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This article contains an almost full table comparison of current massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs).

Contents

General information

Name Creator Genre Client sale method Client purchase price Monthly fee
Lowest possible - largest possible
Real money for game advantages? Release date(s) Last update
Aion: The Tower of Eternity NCSoft Fantasy Retail sale or Download US$49.99 (Standard Ed.) US$14.95 per month No official scheme 2009-09-22 Unknown
Anarchy Online Funcom Science fiction Retail sale[1] or Download Free Free w/limited access / US$14.95/month full access Yes, Paid points allow social items and special vehicles. 2001-06-07 Unknown
Asheron's Call Turbine Fantasy Download US$19.95 US$12.95 per month. No official scheme 1999-10-31 Unknown
Champions Online Cryptic Studios Superhero comic book genre Retail sale or Download US$49.99 US$14.99 per month No official scheme 2009-09-01 Unknown
City of Heroes and City of Villains Cryptic Studios Superhero comic book genre Retail sale or Download US$19.99 (for download) US$11.95 (10 months) - $14.99 No official scheme 2004-04-28 Unknown
Conquer Online TQ Digital Fantasy Retail sale or Download Free Free Yes, codes can be traded for a premium currency to buy premium goods. Can also be sold for in-game gold. 2005-11-14 Unknown
DarkSpace PaleStar Science fiction Download Free Free w/limited access / US$9.99/month full access.  ? 2001 Unknown
Dark Age of Camelot Mythic Entertainment Fantasy Retail sale or Download Free US$14.95 per month. No official scheme 2001-10-10 Unknown
Dofus Ankama Studio Fantasy Download Free Free w/limited access / US$7/month full access. No official scheme 2004-08-23 France
2005-09-01 United States
Unknown
Dungeons & Dragons Online: Eberron Unlimited Turbine Fantasy Download Free Free / Players can gain VIP status by paying US$14.95 per month. Available micro-transaction store 2006 2009-09-09
Entropia Universe MindArk Science fiction Download Free Free Yes, full RMT, buy and sell 2003-01-30 Unknown
Eternal Lands Eternal Lands Medieval Fantasy Download Free Free Yes, buy bonus items and playable races Released, but officially still in development Unknown
EVE Online CCP Games Space simulation Download via developer site or Steam Free download and trial then a US$19.99 activation fee. (US$14.99 on Steam) US$10.95/10.95 (on 12 months base)

- $14.95/€14.95
Subscription time can also be bought for in-game currency from other players

Subscription time can be sold for in-game currency 2003-05-06 United StatesUnited Kingdom
2003-05-23 Europe
Dominion 1.0.2 8-12-2009
EverQuest Sony Online Entertainment Fantasy Retail sale  ? US$14.99 per month
Part of Station Access (US$29.95)
Legends of Norrath cards can be bought for the chance at minor loot cards 1999-03-16 Unknown
EverQuest II Sony Online Entertainment Fantasy Retail sale US$19.99 US$14.95
Small discounts for 3/6/12 month advance
Part of Station Access (US$29.95)
Yes, on exclusive servers
All servers: Legends of Norrath cards can be bought for the chance at minor loot cards
2004-11-08 Unknown
Final Fantasy XI Square Enix Fantasy Retail sale US$19.99 US$12.95 + $1.00 per extra character Certain purchasable merchandise come with codes that you can exchange for in-game items/services. 2002-05-16 2009-11-9
Guild Wars ArenaNet Fantasy Retail sale or Download US$9.99, $49.99 (for retail sale) Free Yes, buy faster skill unlocks 2005-04-28 Unknown
Hattrick Hattrick Ltd./Extralives AB Sports simulation Browser-based Free Free[2] No official scheme 1997-08-30[3] Unknown
Hero Online Netgame History Download Free Free Yes, items can be bought with real currency instead of in-game currency via browser.  ? Unknown
Knight Online MGame Corporation and Noah System Fantasy Download Free Free Yes, some power-ups 2004 Unknown
Lineage II NCsoft Fantasy Retail sale or Download Free US$14.99 (2 months) No official scheme 2003-11-01 South Korea
2004-04-28 United States
Unknown
The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar Turbine Fantasy Retail sale US$49.95 US$10 pre-release deal (1 month), $200 pre-release deal (lifetime), $15 release (1 month) No official scheme 2007-04-24 Unknown
MapleStory Wizet Fantasy Download Free Free Yes, buy bonus items 2002-05 South Korea
2003-11 Japan
2004-12 People's Republic of China
2005-07-04 Republic of China
2005-05-11 (Global)
2005-06-23 (SEA)
2009-07-29
Minions of Mirth Prairie Games Fantasy Download Free - US$29.95[4] Free No official scheme 2005-12 Unknown
Perfect World Beijing Perfect World Fantasy Retail sale or Download Free Free Yes, Item mall 2005-07 People's Republic of China
2006-12 Republic of China
2007-03 Japan
TBA 2007 South Korea
Unknown
Pirates of the Burning Sea Flying Lab Software Fantasy Retail sale or download US$19.99 (free download) US$12-month subscription: $143 USD($12/month) or 1-month subscription: $14.99 USD
Part of Station Access
No official scheme 2009-6-23, V. 1.15.52
PlaneShift Atomic Blue Fantasy Download Free Free No official scheme 2002 Unknown
Ragnarok Online GRAVITY Co., Ltd. Fantasy, Steampunk Download Free US$12.00 in the U.S., varies in other countries Yes, item shop 2002-08-31 Unknown
Rappelz nFlavor Fantasy Download Free Free Yes, item shop 2006-11-03 Unknown
Regnum Online NGD Studios Medieval fantasy Download Free Lowest ximerin (points) possible 15 Argentine pesos; highest ximerin possible 60 Argentine pesos Yes, paid points allow premium objects 2007-04-24 Unknown
Rise: The Vieneo Province Unistellar Industries Science fiction, Space simulation Download Free US$5.95 No official scheme 2006-04-01 Unknown
RuneScape Jagex Ltd Fantasy Browser-based Free Free / US$5/month for existing subscribers, US$5.95 for new subscribers. Yes, Membership for added content. 2001-01-03 2009-08-10
Ryzom Nevrax Science Fantasy Download Free Free trial, then US$8.83/month (yearly payment) to US$10.95/month (monthly payment). No official scheme 2004 2009-06-03
Second Life Linden Lab No theme enforced Download Free Free - Unlimited[5] Yes, full RMT, buy and sell 2003 Unknown
Star Wars Galaxies Sony Online Entertainment Science fiction, Star Wars Retail sale US$14.99 US$14.99 (Single month) - $12 (Year)
Part of Station Access (US$29.95)
(coming soon) SWG Trading Card Game cards can be bought for the chance at minor loot cards 2003-06-26 Unknown
Tabula Rasa NCsoft Science fiction Retail sale or download US$49.99 US$14.99/month No official scheme 2007-11-02 2008-10-27
A Tale in the Desert eGenesis Historical Download Free US$13.95/month No official scheme 2003-02-03 (First telling). 2006-05-30 (Current telling) Unknown
Tibia CipSoft Fantasy Download Free Free[4] Yes, Membership for added content 1997 Unknown
Toontown Online The Walt Disney Company Classic cartoons Retail sale or Download Free £4.16 - £6.99 No official scheme 2003 Unknown
Ultima Online Origin Systems Fantasy Retail sale[1] or Download US$29.99 (free download) US$9.99 - US$12.99 No official scheme 1997 Unknown
Vanguard: Saga of Heroes Sony Online Entertainment Fantasy Retail sale or download US$19.99 (free download) US$14.99 (single month)  ? 2007-01-30 2009-06-02, Build 2461
Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning Mythic Entertainment Fantasy Retail sale or Download US$44.99 US$14.99/month  ? 2008-09-18 Unknown
WonderKing Online Ryu & Soft Fantasy Download Free Free Yes, buy bonus items Unknown South Korea
2004-??-?? Japan
2009-06-19LocationNorthAmerica.png
2009-??-?? Philippines
2009-??-?? Germany
2009-09-12
World of Warcraft Blizzard Entertainment Fantasy Retail sale or download US$19.99 (free download) US$79.99 (6 months), $14.99 (single month) Trading Cards can be purchased for a chance at an ingame code which can be used for otherwise unobtainable ingame items 2004-11-12 to 2006-08-01 in different countries, see article for more details. 2009-12-08, V. 3.3.0
World War II Online Cornered Rat Software Historical Download Free US$1000 (lifetime), $8.33 (5 year builder), $10.83 (1 year), $12.50 (6 month), $14.99 (1 month) "Builder's Program", persons name for certain structures 2001-06-06 2009-05-27, V. 1.30
Name Creator Genre Client sale method Client purchase price Monthly fee
Lowest possible - largest possible
Real money for game advantages? Release date(s) Last update

Statistics table

No. of players No. of players per server / shards / worlds No. of servers / shards / worlds Common peak of players Contains Instances
Anarchy Online 000012000 12,000 [6]  ? 3  ? Yes (Missions)
Asheron's Call 000000010 ?  ? 9  ? Yes
City of Heroes and City of Villains 00200000 200,000 [6]  ? 11 (American version), 4 (European version)  ? Yes (Missions)
Conquer Online 00000000 ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
DarkSpace 00000000 ?  ? One (?)  ?  ?
Dark Age of Camelot 00125000 125,000 [6]  ? 6(?) 5,000 (America), 6,000 (Europe) Yes
Dofus 00500000 10,000,000 players and 1,500,000 active subscriptions [7]  ? 44 45,000 per server (~6000 online) Yes
Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach 00000000 ?  ? 5  ? Yes (Entire world)
EVE Online 00200000 300,000+ [8 ] All One (+ test server) 54,181 Live server [9], ~500 Test shard No
EverQuest 00200000 200,000 [6] ~8,000 25 as of August 2007 ~4,000 Yes (LDON, Plane of Time, Post GoD Raid Locations)
EverQuest II 00185000 185,000 [10] ~8,000 27 as of March 2008 ~2,500 per server Yes
Final Fantasy XI 01500000 1,500,000 [6] 15,000-20,000[11] 32 servers[12] Generally 1500–2000 per world Expansion only
Guild Wars 06000000 6,000,000 [13] All One 8 in PvE Everywhere except towns and outposts
Hattrick 00934000 934,000 as of 2007-3-5[14]  ?  ?  ? No
Knight Online 04250000 4,250,000 1-2 million 12x3(subservers) 30,000 per subserver 30kx36 total  ?
Lineage II 01300000 1,300,000 [6]  ? 10  ? Yes
The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar 00000000 ?  ? 38  ? Yes
MapleStory 05000000 5,000,000

(Global version)[15]

 ? 89 (All versions) ; 7 (Global version)  ? No
Perfect World 00000000 ?  ?  ?  ? Yes
Pirates of the Burning Sea 00000000 ? (active subscriptions) Avg. 350 as of 2009-June 23 6 as of 2009-June 23  ? Yes
PlaneShift 00000000 ? All 1 200 Yes
Ragnarok Online 00000000 ?  ? 3 (iRO)  ? Announced for a future update
Rappelz 00000000 ?  ? 7  ? Yes (Dungeon Siege)
Rise: The Vieneo Province 00004000 4,000 4,000 1 100 Entire world
RuneScape 08200000 104,000,000[16] 2,000[17] 169 250,000 as of 2007-6-6 Yes
Second Life 01761927 1,761,927 (Actual figures may be lower) [18] All 1 32,000 No
Star Wars Galaxies 00100000 100,000 as of mid-2006 [6]  ? 12  ? Yes
Tabula Rasa 00000000 0 (game shutdown) 0 0 0 N/A
Tibia 00067397 67,397 [6]  ? 72 as of 2006-9-28[19] Close to 50,000 as of 2006-9-28 [19]  ?
Ultima Online 00000000 ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning 00300000 300,000 [20]  ? 4  ?  ?
WonderKing Online 00008802 (NA Version)[21]  ? 2 (NA Version)  ? No
World of Warcraft 11500000 11,500,000 (active subscriptions) [22]. Avg. 36,000 as of 2007-2-18 222 as of 2007-2-18  ? Yes
World War II Online 00012000 12,000 (active subscriptions as of 2005, substantially increased since) [6]. All 1 Few hundred? Yes (Training)[23]
No. of players No. of players per server / shards / worlds No. of servers / shards / worlds Common peak of players Contains Instances

Engine table

Game engine type Source code available? Fully customizable user interface Windowable[24]
Aion: The Tower of Eternity 3D No Partial Yes
Anarchy Online 3D No Yes Yes
Asheron's Call 3D No  ? Yes
City of Heroes and City of Villains 3D No Partial Yes
Conquer Online 2D, 3D No Partial Yes
DarkSpace 3D No Yes  ?
Dark Age of Camelot 3D No Yes Yes
Dofus 2D No Yes Yes
Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach 3D No Very limited; some functionality exists to change textures of dialog boxes Yes
Entropia Universe 3D No Customizable desktop area with action/item shortcuts Yes
EVE Online 3D No Adjustable/movable windows and Colors, no custom additions Yes
EverQuest 3D No Yes Yes
EverQuest II 3D No Yes Yes
Final Fantasy XI 3D No No Yes[25]
Guild Wars 3D No Yes Yes
Hattrick 2D No Partial, with browser extensions Yes
Knight Online 3D No Partial Yes
Lineage II 3D No Adjustable/movable windows Yes
The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar 3D No Partial Yes
MapleStory 2D No No Yes
Perfect World 3D No Yes Yes
Pirates of the Burning Sea 3D No Yes Yes
PlaneShift 3D Yes Yes Yes
Ragnarok Online 2D, 3D No Partial Yes
Rappelz 3D No  ? Yes
Rise: The Vieneo Province 3D No Adjustable/movable windows Yes
RuneScape 3D No Partial Yes
Ryzom 3D Yes Partial Yes
Second Life 3D Partial Partial Yes
Star Wars Galaxies 3D No No Yes
Tabula Rasa 3D No No Yes
Tibia 2D No Partial Yes
Ultima Online 2D, 3D Some Yes Yes
WonderKing Online 2D No No Yes
World of Warcraft 3D No Yes Yes
World War II Online 3D No Yes No
Game engine type Source code available? Fully customizable user interface Windowable

Minimal system requirements

The minimal system requirements are, unless otherwise noted, the minimum requirements given by the game publisher.

Platform CPU RAM Video card HDD space Software Connection
Aion: The Tower of Eternity Windows XP/Vista/7 Intel Pentium 4 2.4 GHz, AMD 2800 1 GB GeForce 6600 / Radeon X1550 30 GB DirectX 9.0c Broadband
Asheron's Call Windows 98 733 MHz 256 MB 32 MB 3 GB DirectX 9.0c 56k
Dofus Windows, Mac OS X, Linux Intel Pentium III 700 MHz (or Mac equivalent) 128 MB 32 MB 100 MB Lecteur Flash 7.0 56k
EVE Online Windows XP 1 GHz 1 GB 64 MB with Shader Model 2.0 6 GB DirectX 9.0c 56k
Windows Vista 1.5 GB
Mac OS X Intel at 1.8 GHz 1 GB 128 MB ATI Radeon X1600, NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT 6 GB Mac OS X 10.5.6
Final Fantasy XI PlayStation 2[26] N/A N/A N/A 7 GB N/A 56k
Windows 2000[27] Intel Pentium III 800 MHz 128MB 32MB 6 GB DirectX 8.1 56k
Xbox 360[28] N/A N/A N/A 8 GB Xbox Live Cable/DSL
Guild Wars Windows 98 Intel Pentium III 1 GHz 512 MB 64 MB 3 GB DirectX 9.0c 56k
The Lord of the Rings Online:
Shadows of Angmar
Windows XP Intel Pentium 4 1.8 GHz or equivalent 512 MB 64 MB NVIDIA GeForce 3 or ATI Radeon 8500 7 GB DirectX 9.0c 56k
MapleStory Windows 98 Intel Pentium III 1 GHz 64 MB 3D acceleration card 1.0 GB DirectX 8.1 56k
Perfect World Windows 98 Intel Pentium III 800 MHz 256 MB 64 MB 3 GB DirectX 9.0c 56k
Pirates of the Burning Sea[29] Windows XP Pentium(r) IV 1.48 GHz or greater 1024 MB RAM 128 MB 6 GB DirectX 9 Broadband
PlaneShift Windows 98, Mac OS X, Linux Intel Pentium III 1 GHz 512 MB 64 MB 500 MB OpenGL 56k
Ragnarok Online Windows 98 Intel Pentium II 500 MHz or equivalent 128 MB 8 MB 1.67 GB DirectX 8.0 56k
Rappelz Windows XP Intel Pentium III 800 MHz or equivalent 512 MB 128 MB 4 GB DirectX 9.0c 56k
Rise: The Vieneo Province Windows 2000 SP2 Intel Pentium III 800 MHz or AMD Athlon 800 MHz 512 MB 128 MB 3 GB DirectX 9.0c 56k
RuneScape[30] Java Platform 300 MHz 64 MB 8 MB Not officially stated (~ <50 MB) Java Platform 56k
Ryzom[31] Windows 98 SE or newer Intel Pentium III 1 GHz 512 MB 64 MB NVIDIA GeForce 2 or equivalent 7 GB DirectX 8.0 56k
Second Life Windows 2000 or Linux 800 MHz 256 MB  ? 75 MB + cache OpenGL 2.0 Cable/DSL
Mac OS X 10.3.9 1 GHz 512 MB  ?
Star Wars Galaxies Windows 98 Intel Pentium III 1 GHz 512 MB 32 MB with Hardware Transform and Lighting 2.14 GB DirectX 9.0b 56k
Toontown Online Windows 2000 or Mac OS X  ? 256 MB 32 MB 2 GB DirectX 9.0 56k
Ultima Online Windows Intel Pentium 200 MHz 32 MB 4 MB 383 MB 28k
WonderKing Online Windows 98/2000/XP/Vista Intel Pentium III 800 MHz 256 MB 64 MB 2 GB DirectX 9.0 56k
World of Warcraft[32] Mac OS X 10.3.9 933 MHz G4 512 MB 32 MB 6 GB OpenGL 56k
Windows 2000 Intel Pentium III 800 MHz, AMD Athlon 800 MHz 512 MB 32 MB 5+ GB (12+ Recommended) DirectX 9.0c 56k
World War II Online[33] Mac OS X 10.4.5, Windows XP 1.2 GHz CPU 512 MB 128 MB video card

(OpenGL v1.2 compliant)

1 GB DirectX 9.0 or OpenGL 56k

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ a b Though it is unlikely to find a retail edition today.
  2. ^ There is a "supporter" pack available with additional statistic pages and features (but all without in-game advantages). This is a yearly fee, approx $33, and the supporter status is lost when the funds runs out.
  3. ^ Most users cite Season 11, which began October 15, 2000, as the beginning of Hattrick as it is today.
  4. ^ a b There is a "premium account" available with more additions to the game and gameplay for the players. This is a one-time fee.
  5. ^ A "premium account" is available costing between $6.50 and $9.99 a month. Beyond this, the monthly fee escalates with the amount of land a player owns, and there is no limit on this. Some in-world land dealers pay monthly subscriptions of US$19,500 or more. Some players also offer services similar to those offered by the premium account at different prices.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i Woodcock, Bruce Sterling. "MMOGCHART.COM". http://www.mmogchart.com/. Retrieved 2007-01-05.  
  7. ^ Dofus reaches the 10 million player threshold Ankama Games press release dated 2008-10-07
  8. ^ EVE's 6th birthday with 300,000 of your closest friends (and enemies)
  9. ^ New pcu record of 54,181 pilots
  10. ^ MMOGData.VOIG.com Online Data About Online Games
  11. ^ "Protecting Final Fantasy XI From the Gil-Sellers". http://games.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/09/07/1336213. Retrieved 2007-09-07.  
  12. ^ "FINAL FANTASY XI ONLINE Server Status". http://www.playonline.com/pcd/service/ff11usindex.html. Retrieved 2007-01-09.  
  13. ^ "Guild Wars Surpasses Six Million Units Sold". Guild Wars. http://www.guildwars.com/events/press/releases/pressrelease-2009-04-24.php. Retrieved 2009-04-25.  
  14. ^ Hattrick
  15. ^ ""2007 warp up"". Maple Story Global. 2007-12-18. http://maplestory.nexon.net/WZ.ASPX?PART=/Community/GM_Blog&mode=view&uid=25&bbsidx=7616&cat=26.  
  16. ^ "Jagex's Runescape is one of the most popular MMOs in the world.". Adam Hartley. 2007-05-04. http://www.techradar.com/news/gaming/mmo-developers-jagex-outline-mechscape--617551?artc_pg=1. Retrieved 2009-08-23.  .
  17. ^ Wagner James Au (2008). "RuneScape Moves to Come Out of the Shadows". GigaOM. http://gigaom.com/2008/07/14/runescape-moves-to-come-out-of-the-shadows/. Retrieved 2008-07-14.  
  18. ^ Number of registered characters [1]. Since a character can at present be created without giving any verified real life information, it is impossible to know how many actual players this may correspond to. As of 3. June 1,761,927 have logged in the last 60 days, which is approximately 4 times less than the total number of players.
  19. ^ a b http://www.tibia.com/statistics/?subtopic=serverload&period=week
  20. ^ "Axe drops at Warhammer dev as subs sink to 300K". Gamespot. http://www.gamespot.com/news/6204136.html?tag=latestheadlines;title;4. Retrieved 2009-02-05.  
  21. ^ ""WonderKing Fans on Facebook"". NDOORS Interactive. 2009-09-12. http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/pages/WonderKing/79998568444?v=wall&viewas=510205349.  
  22. ^ Blizzard Entertainment (2008-12-23). "WORLD OF WARCRAFT SUBSCRIBER BASE REACHES 11.5 MILLION WORLDWIDE". Press release. http://www.blizzard.com/us/press/081121.html. Retrieved 2008-12-23.  
  23. ^ ""1.29 OPEN TEST COMING"". Cornered Rat Software. 2008-10-18. http://www.battlegroundeurope.com/index.php/all-news/10-production-notes/715-129-open-test-coming.  
  24. ^ Allows the game to be played in a window while running in a desktop environment.
  25. ^ Windowed mode was added with the 2007-11-19 update; however, it has been reported as being buggy and still having an error if Alt-Tab is used.
  26. ^ "The Adventure Expands to PlayStation 2". Square-Enix. http://www.playonline.com/ff11us/envi/ps/ps01.html?pageID=ps. Retrieved 2007-02-02.  
  27. ^ "Final Fantasy XI for Windows". Square-Enix. http://www.playonline.com/ff11us/envi/win/win01.html?pageID=win. Retrieved 2007-02-02.  
  28. ^ "Final Fantasy XI Startup Guide for Xbox 360". Square-Enix. http://www.playonline.com/ff11us/envi/xbox/xbox01.html?pageID=xbox. Retrieved 2007-02-02.  
  29. ^ "What are Pirates's system requirements?". Tarun Bhatia. http://support.flyinglab.com/cgi-bin/flyinglab.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=2. Retrieved 03/20/2009 11:24 AM.  
  30. ^ "Getting started". Jagex. http://www.runescape.com/kbase/viewarticle.ws?article_id=156. Retrieved 2008-02-15.  
  31. ^ "Requirements". Winch Gate Property Ltd. http://www.ryzom.com/en/system-requirements.html. Retrieved 2009-07-16.  
  32. ^ "What are the game's system requirements?". Blizzard. http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/faq/technology.html. Retrieved 2007-02-02.  
  33. ^ "System requirements". Cornered Rat Software. http://wiki.wwiionline.com/index.php/System_requirements. Retrieved 2008-05-05.  

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This article contains an almost full table comparison of current massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs).

Contents

General information

Name Creator Genre Client sale method Client purchase price Monthly fee
Lowest possible - largest possible
Real money for game advantages? Release date(s) Last update
Aion: The Tower of Eternity NCSoft Fantasy Retail sale or Download US$49.99 (Standard Ed.) US$14.95 per month No official scheme 2009-09-22 Unknown
Anarchy Online Funcom Science fiction Download Free Free w/limited access / €17.19/month full access Yes, Service Points (€10/1000 points) 2001-06-07 2010-08-15 (18.3.11)
Asheron's Call Turbine Fantasy Download US$9.99 US$12.95/month No official scheme 1999-10-31 2010-07-13
Champions Online Cryptic Studios Superhero comic book genre Retail sale or Download US$49.99 US$14.99 per month Cryptic points, a redeemable point system which players can use to purchase special in-game content, such as vanity items. 2009-09-01 Unknown
City of Heroes Cryptic Studios Superhero comic book Retail sale or Download US$19.99 (includes the City of Villains expansion and the first 7 Issues (free content) up to Destiny Manifest US$14.99/month No official scheme 2004-04-27
2005-02-04
2010-04-28 (Issue 17: Dark Mirror)
Conquer Online TQ Digital Fantasy Retail sale or Download Free Free Yes, codes can be traded for a premium currency to buy premium goods. Can also be sold for in-game gold. 2005-11-14 Unknown
DarkSpace PaleStar Science fiction Download Free Free w/limited access / US$9.99/month full access Yes, Credits (US$1/1000 credits) 2001 2010-03-23 (1.52)
Dark Age of Camelot Mythic Entertainment Fantasy Download Free US$14.95/month No official scheme 2001-10-10 2009-05-06 (1.98)
Dofus Ankama Studio Fantasy Download Free Free w/limited access / US$7/month full access No official scheme 2004-08-23
2005-09-01
2010-08-10 (2.0)
Dragon Oath ChangYou Fantasy Download Free Free Yes, tokens can be bought and exchanged for exclusive items and other content. 2007 2010
Dungeons & Dragons Online: Eberron Unlimited Turbine Fantasy Download Free Free / Players can gain VIP status by paying US$14.95 per month. Available micro-transaction store 2006 2009-09-09
Eternal Lands Eternal Lands Medieval Fantasy Download Free Free Yes, buy bonus items and playable races Released, but officially still in development Unknown
EVE Online CCP Games Space simulation Download US$19.99 US$14.95 No official scheme 2003-05-06
2003-05-23
2010-07-01 (Build 167170)
EverQuest Sony Online Entertainment Fantasy Download US$19.99 Starter Pack (excludes last expansion, Underfoot)
US$39.99 All-In-One (all expansions)
US$14.99/month No official scheme 1999-03-16 2010-07-28
EverQuest II Sony Online Entertainment Fantasy Retail sale or Download US$19.99 Starter Pack (excludes last expansion, Sentinel's Fate
US$39.99 All-In-One (all expansions)
US$14.99 Yes, Loot Cards acquired in the parallel game Legends of Norrath can be redeemed in this game 2004-11-08 2010-08-04
Final Fantasy XI Square Enix Fantasy Retail sale US$9.99 (PC)
US$14.99 (Xbox 360)
€19.99 (PC/Xbox 360)
US$12.95 + $1.00 per extra character
€12.95 + €1 per extra character
No official scheme 2002-05-16 2010-06-21
Guild Wars ArenaNet Fantasy Retail sale or Download US$39.99 (includes Factions and Nightfall campaigns)
€34.99 (includes Factions and Nightfall campaigns)
Free No official scheme 2005-04-28 2010-08-05
Hero Online Netgame History Download Free Free Yes, items can be bought with real currency instead of in-game currency via browser. ? Unknown
Knight Online MGame Corporation and Noah System Fantasy Download Free Free Yes, Knight Cash (US$5/KC 400) used for game advantages (called Premiums) and items (from Power Up Store) 2004-12-06 2010-08-05 (1840)
Lineage NCsoft Fantasy Download US$9.99 US$15/month No official scheme 1998-09-03 2010-08-11 (Season 3, Episode 1)
Lineage II NCsoft Fantasy Download US$14.99
€14.99
US$14.99/month
€12.99
No official scheme 2003-10-01 Template:Country data South Korea
2004-04-27
2010-07-29
The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar Turbine Fantasy Retail sale Free Free / Players can gain VIP status by paying US$14.95 per month. Available micro-transaction store 2007-04-24 2010-09-08
MapleStory Wizet Fantasy Download Free Free Yes, NEXON Cash 2002-05 Template:Country data South Korea
2003-11 Template:Country data Japan
2004-12 File:Flag of the People'
2005-07-04
2005-05-11 (Global)
2005-06-23 (SEA)
2010-07-19 (0.88)
2010-07-15 (0.63)
Minions of Mirth Prairie Games Fantasy Download Free - US$29.95[1] Free No official scheme 2005-12 Unknown
Perfect World Beijing Perfect World Fantasy Retail sale or Download Free Free Yes, Item mall 2005-07 File:Flag of the People'
2006-12
2007-03 Template:Country data Japan
TBA 2007 Template:Country data South Korea
Unknown
Pirates of the Burning Sea Flying Lab Software Fantasy Retail sale or download US$19.99 (free download) US$12-month subscription: $143 USD($12/month) or 1-month subscription: $14.99 USD
Part of Station Access
No official scheme 2009-6-23, V. 1.15.52
Ragnarok Online GRAVITY Co., Ltd. Fantasy, Steampunk Download Free Free w/limited access / US$10/month full access Yes, Warp Portal points (US$5/500 points) 2002-08-31 2009-12-04 (Episode 13.2)
Rappelz nFlavor Fantasy Download Free Free Yes, item shop 2006-11-03 Unknown
Regnum Online NGD Studios Medieval fantasy Download Free Lowest Ximerin (points) possible 5 USD; highest ximerin possible 60 USD Yes, paid points allow premium objects 2007-04-24 2010-04-29
Rise: The Vieneo Province Unistellar Industries Science fiction, Space simulation Download Free US$5.95 No official scheme 2006-04-01 Unknown
RuneScape Jagex Ltd Fantasy Browser-based Free Free w/limited access / €7.29/month full access No official scheme 2001-01-03 2010-08-04
Ryzom Nevrax Science Fantasy Download Free US$10.95/month
€7.95
No official scheme 2004-09-20 2010-05-19 (1.9.0)
Star Trek Online Cryptic Studios Science fiction, Star Trek Retail sale or Download US$49.99
US$14.99 (Single month)
US$41.97 (Three month)
US$77.94 (Six month)
Cryptic points, a redeemable point system which players can use to purchase special in-game content, such as vanity items. 2010-02-02 Unknown
Star Wars Galaxies Sony Online Entertainment Science fiction, Star Wars Download US$19.99
€14.99
US$14.99/month
€13,49/month
Yes, Loot Cards acquired in the parallel game Star Wars Galaxies Trading Card Game can be redeemed in this game 2003-06-26 2010-08-03 (17.4)
Tabula Rasa NCsoft Science fiction Retail sale or download US$49.99 US$14.99/month No official scheme 2007-11-02 2008-10-27
A Tale in the Desert eGenesis Historical Download Free US$13.95/month No official scheme 2003-02-03 2010-08-07 (Fifth Telling)
Tibia CipSoft Fantasy Download Free Free w/limited access / €7.45/month Full access Yes, Membership for added content 1997 Unknown
Toontown Online The Walt Disney Company Classic cartoons Download Free Free w/limited access / US$9.95/month full access No official scheme 2003 2010-06-02 (1.0.40.15)
Ultima Online Origin Systems Fantasy Download US$29.99 US$12.99/month No official scheme 1997 2010-08-04, Publish 67
Vanguard: Saga of Heroes Sony Online Entertainment Fantasy Retail sale or download US$19.99 (free download) US$14.99 (single month)  ? 2007-01-30 2009-06-02, Build 2461
Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning Mythic Entertainment Fantasy Retail sale or Download US$44.99 US$14.99/month  ? 2008-09-18 Unknown
WonderKing Online Ryu & Soft Fantasy Download Free Free Yes, buy bonus items Unknown Template:Country data South Korea
2004-??-?? Template:Country data Japan
2009-06-19
2009-??-??
2009-??-??
2009-09-12
World of Warcraft Blizzard Entertainment Fantasy Retail sale or Download US$19.99
€14.99
US$14.99/month
€12.99
No official scheme 2004-11-23
2005-02-11
2010-06-22 (3.3.5)
Name Creator Genre Client sale method Client purchase price Monthly fee
Lowest possible - largest possible
Real money for game advantages? Release date(s) Last update

Statistics table

No. of players No. of players per server / shards / worlds No. of servers / shards / worlds Common peak of players Contains Instances
Anarchy Online 000012000 12,000[2] ? 3 ? Yes (Missions)
Asheron's Call 000000010 ? ? 9 ? Yes
City of Heroes 00200000 200,000[2] ? 11 (American version), 4 (European version) ? Yes (Missions)
Conquer Online 00000000 ? ? ? ? ?
DarkSpace 00000000 ? ? One (?) ? ?
Dark Age of Camelot 00125000 125,000[2] ? 6(?) 5,000 (America), 6,000 (Europe) Yes
Dofus 00500000 10,000,000 players and 1,500,000 active subscriptions[3] ? 44 45,000 per server (~6000 online) Yes
Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach 00000000 ? ? 5 ? Yes (Entire world)
EVE Online 00200000 300,000+[4] All One (+ test server) 60,453 Live server[5], ~500 Test shard No
EverQuest 00200000 200,000[2] ~8,000 25 as of August 2007 ~4,000 Yes (LDON, Plane of Time, Post GoD Raid Locations)
EverQuest II 00185000 185,000[6] ~8,000 27 as of March 2008 ~2,500 per server Yes
Final Fantasy XI 01500000 500,000[2] 15,000-20,000[7] 32 servers[8] Generally 1500–2000 per world Expansion only
Guild Wars 06000000 6,000,000[9] All One 8 in PvE Everywhere except towns and outposts
Knight Online 04250000 4,250,000 1-2 million 12x3(subservers) 30,000 per subserver 30kx36 total ?
Lineage II 01300000 1,300,000[2] ? 10 ? Yes
The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar 00000000 ? ? 38 ? Yes
MapleStory 05000000 5,000,000

(Global version)[10]

? 89 (All versions) ; 7 (Global version) ? No
Perfect World 00000000 ? ? ? ? Yes
Pirates of the Burning Sea 00000000 ? (active subscriptions) Avg. 350 as of 2009-June 23 6 as of 2009-June 23 ? Yes
Ragnarok Online 00000000 ? ? 3 (iRO) ? Announced for a future update
Rappelz 00000000 ? ? 7 ? Yes (Dungeon Siege)
Rise: The Vieneo Province 00004000 4,000 4,000 1 100 Entire world
RuneScape 0820000010,000,000(active accounts)[11] 2,000[12] 169 250,000 as of 2007-06-06 Yes
Star Wars Galaxies 00100000 100,000 as of mid-2006[2] ? 12 ? Yes
Tabula Rasa 00000000 0 (game shutdown) 0 0 0 N/A
Tibia 00300000 300,000[2] 500 (max. is 950) 77 as of Feb. 4, 2010[13] Close to 35,000 as of 2010-02-04[13] No
Ultima Online 00000000 ? ? ? ? No
Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning 00300000 300,000[14] ? 4 ? ?
WonderKing Online 00008802 (NA Version)[15] ? 2 (NA Version) ? No
World of Warcraft 1200000012,000,000(active subscriptions)[16]. Avg. 36,000 as of 2007-2-18 222 as of 2007-2-18 ? Yes
No. of players No. of players per server / shards / worlds No. of servers / shards / worlds Common peak of players Contains Instances

Engine table

Game engine type Source code available? Fully customizable user interface Windowable[17]
Aion: The Tower of Eternity 3D No Partial Yes
Anarchy Online 3D No Yes Yes
Asheron's Call 3D No ? Yes
City of Heroes 3D No Partial Yes
Conquer Online 2D, 3D No Partial Yes
DarkSpace 3D No Yes ?
Dark Age of Camelot 3D No Yes Yes
Dofus 2D No Yes Yes
Dragon Oath 3D No Partial Yes
Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach 3D No No Yes
EVE Online 3D No Adjustable/movable windows and Colors, no custom additions Yes
EverQuest 3D No Yes Yes
EverQuest II 3D No Yes Yes
Final Fantasy XI 3D No No Yes[18]
Guild Wars 3D No Yes Yes
Knight Online 3D No Partial Yes
Lineage II 3D No Adjustable/movable windows Yes
The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar 3D No Partial Yes
MapleStory 2D No No Yes
Perfect World 3D No Yes Yes
Pirates of the Burning Sea 3D No Yes Yes
Ragnarok Online 2D, 3D No Partial Yes
Rappelz 3D No ? Yes
Rise: The Vieneo Province 3D No Adjustable/movable windows Yes
RuneScape 3D No Partial Yes
Ryzom 3D Yes Partial Yes
Star Wars Galaxies 3D No No Yes
Tabula Rasa 3D No No Yes
Tibia 2D No Partial Yes
Ultima Online 2D, 3D Some Yes Yes
WonderKing Online 2D No No Yes
World of Warcraft 3D No Yes Yes
Game engine type Source code available? Fully customizable user interface Windowable

Minimal system requirements

The minimal system requirements are, unless otherwise noted, the minimum requirements given by the game publisher.

Platform CPU RAM Video card HDD space Software Connection
Aion: The Tower of Eternity Windows XP/Vista/7 Intel Pentium 4 2.4 GHz, AMD 2800 1 GB GeForce 6600 / Radeon X1550 30 GB DirectX 9.0c Broadband
Asheron's Call Windows 98 733 MHz 256 MB 32 MB 3 GB DirectX 9.0c 56k
Dofus Windows, Mac OS X, Linux Intel Pentium III 700 MHz (or Mac equivalent) 128 MB 32 MB 100 MB Lecteur Flash 7.0 56k
EVE Online Windows XP 1 GHz 1 GB 64 MB with Shader Model 2.0 6 GB DirectX 9.0c 56k
Windows Vista 1.5 GB
Mac OS X Intel at 1.8 GHz 1 GB 128 MB ATI Radeon X1600, NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT 6 GB Mac OS X 10.5.6
Final Fantasy XI PlayStation 2[19] N/A N/A N/A 7 GB N/A 56k
Windows 2000[20] Intel Pentium III 800 MHz 128MB 32MB 6 GB DirectX 8.1 56k
Xbox 360[21] N/A N/A N/A 8 GB Xbox Live Cable/DSL
Guild Wars Windows 98 Intel Pentium III 1 GHz 512 MB 64 MB 3 GB DirectX 9.0c 56k
The Lord of the Rings Online:
Shadows of Angmar
Windows XP Intel Pentium 4 1.8 GHz or equivalent 512 MB 64 MB NVIDIA GeForce 3 or ATI Radeon 8500 7 GB DirectX 9.0c 56k
MapleStory Windows 98 Intel Pentium III 1 GHz 64 MB 3D acceleration card 1.0 GB DirectX 8.1 56k
Perfect World Windows 98 Intel Pentium III 800 MHz 256 MB 64 MB 3 GB DirectX 9.0c 56k
Pirates of the Burning Sea[22] Windows XP Pentium(r) IV 1.48 GHz or greater 1024 MB RAM 128 MB 6 GB DirectX 9 Broadband
Ragnarok Online Windows 98 Intel Pentium II 500 MHz or equivalent 128 MB 8 MB 1.67 GB DirectX 8.0 56k
Rappelz Windows XP Intel Pentium III 800 MHz or equivalent 512 MB 128 MB 4 GB DirectX 9.0c 56k
Rise: The Vieneo Province Windows 2000 SP2 Intel Pentium III 800 MHz or AMD Athlon 800 MHz 512 MB 128 MB 3 GB DirectX 9.0c 56k
RuneScape[23] Java Platform 300 MHz 64 MB 8 MB Not officially stated (~ <50 MB) Java Platform 56k
Ryzom[24] Windows 98 SE or newer Intel Pentium III 1 GHz 512 MB 64 MB NVIDIA GeForce 2 or equivalent 7 GB DirectX 8.0 56k
Second Life Windows 2000 or Linux 800 MHz 256 MB ? 75 MB + cache OpenGL 2.0 Cable/DSL
Mac OS X 10.3.9 1 GHz 512 MB ?
Star Wars Galaxies Windows 98 Intel Pentium III 1 GHz 512 MB 32 MB with Hardware Transform and Lighting 2.14 GB DirectX 9.0b 56k
Toontown Online Windows 2000 or Mac OS X ? 256 MB 32 MB 2 GB DirectX 9.0 56k
Ultima Online Windows Intel Pentium 200 MHz 32 MB 4 MB 383 MB 28k
WonderKing Online Windows 98/2000/XP/Vista Intel Pentium III 800 MHz 256 MB 64 MB 2 GB DirectX 9.0 56k
World of Warcraft[25] Mac OS X 10.3.9 933 MHz G4 512 MB 32 MB 6 GB OpenGL 56k
Windows 2000 Intel Pentium III 800 MHz, AMD Athlon 800 MHz 512 MB 32 MB 5+ GB (12+ Recommended) DirectX 9.0c 56k

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ There is a "premium account" available with more additions to the game and gameplay for the players. This is a one-time fee.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Woodcock, Bruce Sterling. "MMOGCHART.COM". http://www.mmogchart.com/. Retrieved Jan. 5, 2007. 
  3. ^ Dofus reaches the 10 million player threshold Ankama Games press release dated 2008-10-07
  4. ^ EVE's 6th birthday with 300,000 of your closest friends (and enemies)
  5. ^ 60,453 pilots: the new eve pcu record
  6. ^ MMOGData.VOIG.com Online Data About Online Games
  7. ^ "Protecting Final Fantasy XI From the Gil-Sellers". http://games.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/09/07/1336213. Retrieved Sept. 7, 2007. 
  8. ^ "FINAL FANTASY XI ONLINE Server Status". http://www.playonline.com/pcd/service/ff11usindex.html. Retrieved Jan. 9, 2007. 
  9. ^ "Guild Wars Surpasses Six Million Units Sold". Guild Wars. http://www.guildwars.com/events/press/releases/pressrelease-2009-04-24.php. Retrieved Apr. 25, 2009. 
  10. ^ "2007 warp up". Maple Story Global. Dec. 18, 2007. http://maplestory.nexon.net/WZ.ASPX?PART=/Community/GM_Blog&mode=view&uid=25&bbsidx=7616&cat=26. 
  11. ^ "Jagex's Runescape is one of the most popular MMOs in the world.". Adam Hartley. May 4, 2007. http://www.techradar.com/news/gaming/mmo-developers-jagex-outline-mechscape--617551?artc_pg=1. Retrieved Aug. 23, 2009. .
  12. ^ Wagner James Au (2008). "RuneScape Moves to Come Out of the Shadows". GigaOM. http://gigaom.com/2008/07/14/runescape-moves-to-come-out-of-the-shadows/. Retrieved Jul. 14, 2008. 
  13. ^ a b http://www.tibia.com/statistics/?subtopic=serverload&period=week
  14. ^ "Axe drops at Warhammer dev as subs sink to 300K". Gamespot. http://www.gamespot.com/news/6204136.html?tag=latestheadlines;title;4. Retrieved Feb. 5, 2009. 
  15. ^ "WonderKing Fans on Facebook". NDOORS Interactive. September 12, 2009. http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/pages/WonderKing/79998568444?v=wall&viewas=510205349. 
  16. ^ Blizzard Entertainment (Dec. 23, 2008). "WORLD OF WARCRAFT SUBSCRIBER BASE REACHES 11.5 Million WORLDWIDE". Press release. http://www.blizzard.com/us/press/081121.html. Retrieved Dec. 23, 2008. 
  17. ^ Allows the game to be played in a window while running in a desktop environment.
  18. ^ Windowed mode was added with the Nov. 19, 2007 update; however, it has been reported as being buggy and still having an error if Alt-Tab is used.
  19. ^ "The Adventure Expands to PlayStation 2". Square-Enix. http://www.playonline.com/ff11us/envi/ps/ps01.html?pageID=ps. Retrieved Feb. 2, 2007. 
  20. ^ "Final Fantasy XI for Windows". Square-Enix. http://www.playonline.com/ff11us/envi/win/win01.html?pageID=win. Retrieved Feb. 2, 2007. 
  21. ^ "Final Fantasy XI Startup Guide for Xbox 360". Square-Enix. http://www.playonline.com/ff11us/envi/xbox/xbox01.html?pageID=xbox. Retrieved Feb. 2, 2007. 
  22. ^ "What are Pirates's system requirements?". Tarun Bhatia. http://support.flyinglab.com/cgi-bin/flyinglab.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=2. Retrieved 03/20/2009 11:24 AM. 
  23. ^ "Getting started". Jagex. http://www.runescape.com/kbase/viewarticle.ws?article_id=156. Retrieved Feb. 15, 2008. 
  24. ^ "Requirements". Winch Gate Property Ltd. http://www.ryzom.com/en/system-requirements.html. Retrieved Jul. 16, 2009. 
  25. ^ "What are the game's system requirements?". Blizzard. http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/faq/technology.html. Retrieved Feb. 2, 2007. 







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