Anime MMORPGs

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Given that anime originated in Japan and is a huge part of their culture, you'd think a lot of anime inspired MMORPGs or Anime MMORPGs would originate from Japan, but that isn't the case. In fact, Japanese game developers aren't big on the MMO genre and aside from a few games like Final Fantasy 14, most people can't name more than a couple Japanese developed MMOs. Most anime MMORPGs out today and on the horizon are developed in places like Taiwan, South Korea, and China.

I mention Taiwan first, because most people are familiar with games like Eden Eternal and Aura Kingdom. Both are developed by a Taiwanese company called X-Legend Entertainment and feature crisp anime inspired visuals. In fact, all of X-Legend's games are inspired by anime. Those interested in Anime MMORPGs can see the list below of some of the most popular anime MMORPGs.

Popular Anime MMORPGs

Aura Kingdom

Aura Kingdom is a 3D fantasy MMORPG with incredibly detailed anime graphics developed by X-Legend and published by Aeria Games. It launched through Aeria Games on January 6, 2014 and features a unique gliding system that lets players soar through the air.

Elsword Online

Considered the spiritual successor to Grand Chase in a way, Elsword Online is a 2.5D side-scrolling anime MMORPG by KOG Games (previously known as KillerCombo). The game featured brawler style combat and linear gameplay as players fight their way through various stages.

Onigiri

One of the few Japanese developed Anime MMORPGs on this list. Onigiri is an action oriented fantasy MMO developed by Cyberstep that features a unique classless system. Players can switch between classes on the fly simply by switching weapons.

Kritika Online

Kritika Online is a free to play anime action MMORPG. It's based on the mobile RPG Kritika: The White Knights. Gameplay is fast paced and fun and resembles Dragon Nest and Vindictus.

Mabinogi

Developed and published by Nexon, Mabinogi offers a unique MMO experience where players are free to raise animals, compose music, build a house, and more. The game's hand-drawn character art, although dated, has a unique charm to it. Since the game's U.S. release on March 27, 2008, it's been in service for over 7 years.

ELOA (Elite Lord of Alliance)

Elite Lord of Alliance, or just ELOA, is an action anime MMORPG from Webzen with a unique 3 weapon system. Every class has access to 3 different weapons, each of which has multiple unique skills.

Fly For Fun (Flyff)

An older MMORPG, but still a popular one. Fly For Fun is an anime MMORPG from Webzen which launched in the West on December 25, 2005. Fly For Fun is one of those games that became popular on private servers, which means players have the option of playing on official servers or private ones.

Twin Saga

A new sleek looking anime MMORPG from X-Legend Entertainment with action oriented combat. Aeria Games is the Western publisher. The game is known as Astral Realm in Asia, but for some reason it was localized as Twin Saga in the West. The game launched into open beta through Aeria on September 1, 2016.

Luna Online

Luna Online is a cute anime inspired MMORPG from Suba Games with chibi graphics. The game originally launched in 2009 though Beanfun but was shut down. SubaGames revived Luna Online in 2016.

Eden Eternal

A cute anime MMORPG developed by X-Legend with a unique multi-classing system. Players can switch between classes at will and unlock more advanced classes. No need to make alt characters when you can level everything on one character! On a slightly unrelated note, this bear race in Eden Eternal (seen above) actually reminds me of Lala Hiyama from Knights of Sidonia.

Scarlet Blade (Shut Down)

Also known as Queens Blade Online in Asia, Scarlet Blade released through Aeria Games in the U.S. and Europe on March 27, 2013. The game is been on the Queen's Blade ecchi manga. This game unfortunately shut down and is no longer available.

Spirit Tales (Shut Down)

A cute anime-inspired MMORPG published by KoramGame and also developed by X-Legend. The art-style here leans towards super cute chibi rather than more traditional anime. The game is known as Glory Destiny Online in Asia. This one shut down as well.

These are just a few of the many anime MMORPGs available on the market. Games like Ragnarok Online, Tree of Savior, and Asda 2 are also anime inspired. Anime inspired graphics are easily one of the most common art styles in MMORPGs.

What Anime MMORPGs have you played in the past? Which games do you like? Let us know in the comments below!

Been playing MMOs since I first got my hands on Ultima Online when I was 12 years old. Played so many games from Star Wars Galaxies to MapleStory to DAoC to World of Warcraft. Long time League of Legends player too! I'm also Known as "ReMo" and "Remotay"

  • Boltonsquad

    Are you able to add filters to new's posts or something which determines the release date of all rather than having to click on each one?

    • Once our gameslist is up on the gameslist page, you'll be able to sort by release date for everything, will make it very easy to find. Right now release dates are viewable on the snapshots of each game page while browsing categories. The gameslist will make things easier, my designer/programmer said it would be done within the next few days.

  • Angelo Fosco

    Out of Aura Kingdom, eden eternal and elsword online which one has the most active playerbase? Wanting to try one of those but don't want to start a 'dead' game.

    • phoenixblue

      I would guess Aura Kingdom since it's the newest. Eden Eternal is probably in 2nd place, although I haven't played it in a long time.

      • PhoenixBlue is right on the money. Aura Kingdom is the newest so yeah. Elsword is still around too with a decent playerbase too.

  • Anime MMORPGs <3 My addiction started with FlyFF way back in the day, it was my gateway drug to World of Warcraft and FFXI.

    I've also tried out Mabinogi (music skills!) and Ragnarok Online (gorgeous pixel art!), quit because I couldn't get any friends to play with me. I still play TERA a bit these days and it's certainly anime-inspired~

    • Erogator

      Hey, my 3D MMO addiction also started with FlyFF before moving onto World of Warcraft. I started off playing a low pop 2D MMO for a couple years until seeing an Ad for FlyFF when I was 15. I think they were on version 7 at the time which is funny considering they've got version 17 or some shit now, hahah. I think they call the game "FlyFF Gold" now, but back then, 2005ish? I remember the game being extremely populated. Going from playing single player PS2 games to FlyFF was a big deal to me and I was thinking this F2P Korean game was as good as it gets. After sinking several hundred hours into that grind of a game thinking it was the best, you can imagine what went on in my mind after playing World of Warcraft for the first time. (WoW is obviously a much better made game with it's lore, size, content, player base, variety of classes, arsenal of skills/talents, and true freedom to do whatever you feel like. Where FlyFF was basically upgrade your armor every 10 levels, no real quests, and grind at a single spot in a zone for 5+ levels before moving onto the next for several hundred levels. But hey, we could fly a hoverboard, or broom if you were poor)

      I too got into Ragnarok Online around that time as well. I'm hoping Tree of Savior gives me those feels back which I had when first getting into RO.

  • Yuen

    Mabinogi is my thing! Roughly 2k hours. I can feel it's already losing it's shine though with no new consistent content. I pray one day PSO2, Peria, Soul Worker and Closers will be on this list though.

    • Closers looks very cool. I hope it releases in the U.S.!

      • Brandon Gittens

        2 years later, losing hope T^T

  • Vryon B. Wong

    I have played Scarlet Blade, Eden Eternal, Astral Realm, Flyff, Onigiri, and Aura Kingdom. I always heard Mabinogi is really top notch, but it never really grabbed my attention so ¯_(ツ)_/¯ . In terms of most played, i played Aura Kingdom the most(unless Dragon Nest count as a anime MMO). When i first played anime styled MMO's i never got into it however i will say that i have a deeper respect for the art style of games as it is friendly to all players of any age. However i play games not based on graphics but rather for it's content and most Anime inspired MMO's are quite generic offering little to no action. By no means am I insulting this particular genre, i just find it tedious. I prefer action that makes a slight movement of the mouse devastating and quick reaction speed(Tera is just to slow paced).

    So overall I highly appreciate the art inspiration(also the art style goes easy on my computer) but it is not enough to keep me in. But then again i prefer anime art style over the "realistic" art style as it keeps it "simple stupid" for me xD.

    • I think the anime art also is a lot more timeless than say realistic 3D visuals. Newer engines will always make older 3D games look bad, but good looking anime artstyles are timeless.

      • Erogator

        Yea, I agree. I mean, to me Eden Eternal may be old but looks much more visually pleasing than lord of the rings online does in 2015. I guess they were kind of forced on using the "realistic" style on that one though, hahaha. I could see the game doing just as well with being able to play as a chibi anime Legolas or Gandalf though.

  • I've played most of the games on this list, at least briefly. The anime games I'm most looking forward to are Astral Realm and Peria Chronicles though I fear it may be many years before we in the West get to try either one of them 🙁

  • Terence Chiang

    Being from Taiwan myself, I've had my fair share of anime mmorpgs. Unfortunately, I'd have to say that there are way too many anime mmorpgs here. I like the art style, it's just that it's extremely overused here. Virtually every video game commercial on television follows the same format: cute anime characters, a bit of action, a flashy reveal of the game title, followed by the word "online". The creativity here is extremely lacking and every game is beginning to feel very generic - the main reason why I stray away from local games. Given the amount of effort that developers put into these games though, I'm sure that if they just went for a little innovation rather than following popular trends they would make really great games.

    • Jumin Rhee

      - Open world without having to level up (real life)

      - Get rid of monsters (keep normal animals; rely on quests more)

      - Stop with the medieval motif (try modern or futuristic a la koukaku no pandora or star ocean)

  • NEKO

    have bin playing rpgmmo games since i was young around 12 13 .......and i have seen many good and bad once but they will allways be missing some few features but that is how games will allways be ...i have bin looking at games lately how thay work and how the functions works and the way its made .......and see what i coud do better my self ....i have a dream making rpgmmo games that has a real life feels to it but allso got all the features it is missing .........but am gona keep doing my job by inspecting games about how they look and get the knowlege about what i can do better :3

    • Jumin Rhee

      I also play MMOs to see how I could do better. I'm an explorer-gamer which irritates me as most MMOs require a certain level before leaving the first few maps. I now live in an area with no broadband and 56k (dialup) being considered the fastest in the area (though you pay as if its broadband). I've written design docs, but have little programming skills.

  • Mr. Ethical

    say, is spirit tales closed down? i can't access to the game at all. 🙁

    • Bloom

      yes it closed down.

  • James Deveaux

    I wish there were more anime style MMOs that didn't go for the cutesy look. I mean, seriously. Kritika Online is the only anime MMORPG that I've found that I can tolerate. I really can never see why people like the cutesy style games. I find them abhorrent.

    • You're not alone.

    • Yang Koete

      It's sad. I want some really nice-looking ones that aren't lacking in content either/pay to win.

  • James Gray

    The author of this article made a mistake. Kritika online isn't based on its mobile game counter (kritika The White Knights). But the other way around. The mobile game is an adaptation for mobile devices based on Kritika Online...

    And well it really wouldn't make sense basing an full scale PC MMO from a mobile game.

  • Nathaniel Lucas Walton

    scarlet blade allso shut down guys

  • ishira

    Wait, is Aura Kingdom still alive? I plan to return, but given the time i afraid the community already dying or dead.

    Also, is Twin Saga good? I've look around but most share about end game.

    • Twin Saga has excellent dialogue. I think its less ambitious in core gameplay than Aura kingdom though. Aura Kingdom still has a decent playerbase. ~700 people on Steam alone + people through aeria launcher