Classic MMO The Realm gets an official reboot

One of the very oldest graphical MMORPGs in the world has been on life support for a long time now. The Realm (also known as The Realm Online) began its run back in 1996 as a 2-D title that was published by Sierra On-Line. Since then, the game’s ownership has traded hands, but the title has endured. Unfortunately, the website and client have not received updates in years, and the entire game gives off the appearance of having fallen into disrepair.

It looks like The Realm’s fates are about to change, however. Owners Norseman Games have given “exclusive license and rights” to a private server team so that it can take over the MMO and bring it up to spec. This means that The Realm will be rebooted on June 1st with a new client, new server, more content, and become available for more platforms. Current server data, including player characters, will be ported over to the new version when it goes live.

The game’s current owners gave the project a hearty thumbs-up: “We at Norseman Games have complete confidence in the Rat Lab team’s ability to develop, implement, and bring The Realm Online back to satisfactory. It is our greatest hope that this arrangement provides the community what they’ve so long desired. See you on the flip side!”

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zoward

This was my first MMO. I remember one day they added a new location, which amounted to all of one screen, and I couldn’t get near it for a month since if more than 20 people entered it at once the server would crash. I also remember an exploit that completely tanked the economy. The dev took away all of everyone’s money except your last … million gold peices. So, someone walked up to me, a lowbie at the time, and gave me a million gold peices. Why not? They were going to lose it anyway. I bought myself a set of high end armor and weapons with it. The game encountered all of the griefing, exploits, and other associated problems games are still battling today except that they weren’t already known the way they ware today. It was a mess. But damn, I have a lot of fond memories of The Realm.

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George Wilson III

This was also the first MMO that my wife and I ever played. It was a lot of fun back in 96-97. Then they wanted a month fee and it just never felt worth the cost. Funny how our opinions change over the years.

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Weilan

Never heard of it, but will definitely give it a try.

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CMDR Crow

While not my proper first, The Realm was my second MMO. This is wonderful!

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Matt Neville

Fantastic News! The Realm is finally receiving the love and care it has needed for a decade. The fellas over at Rat Labs are 100% dedicated to bringing back the game we all remember and love. I cannot wait for the official re-launch of The Realm Online. 10/10 the Hype is real!

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Oleg Chebeneev

Will graphics be updated as well?

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Bhagpuss Bhagpuss

EverQuest was my first MMORPG but The Realm was my first “when I need a break from playing EQ” MMO. I never really made much progress but I loved to spend an hour or two there after a long EQ session to decompress with something more forgiving. I played on and off for several years until I finally let my sub lapse.

Good luck with the reboot. Could be a great addition to the mobile space if you’re thinking of going that way.

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Amanda McGann

Hi there Justin,
My name is Amanda McGann and I represent Norseman Games. I’d love to provide you some information that is slightly more accurate related to dates and the new client go-live date. Please reach out to me at Amandam.mcgann@gmail.com.

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AM
Norseman Games

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agemyth 😩

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George Wilson III

We loved the game and played for a long time. I will have to check out the reboot.

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Aelzen

Amanda, thank you for being a part of the team that has kept this MMO alive. While I never had the opportunity to play, it was this game that first got me interested in MMOs.
I first heard about it via a BBS. Sierra was making this online game in their graphical style, where people could play together. It was mind blowing. I needed to play it.
Unfortunately, living in rural Australia, that was never going to happen. Internet came to the area way too late and even then the connection all the way to the States was just too unreliable to ever make it happen, so I moved on with life. By the time I had good-enough internet and was in a position to play, friends dragged me off to play other things.
I’ve checked in on it from time to time to see how it’s going, and each time I’ve been glad to see it persisting. A few times there has been temptation to pick it up and play, but starting new in a long-established MMO isn’t much fun, so I’ve kept a distance.
But still, I’ve a fondness for it that will never be lost. The game that introduced me to MMOs.

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Amanda McGann

I love stories like this and welcome you to join on in!!