Free Realms Sunrise emulator vows to bring back some of the fun

    
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Were you there when they turned the lights out on Free Realms? The title went dark on this family-friendly MMORPG back in March 2014, but some fans have held a torch for it ever since. A few are going further than that by attempting to resurrect the game in an emulator for PC, though it’s unlikely that Daybreak has given its blessing.

Last December, Free Realms Sunrise announced that it was trying to bring back the MMO in some way, shape, or form: “Our developers have been working on this project for countless hours trying their best to make this a reality and get Free Realms back into your hands. While before we were unsure if it was possible, we believe now that with a enough time and effort, we can bring back a decent portion of the game. We unfortunately can’t guarantee that everything that was in the original game will become available. However, there is still a lot of discovery to be had. This is only the beginning.”

Things have progressed since then to the pre-alpha point.

Did you play Free Realms in its day? Would you give an emulator a go?

Source: Free Realms Sunrise. Thanks Freddy!
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Freddy

Thanks editors!

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Melissa McDonald

It occurs to me that the only real hope for EverQuest (next game) is probably only if Sony wants to feature it on the PlayStation, as 2017 is shaping up as The Year MMOs Went To Consoles.

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Jack Pipsam

Unless of course Microsoft came knocking on the door, I mean it’s no longer Sony’s EQ, could be anyone who comes knocking.

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Melissa McDonald

I always felt that the cartoony design of EQN/Landmark was in part strategic and meant to fill the void of Free Realms, who Sony believed had run its course as a F2P (one of the very first) game experiment, and a “family” MMO experiment, and the success of EQ and the apparent monstrous win from voxel-based Minecraft led Sony to plot a combination of both – the building of Minecraft, the family-youth friendly look and feel of Free Realms (and EQN was touted as F2P), with the nostalgia-pulling and established-success-and-pining-for-a-sequel EverQuest. It should have been a win on 3 fronts for them. Stealing players from Minecraft who wanted better graphics, giving FreeRealms players something new and exciting, and placating EverQuest fans with something that was truly way beyond simply making “EQ3”.
But all of that ended when apparently Sony decided this was a division to cut losses and ties with. Probably the biggest tragedy in MMOs “so far”, Sony’s exit from them.

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Brad Moss

My niece is gonna go insane when I tell her this MMO may be coming back. She loved it so much. For a kids game, it seemed pretty fun. Huge map, lots of mini games, and just an overall fun experience.

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Castagere Shaikura

I played this with my young nieces. They cried when it got shutdown. SOE really didn’t have a good reason to just shut it down. They could have done something else with it. I hope they can make this work again. I have two more young nieces that would love this. We need more family friendly games like this out there.

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Brad Moss

I let my niece play this too when she would come by, she was so sad when I told her it shut down.

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Rheem Octuris

It had been operating at a loss for a while. Seems kids don’t have money. SOE was one of those companies that didn’t like shutting down their games if they have a say in it. But eventually the time came to pull the plug.

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Schmidt.Capela

I liked this game quite a bit. It had its flaws and limitations, but was fairly enjoyable. I even had a lifetime sub for it.

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Indigo Salma

The title gave me an adrenaline rush … Oh how i want to play this game again.

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April-Rain

This would be a great game to introduce my daughter to my favorite gaming genre!

And for us to play together, sad to see it go, but pleased to see a emu!

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Guybrush Threepwood

Also check out Wizards 101. Its kid oriented but even for an adult it is fun.

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April-Rain

I will do – thanks!

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Castagere Shaikura

Wizard 101 is nothing like Free Realms though. It could get really frustrating in the upper lvl zones. And it wasn’t as free flowing either.

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kofteburger

I got a beta key from Massively back in the day iirc.

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Guybrush Threepwood

I did, also. I remember playing it. It wasn’t bad but I was invested in WoW with friends.

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Schmidt.Capela

Funny thing, at the time I actually found the solo content in Free Realms more challenging than the solo content in WoW.