Free Realms Update Impressions

We take a look at the latest update for Sony's free massively multiplayer online game.

Sony's free massively multiplayer online game has only been live since late April, but the company has already been able to achieve huge headway in carving out a community. As it stands, the game has already attracted well over 2 million users to the service and is on track to break through the 3 million user mark in the next few weeks. While the numbers may pale slightly in comparison to the likes of market-leader Blizzard and its World of Warcraft 11.5 million active-subscriber base, Free Realms has managed to get its foot in the door of the lucrative online game market.

Customise your character's look in this colorful fantasy world.

Though currently only available on the PC platform, Sony confirmed its plans to port the game to its PlayStation 3 console, and while it's already in the process of making it happen, no release date has been announced yet. With the service taking on a life of its own, it's not real surprise to find out that new content is being rolled out to retain those who are coming to play. We caught up with the team from Sony Online Entertainment at this year's E3 show to get a rundown of the new and upcoming features.

Sony's current approach is to offer short 10-to-15-minute tasks in the fantasy world, putting you in the role of a character you can choose. In addition to the now expected customization options, which will allow you to mix and match physical attributes to create the look you want to achieve, you'll be able to train for and experiment with various in-game jobs. Each job contains its own profession-specific minigames, which will complement other skills. In the example we were given, you'll be able to meld mining- and engineering-type skills to create in-game objects for your character to share with others.

Sony reps also outlined plans for further changes to its currently optional subscription model, giving players access to additional services, including realm transfers, new job types, vanity pets, and exclusive in-game combat encounters. Also planned for future release are guilds, shared guild housing, new sports minigames, different types of pets, and new car styles.

Though Sony hasn't fully explored the option yet, our guide also talked about plans to further integrate real-world advertising into the game world. Our guide stressed the importance of serving contextual ads, and we were shown a promotional poster for a Dares in-game concert, which mirrored a real-world rock show. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but brands like McDonalds were also name checked during our guided tour.

Will Free Realms be able to retain its user-base-growth momentum? We're going to have to wait and see as it continues to evolve.

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Raistlin555
Raistlin555

If it ever comes out on PS3, I'll give it a try.

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

Not to bump an old topic...But we are 12 months on. When oh when is this hitting the ps3?

Argal
Argal

I was also skeptical when I first saw this game, but after having played it for a while and even paying for Membership, I'd have to say that this is really one of the most entertaining MMOs I've ever played. If you're thinking about trying out this game I say go for it, it's free and even the free content is pretty darn entertaining.

Hipfireassasin
Hipfireassasin

looks too fruity and time consuming, like most other games of the type

fatFlat
fatFlat

The best mmo is ENTROPIA UNIVERSE for the pc...Try it and u wont play noting else..

ppshterror827
ppshterror827

It's like Yu-gi-oh, Club Penguin, and Habbo Hotel thrown into a blender. To me, it's just another crappy World of Warcraft wannabe. I INFINITELY prefer Runescape over this. Besides, I can still remember those crappy commercials, and let me tell you: I do not want to see guys wearing tightie-whities and pink hair with makeup.

100starz
100starz

Its a complete kiddy game. But its an MMORPG at the same time. I can't believe they make MMORPGs for five year olds these days.

BladeTrinity114
BladeTrinity114

It does look good but I will wait until the PS3 port I think. PS3+MMO=Gaming outer haven!

BalramRules
BalramRules

Just stop complaining, there's a reason so many people like this title, because it's successful, why else would they making lots of money, gosh! You your brains, sorry did I say brains, I meant peanuts, lol, only joking, just stop complaining.

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

Hmmm I'll pass thanks... Just not enough substance to draw my interest to any aspect of this game what so ever...

ropumar
ropumar

I will play the free version when comes to ps3. Not going to be a very active player.... but will sure play. I even think will enjoy a lot.

tiggerlu
tiggerlu

This is a neat game, even for adults - it's light, and if you're sick of grinding in other MMOs or all that grief that goes with it, this game has enough variety and puzzles to let you pop in for 15-30 mins and have fun, and walk away. It's free "enough" so that most professions are quests are there, you can be a kart driver, a chef, a ninja, a postman...the professions that are subscriber only are also neat, but not *must haves* so I think all in all, Sony did a good job with this game. They also recently added guilds,s o hopefully it becomes a bit more social for people who are playing it.

shakensparco
shakensparco

Eh wake me up when a real "free" game comes along. I'm tired of only getting a demo and not the full blown game. I say either put in-game advertising in and have it all be free or have none at all. in general I can't stand games with advertising such as Guitar Hero. But what are you going to do? Not buy the game?

ColonelX24
ColonelX24

It is a fun game, but I don't think anyone who has a PS3 is going to buy this for it. In my opinion MMO's should stay on the computer where they're usually free....with subscription options.

dbpvivi
dbpvivi

@notquitesure: You always have.....youtube?. lol I love mac users. Sorry couldn't resist. If you have an intel there is nothing stopping you from using boot camp (Windows)..

notquitesure
notquitesure

has a mac... and with most games... cant play it. i wouldnt bother with it on my PS3... ah well... next!

insane087
insane087

if your saying it looks childish dont play it but did that stop ne one playin lbp... i think not!

TENGILL29
TENGILL29

I play this game. Its fun... to mutch fun. Its easy and short. You dont have to take a big part of your life to play it. The fact that you dont have a restriktion on your car´s jobs means you can switch on the fly. Geting bored killing bumbel bee´s?, jump in a cart and drive or try your hand at collecting items as a chef or miner. I really like the game as i can pick based on my mood at the time. Its a god way to spend some time, waiting for somthing better. Its a great way to get your kids in to gaming aswell, you dont have to worry about 4 letter words... Thats right you cant type numbers, in word or number form. So if i want to wright "im level 5" it will show as "im level ###" if you try to wright "im level five" it will show as "im level ####" I dont know the reson for this and we have goten no reall awnser on the forums. But all in all a god way to spend some time and time you can spend with your kids as well if you want.

RazerBlade13
RazerBlade13

This game seems pretty childish to me. Is it?

DarthEthong467
DarthEthong467

hmmm, what a waste. Can someone just make a decent mmorpg or just mmo? I could care less about in-game ad's, they don't hurt me any, so long as the game has a lot of features and decent gameplay. And no more of that fantasy dungeons and dragons crap, I'll play WOW if I want that.

shawnanthony
shawnanthony

@gormo4 Quote: "if the game is designed for kids they better be careful of peadophiles.. >" Kids can not see text chat, only pre-made messages... /smart

MidniteShadow
MidniteShadow

IMO this is just a test to see how the market and consumers react to this sort of thing.

alosborne
alosborne

The commercials just reinforce my will not to play it.

shadowysea07
shadowysea07

meh i've seen the commercials and all i can say is retarded. its just like cartoon networks fusionfall and that wizard 101 game. garbage. I can't stand those types of games. I highly doubt this will reach wow status it will be lucky to get to 5 mill

LordChimera
LordChimera

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gormo4
gormo4

if the game is designed for kids they better be careful of peadophiles.. >.

Macdaddy0
Macdaddy0

Meh, I hope it pulls through. I'd love to see how well it does in the console

blazey09
blazey09

you kmow a 2 mill is alot for just a few months it took blizzard how long to reach 11.5 mill, exactly even know the game looks stupid i can see this passing world of warcraft.

bodylotion
bodylotion

I'm fully aware this is a game based on kids / younger people but somehow the game just looks fun to play lol.... but to pay for this game and pay every month goes too far :)

Kos1c
Kos1c

I'm a big fan of WoW, played that game for years, and i think it'll be very hard to find a replacement game for it. I've not really heard much about this game, but with the graphics, and trying out other free MMORPG's, they all failed pretty hard in keeping me hooked or entertained long enough. As it's a free game, i'll give it ago when it's out, but i'm not planning much confidence in it.

shadowking34
shadowking34

it a good game to have fun this like w.o.w

Junior_AIN
Junior_AIN

Massive RPGs aren't my thing. I'll pass.

cridant
cridant

Nothing is free, we pay with advertisement, But 30 seconds of my time, witch may Make me want to buy a game (yes i am easy) is worth a free game

king_bobo
king_bobo

@ sasha08 - I totally agree. I'd rather have a service/game that was completely free, with a few unnoticable ads, than have to pay a subscription. I like Sony's business model plans - Home, Vidzone and soon to be Free Realms! Sure, it may not appeal to everyone, but like kraken2109 said, as long as it's free, why should anyone complain?

kraken2109
kraken2109

Well, as long as it's free, i won't complain.

sasha08
sasha08

More variety for the PS3 is a good thing. Correct me if I'm wrong but I think Vidzone use advertising aswell and to be honest I like the idea. Free service, free games, thats all good to me.

bobthegoat2001
bobthegoat2001

It reminds me of the Care Bears for some reason.

gmax
gmax

Well, I haven't seen it in action yet myself, but the image above reminds me of Pinata, but with people... Maybe that's a stretch.

sethyboy0
sethyboy0

This looks like it might be interesting. I just hope that the game isn't a boring grind-fest like WoW, Maplestory, FlyFF etc...

Joaovpo
Joaovpo

It looked very kiddy, well it IS kiddy, but after playing a bit you get hooked, it is so much fun. You should try this,

SSBFan12
SSBFan12

I am going to pass on this game.

NuKkU
NuKkU

ill have to try this out when it comes to the PS3

lbptoady
lbptoady

i don't know, it looks ok but too kiddy. I guess i gotta try it out to see.