Beta signups now for SOE's Free Realms

by: Randy -
Chalking up plenty of charming points, Sony Online Entertainment's Free Realms MMO is still in development but is signing folks up for the beta.  From the features list, Free Realms is putting heavy emphasis on being free.  Monetarily free, first of all.  But also free to play as a wizard one day and a warrior the next, without having to revisit the character creation screen.  Free to join your friends wherever they're adventuring on the map.  Free to raise a dog or cat, or free to fight giant spiders and forest trolls.  Free to grab a root beer at the inn, and free to soak in the family-friendliness of it all.  Is the art style World of Warcraftian?  Sure, it's strives for that, in a sense.  All the better for the millions (millions!) of WoWers and ex-WoWers to succumb to this one's inexplicable yet still strangely handsome mix of real-world and fantasy-world art.  All the more impressive because Free Realms will be running in-browser.  (And at least SOE is finally stepping away from the hoary realism of their other titles like EverQuest II and Vanguard.)

FREE REALMS BETA REGISTRATION IS OPEN

Sony Online Entertainment's Free-to-Play Video Game Gets Ready

To Let The First Players In By Taking Sign-Ups

 

WHAT:

 

Be one of the first to get a sneak peek at Free Realms, the highly anticipated free online video game from Sony Online Entertainment. Free Realms is currently in development and is close to giving players an early look at what it has to offer. The adventure packed, family-friendly game is filled with an art style and humor and contains enough to do to keep everyone in the family entertained.

 

For the opportunity to participate in the North America beta program, an important stage in the development process, go to www.freerealms.com to sign up. More information on localized European beta programs to follow.

 

WHEN:

Free Realms beta sign up is open now.

 

ABOUT

FREE REALMS:

Free Realms allows you to do what you want to do, when you want to do it, in a lush, living, 3D world, filled with rich landscapes and fun wildlife. From pet raising to mini-games like soccer and racing, or battling giant spiders and adventuring with friends – there's something for everyone! With weekly and monthly content updates, regular and special events scheduled, and even the potential player-created parties and celebrations there is always something new to see and do in the world of Free Realms.

 

Free Realms Features:

        Experience a vibrant new world that's an exciting mix of real world and fantasy.

        Be a wizard one day and a warrior the next without having to make a new character.

        Join your friends in the game and adventure with them wherever they are, no matter how long they have been playing.

        When you're ready for some excitement, head out to the wilderness, and battle challenging enemies like giant spiders and forest trolls in fast-paced, strategic battlegrounds.

        Play with or compete against other players in battle!

        Explore, quest and collect items that you can wear, use or display.

        Play a wide variety of mini-games to craft armor, weapons, potions, clothes, furniture and many other items.

        Grab a root beer at the inn, and hang out with your friends while a rock band plays on the stage.

        Interact with humorous and unique characters.

        Raise a dog or cat, and teach it to be the kind of pet you want shy, brave or funny.

        Send links, share images and videos, and chat with friends from your own, personal, customizable social-networking page!

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