Free Realms Friends Eight Million Players

February 8, 2010

Free Realms Friends Eight Million

Players Amass in Virtual World to
Engage in Customized Gameplay Experiences and Share in Creating User Generated

Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE)
today announced that more than eight million unique users have registered to
play Free Realms, the free-to-play, family-friendly hit online video game. Free
Realms has steadily increased its player base by continuing to support
development of compelling content and shared user experience. New features, such
as Player Housing, have encouraged players to customize and create their own
unique definitions of gameplay, while instigated Live World Events and player
parties engage the community at large, allowing players to interact, discover
and explore.

“Free Realms is more than just a
virtual world for our players; it is a portal for imagination. A place where
players transform their house into a jumping maze for friends to compete or a
petting zoo that boasts all their pets,” said John Smedley, president of Sony
Online Entertainment. “Our job as developers is to listen to and predict what
they want and give them the tools that inspire and compel them to share their
experiences with eight million others.”

Later this week, Free Realms is
scheduled to kick off the Festival of Hearts, a special month long event that
celebrates love, friendship and kindness. All players will be able to
participate in themed events, daily social activities and storyline quests that
incorporate traditional items and rewards which embody the holiday: hearts,
candies, forget-me-not cards, flowers, love potions and more. Heart Breakers are
invited too, as even the Stone Hearted can participate in the world events that
ensue. New Hippo, Tiger, Beetle, Groundhog and Owl pets will also be available
in the Marketplace.

Recently nominated in the category
of Best New Social/Online Game by the organizers of the tenth annual Game
Developers Choice Awards, Free Realms continues to redefine the scope and pace
of online games.

In Free Realms, players are free to
do or be anything: Fight like a ninja, cook a tasty meal, raise a pet, battle
goblins, set out on epic quests or connect with friends through a safe, social
networking site. Also available is the Free Realms Trading Card Game: a
full-featured trading card game, playable both digitally within the Free Realms
online game and offline via physical card decks sold wherever you buy trading
cards. Free Realms players can also pop into select retailers to purchase
Station Cash cards, which can be redeemed for Station Cash, and used to buy
virtual goodies or upgrade to a Membership status in the game.

Free Realms is rated E10+ for
Everyone 10 and up with content descriptors of Crude Humor and Fantasy Violence.
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