Massively OP’s 2018 Awards: Best MMO Player Housing of 2018


Massively Overpowered’s end-of-the-year 2018 awards continue today with our award for Best MMO Player Housing, which was awarded to WildStar last year. And the year before that. Sigh.

MMORPGs eligible for this award may have launched in any year as long as they are still alive and still offer player housing; nominees should be judged based on the quality and depth of that feature and that feature alone. Don’t forget to cast your own vote in the just-for-fun reader poll at the very end!

The Massively OP staff pick for the Best MMO Player Housing of 2018 is…

EverQuest II and RIFT

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Here’s the thing: A lot of big MMOs have housing now. But most of them treat it as a vanity toy, an achievement thing, a cash shop cow, a farming zone. Older games still have the best MMORPG housing, the kind where the housing is super intricate and meaningful and creative. I couldn’t decide between RIFT and EverQuest II, so I’m happy with either one winning. My runner-up is Trove, more for its club islands than its actual individual player houses. I’ve had so much fun building in there this year.

Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): EverQuest II and RIFT. I have not personally experience the housing systems in either of these games, but the footage I’ve seen shared and the creativity on display is definitely something to behold. Few things make one feel as connected to a game world as owning a small piece of it, and these two titles make sure your carved-out piece is able to stand out.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): For all that I make fun of EverQuest II having the artistic direction of a kid filing off the serial numbers on Tolkien-esque fantasy, the game sure does have a heck of a housing system. For that matter, so does RIFT. Considering the woes of both companies running these games, I hope to heck these games are both still here next year.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): With WildStar out of the way, RIFT still has the best and most flexible housing system on the market.

Matt Daniel (@Matt_DanielMVOP): RIFT.

MJ Guthrie (@MJ_Guthrie, blog): I am sure folks can already guess what my answer is, because I don’t think it really changes year to year: Best housing is EverQuest II! The number of housing styles (that you can never, ever lose due to non-payment or taking breaks from playing) is enormous, only to be surpassed astronomically by the number and types of things to decorate them with! There are even whole building block collections so players can literally build their own constructs within a house and create anything they want. There is no limit to the creativity possible, and it just keeps getting better and better with more and more. What makes this all that much better is the Housing & Leaderboards window that lets you tour and bask in the overflow of creativity right from a button on your UI (and returns you back to the spot you left!). For runner up, I am going with Conan Exiles, which allows me to build my own house with a multitude of shapes and textures, decorating it with an ever-increasing collection of styles of furnishings. I like the trajectory of housing improvements. And hey, this game lets you actually display your sweet, sweet weapons!

How does Massively OP choose the winner?
Our team gathers together over the course of a few days to discuss candidates and ideally settle on a consensus winner. We don’t have a hard vote, but we do include written commentary from every writer who submitted it on time so that you can see where some of us differed, what our secondary picks were, and why we personally nominated what we did (or didn’t). The site’s award goes to the staff selection, but we’ll include both it and the community’s top nomination in our debrief in January.

EverQuest II and RIFT won our award for Best MMO Player Housing of 2018. What’s your pick?

Reader poll: Which MMORPG has the best housing in 2018?

  • EverQuest II (18%, 95 Votes)
  • RIFT (13%, 70 Votes)
  • Elder Scrolls Online (25%, 133 Votes)
  • ArcheAge (4%, 23 Votes)
  • SWTOR (2%, 10 Votes)
  • Black Desert (3%, 18 Votes)
  • Final Fantasy XIV (9%, 47 Votes)
  • Wurm Online (2%, 10 Votes)
  • Ultima Online (2%, 13 Votes)
  • LOTRO (5%, 26 Votes)
  • Aion (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Trove (1%, 5 Votes)
  • Shroud of the Avatar (2%, 9 Votes)
  • Path of Exile (4%, 19 Votes)
  • Nothing (5%, 27 Votes)
  • Something else (tell us in the comments!) (5%, 27 Votes)

Total Voters: 483

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Poll options include all games nominated plus other games we thought had a chance!

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Without even having to think; EQ2 and Rift. And EQ2 wins based on how user friendly it’s housing interface is (I hated the Rift interface). And I love how EQ2 integrated housing into the story and game (especially how they did the ‘getting your first crappy apartment’ story in the original launch of the game. While the apartments and homes may be instanced, at least most of them are physically represented in the world (unlike Rift dimensions which are, well – other dimensions that you teleport to and from).

My home in EQ2 felt like my home. With walls and tables covered in trophies of my accomplishments from monster lore and legend quests, heritage quests and a plethora of other quests, achievements and drops. Shelves crammed full of books I placed there, results from language, lore and collection quests. Crafting housing items was achievable and easy to do, much more accessible and rewarding than the dreamweaving of Rift. I have never felt genuine pride in my home like I do in EQ2.
I wish I could experience that feeling in every game.

Erik Von Drachenfeld

Conan exiles has probably the best way of building a home, I’ve ever seen in a game – whether its an MMO or not, I don’ really know, but Massively has had plenty of coverage over the years.

So good! So many locations, so many possibilities!

Matt Comstock

I completely agree. CE at least deserved a spot in the voting polls, even if its not a full-on MMO. It is MMO enough to be covered on the website. In no other game that I have played, has housing been so important to your survival. Nor have I played any other game with so much versatility in building style options and locations (never played ARK). How you build your home/base/castle/fortress protects you against other players in PvP, and the Purge in PvE. Not only that, but there is more than ample opportunity to customize and decorate your home with various placeables.

Wilhelm Arcturus

EverQuest II over Rift to my mind. Rift is somewhat more flexible when it comes to building, but it doesn’t offer much for people who just want to have some nice housing options without having to build from scratch and it isn’t anywhere as connected to the game as EQII housing.

I have played Rift and gave their housing a pass after tinkering with it, but I cannot imagine playing EQII without having a house setup to sell on the market and as a place to hang my trophies.


ESO has come a long way and added even more tools this year to make customization and decorating easier.

IronSalamander8 .

I would have voted for Wildstar had it still existed. EQ2’s is fantastic, I took some tours of open houses and was amazed at what people did.

SWTOR’s is horrendously bad, I had a few of the SHs before quitting and while Yavin was kind of neat, the garbage hook system and lack of scaling makes it a joke.

I never got a house in FF14 but the guild house was pretty cool. I’d put it fairly high up the list.


I voted for Ultima Online because i had so many fond memories of its housing system. Latest update for Path of Exile had a good hideout revamp, maybe next year !

Yoshi Senpai

I like my house in FFXIV.

Getting the exact plot I wanted and beating out an FC and 6 other people who waited up to 9 hours for it was a feeling of pride and accomplishment.


It will always be WildStar for me. /bows


Let’s not talk housing, am still mourning the monumental loss of real estate on nexus’ lower atmosphere *sulks*

FF14 is gorgeous but I do not particularly agree with the policy of holding your property hostage to force you to keep subbing (if that is still in place) so I am without preference.

Yes yes, am fooling around with SWTOR on a newly acquired guild flagship but regardless of how much fun I have it’d be preposterous to define it a good housing system… it’s there, it works… that’s it

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If MJ had not say EQ2 I would have been shocked, shocked I tell you! 😂