Free Realms registers 12 million

Sony Online Entertainment’s free-to-play massively multiplayer online role-playing game Free Realms recently amassed its 12 millionth registered user, but plans for a PlayStation 3 version are still not-yet announced.

SOE says the game’s population reached the milestone following an in-game promotion called Summer Camp. The event started June 7 and brought a number of themed items to the game including umbrellas, volleyball nets, and other summertime goods.

Released in April 2009, the browser-based game quickly grabbed over 1 million followers in just seventeen days. That figure then jumped to 8 million in February, and now, four months later, sits at over 12 million registered users. That already large tally could balloon further if the game comes to PS3, as SOE has promised.

It’s important to remember that it is free to register and play Free Realms, unlike Blizzard’s World of Warcraft, which charges its users $15 a month for game access.

Free Realms is a children’s MMO that offers a variety of quests, minigames, and differs from other MMOs in that combat is optional when completing tasks.