So while it’s safe to assume WoW isn’t going away anytime soon, that doesn’t mean fans can’t take a break and seek out new worlds to inhabit and explore.
We’ll be updating this list in the future with new titles, so make sure to check back and let us know if we missed any of your favorite games similar to World of Warcraft!
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Final Fantasy XIV
Platforms: Windows, PS4, PS5
To kick things off, we’re recommending seasons WoW players check out Final Fantasy XIV, which is often credited with reviving the MMO genre with its balanced storytelling, gameplay, and graphics.
In it, you take on the role of a warrior of darkness tasked with restoring peace to the world by eliminating evil monsters and other villains.
Updates continue to expand the game’s world while introducing new systems and events including fishing raids, city restoration projects, and new variants of existing raids and trials.
While its endgame crafting can feel a bit tedious, that’s something WoW players can definitely relate to, the amount of detail and variety in FFXIV’s world will keep you entertained.
Divinity: Original Sin II
Platforms: Windows, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, Mac, iOS
While it may not be an MMO, Divinity: Original Sin II will scratch that RPG itch for WoW fans who crave new adventures in fantastical worlds.
Created by Larian Studios, the game draws inspiration from classics like Baldur’s Gather and Planescape: Torment while including a few modern amenities.
Similar to WoW, just about every action taken by the player affects Divinity’s world, with some having small effects and others completely reshaping Rivellon.
This extends to Original Sin 2’s end-game states, which include seven main endings, five character-specific endings, and many more that affect specific regions or races.
Baldur’s Gate 3
Platforms: Windows, Mac
Another recommendation that comes courtesy of Larian Studios is Baldur’s Gate 3, a D&D-inspired RPG currently in Steam Early Access.
In it, players assemble a party of heroes before returning to the Forgotten Realms for an adventure rich in friendship, betrayal, sacrifice, survival, and absolute power.
Like WoW, the game does a great job of streamlining its combat and storytelling to keep players immersed in its world while completing quests.
Since Baldur’s Gate 3’s Early Access launch in September 2020, Larian has rolled out consistent patches that look to address performance and gameplay issues based on player feedback.
Black Desert Online
Platforms: Windows, PS4, Xbox One
Like many MMOs, Black Desert Online is often criticized by its playerbase for being a lot grindier than many would prefer.
Thankfully, the game makes up for some of the slog with satisfying combat that relies on combo-based maneuvers as well as a flexible career system that allows you to explore multiple different paths.
Much like WoW, there are a variety of disciplines to take up ranging from merchantry to fishing, mass production, and more, depending on the region and resources available.
Additionally, BDO gives you the option to set up automated workers who will farm materials and become more proficient over time, unlocking unique skills to take advantage of.
Platforms: Windows, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
Conan Exiles is a great alternative for any WoW fan that enjoys both RPGs and survival games that require you to make the most of your surroundings.
The game drops players in a brutal medieval open-world teeming with monsters and other dangers they’ll have to navigate while gathering resources to stay alive.
Like WoW, Conan Exiles is best known for its robust multiplayer mode that lets you battle other players, create settlements, capture NPCs to be turned into slaves.
There’s a lot more to do than what we’ve just outlined, and the game does an excellent job of giving you the freedom to focus on the activities you enjoy most.
The Elder Scrolls Online
Platforms: Windows, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Mac
Both World of Warcraft and The Elder Scrolls Online have done a fantastic job of building upon their existing lore via world-altering updates and content expansions throughout the years.
This can be appealing to players who are completely new to the series as well as longtime Elder Scrolls fans who want to dip their toes in MMOs.
Along with advancing the series’ extensive lore through voice-acted side quests, ESO offers PvP battles, the ability to decorate your home, and free-roaming world exploration.
Last but not least, grinding is easier than ever following the One Tamriel update, which adds level-scaling to let players explore brutal endgame zones without getting instantly destroyed.
Phantasy Star Online 2
Platforms: Windows, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch
Originally limited to Asian regions, Phantasy Star Online 2 made its way to Westward in 2020 after Microsoft struck a deal with Sega to release the MMO in other territories.
However, despite this, the game has managed to quickly amass a substantially-large playerbase spread out across a collection of vibrant sci-fi worlds to explore and battle enemies in.
Though it can be tough for new players to make sense of the series’ in-depth lore and convoluted ongoing story, every MMO has some sort of hurdle to get past before everything clicks into place.
If you’re located in North America or Europe, you’ll need a PC or Xbox console to play, however, expect this to change in the coming years seeing as it’s supported by PlayStation and Nintendo in Japan.
Platforms: Windows, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Warframe is another long-running sci-fi MMO that may appeal to fans of World of Warcraft and has the added benefit of being free-to-play.
In it, you take on the role of a deadly space ninja as they travel to different worlds and use breakneck traversal to complete objectives, wipe out enemy mobs, and gather materials.
Like WoW, the game features a robust class system that assigns you unique skills and traits depending on your Warframe build, weapons, and ability modifiers.
While its combat and movement systems are a lot more technical and involved than WoW, after a brief adjustment period you should have no problem zipping around environments with ease.
Platforms: Windows, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Next up on our list is Trove, a unique sandbox-MMO hybrid with vibrant voxel-based graphics that give a blocky look to the game’s world and characters similar to Roblox or Minecraft.
However, from a gameplay perspective, Trove has more in common with games like WoW, allowing players to take on quests to earn new weapons, armor, charms, and mounts.
Additionally, the game features an impressive number of classes to explore and level up, with the option to swap between different characters on the fly.
It also happens to include one of the more enticing free-to-play MMO models that lets you access a wealth of content without spending a single penny.
Path of Exile
Platforms: Windows, PS4, Xbox One, Mac
Speaking of being on a tight budget, Path of Exile is another free-to-play game with generous RPG progression and loot-based rewards.
In it, you take on the role of an Exile forced to survive on the dark continent of Wraeclast before setting off to exact revenge against those who wronged you.
Much like WoW, the game includes a robust character customizer that allows you to combine your class’s unique abilities using tradable gems and a massive selection of passive skills.
In addition, it has a pretty big playerbase that comes at the cost of being online-only, though that’s probably not an issue for anyone coming from World of Warcraft.
Guild Wars 2
Platforms: Windows, Mac
Although Guild Wars 2 makes many attempts to stand out from MMOs like World of Warcraft by incorporating fresh ideas, the two share much of the same DNA.
Instead of relying on a subscription-based model, the game opts for a free-to-play structure that offers a surprising amount of content with no upfront cost.
Like WoW, Guild War 2’s world is designed to feel alive and react to your decisions in meaningful ways, ranging from visual changes in the environment to new quest types based on your actions.
This results in an experience akin to playing a single-player RPG, though with all of the features and community-based interactions of a huge MMO like WoW.
Platforms: Windows, Linux, Mac, iOS, Android
World of Warcraft players are likely to have some familiarity with RuneScape, whether that be the old school classic or the new and improved version.
First released in 2001, the game still manages to pull consistently high numbers to this day, which is no doubt a testament to RuneScape’s lasting design, consistent updates, and QoL improvements.
For those unfamiliar, the game employs an open-ended approach to its quest structure and overall progression, letting you focus on the activities you enjoy most.
In turn, this grants players the flexibility to build characters with hyper-specific skills or spread themselves thin across several areas.
Platforms: Windows, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, Mac
If you’re looking for another Blizzard game that’s not an MMO but still features multiplayer and RPG progression, Diablo III is a solid choice that still holds up in 2022.
Presented as an isometric hack n’ slash dungeon crawler RPG, the game sees you picking from seven different classes before setting off on a quest to defeat Diablo himself.
Along the way, you and up to three players in your party will encounter and battle droves of mobs and bosses in pursuit of increasingly powerful gear.
Like WoW and countless other Blizzard games, Diablo III’s appeal stems from its flexible degree of challenge, allowing you to tailor your experience based on your skill level.
Grim Dawn is another non-MMO game that scratches that WoW RPG itch while offering a unique world and story about a resistance fighter caught in a war between supernatural forces.
Gameplay sees players crawling their way through a variety of dungeon environments ranging from caverns and forests to wastelands and deserts inhabited by otherworldly beasts.
Like WoW, the game rewards you for being curious and exploring each area with hidden chests and little bits of lore that flesh out Grim Dawn’s dark fantasy setting.
It’s also exceptionally tough in terms of difficulty and the amount of grind necessary to progress and become more powerful, something which shouldn’t be a problem for veteran WoW players.
Dragon Age: Inquisition
Platforms: Windows, PS4, Xbox One
Developed by BioWare and published by EA in 2014, Dragon Age: Inquisition is often regarded as the most overlooked and underrated entry in the beloved RPG franchise.
While it’s admittingly rough around the edges, many of the game’s issues have been addressed and ironed out via post-launch patches that result in a more enjoyable experience in 2022.
In it, players choose their race and class before setting off to investigate a mysterious ripple in the sky that has caused demons to begin pouring into their world.
Even though the game is billed as a single-player RPG, it does have a multiplayer component that sees you working with other players to clear dungeons for rewards.
For another seasoned MMO game closer in line with WoW’s subscription-based model, Rift is worth checking out despite not receiving any major new content in several years.
In it, you embark on a heroic adventure after choosing from four separate WoW-adjacent classes that include Rogue, Mage, Warrior, and Cleric.
From there, you’re free to band with friends or take on the world solo as you encounter several dungeon quests as well as raids that require player collaboration.
By the end game, you’ll find yourself grappling with Rift’s most challenging raids, many of which can take over an hour to complete and put your combat skills to the ultimate test.
The Lord of the Rings Online
Platforms: Windows, Mac
Even if you don’t consider yourself a Middle-earth fan, The Lord of the Rings Online is likely to sink its hooks into you thanks to its accessible, newcomer-friendly design.
Unlike Rift, it continues to receive updates and expansions that add new features and structural changes, with the most notable being a switch from subscription to free-to-play.
Although the game’s graphics have become a bit dated by today’s standards, this is less likely to be an issue for MMO players.
Of course, you can find many of the same activities offered by WoW, including crafting, home decoration, and PvP combat.
Star Wars: The Old Republic
Last but not least, Star Wars: The Old Republic is a classic MMO that distinguishes itself from WoW and other RPGs by significantly altering the story based on your class.
This is a pretty big deal when you consider there are 8 to pick from in the game, each presenting a unique playstyle and variety in terms of combat as well as narrative.
SWTOR is also developed by BioWare but has received a lot more support compared to the studio’s other projects, including years’ worth of content updates and expansions.
The most recent is Onslaught, an update that provides additional story content in the form of new environments, and questlines among other features.