Free Realms tops 3 million

Sony Online Entertainment's free family-friendly fantasy MMOG reaches multimillion milestone less than seven weeks after launch.

Further evidence arrived today that nothing attracts a crowd like "free." Sony Online Entertainment, the creators of Ever Quest and Star Wars Galaxies, announced today that 3 million unique users have registered for Free Realms in less than seven weeks after its launch.

Can an overload of cuteness crash a game server?

SOE will thank its early-adopting user base by awarding gamers in that initial batch of 3 million with the "3M Pet Party Pack," which is filled with congratulatory goodies for pet trainers to accessorize their virtual cats and dogs. Normally, players have to buy accessories for their pets at the game's online store.

The game's user base could expand well beyond 3 million players if it ventures beyond the PC. In August 2008, SOE announced at the Leipzig Games Convention that the game would be coming out on the PlayStation 3 in Europe. While SOE has been quiet on the issue since then, company president John Smedley stressed two months later the company's plan to bring all of its future MMO games to consoles.

Unlike many massively multiplayer online role-playing games, combat in Free Realms is optional. The game also offers many social networking features, including an interactive chat where users can share pictures and upload in-game videos onto YouTube. The game offers 14 other jobs, including such jobs as ninja, postman, chef, card duelist, and wizard.

To get a hands-on look at Free Realms, check out GameSpot's preview of the game. You can also see a video of the game below.

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39 comments
Ceil
Ceil

Great game. For any type of gamer, adult, child, etc...Highly recommend it for relaxation and just fun. Im hooked and I have played many MMOs out there.

gotenks123321
gotenks123321

Mabye this can lead all of those little kids off of Xbox Live

MagicOneUp
MagicOneUp

@ eJay13 continue to wear your tin foil on your head ok? so everyone know that you are the only one. I don't see that your comment got anything to do with Free Realms.

KhanhAgE
KhanhAgE

I wonder what the "postman" class is like? *You killed neighbour's dog. +1 experience.*

VenomRitual
VenomRitual

why do i have to watch an ad for gameplay footage? ughh

eJay13
eJay13

@ MagicOneUp Oh, yea. Cuz they're is plenty of "guns and gores" in Forza 3. If anyone else has a stupid comment like this, I would like you to wear tin foil so we know who you are.

Gooeykat
Gooeykat

"Further evidence arrived today that nothing attracts a crowd like "free." Sony Online Entertainment..." There absolutley TONS of free MMOs out there, so I don't think that is the driving force behind this games success. The writer probably should of done a bit of research before typing this sentence.

Barighm
Barighm

Gives me a Jak and Dexter vibe, with an extra helping of cuteness. That's not really a bad thing. A social networking website that happens to allow its avatars to take part in actual gameplay elements-as in, a game designed entirely around them-is actually a cool idea, although the free thing does throw off the feasibility of the game's success. I'd like to see what kind of success it gets when it has a subscription fee, then I'd have a better idea of how fun the game is.

kytomasi
kytomasi

Can an overload of cuteness crash a game server? - omg if i saw that cat on my xbox it'll so red ring. Xbox cant handle that much of cuteness. ^_^

trigun0006
trigun0006

lollollollollollol i love when people flame success (look down)

MagicOneUp
MagicOneUp

@subrosian you mean 'its another sony ripping off others ideas?' plus the thumb system are there for how whom would rate or liken my comments. Anyway, neopets, cartoons ect... most of us don't want that, what rubbish... if you want to socialise, go facebook or something. bring on Forza3, thats where i would like to meet most of you

MagicOneUp
MagicOneUp

The ONLY thing sony see's in record numbers is stuff given away for FREE!! what a joke, i bet if it was charged (like every other demos) the numbers are nowhere near, maybe less than 100 000. that game is rubbish, no guns and gores, who wanna play that? i'll have Gears2 and Forza3 any day.

II-NewEra02-II
II-NewEra02-II

More serious competitors for WoW is good. Let's push the envelope... And see what they can all do under stress. i think this is a good idea. mmo has so much more to show us.. there really should b a change in the whole mmo gaming something other than wow.. and yes i know there are a bunch out there and a lot of free ones, and ones that has a subscrip fee. but i'm talking about a new mmo one that blows peoples minds like wow did like all there's got to b a big change .. just get sleepy with wow is all... same old same old... and that mag game .... that dsnt look very good..

maverick_76
maverick_76

I like Home, but I don't think I would play free realms, I love how in Home I can just lounge around and play pool or bowl and maybe even converse with someone. It is something I use when I don't feel like playing a real game.

subrosian
subrosian

I find it interesting that any comment suggesting Free Realms looks like what it is - aka a family friendly, child-safe, non-combat social-oriented MMO, gets thumbs-downed to high hell, while any comment praising it gets thumbs-up'd. - Let's be real for a second, the purpose of the thumbs down / thumbs up system is to promote comments which are sensible while removing troll comments. It's not trolling to point out this art sty1e is strikingly familiar to many of the cartoon shows (Danny Phantom) and "friendly MMOs" (WoW) out there at the moment. It's an extremely common art sty1e. - It's also not trolling to bite your tongue a bit and go "really now?" Because honestly, would this be the direction you'd want more serious fare ala HOME or FF XIV to go? It's fine to have some games that have a sort of "Neopets meets Disney Online" vibe ( a vibe that makes sense, given that SOE has worked with both in the past)... but it would be concerning if this was the main focus / sty1e going forward. - Trust me when I say that you don't want the hardcore players in your Free Realms - you don't want the same guy who thinks Uncharted 2 multiplayer and GoW3 are tame to turn around and be in your Free Realm, or you're going to have dogs and cats on stakes and a chatroom filled with the blood of children :P

kansaspwnage
kansaspwnage

Another MMO.... @stevo_360 LMAO!!! @robfield although I wish they would actually finish Home. to achieve what they said they where going to achieve and not drag out the open beta for a year and a half...Home has 6.5 million users according to Sony and 80% of them return. although I kinda don't buy that.

sTyLnK
sTyLnK

AnarchyRising- It's free, who cares what it lacks.

AnarchyRising
AnarchyRising

I love MMos, but this game totally lacks everything i like about them. It's more like a candyland meets the sims meets pokemon on crack with no story, no reason to really play other than socializing, and terrible graphics as always from SOE.

TehEliteElite
TehEliteElite

That's ****ing disgusting. God I hate mmo's.

stevo_360
stevo_360

"including such jobs as ninja, postman, chef, card duelist, and wizard." Could I combine all these jobs and become the fascist ruler of this family-friendly world?

rann89
rann89

3 million is impressive no matter how you spin it, and that alone might get me to try the game, and im 24. ditto

guynamedyeah
guynamedyeah

well, does north america get it soon? i heard this game is really well done. lol

peachka2
peachka2

Why do people trash games that are kiddish? They can be just as good as anything else, if well done. Hell, I remember trying to complete Winnie the Pooh section of Kingdom Hearts and that game was awesome. 3 million is impressive no matter how you spin it, and that alone might get me to try the game, and im 24.

aldrenar47
aldrenar47

Damn, you think they could rip off the WoW art style a little more??

LuffyTubby
LuffyTubby

More serious competitors for WoW is good. Let's push the envelope... And see what they can all do under stress.

robfield
robfield

Sony frontlined the wrong product. I doubt there are 3 mil in Home

mAD_ADaption
mAD_ADaption

This reminds me of those gimmicky tv based mmos from nickelodeon and such. I will not play this.

TheArcade
TheArcade

It had better have 3 well over million users if it's free. Nothing much to brag about.

yixingtpot
yixingtpot

sad thing is it's better than 99% of Wii60 games.

jarule88
jarule88

well if you are under 12 you can find this game fun :D and play with you'r dad or mom :D

-Stefunny-
-Stefunny-

Just 79 million more registered accounts until it beats Maple Story lol.

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

Any game where you choose between being a ninja or a mailman must have some merit.

enix165
enix165

O_o Wow, doesn't sound like much fun...well, free sells, and foo's (are) buyin', it would seem. XD