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Unlike other genres of video games, roleplaying ones rarely can be entertaining and famous with no plot. Story-Driven MMORPG base the gameplay on the plot and lead players through character development with the help of questlines. Not every story-based RPG have a sophisticated and detailed story. Still, it's usually compensated by other aspects of the game — you won't even spot the cliched storyline and simple quests if they're balanced with immersive dynamic combat or excellent social communication.

ArcheAge: Unchained

A buy-to-play version of ArcheAge with no pay-to-win content

Project V4

A cross-platform Korean fantasy MMORPG developed by Nexon

Wasteland 3

An upcoming multiplayer RPG in postapocalyptic setting

Tree of Savior

An isometric fantasy MMORPG with stunning visual style and immersive gameplay

Elteria Adventures

An indie MMORPG featuring vivid cartoon graphics and unique setting

KurtzPel

A fantasy MMORPG in anime stylistic developd by KOG Games

Outriders

A dark sci-fi MMOFPS featuring unique combat mechanics and RPG elements

Blightbound

A multiplayer dungeon crawler game involving three players into mysterious journey.

Profane

A sandbox MMORPG with skill-based character development and vast open world

Gran Saga

A cross-platform fantasy MMORPG developed by NPIXEL

Tower of Fantasy

An upcoming project in setting of sci-fi fantasy developed by Perfect World Games

Ragnarok Online 2

A 3D continuation of fantasy MMORPG inspired by Norse mythology

Perpetuum

Perpetuum was a mech sci-fi MMORPG with player-driven economics.

Realm of the Mad God

Realm of the Mad God is a pixel MMORPG with hardcore diverse gameplay.

Dragon’s Dogma Online

Dragon's Dogma Online was an online MMORPG developed by Capcom

Path of Exile 2

A continuation of the famous hack-and-slash action MMO in dark fantasy setting

Trove

A voxel action MMORPG sandbox with light RPG elements

Faeria

An immersive TCG MMORPG in fantasy style with unusual combat mechanics

Steambirds Alliance

A dynamic bullet-hell shooter with RPG mechanics

Spiral Knights

A free-to-play hack-and-slash cooperative adventure with cartoonish graphics

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Many developers create their video games because they want to tell a unique story to other people. Projects of this kind provide the best experience and immersion into the world. Usually, Story-Driven MMORPG has not the only questline for the main plot, but also many side-quests. Different tasks are used for various purposes — typically, additional missions are used to bring players' attention to the improvement of their characters or exploration of the world.

Still, some of the creators use plot only as a framework which will lead your hero between different competitions. A considerable amount of game developers choose simple plot lines which won't require much time on creation. Simple Story-Driven MMORPG may have cliched quests, but all of the events are connected with the help of the main story, based on the lore of the world.

Dozens of Story-Driven MMORPG are based on the universe of the already existing games, books or other works. Because of that, they have not only detailed plot but also in-depth and detailed filler content — for example, you can often find books, notes and other kinds of accompanying materials. They're not necessary to be explored, but they provide knowledge about the game world and events of the plot. Usually, games with exciting plot don't have grindy and boring side-tasks. Very often, side-quests can take much more time than the main quest line — and not only because of their experience profitability.

Best Story-Driven MMORPG

  • World of Warcraft is a story-driven MMORPG, which has the most in-depth lore, fascinating universe and much additional content which tells more about the events of the game — there are books, comics and even movies about WoW universe. This MMORPG receives regular updates with new quests which develop the main storyline.
  • Dungeons and Dragons Online is a complex MMORPG, which has a deep plot and roleplaying-based gameplay.
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic is a sci-fi story-driven MMORPG with entertaining gameplay and dozens of different quests.