Make Friends, Race Karts, Battle Foes and Raise Pets in Free Realms™ - Available Now!

Sony Online Entertainment's Whimsical, Family-Friendly Virtual World Is Now Live

PRNewswire
SAN DIEGO
Apr 29, 2009

Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) today announced that the free, family-friendly online video game Free Realms™ is now available for everyone to play at www.FreeRealms.com. Free Realms is a whimsical virtual world, loaded with fun for gamers of all ages. Whether you want to race karts, raise a pet, explore mystical forests or chat with friends, in Free Realms, you can do it all.

"We've designed Free Realms to be a fun, safe place for gamers of all ages to play online and are excited to finally open the doors to our adventure-packed world," said Andy Sites, senior producer, Sony Online Entertainment. "Free Realms is free to play and truly lets you do what you want, when you want. Every member of the family will find something fun to do in Free Realms!"

In Free Realms, players can customize their characters and play a wide variety of minigames in a safe, online environment, packed with stunning visuals, distinctive environments, and social networking capabilities. Players are free to do or be anything: Become a ninja, cook a yummy meal, battle goblins, set out on epic quests or connect with friends through a safe, social networking page. The Free Realms Trading Card Game is a full-featured trading card game playable both digitally within the Free Realms online game and through a physical game available wherever you buy trading cards!

  Free Realms offers a variety of features, including:
  --  Free Gameplay: Free Realms is free to play; however, additional
      content can be accessed through a Membership or micro-transactions.
  --  Rich Character Creation: With thousands of customizations and
      combinations, you can blend fantasy and reality to create your perfect
      avatar.
  --  Be Whoever You Want: Characters aren't locked into classes or jobs -
      you can be a ninja one minute and a race kart driver the next.
  --  Kid Safe: Free Realms is designed with kids' safety in mind and has
      pre-canned chat, reporting, filters and Parental Controls that allow
      for the customization of security options, for younger players.
  --  Something for Everyone: Players can take care of pets, sort mail, race
      go-karts, battle goblins or cook meals for their friends.
  --  Vibrant, Deep Environment: Adventurous gamers can spend hours
      exploring towns, bustling cities, beaches, forests, snowy mountaintops
      and more.
  --  Connect with Friends: Whether you're meeting up with old friends or
      finding new ones, Free Realms allows players to stay connected through
      its social networking page. Just log in, see what your friends have
      been up to, click their avatars and join them in Free Realms.
  --  Everyone Can Access: Free Realms is designed to run on nearly all PCs.
      The game will stream to your PC as you play, so Free Realms will not
      take up a lot of memory and will download quickly.

  --  Trading Card Game: The Free Realms Trading Card Game will let players
      pit fun characters like dragons and goblins against one another in
      fun, fast-paced combat. Half the game is collecting new cards so you
      are armed with the best lineup of attacks and defenses to prove your
      might in online tournaments.


Free Realms is rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and up with content descriptors of Crude Humor and Fantasy Violence. To play Free Realms, visit: http://www.freerealms.com/.

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  About Sony Online Entertainment

Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) is a recognized worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online games, with hundreds of thousands of subscribers around the globe. SOE creates, develops and provides compelling entertainment for the personal computer, online, game console and wireless markets. Known for its blockbuster franchises and hit titles including EverQuest®, EverQuest® II, Champions of Norrath®, Untold Legends™, and PlanetSide®, as well as for developing Star Wars Galaxies™, SOE continues to redefine the business of online gaming and the creation of active player communities while introducing new genres on various entertainment platforms. Headquartered in San Diego, CA, with additional development studios in Austin, TX; Seattle, WA; Denver, CO; Tucson, AZ and Taiwan, SOE has an array of cutting-edge games in development.

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SOURCE: Sony Online Entertainment LLC

CONTACT: Katie Hanson, Sony Online Entertainment, +1-858-577-3167,
khanson@soe.sony.com; or Stacy Miles, Bender/Helper Impact, +1-310-694-3106,
stacy_miles@bhimpact.com

Web Site: http://www.freerealms.com/


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