The Realm’s creator wants to remake this 20-year-old MMO

MMO veterans might be familiar with The Realm (also known as The Realm Online), which was one of the first class of graphical online RPGs. While it’s been trucking along since 1996, creator Stephen Nichols accused the current owners of letting The Realm lapse into “deep neglect” and wants to remake the game for modern sensibilities.

“2016 marks the 20-year anniversary of The Realm Online,” Nichols posted. “If you’re like me, you miss seeing the game thrive and grow as you know it can. I think it’s time for a remake of this internet classic with a fresh coat of paint and updated technology. Perhaps you agree. Yes, it’s time for a Realm remake, and I’m gonna make it happen.”

To wit, Nichols put up a Go Fund Me page to help raise $50,000 to finance initial promotion and preproduction for this “spiritual successor” called The Realm: Reawakened (not to be confused with FFXIV: A Realm Reborn). It will still be a 2-D room-based game, albeit one with updated graphics, cross-platform access, and improved technology. He admitted that he does not have the rights to the original game, although he’s in talks with the current owners.

Nichols said that he’s putting some of his own money into the game and has plans for a greater Kickstarter campaign in the future. How long could it take for a Realm remake to get off the ground? Nichols said that it could conceivably happen by the end of the year:

It’s my belief that The Realm: Reawakened has the potential to entertain a lot of people. The simple point-and-cick adventure style is very accessible and encourages a form of social play not found in many other products.

The original game has touched a great many people, fostered lifelong relationships, and helped to define what online gaming meant for countless folks. I want to bring that experience to more people!

I also believe that, with proper funding, we can release a playable version of The Realm: Reawakened in 2016. The first step on that journey, though, is driving the preproduction and preparing to fundraise on Kickstarter.

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AdariousMistdancer
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AdariousMistdancer

Kaloth  It’s been 7 for years now .. and they wouldn’t dare raise it again.  The current gofundme campaign was at the request of those of us there, and this is going to go forward; the only variable is the length of time it takes, not ‘if’ it’s going to happen.  It seems as though you have a rather negative outlook on both topics.

Kaloth
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Kaloth

AdariousMistdancer Kaloth I got it from a post further down the thread, figured the info was correct.
That being said, I’m sure it’ll be $9 in short order. It used to be $5 (thanks internetarchive) but it has increased ever so slightly over the years.

AdariousMistdancer
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AdariousMistdancer

Kaloth Where exactly are you or anyone else getting this 9 dollar figure from?  A 2 minute visit to the original page ..realmserver.com shows that it is in fact 7…not 9.

DebbieDodson
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DebbieDodson

I still have my account but do not play anymore.  I was hoping someone would do something :)  cant wait to sign up and play :)

Gilyn
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Gilyn

I loved this game.  I can’t wait to see what Stephen Nichols comes up with for it’s reawakening.

MIKEtheWIZ
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MIKEtheWIZ

I’m so thrilled that The Realm is coming back with new paint and Tech. NG screwed The Realm, I’ll be donating.

Aralithful
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Aralithful

I had played MUDs before this but I think The Realm was my first graphical online rpg. I have occasionally felt nostalgic and went to take a look only to be met with the requirements to do so. I’d like to think my character data is still intact. I’d be interested to see something along the same lines but available on mobile and web based platforms.

FacelessSavior
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FacelessSavior

Thanks! I will!

Jleuie
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Jleuie

FacelessSavior  You should join the conversation here then! http://community.therealm.io/t/poll-thief-role-playing-yes-or-no/291