History VideoGame / FreeRealms

15th Oct '17 10:27:28 AM themisterfree
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Said to be a casual ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', ''Free Realms'' hit over one million players 18 days after it was launched and by its one-year anniversary had over 10 million players. Sony had since released versions for the Mac and UsefulNotes/PlayStation3, but in January of 2014 SOE announced its closure, citing dropping player numbers and the difficulty of monetizing younger players. The servers were shut down on March 31st of that year. However, there is a fan effort to revive the game, dubbed ''[[http://www.freerealmssunrise.com/faq/ Free Realms: Sunrise]]''.

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Said to be a casual ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', ''Free Realms'' hit over one million players 18 days after it was launched and by its one-year anniversary had over 10 million players. Sony had since released versions for the Mac and UsefulNotes/PlayStation3, but in January of 2014 SOE announced its closure, citing dropping player numbers and the difficulty of monetizing younger players. The servers were shut down on March 31st of that year. However, there is a fan effort to revive the game, dubbed ''[[http://www.freerealmssunrise.com/faq/ Free Realms: Sunrise]]''.
Sunrise]]'' (from the same group behind ''[[VideoGame/ToontownOnline Toontown Rewritten]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/FusionFall [=FusionFall=] Retro]]'').
5th Oct '17 3:07:32 PM themisterfree
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* PortalNetwork: Objects dubbed ''Warpstones'' were sort of a cross between this and a WarpWhistle- all the major areas, and some minor ones, had these floating somewhere nearby; when you clicked on one that would save it on your map, and you could use it to instantaneously transport to another Warpstone, typically one near wherever you needed to go (this could save time on a mission, or if you were just really impatient).



* TeleportersAndTransporters: Objects dubbed ''Warpstones'' served this purpose- all the major areas, and some minor ones, had these floating somewhere nearby; when you clicked on one that would save it on your map, and you could use it to instantaneously transport to another Warpstone, typically one near wherever you needed to go (this could save time on a mission, or if you were just really impatient).
25th Sep '17 4:46:20 PM themisterfree
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Said to be a casual ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', ''Free Realms'' hit over one million players 18 days after it was launched and by its one-year anniversary had over 10 million players. Sony had since released versions for the Mac and UsefulNotes/PlayStation3, but in January of 2014 SOE announced its closure, citing dropping player numbers and the difficulty of monetizing younger players. The servers were shut down on March 31st of that year. However, there are a few fan efforts to revive the game.

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Said to be a casual ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', ''Free Realms'' hit over one million players 18 days after it was launched and by its one-year anniversary had over 10 million players. Sony had since released versions for the Mac and UsefulNotes/PlayStation3, but in January of 2014 SOE announced its closure, citing dropping player numbers and the difficulty of monetizing younger players. The servers were shut down on March 31st of that year. However, there are is a few fan efforts effort to revive the game.
game, dubbed ''[[http://www.freerealmssunrise.com/faq/ Free Realms: Sunrise]]''.



* AbortedArc: When you defeat [[EvilChancellor Geoffrey]] in "The Queen's Last Hope", he mentions that "my master... still pulls the strings... from the shadows..", hinting some sort of BiggerBad was behind his coup attempt. However, this was never followed up upon.



* ArtifactOfDoom: Some later missions and in-game events had Gloam Council artifacts posing a threat to the players- one time, they even managed to infect all of Shrouded Glade!



* FurAgainstFang: During the Halloween event. But because this was a family-friendly game, the vamps and weres duke it out in dance-offs.

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* FurAgainstFang: During the Halloween event. But because this was a family-friendly game, the vamps and weres duke duked it out in dance-offs.



* GreatOffscreenWar: The story of "The Great Unbinding" was told at the Memorial Caverns in Sanctuary- and it's a doozy. [[GoldenAge Once, Sacred Grove was ruled over the by the Gleam Council, which kept the peace.]] But some members were not happy with the directions of things, so [[EvilCounterpart they split off and formed a secret rival consortium, the Gloam Council]]. The Gloam managed to build a magical object of immense power, which let them perform ''the Binding''- where [[MindControl everyone's magic would come under their control]] and [[HiveMind the Gloam could control everyone]]. [[NoSell But a few heroes of the era weren't affected]], and [[HeroicSacrifice they banded together to destroy the artifact]]. But the artifact's destruction caused a massive WorldWreckingWave known as ''The Unbinding'', so [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere many of the races retreated to other lands]]. After the Unbinding and the subsequent ''Cataclysm'', the pixie race had retreated to underground caves, thinking there was no life above anymore- until Changelings entered the caves. A druidess queen named Ayani then dared to venture aboveground, and [[AfterTheEnd found the land desolate]]. Saddened at the loss of everything she remembered, she cried and cried, only for her tears to start a WorldHealingWave- and the other pixies helped to bring life back to the ground. And when Ayani passed on, she left behind the Heartseed- a massive seed left in the Lake of Tears, which in turn formed the mighty World Tree that served as the Pixie's Royal Palace.

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* GreatOffscreenWar: The story of "The Great Unbinding" was told at the Memorial Caverns in Sanctuary- and it's a doozy. [[GoldenAge Once, Sacred Grove was ruled over the by the Gleam Council, which kept the peace.]] But some members were not happy with the directions direction of things, so [[EvilCounterpart they split off and formed a secret rival consortium, the Gloam Council]]. The Gloam managed to build a magical object of immense power, which let them perform ''the Binding''- where [[MindControl everyone's magic would come under their control]] and [[HiveMind the Gloam could control everyone]]. [[NoSell But a few heroes of the era weren't affected]], and [[HeroicSacrifice they banded together to destroy the artifact]]. But the artifact's destruction destruction- the ''Unbinding''- caused a massive WorldWreckingWave known as ''The Unbinding'', the ''Cataclysm'', so [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere many of the races retreated to other lands]]. After the Unbinding and the subsequent ''Cataclysm'', Cataclysm, the pixie race had retreated to underground caves, thinking there was no life above anymore- until Changelings entered the caves. A druidess queen named Ayani then dared to venture aboveground, and [[AfterTheEnd found the land desolate]]. Saddened at the loss of everything she remembered, she cried and cried, only for her tears to start a WorldHealingWave- and the other pixies helped to bring life back to the ground. And when Ayani passed on, she left behind the Heartseed- a massive seed left in the Lake of Tears, which in turn formed the mighty World Tree that served as the Pixie's Royal Palace.



** In the Snowhill mines there was [[Franchise/{{Batman}} a wealthy dwarf named Spruce Waynehammer, who had lost his pet dog Robin in a cave full of bats.]] (this was likely because the same company was busy debuting ''VideoGame/DCUniverseOnline'' at the same time.)
* SigilSpam: The "tree" icon (representing the World Tree, the seat of power for the pixies, located in the heart of Sanctuary) could be found all over the place- as the icon on a Windows taskbar, to the Daily Wheel, to even an in-game cafe (which kinda evoked Starbucks).

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** In the Snowhill mines there was [[Franchise/{{Batman}} a wealthy dwarf named Spruce Waynehammer, who had lost his pet dog Robin in a cave full of bats.]] (this (This was likely because the same company was busy debuting ''VideoGame/DCUniverseOnline'' at the same time.)
* SigilSpam: The "tree" icon (representing the World Tree, the seat of power for the pixies, located in the heart of Sanctuary) could be found all over the place- as the icon on a the Windows taskbar, to the Daily Wheel, to even an in-game cafe (which kinda evoked Starbucks).


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* TeleportersAndTransporters: Objects dubbed ''Warpstones'' served this purpose- all the major areas, and some minor ones, had these floating somewhere nearby; when you clicked on one that would save it on your map, and you could use it to instantaneously transport to another Warpstone, typically one near wherever you needed to go (this could save time on a mission, or if you were just really impatient).
26th May '17 7:29:50 PM themisterfree
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* GoingPostal: An unusual inversion- instead of mailmen shooting everybody, there were a group of semi-anarchists who wanted to destroy Sacred Grove's postal system for unclear reasons.
* GreatOffscreenWar: The story of "The Great Unbinding" was told at the Memorial Caverns in Sanctuary- and it's a doozy. [[GoldenAge Once, Sacred Grove was ruled over the by the Gleam Council, which kept the peace.]] But some members were not happy with the directions of things, so [[EvilCounterpart they split off and formed a rival consortium, the Gloam Council]]. The Gloam managed to build a magical object of immense power, which let them perform ''the Binding''- where [[MindControl everyone's magic would come under their control]] and [[HiveMind the Gloam could control everyone]]. [[NoSell But a few heroes of the era weren't affected]], and [[HeroicSacrifice they banded together to destroy the artifact]]. But the artifact's destruction caused a massive WorldWreckingWave known as ''The Unbinding'', so [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere many of the races retreated to other lands]]. After the Unbinding and the subsequent ''Cataclysm'', the pixie race had retreated to underground caves, thinking there was no life above anymore- until Changelings entered the caves. A druidess queen named Ayani then dared to venture aboveground, and [[AfterTheEnd found the land desolate]]. Saddened at the loss of everything she remembered, she cried and cried, only for her tears to start a WorldHealingWave- and the other pixies helped to bring life back to the ground. And when Ayani passed on, she left behind the Heartseed- a massive seed left in the Lake of Tears, which in turn formed the mighty World Tree that serves as the Pixie's Royal Palace.

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* GoingPostal: An unusual inversion- instead of mailmen shooting everybody, there were a group of semi-anarchists who wanted to destroy Sacred Grove's postal system for unclear reasons.reasons (which also edged them into the territory of TerroristsWithoutACause).
* GreatOffscreenWar: The story of "The Great Unbinding" was told at the Memorial Caverns in Sanctuary- and it's a doozy. [[GoldenAge Once, Sacred Grove was ruled over the by the Gleam Council, which kept the peace.]] But some members were not happy with the directions of things, so [[EvilCounterpart they split off and formed a secret rival consortium, the Gloam Council]]. The Gloam managed to build a magical object of immense power, which let them perform ''the Binding''- where [[MindControl everyone's magic would come under their control]] and [[HiveMind the Gloam could control everyone]]. [[NoSell But a few heroes of the era weren't affected]], and [[HeroicSacrifice they banded together to destroy the artifact]]. But the artifact's destruction caused a massive WorldWreckingWave known as ''The Unbinding'', so [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere many of the races retreated to other lands]]. After the Unbinding and the subsequent ''Cataclysm'', the pixie race had retreated to underground caves, thinking there was no life above anymore- until Changelings entered the caves. A druidess queen named Ayani then dared to venture aboveground, and [[AfterTheEnd found the land desolate]]. Saddened at the loss of everything she remembered, she cried and cried, only for her tears to start a WorldHealingWave- and the other pixies helped to bring life back to the ground. And when Ayani passed on, she left behind the Heartseed- a massive seed left in the Lake of Tears, which in turn formed the mighty World Tree that serves served as the Pixie's Royal Palace.
16th Apr '17 8:18:14 PM nombretomado
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* SpiritualSuccessor: ''[[StarWarsTheCloneWars Star Wars: Clone Wars]] Adventures'', also by Sony, borrowed a lot from ''Free Realms''. It also went in reverse, with the ''Clone Wars Adventures'' game "Card Commander" being adapted for ''Free Realms'' as "Treasure War".

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* SpiritualSuccessor: ''[[StarWarsTheCloneWars ''[[WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars Star Wars: Clone Wars]] Adventures'', also by Sony, borrowed a lot from ''Free Realms''. It also went in reverse, with the ''Clone Wars Adventures'' game "Card Commander" being adapted for ''Free Realms'' as "Treasure War".
24th Jun '16 2:25:37 PM themisterfree
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[[caption-width-right:350:Nine realms, one world- infinite possibilities.]]
9th Jun '16 6:19:28 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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** Boombox items made everyone in a certain radius dance. The "Realms Roll" boombox made all the dancers look... [[RickRoll familiar]]... and the Halloween "Chiller" boombox had [[Music/MichaelJackson its own recognizable dance steps]]. Then there's a (presumably Christmas-themed, we don't have confirmation) boombox that makes EverybodyDoTheEndlessLoop - [[ACharlieBrownChristmas you know the one]].

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** Boombox items made everyone in a certain radius dance. The "Realms Roll" boombox made all the dancers look... [[RickRoll familiar]]... and the Halloween "Chiller" boombox had [[Music/MichaelJackson its own recognizable dance steps]]. Then there's a (presumably Christmas-themed, we don't have confirmation) boombox that makes EverybodyDoTheEndlessLoop - [[ACharlieBrownChristmas [[WesternAnimation/ACharlieBrownChristmas you know the one]].
20th May '16 4:29:30 PM nombretomado
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Said to be a casual ''WorldOfWarcraft'', ''Free Realms'' hit over one million players 18 days after it was launched and by its one-year anniversary had over 10 million players. Sony had since released versions for the Mac and {{PlayStation 3}}, but in January of 2014 SOE announced its closure, citing dropping player numbers and the difficulty of monetizing younger players. The servers were shut down on March 31st of that year. However, there are a few fan efforts to revive the game.

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Said to be a casual ''WorldOfWarcraft'', ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', ''Free Realms'' hit over one million players 18 days after it was launched and by its one-year anniversary had over 10 million players. Sony had since released versions for the Mac and {{PlayStation 3}}, UsefulNotes/PlayStation3, but in January of 2014 SOE announced its closure, citing dropping player numbers and the difficulty of monetizing younger players. The servers were shut down on March 31st of that year. However, there are a few fan efforts to revive the game.
21st Mar '16 8:14:27 AM themisterfree
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''Tropes used by ''Free Realms'' include:''

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''Tropes Tropes used by ''Free Realms'' include:''include:
21st Mar '16 8:14:08 AM themisterfree
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* SceneryPorn: A lot of the in-game area was just rolling meadows and hills, and it all looked ''awesome''.
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