that some free MMORPGs like Atlantica Online have superior graphics and gameplay than some pay to play MMORPGs.  Older pay to play games like Final Fantasy XI and Ultima Online are a lot weaker in terms of content, graphics and gameplay than newer free to play titles. Heck it’s also quite easy to argue that pay to play games like City of Heroes and Pirates of the Caribbean Online are ‘worse’ in terms of overall content and graphics than free to play titles like Shaiya, Twelve Sky 2 and even Last Chaos.

Basically, what I’m trying to say is that the days of ‘free to play’ MMORPGs being labeled as ‘crap’ is over. The free to play revolution is quickly taking the industry by storm. Even companies like Electronic Arts have jumped on the bandwagon with Battlefield Heroes and BattleForge. It’s just a matter of time before more developers and publishers ‘go’ free to play. I wouldn’t be surprised if pay to play MMORPGs like Age of Conan, Warhammer Online and Vanguard go free to play – as these games haven’t done as well as expected commercially, so they may try going all out free to play.