Free Realms registers 12 millionth subscriber

Free-to-play MMO game's in-game population quadrupled in past year; PlayStation 3 arrival date still not specified.

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Sony Online Entertainment's Free Realms is earning its "massively multiplayer" status, as the developer announced the free-to-play game has surpassed the 12-million-user mark.

Free Realms now has a registered base greater than the population of Greece.

The publisher says the milestone was reached just after the in-game Summer Camp event began. The event, which began June 7, added summer-themed items to the gameworld, including umbrellas, beach chairs, volleyball nets, and more.

The game's virtual population could balloon even further if Sony follows through on its commitment to bring all its massively multiplayer online games to consoles and releases it on the PlayStation 3. SOE president John Smedley, speaking at the Austin Game Developers Conference 2009, said Free Realms will come to the PS3 toward the middle of 2010 with PlayStation Eye support likely included.

The children's game was released in April 2009 and quickly amassed more than 3 million users in just seven weeks. Unlike in many massively multiplayer online role-playing games, combat is optional in Free Realms. The game features an assortment of quests, minigames, themed events, and social-networking features, including the ability to upload in-game videos to YouTube.

Discussion

69 comments
AceCometh
AceCometh

Too kiddish for my taste. And I have no children of my own (that I know about!). I'll skip this and head back to Azeroth after the new expansion is released.

Cloud-Zehro
Cloud-Zehro

@DiscGuru101 That's kind of a kick in the pants to WoW, don't you think?... Maybe the landscaping, but character models and NPC's look nothing like them.

James00715
James00715

Don't be fooled by the "Free" in the title. I've read reviews about this game. Like a typical F2P MMO, it has an item shop where kids can convince their parents to by items to give them ingame advantages. There are also a ton of purely cosmetic items for money, like costumes and stuff. And then only half of the game is available for free. The rest of it costs a monthly fee of $5.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

@Cloud-Zehro - The graphics look pretty WoW-tastic.

Cloud-Zehro
Cloud-Zehro

@DiscGuru101 This game is nothing like WoW, nor Second Life....

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

if it is called freerealms, i sure hope the disc is free, otherwise, some kids are gonna be super angry!

atopp399
atopp399

How many are gold sellers? Free games seem to have issues with gold sellers sometimes. Does this game have that problem?

spoonybard-hahs
spoonybard-hahs

Why are people complaining about Gamespot "picking on Greece?" Nowhere in the article do they ridicule, poke fun at, or s*** on Greece.

SteelBallsBill
SteelBallsBill

Every fool seems to enjoy bashing Greece these days...

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

Well, I just "downloaded" some screen shots and I'm good. My first impression is part 2nd Life, part WoW. I'm not a fan of either one. Once upon a time, I did have fun with another free child-like MMO called Furcadia!

kaychun88
kaychun88

I won't even consider playing it even if it comes to PS3. There are just too many other great games to play than this. I guess because its free.

Darkmoone1
Darkmoone1

I can't believe people would waste their time playing such a horrid game like this. Runescape is better than this trash and thats saying something.

alzeer1
alzeer1

all free games have these numbers what new thing

okassar
okassar

Lol I think it would be safe to say that even Runescape is better than Free Realms concerning complexity, skills, and quests (too bad the graphics are outdated).

bojan_sokol
bojan_sokol

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NoLifeGamin
NoLifeGamin

This is I why don't like free games, but either paying a subscription for them. That's where Guild Wars 2 comes in.

silverman2000
silverman2000

I try this game once,but it dint have anything that make me continue playing it,that is my point of view.And what is this greece problem here?

knoxyknight
knoxyknight

Greece. Now theres a country I forget existed.

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

@nintendo-naut Not as laughable as Evony's "We have t¡ts" approach

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

@The_Gaming_Baby That is a little un-called for

The_Gaming_Baby
The_Gaming_Baby

Greece has less than 12 million people? No wonder we kicked their ass in the war.

N0tYrBeezin
N0tYrBeezin

Even if there were 40millions players when they are not paying for it the income is still a big zero.

DuncanM908
DuncanM908

12 million people, and still nobody cares.

blackshark
blackshark

SOE said the same about SWG coming to the PS2 back in the day

gohoanq
gohoanq

I hope this damn game comes out on ps3 soon.. I'm tired of waiting lol

ReaperV7
ReaperV7

*sigh* its never coming out for the ps3....

Kleeyook
Kleeyook

12M people registered!? Well, it's free. :(

nintendo-naut
nintendo-naut

The commercials for this game are laughable.

archlvt
archlvt

Take into consideration how many people registered, hated it and left. 12 million people registered, but I'm willin to bet only 300,000 play it actively.

BornGamer
BornGamer

"Free Realms now has a register base greater than the population of Greece." ... Yet, paradoxically, not one of those people are as intelligent as the stupidest person in Greece.

DarthEthong467
DarthEthong467

I guarantee that hardly a fraction of that number are still playing.

DarkAngel421
DarkAngel421

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Narutofan30
Narutofan30

Get Owned GREECE! Id play for laughs if it was on PS3

Barighm
Barighm

That's "registered", not "active" player. Besides, it's free, so it's not that impressive.

Crazyguy105
Crazyguy105

@Big_Stingman RuneScape is just as bad as FreeRealms. :P

s8man888
s8man888

There is a difference between the word subscribers(11.5 million of WoW) and registered users(12 million of Free Realms). Subscribers are how many are active accounts, registered users are how many have ever created and/or played the game.

K-Grogg
K-Grogg

I have a and love my PS3, as well as most of what Sony does, but this is pretty sad. At least it's targeted at kids, who seem to like it. Whatever works I guess.

controlfreak25
controlfreak25

sounds interesting but i dont think i would play it.

enix165
enix165

12 million suckers got those "FREE IN-GAME STRIPED SHOES" then, eh? I weep. D=

JanusStormsword
JanusStormsword

@DaRk_NiTeMaRe There are at least a few other F2P games that are nearly as popular, or more popular than WoW, namely Runescape (which does also have optional paid accounts) and MapleStory (which I believe currently has the most active players of any MMO, free or paid).