free realms

Official Site: Free Realms (Wikipedia)
Studio: SOE, now Daybreak Game Company
Launch Date: April 28, 2009
Sunset Date: March 31, 2014
Genre: Kid-Friendly Fantasy Themepark
Business Model: Hybrid F2P (Optional Sub, Cash Shop)
Platform: PC, PS3, Mac

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Seeking a simpler and more quaint life? Then come on down to the farm with the Battle Bards, as the video game music crew...
Well, someone's having fun!

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Tapping into their inner children, the three Battle Bards get into the spirit of name calling, trading stickers, and goofing off in kiddie MMOs....

The Daily Grind: What is your favorite memory from a shuttered MMORPG?

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Free Realms. Warhammer Online. WildStar. Asheron's Call. We've lived through so these and so many other MMO shutdowns over the...

Free Realms Sunrise rogue server readies beta, adds housing

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For those missing Sony Online Entertainment's long-departed Free Realms, the only hope they've had has rested in the hands of a volunteer dev...

Jukebox Heroes: The best of FusionFall’s soundtrack

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I can't say that I was ever that cognizant of Cartoon Network's foray into massively multiplayer online gaming. FusionFall is lumped into that...
Kick it down the road.

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There's a special place in my heart for lootboxes and exploitative monetization, and that place is somewhere below the revulsion I feel for Martin...

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We all like to think of ourselves as cultured and deep individuals who routinely calculate square roots and recite Gilbert and Sullivan at dinner...

Free Realms Sunrise devs show off incredible progress in bringing back a sunsetted MMO

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Free Realms is dead -- long live Free Realms Sunrise! For the past few years, this emulator project has endeavored to return...

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Adventure Academy is going to mystify the typical gamer: There are no dragons to fight and no lockboxes to fight over. But if...

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In the grand history of MMORPGs, kids games seem to have it rougher than most. Developers have had a hard time cracking into that...
It's clear now.

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Hindsight is 20/20. Unless you're blind in one eye from nostalgia, in which case hindsight is 0/20. In any case, you understand that it's...

Battle Bards Episode 112: MMO minigame music

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It’s time to take a diversion to play — and listen — to the minigames tucked inside of our MMOs! The Battle Bards haul...
Easy come, easy go.

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Is this a real game? Did this happen again? Wild Buster added Serious Sam alongside Duke Nukem. We must acquiesce, neither is in...

Free Realms ‘Sunrise’ emulator prepares for second alpha test

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Last year, almost three years after SOE shut down Free Realms for good, a group of players announced that it was resurrecting...

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Probably my greatest and most constant gripe about fantasy MMORPGs is that for all of the freedom and imagination that this genre supposedly boasts,...
Mars mars mars mars.

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A few weeks ago in Massively Overthinking, the team discussed the resurgence in popularity of small-scale co-op games and whether that has...

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