Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: BioWare

Star Wars: The Old Republic gets Update 1.5, free-to-play option

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BioWare has released a new update for Star Wars: The Old Republic, Game Update 1.5: HK-51 Activated, coinciding with the launch of the game’s new free-to-play option. Newcomers can now play the game for free up to level 50, as well as complete the storylines of all eight classes. All players are able to access the new content introduced in Game Update 1.5: HK-51 Activated, which includes a new mode, new areas, and a new Companion character.

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Mass Effect Trilogy out for 360 and PC, Loyalty Pack dropping 11/7

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BioWare has kicked off N7 Day with the release of Mass Effect Trilogy for 360 and PC. The $59.99 collection will be available for the PS3 on December 4, and will mark the first time PS3 gamers get a chance to experience the original in full as either part of the set or as a standalone download from PSN for $14.99. Current players will be able to get into the festivities tomorrow with the N7 Day Loyalty Pack, a one-day-only free DLC drop. The 360, PC, and PS3 download will include rare weapons and six consumables.

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Mass Effect 3 to get new multiplayer DLC next week, Retaliation

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BioWare has announced that Mass Effect 3′s largest multiplayer DLC pack to date will launch on October 9 for 360, PC, and PS3—for free. Retaliation, detailed below, adds new map hazards, a new challenge system that rewards accomplishments, and the Collectors as a playable faction.

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Mass Effect Trilogy to kick off N7 Day festivities, bring original to PS3

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EA has announced that they will be inaugurating the first annual N7 Day, a celebration of all things Mass Effect, with a new collection for 360, PC, and PS3. The release of Mass Effect Trilogy, available November 6 for $59.99, will not only be the first of many N7 Day events, but it also marks the first time that the original Mass Effect will be available for PS3. Additionally, for PS3 gamers who already own the second and third titles, the original will be available on PSN.

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Dragon Age III: Inquisition announced for 2013 release

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BioWare has announced that the next installment in the Dragon Age series, Dragon Age III: Inquisition, will be hitting store shelves in late 2013. Aaryn Flynn of BioWare has stated that Inquisition has already been in development for nearly two years and that, per feedback, BioWare Edmonton and Montreal are creating a larger world with a greater emphasis on customization. He went on to say that combat will be “both tactical and visceral.”

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Wii U set to launch for $299.99, $349.99 on November 18

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Nintendo has detailed the North American launch of the Wii U today. The system will be available on November 18 in two versions, the $299.99 Basic Set and the $349.99 Deluxe Set. A full list of the 50-plus launch-window titles was also provided.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic to embrace free-to-play model this fall

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Star Wars: The Old Republic, BioWare’s take on a Star Wars MMO, will be going free-to-play this fall. Well, partly. The game will actually add a free-to-play option, with diehard fans able to keep their subscription for unrestricted access to all content as well as some of the new in-game currency, Cartel Coins. The free option will allow players access to each of the eight characters, though there will be a level limit (50) and restrictions on advanced features and accessing new content. For the free players who want a little more, Cartel Coins can be used to unlock some of the premium material.

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Mass Effect 3 to get free multiplayer DLC pack, Earth, next week

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Mass Effect 3: Earth, the next free DLC drop, will be hitting Live Arcade, Origin, and PSN next week. Earth, detailed below, will include three new maps, six new N7 characters, three new weapons, 12 new modifications, 11 new upgrades, new platinum difficulty, and new in-mission objectives—whew.

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Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut DLC launches for consoles, PC

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The epilogue DLC announced to address fans’ concerns over the ending of Mass Effect 3, Extended Cut, has launched for 360, PC, and PS3. The free download adds new cinematic sequences and scenes as to offer fans “deeper insights into how their personal journey concludes.”

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Mass Effect 3: Rebellion Pack DLC launching next week

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Mass Effect 3 owners with access to the Galaxy at War component will be able to download the Rebellion Pack for free on May 29. The DLC drop, detailed below, adds two new maps, a new team objective, a new equipment slot, and new characters to multiplayer.

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