Best Free Survival Games for PC and Browser in 2023!
Free-to-play PvPvE, team-based treasure hunting, puzzle solving, and sharp shooting.
Fight to survive and protect your allies in a post-apocalyptic open world MMO, all while being guided by the Fresh Prince himself.
Ethyrial: Echoes of Yore
An "old school MMORPG" that pays tribute to those that came before it.
Dead Cide Club
Join a Cartel and blast your way to success in a free-to-play side-scrolling interpretation of "FPS" type fun!
DEATHVERSE: LET IT DIE
Death is nothing but entertainment for the masses in this F2P survival shooter.
Go it alone or team up with friends (or enemies you decide to spare) in this cross-platform, survival shooter.
Chimeraland is a free-to-play sandbox MMO that has so many character customization options that some of you may be in the creator for hours… no joke
Battle the odds in a 100v1 death match in PUBG: Battlegrounds, the classic free-to-play battle royale experience.
Stalk the night and use the powers of vampirism to eliminate your foes in Bloodhunt (Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodhunt), a free-to-play battle royale from Sharkmob.
Eternal Return: Black Survival
Take on all comers in Nimble Neuron's free-to-play MOBA/survival/battle royale mash-up Eternal Return: Black Survival. The scientific organization AGLAIA is creating a race of advanced humans with amazing powers and putting them to the test in experimental battles against one another to see who comes out on top!
Make new space friends and betray them all in Unfortunate Spacemen, a free-to-play shooter from New Blood Interactive. Complete objectives and hunt monsters in varied sci-fi environments ...
Experience a fresh perspective on the battle royale experience with Darwin Project, a free-to-play game that takes the "game show" concept to a whole new level. As a contestant, you'll need to craft and kill your way to the top, as usual -- but the Show Director can make your life easier, or more difficult, and spectators can also weigh in, influencing the Director to aid or hinder players of their choosing.
The former Cuisine Royale has a new name, but the free-to-play battle royale action is just as crazy as before! CRSED: F.O.A.D.
Get creative and build the world of your dreams in Ylands, a free game-builder from Bohemia Interactive.
Survive on the edge of civilization in Stay Out, a free-to-play post-apocalyptic MMORPG from Mobile Technologies LLC. Become a "stalker," exploring the vast and hostile Alienation Zone in search of artifacts, but tread carefully -- dangerous creatures lurk in the dark, and you'll need all your wits, and a quick trigger finger, to survive.
World War 3
MY.GAMES and friends take to the real world for a more realistic take on military FPS combat.
Totally Accurate Battlegrounds
Dive into hyper-realistic battle royale action in Landfall's Totally Accurate Battlegrounds, now free-to-play. Up to 60 players compete to be the last man wobbling, using weapons like the balloon crossbow, inflatable hammer to achieve their murderous goals.
Realm Royale Reforged
Mount up and fight for the glory of the realm in Realm Royale Reforged, a free-to-play battle royale game from Hi-Rez Studios based on its hit shooter Paladins. Choose from one of five classes -- warrior, mage, hunter, assassin, or engineer -- and take on all comers in a furious fantasy fight to the finish.
Will To Live
Will to Live is a free-to-play MMORPG-shooter developed and published by AlphaSoft LLC. Set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, the game is an open-world shooter littered with radiation, mutants, and other survivors.
Z1 Battle Royale
Formerly known as H1Z1, Z1 Battle Royale was one of the first battle royale games on the market, and now it's come back to its roots and gone free-to-play! Scavenge and survive along with up to 150 other bloodthirsty competitors to come out on top.
Take on the zombie hordes in Dead Maze, a free-to-play 2-D massively multiplayer cooperative game set in a post-apocalyptic world. Players will have to work together to hunt and survive and to rebuild society.
Wild Terra Online
Make friends, make enemies, and survive the elements in Wild Terra Online, a free-to-play survival MMORPG from Juvty Worlds Ltd. With over 100 buildings to choose from, you can build your settlement up from scratch and defend it from all comers in skill-based combat, or just engage in crafting and the economical aspects of the game.
Play Fortnite in a totally new way, in Fortnite: Battle Royale, the free-to-play spinoff of Epic Games' builder/shooter. Like other classic BR games, you'll be dropped into the world and forced to scavenge and survive.
Now free-to-play, Deceit is a multiperson FPS that challenges players not only to kill their enemies but figure out who their enemies actually are. You wake up in an asylum, one of six people.
Alien Swarm: Reactive Drop
Taking its cues from its predecessor, Alien Swarm: Reactive Drop is a free-to-play action shooter with a top-down view and tons of extra-terrestrial baddies to exterminate. Reactive Drop includes an extensive campaign mode, PvP, and a vast array of deadly weapons to mince and mangle with.
Line of Sight
Shotguns and sorcery collide in Line of Sight, an unconventional free-to-play first-person shooter from BlackSpot Entertainment and Game & Game. When conventional weapons aren't enough, take down your enemies with fireballs and tornadoes.
Infestation: The New Z
Fight against the zombie hordes and other desperate souls in Infestation: The New Z, a free-to-play survival game from the people who brought you Infestation: Survivor Stories. Explore a vast, open world, either on official servers or on a moderated server with its own rules set.
UFO Online: Invasion
Face down hordes of bloodthirsty aliens -- and fellow humans fighting for survival -- in turn-based tactical combat with Bad Pixel's UFO Online: Invasion. In the near future, aliens attacked Earth and a deadly virus decimated the human population.
Set in the distant future, when humanity is on the brink of extinction, StarBreak is a free-to-play platformer MMO with loads of exploration and fast-paced combat. Choose your class and follow your allies into combat in confusing mazes that are different every time you play, but watch out -- a boss lurks at the end of these zones, and if you die, you'll have to start completely over!
MechWarrior Online is a free to play 3D simulation style multiplayer FPS mech game that captures the feeling of piloting a gigantic BattleMech. Players take control of one of a variety of towering Mechs which weight dozens of tons.
Brawlhalla is a fast-paced, frenetic smash-em-up like no other! OK, it's a little like that one “Smash” game, with plenty of interesting characters, weapons, environments, and many, many ways to die, horribly and comedically.
The undead prowl the maps in search of flesh in Codename CURE, a free to play MMOFPS with objective based missions set against the backdrop of a zombie apocalypse. Taking a leaf from Team Fortress 2’s book, Codename CURE gives players access to five different classes to play as, each with their own strengths and weakness against the zombie hordes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here's a few free survival games that may be worth checking out in no order:1. PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS
3. The Cycle: Frontier
4. Lost Light
5. Stay Out
Many sites aren't very particular when they recommend "survival" games as they may include battle royales, MOBAs, and games from other genres in the "survival" category.
Since we have separate lists here on MMOBomb for those genres, we'll stick to games where the main gameplay loop is going out into the wild to gather resources and advance your character or your character's house/belongings/equipment in our "survival" game recommendations, but we'll include a recommendation to PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS here since it is a bit more "survival" than typical battle royale titles.
Most survival games aren't very realistic at all since they often involve zombies, monsters, and other supernatural creatures. However, if by "realistic" you mean the graphics and the weaponry used then Will To Live, Stay Out, PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS and Lost Light are worth checking out.