Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: BioWare

Mass Effect 3 demo launches, spawns millions of Shepards

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Gamers itching to try their hand at Mass Effect 3 finally have their chance with a new demo now available for the 360, PC, and PS3. The demo begins with an invasion of Earth by the Reapers and concludes with a single-player mission from later in the game. Players are also able to create a Commander Shepard for their trial run, tweaking name, gender, and appearance. Once those selections are made, plus some for background, the game will then prepare a brief history of this insta-Shephard so that newcomers and series vets alike are able to follow the events included in the demo.

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Mass Effect 3 demo announced for 360, PC, and PS3

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The final leg of Commander Shepard’s journey is nearing, and in what can only be described as a cruel joke on those with loved ones wanting a quiet Valentine’s Day, EA has announced that they will be releasing a demo for BioWare’s Mass Effect 3 on February 14. (I’m so sorry, dear—the galaxy needs me!)

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Star Wars: The Old Republic launches – guilds to arms!

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Bum-bum-bumbum. That phonetically attempted tune can only mean one thing, padawans: Star Wars: The Old Republic is live. BioWare’s galaxy-spanning MMO has launched for the PC and is currently hosting innumerable adventures and adventurers. Set thousands of years before the films, players will side with the Galactic Republic or Sith Empire in one of sci-fi’s greatest wars. Eight character types are available (Jedi Knight, Jedi Consular, Smuggler, Trooper, Bounty Hunter, Imperial Agent, Sith Inquisitor, and Sith Warrior), and each has two subclasses that are further differentiated by their own skill trees. Each character also has their own storyline, complete with a fully voiced cast.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic gears up for launch, early access begins

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As BioWare’s Star Wars: The Old Republic nears its December 20 release, gamers who have pre-ordered the title will be able to play the game today, starting at 6:00 AM (CST). This Early Game Access program, which will grant pre-order customers entry in waves, is said to “help manage server volumes, helping to ensure a smooth day-one experience” and can be joined by gamers redeeming their access code at the official site. All players will find an already-thriving community as BioWare has tallied over 78,000 guilds from the pre-launch beta sessions alone.

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BioWare Victory, Command & Conquer Generals 2 announced

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BioWare is dipping their toes into the strategy genre with a new studio, BioWare Victory. The offshoot studio is taking a stab at the long-running Command & Conquer franchise with a follow-up to 2003′s Command & Conquer Generals, currently titled Command & Conquer Generals 2. Scheduled to come out for PC in 2013, Generals 2 will be powered by DICE’s Frostbite 2 engine and feature three sides vying for ultimate power.

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(PC Review) MDK2 HD

(PC Review) MDK2 HD

“…the game is a product of its time, for better and worse.”

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Mass Effect 3 to get co-op multiplayer

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Commander Shepard will have some special help next year when he sets out to retake Earth. BioWare has announced that Mass Effect 3 will be the first in the series to support multiplayer. The online component has been dubbed the Galaxy at War system, and it will complement the single-player storyline by offering “a suite of … games and applications” for players to enjoy with friends. Progress made with others will directly affect the main campaign, as Shepard scours the galaxy for allies against the Reapers.

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Dragon Age II – Mark of the Assassin DLC now available for download

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Hawke is setting out once again today with the release of the Mark of the Assassin DLC for Dragon Age II. The pack is available for 800 MS Points/800 BioWare Points/$9.99 for 360, Mac, PC, and PS3. Mark of the Assassin adds a new member to the party, the rogue Elven assassin Tallis, voiced by The Guild’s Felicia Day. Hawke must aid her in stealing a relic from an Orlesian Duke in exchange for her assistance with some pesky mercenaries. The scenario, accessible from any safe house at any point within the original campaign, will include new environments and is said to dive deeper into the backstory of the Orlesian and Qunari races.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic dated, holiday to be spent on Alderaan

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Co-founders of BioWare, Dr. Ray Muzyka and Dr. Greg Zeschuk, announced at the Eurogamer Expo that the studio’s upcoming MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic will launch on December 20. Currently available for pre-order at select retailers, The Old Republic is set thousands of years before the original trilogy and will feature eight primary classes, each with three fully voiced, unique storylines that evolve depending on the choices made. Quests will be strewn across multiple worlds, including such favorites as Tatooine and Hoth. Gamers wanting to try it out early will receive a code to unlock Early Game Access by pre-ordering, though just how early they will be able to access the game is unknown.

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Warhammer Online: Wrath of Heroes announced, to be Play4Free

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Not content with a Star Wars-based MMO, BioWare has announced that they are now tackling Warhammer with the new Warhammer Online: Wrath of Heroes. Based off of Age of Reconing, Wrath of Heroes is a player-versus-player Play4Free title feature three-team, 18-player arena battles. Players will be able to use a “variety of characters and iconic Warhammer Online heroes, settings, and weapons” as well as switch between heroes and teams mid-battle in a chaotic form of jump-in/jump-out play.

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