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    Default Free Realms to Shut Down on March 31st (2014)

    (I'm reposting this from the front page, in hopes to keep the discussion to this thread regarding the closure of Free Realms.)


    It is with very heavy hearts that we report SOE's announcement of Free Realms official closure. On March 31st (2014), Free Realms will go dark. Further closures of SOE's long list of MMORPG titles include Clone Wars, Vanguard, and Wizardry online. Many Free Realms fans will be asking why the sudden closure of their favourite game. John Smedley answered on a popular Reddit AMA, that the reason was simply "we need our resources elsewhere right now." While this may not be the answer our fans are looking for, I would like to share some personal advice on the situation you find yourself in, both as a long-term administrator of this fan site and a fellow gamer myself.

    First, I understand the grieving process. I have walked away from many games in the past decade, this has been because of personal time constraints, but also because of games 'going dark' after years of time put into it. It will feel very soul crushing when you first hear the news, and you will be upset about it. I know this may not be the best way to start, but I think it's important that we recognize it is a tangible thing we are grieving for. No, it is not the game itself. It is your memories of playing this game. For many players it brought joy and laughter through events, game play, playing with family members, and especially making new friends on Free Realms. Your grief is not over the game itself, but over the memories you have made playing it, and that is Okay.


    Second, please go out and enjoy your last few weeks with your guild, your friends, and the community of Free Realms. It's going to be very tempting to get riled up & angry about the game shutting down. There is a time and place for that, but I want to encourage you all to celebrate what you have created on Free Realms. Having played on many different MMORPGs and Online games I can assure you that the best part is always the communities. Free Realms had a great community spirit to it. We may not have always gotten along, but I would like to believe that there has been many more positive memories that will last.


    Many will be asking what the future of FreeRealmsInsider.com is. This community was never built to be focused around the staff, without you all it wouldn't have made it as far as it did. Thank you. For the time being, the site will remain operational and a place to share your final memories with the community. We will speak further to the future operations of Freerealmsinsider.com (FRI) in the near future, but for the time being please enjoy it and help us to celebrate the community we have built together. It would be an absolute delight for you all to share your past images, stories, and favourite events that have taken place in the previous four years of Free Realms. Let's reminisce together.


    I hope that you will treat the team at SOE with respect, and understand that this was a business decision and not a target at the Free Realms community. From our discussions in the past with the SOE team I can assure you that there is a strong passion for this game, and a love for many of their players. The relationship we have had with SOE has been very pleasurable, and I can only wish them the best on their next adventure.


    On a final, and very personal note, please let me extend my thanks to the community here on FRI. My time as administrator on Free Realms Insider has brought a great deal of joy to my life. I can't say I did everything perfectly, and that I always put as much time into the community as I would have liked to. But I can say it that my time in Free Realms & on the site here was very enjoyable. I loved every moment within the guild, and I have been nothing but proud of the community we built both in-game and within our forums. Each one of our insider sites are very unique, and bring different qualities to its community. The Insider site has always been referred to as a family, and families may fight, but in the end we all resolve our differences and enjoy our time together.


    My heart is very heavy tonight having to write this final update. I can only hope that it has expressed the gratitude the staff here at FRI has for spending your time with us, and sticking it out with us for such a long period of time. It has not always been a smooth journey, but it has been one we all will look back on with fondness.


    May your next journey online be as charming as this one, and may you always look back on this time with fondness.


    From your family to yours,

    Ashley Preciousfable & The Insider team.

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    Default Re: Free Realms to Shut Down on March 31st (2014)

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashley Preciousfable
    Unfortunately, it is very real.
    Yeah, I see apparently that their's difference dates for different SOE games, but that's a really bad choice of dates guys.
    Last edited by ashfr; 01-24-2014 at 10:45 PM.

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    I just wish the mods/admins/etc the best with things happening in real right now. This is a very drastic change for me since I've basically been on Free Realms [And ToonTown] since I knew what a computer was. I wish the staff could get online more because I think it would be more fun with more people hanging around. (:
    That's my two cents, I am going to go grieve for ToonTown and Free Realms now.

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    Default Re: Free Realms to Shut Down on March 31st (2014)

    Ashley, will this site shut down when Free Realms shuts down too?
    (Sorry if it's already included in your post, I just didn't see it)
    Last edited by Dawn73; 01-24-2014 at 11:00 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ashfr View Post
    Yeah, I see apparently that their's difference dates for different SOE games, but that's a really bad choice of dates guys.
    I was surprised it was so close, but it gives them enough time to tie up the lose ends & move on to other departments within SOE (hopefully).

    Quote Originally Posted by Aubss View Post
    I just wish the mods/admins/etc the best with things happening in real right now. This is a very drastic change for me since I've basically been on Free Realms [And ToonTown] since I knew what a computer was. I wish the staff could get online more because I think it would be more fun with more people hanging around. (:
    That's my two cents, I am going to go grieve for ToonTown and Free Realms now.
    I remember Toontown, that game was fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dawn73 View Post
    Ashley, will this site shut down when Free Realms shuts down too?
    We've contacted Justin (Kade wolfspotter) and will give an update on that decision ASAP. This was kind of jumped on all of us as well (I literately found out two hours ago, I was at work this evening)... and we're trying to tie up our lose ends & figure out our next steps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ashley Preciousfable View Post
    We've contacted Justin (Kade wolfspotter) and will give an update on that decision ASAP. This was kind of jumped on all of us as well (I literately found out two hours ago, I was at work this evening)... and we're trying to tie up our lose ends & figure out our next steps.
    Okay thank you for getting on this so quickly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dawn73 View Post
    Okay thank you for getting on this so quickly.
    No problem. No point in prolonging the inevitable decisions & discussions

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    Default Re: Free Realms to Shut Down on March 31st (2014)

    It's just been dropped so suddenly that it didn't seem believable (and it closing the day before April Fool's). However, with the announcements of other games shutting down as well, it seems like it's pretty legit now. I don't play anymore, but it's sort of sad seeing it going away since I started back in 2010. Although, it's pretty interesting seeing how the game has evolved and had its ups and downs. I surely thought they were digging themselves out of the 2011/2012 hole, but I guess not. It also sort of blows how it's shutting down like less than a month shy of its 5th birthday.

    EDIT: Digging the signature, Ashley. A guy by the alias of MK said something along the lines of rather than grieve because something is gone, celebrate the memories and the good times that have happened.

    ​hey it looks like tft isnt a heartless rock
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    Default Re: Free Realms to Shut Down on March 31st (2014)

    I know it's probably not going to work, but please sign this:
    http://www.change.org/petitions/sony...ve-free-realms

    It's a chance.
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