The fact that Free Realms has yet to launch on the PS3 is a mystery. We’re sure someone over in SOE could explain it to us if they sat us down and took us through the minefield of getting an MMO onto a console, but it’s still baffling as to why, after launching successfully on the PC and attracting millions of free (and subscribing) members, the console version is still in limbo.
With its attractiveness to younger gamers through mini-games and how it introduces the concept of interactivity with others online in a safe, fun environment, not to mention its colourful, customisable characters, Free Realms could be the gateway for Sony to a whole new demographic. Yes, that sounds a little insidious, but I know I’d prefer children were enticed by a game that rewards collaboration with others rather than watching them rank up head-shots in the latest FPS.
2010 was designated “Year of the console MMO” by those in the know. I think we even said it as well at one point. Here’s hoping Sony Online Entertainment finally iron out whatever complex issues they’re having with bringing Free Realms to the console market next year.
We’re still interested SOE, but as you can see from where this kitschy MMO for kids with oodles of potential has appeared on our list, that interest is understandably dwindling.