MMORPG.com's Garrett Fuller uses an interview with Free Realms Lead Designer Laralyn McWilliams and a keynote speech from John Smedly to paint a picture of SOE's approach to creating Free Realms for a much younger audience than previous SOE games.
There was a lot of talk about Free Realms at AGDC this year. We had the chance to sit with Laralyn McWilliams, Lead Designer on the game and talk about the success and future plans for the F2P MMO.
Laralyn first talked about the live events and how successful they had been. The Dares concert from E3 started things off and SOE has continued to make player events a priority. The concert was followed up with fireworks on the 4th of July. These types of parties go a long way with players and the social aspects of the game have picked up because of that.