Free Realms PS3 delayed by technical difficulties

Wednesday, 30th March 2011 00:32 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley has explainhed why free-to-play MMORPG Free Realms has only just arrived on the PlayStation Network.

“It was complicated because Free Realms is inherently a streaming title. There’s memory constraints on the PS3 that we had to work within,” he told Kotaku.

Keeping up with the PC version’s regular content expansions within the framework of the console network’s strict policies proved a challenge, too – but a surmountable one.

“Now we’ll be able to do updates a lot quicker, so we intend to be catching up,” Smedley explained.

Asked what would tempt players into the PSN’s first MMORPG, Smedley said housing had becom a serious driving force within the game, and in the veteran-free environment of the PS3 version, there’s a chance to shine.

“It’s the highest engagement, people are spending so much time in housing,” Smedley explained.

“People can build with blocks, just like in MineCraft, only it’s a little less tedious. People have built Notre Dame, some other churches, spaceships, and all sorts of crazy stuff.”

Also? Free Realms is really chill.

“To me, it’s relaxing in a way that other MMOs aren’t. You login and you’re not feeling like you have to go do something,” the SoE president concluded.

Free Realms released on the US PlayStation Network today, and is also available on PC. The free-to-play MMORPG offers one and three month subscriptions, or lifetime membership for $34.95.



  1. onlineatron

    Title reads like it has been delayed again.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Alakratt

    Wow, that title is REALLY misleading! This game came out TODAY on PSN!! And yes, for free!

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Lounds

    what about EU?

    #3 4 years ago
  4. FredEffinChopin

    @1 & 2

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Blerk

    Free Realms is for kids, right? Is it suitable for an 8-year-old? Or is it full of sweary teenagers and bearded old men pretending to be sweary teenagers?

    #5 4 years ago
  6. sennasnit

    I played the PC version for ages last year, it was really good fun (i’m 37!), ideal for 8 year olds, not sure if the PS3 version will support headsets. I know what you’re thinking why did you play it, well it was free, i’m from Yorkshire we’ll play owt that’s free!

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Blerk

    It would be the PC version for us as well, we don’t have a PS3. He’s pretty good at games, just didn’t want to get him involved in something that’s…. well, like the internet. :-D

    #7 4 years ago
  8. mojo

    im a total mmorgpxyz newb which leads to massive irritation when reading the last line:
    “The free-to-play MMORPG offers one and three month subscriptions, or lifetime membership for $34.95.”

    how is it free to play when there are monthly subs?

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Blerk

    Free-to-play means just that – it’s free to play. However, most games also offer paid-for modes which get you better stuff or more features or whatever, whereas free modes are micro-transaction-driven – you can play for free and they tempt you to buy little things here and there for small amounts of money.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. sennasnit

    Yep, what Blerk said.
    The PC version had access to almost the whole world, but you could only reach level 5 in the careers, which could take weeks.
    It all seemed very innocent to me just a lot of “mild peril”

    #10 4 years ago
  11. mojo

    9: so i can achieve everything in the game without buying said things or do i have a dumbed down version of what could be when i only play for free?
    is it like the “time saver” cheats on the psn/xbla where u just get things quicker or aren these things u never get without paying?

    #11 4 years ago

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