There have been many developers that have aimed to bring MMOGs to the console and Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) is one of the few to actually accomplish the feat. With the long-running EverQuest Online Adventures and the recently launched DC Universe Online, SOE will be adding another MMOG to their list of console titled on March 29th with the Playstation 3 launch of their free-to-play MMORPG Free Realms. The announcement was made at PAX East 2011 yesterday and Playstation 3 players will be able to enjoy the title at the end of this month. Check out the official press release after the break.
SONY ONLINE ENTERTAINMENTÂS FREE REALMSÂ® BREAKS NEW GROUND MARCH 29 AS THE FIRST FREE-TO-PLAY VIRTUAL WORLD GAME ON THE PLAYSTATIONÂ®NETWORK
With Nearly 17 Million Registered Players on the PC and MAC, Free Realms Will Be the First Family-Friendly Massively Multiplayer Online Game to Hit Any Console
SAN DIEGO, CALIF. Â March 11, 2011 ÂSony Online Entertainment LLC today announced that free-to-play, family-friendly persistent virtual world game, Free RealmsÂ® (www.FreeRealms.com), is scheduled for release in North America on March 29 for the PlayStationÂ®3 Computer Entertainment System.
ÂFree Realms continues to break new ground in the gaming industryÂ it will be the first free-to-play MMO to hit any console, the first family-friendly MMO to hit any console, and the second MMO, after our recent release of DC UniverseÂ Online, to hit the PlayStation 3 to date,Â said John Smedley, president of Sony Online Entertainment. ÂAs the only online games publisher that creates accessible and diverse gameplay experiences for the full spectrum of gamers, we are committed to burgeoning innovation and growing the MMO genre by leaps and bounds, bringing in players of all ages.Â
Originally launched in 2009 for the PC and 2010 for MAC, Free Realms has a robust and highly engaged community of nearly 17 million registered players on both platforms combined. Recently recognized by Creative Child Magazine with the 2010 Creative Toy Award Seal of Excellence, Free Realms delivers an endless array of exciting gameplay activities, minigames and adventures to entertain a diversity of players. From ninja fighting and playing soccer to battling pirate ships and training exotic pets, in Free Realms players can be and do whatever they want whenever they want! Free Realms offers a fun, social environment to connect with old and new friends while participating in live events, group quests and community activities.
Featuring the familiar activities, minigames and adventures found in the PC version with a streamlined user interface, Free Realms for the PlayStation 3 capitalizes on all the interactive features the console has to offer and is easily accessible from the PlayStationÂ®Store. Players can use voice chat to lead their group into battle and socialize at a party, while also earning, comparing and sharing trophies.
Love the thrill of combat? Players can be a ninja, warrior or wizard to battle enemies or duel other players. Combat not for you? Go on adventures with pets, mine for gold, cook up a meal or enter a demolition derby! When players are ready for a different kind of challenge, they can play a wide variety of completely integrated minigames, pick up a quest, decorate their house, construct a maze or explore the terrain on the back of their T-Rex Ride. Free Realms is the place to join your friends to discover, explore, compete, create and just have fun!
- Fun Now, No Waiting: Free Realms is easy to access! Get in the game quickly and easily from the PlayStationÂ®Store, create a character, and adventure in a fully immersive social game world within minutes! Click on the Game Guide to access the Activity Finder, Events Calendar, 3D and 2D minigames, quests, Match Making and more!
- Be Whoever You Want: With 15 jobs to get into and more than 30,000 wearable combinations, players can find the perfect profession, or try them all! Jobs include: wizard, blacksmith, medic, archer, warrior, ninja, brawler, chef, miner, demolition derby driver, kart driver, adventurer, postman, soccer star, and fisherman.
- Fun for Everyone: With so much to do and see itÂs easy for players to find something fun for you! Start by playing minigames like cooking, mining, soccer, Demolition Derby, or PirateÂs Plunder. Players can decorate their player house with a party dance floor, rocket ship or talking tiki head, or create a maze with any number of items and invite friends over to race through it. The action doesnÂt stop there; players can participate with the entire community at live event Boss Battles or in holiday quests, attend in-game concerts and learn boom box dance moves.
- Vibrant, Deep Environment: There are eight distinct, unique and breathtaking environments for players to explore. Areas include the snowcapped mountain villages of Snowhill, the dark and mysterious swamps of Blackspore, and the sunny shores of Seaside.
- Connect with Friends: Whether oneÂs meeting up with old friends or finding new ones, Free Realms players can connect, play, quest and adventure together. For group quests and multiplayer battles, players just log in to see what their friends have been up to, select them from your friends list and join them in game.
- Play Free or Upgrade: At its heart, Free Realms is free-to-play, with more than 800 quests and the ability to take each job through level four. But players who want to break through to the next level can become Members with access to an additional 400 quests and the ability to level all jobs up to 20. Memberships are offered in terms of one month, three months, six months and lifetime, which is valid for the life of the game. Members and free players can also purchase a variety of items and wearables through micro-transactions.
- Family-Friendly: Recently recognized by Creative Child Magazine with the 2010 Creative Toy Award Seal of Excellence, Free Realms is a fun online experience to share with the entire family. Parental controls on the PC allow for the customization of safety options, include pre-canned and white-list chat, reporting and filters for younger players. For kids who enjoy playing on the PlayStationÂ®3, robust parental controls are innate to the PlayStationÂ®3 Computer Entertainment System.
Free Realms is rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and up with content descriptors of Crude Humor and Fantasy Violence. Online Interactions Not Rated by the ESRB. To play Free Realms, visit: www.FreeRealms.com.
About Sony Online Entertainment
Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) is a recognized worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online games, with hundreds of thousands of subscribers around the globe. SOE creates, develops and provides compelling entertainment for the personal computer, online game console and wireless devices. Known for its blockbuster franchises and hit titles including EverQuestÂ®, EverQuestÂ® II, Champions of NorrathÂ®, Untold LegendsÂ, PlanetSideÂ®, and the recently launched DC Universe OnlineÂ, as well as the recent kidsÂ phenomena Free RealmsÂ® and Clone Wars AdventuresÂ, SOE continues to redefine the business of online gaming and the creation of active player communities. Headquartered in San Diego, CA, with additional development studios in Austin, TX, Seattle, WA, Denver, CO, and Tucson, AZ, SOE has an array of cutting-edge games in development across various platforms and genres for audiences of all ages.
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