Note: It’s irregular for companies to publish hard numbers of active users for MMORPGs nowadays. Therefore, this list’s rankings are based on data from several different sources, including Steam Charts, online censuses, past population reports, as well as population trackers such as this one. In the end, we do have to speculate a little to determine a ballpark for the most popular MMORPGs.
Most Popular MMORPGs, Ranked By Total Active Users
- Active Users: 2,000-4,000 approx.
- Sources: Steam Charts
MapleStory is one of the most unique MMORPGs ever released for the simple fact that it is a 2D side-scroller. Pretty much every MMORPG takes place in a large 3D world, but not MapleStory. This free-to-play game released in Korea all the way back in 2003 and made its way to North America in 2005.
Despite it being in 2D, MapleStory contains many of the features standard to games of the genre. The different combat classes include those with attack-heavy skills, as well as those that specialize in support.
As you level your character, you can unlock additional skills. The max level for this game is a massive 250! Your character grows constantly as you complete quests throughout this 2D world.
MapleStory has seen much better days; in fact, the game had reached 92 million users in 2009, which is incredible! Unfortunately, the current state of the game isn’t exactly fantastic.
It seems to have compatibility issues with Windows 10, causing frequent crashes, which the current developer of the game, Nexon, hasn’t seemed too interested in resolving. If you’re interested in games like Maple Story, we’ve got just the list for you.