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SOE PS3 MMO news: Free Realms currently in cert, The Agency later this year

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I thought this was thread-worthy.

SOE boss John Smedley has confirmed to Eurogamer the following:
  • The Agency for PS3/PC expected later this year
  • Free Realms PS3 is currently in SCEA submission and could be released in February. They will submit to SCEE after it's cleared SCEA cert.

Full story here.

Interesting news. I thought The Agency was dead! Also it sounds to me like Free Realms is going to be a PSN release.
 

Suzzopher

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I am going to bet that I will no longer be able to receive phone calls in the real world about things going on in The Agency.
 

Afrikan

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well at least people will finally get their Free PS3 MMO they have been asking for.

I wonder what the Agency will look like later this year. It took a drastic art direction change while back...and looked pretty good....It can only look better.
 

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Opus Angelorum said:
Speaking of MMOs on PS3, whatever happened to the NCSoft deal back in 2007?
They started to develop something but it was cancelled a year or two later, iirc.
 

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They took their time with Free Realms, PC release was almost two years ago.

FR is an excellent "kids" MMO, this is why I'll never show it to my kids. :p But my wife will probably enjoy it, it has aesthetics and gameplay similar in structure to those "social" iPad games she enjoys so much.
 

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The most shocking bit of this article, if true, is that Planetside Next is penciled in for a Q1/Q2 release. Although SOE and release dates don't have a wonderful relationship...
 

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gofreak said:
The most shocking bit of this article, if true, is that Planetside Next is penciled in for a Q1/Q2 release. Although SOE and release dates don't have a wonderful relationship...
Agreed, there was a story on Eurogamer a little while back where he announced it was coming soon. It's strange considering we haven't seen or heard anything about it at all.

That said, I'm looking forward to it much more so than the next Call of Duty, MOH or Battlefield. I played the original in the early days and it was ridiculously fun, even if it was horribly broken.
 

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The Agency is the only MMO I have a vague interest in, if it's free to play I'll pick it up I think.
 

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StuBurns said:
The Agency is the only MMO I have a vague interest, if it's free to play I'll pick it up I think.
They tossed on around the free to play idea back when they were discussing making the game microtransaction based. There was apparently a backlash against that idea and they shot down the microtransaction mode a few months later. So it's probably going to have your typical MMO model. Which i'd definitely prefer over a microtransaction model.
 
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The only MMO that can survive in this time and age is free2play with monetizing of items. Monthly subscriptions will not be that successful for PS3 MMO, with DC Universe being the ultimate test to prove me wrong. Difference is that DC Universe already has a massive line of fans and known storyline and characters to ensure Subscribers. The Agency should've released by now and would've been the ultimate test of selling a brand new MMO franchise, unless ofcourse they want to rack in a much as they can from Subscribers and then make it free2play. Something tells me The Agency is already almost complete and they are just waiting in on the success of DC universe to pick up PS3 MMO in North America, while using that time to polish the fuck outta it.
 

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StuBurns said:
The Agency is the only MMO I have a vague interest in, if it's free to play I'll pick it up I think.
I doubt it. They may have a FTP model, but to advance you will need to spend cash.

It is a good tie in after all their previous PC MMOs to use the PS3 as a residual model on their games to maybe subsidize the PSN network.
 

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SolidSnakex said:
They tossed on around the free to play idea back when they were discussing making the game microtransaction based. There was apparently a backlash against that idea and they shot down the microtransaction mode a few months later. So it's probably going to have your typical MMO model. Which i'd definitely prefer over a microtransaction model.
Shame, we'll see though, I wouldn't be surprised to see a change of heart before release.
 

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Chris_C said:
Agreed, there was a story on Eurogamer a little while back where he announced it was coming soon. It's strange considering we haven't seen or heard anything about it at all.

That said, I'm looking forward to it much more so than the next Call of Duty, MOH or Battlefield. I played the original in the early days and it was ridiculously fun, even if it was horribly broken.
It's typical of SoE, for the most part.
 

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Kinan said:
They took their time with Free Realms, PC release was almost two years ago.

FR is an excellent "kids" MMO, this is why I'll never show it to my kids. :p But my wife will probably enjoy it, it has aesthetics and gameplay similar in structure to those "social" iPad games she enjoys so much.
It is excellent.

It has changed so much since launch, in a very good way. I can see them making lots of money off it on PS3 if its as easy and accessible as the PC version. It combines the social aspects of Home with its myriad of costumes, items, and homes with minigames and a sense of progression. And 90% less creepiness.
 

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Wow, I thought The Agency was dead after so many years of near-silence. I still think the concept is cool, but who knows what the actual game is at this point.
 

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Wow, I thought The Agency was dead after so many years of near-silence. I still think the concept is cool, but who knows what the actual game is at this point.
It was shown at last years E3. They gave it a pretty big visual makeover



 

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AndyD said:
It is excellent.

It has changed so much since launch, in a very good way. I can see them making lots of money off it on PS3 if its as easy and accessible as the PC version. It combines the social aspects of Home with its myriad of costumes, items, and homes with minigames and a sense of progression. And 90% less creepiness.
I wonder if its going to hit eu store next week?. Interested in this to pass sometime in between shooting things.
 

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AndyD said:
It is excellent.

It has changed so much since launch, in a very good way. I can see them making lots of money off it on PS3 if its as easy and accessible as the PC version. It combines the social aspects of Home with its myriad of costumes, items, and homes with minigames and a sense of progression. And 90% less creepiness.

I can see it tuning home into a bit of a ghost town (or at least impacting it somewhat). Home never managed to tie into Playstation games in a meaningful way (it would have been neat if your trophy level acted as a character level in Home somehow) and Free realms has tons of content.
 

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I'm going to try and download it now. Free is free after all.

edit - or later since it's not on the UK store yet
 

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FreeRealms isn't free.

It's basically a demo for the PaidRealms MMO. You can play to level 4 or 5 and then you have to pay.
 

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Morn said:
FreeRealms isn't free.

It's basically a demo for the PaidRealms MMO. You can play to level 4 or 5 and then you have to pay.
Well that sucks.
I was expecting micro transactions with costumes and that kind of stuff.
But since ive never played an MMO i will try it.
 

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Morn said:
FreeRealms isn't free.

It's basically a demo for the PaidRealms MMO. You can play to level 4 or 5 and then you have to pay.
And from what I hear, the PS3 trophies won't let you get a platinum for free as it wants a level 20 skill trophy, which is paid for.

I was kinda excited for it as a trophy whore, then I went "meh" toward it. I may download it and check it out on a separate PSN account, but that's about it.
 

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The Agency is a lie. I wonder if that game will ever come out.
I wondering if anyone even works at SOE Seattle anymore. I swear I'm getting linkedin updates all the time from people leaving and going to other Seattle studios or Detonator Games, which was founded by the founders of SOE Seattle (FireAnt Games).