Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Free-to-Play

Thunder debuted in new Killer Instinct c-c-c-ombo video

Killer Instinct’s most recent roster addition, Thunder, is the star in the latest combo video. The footage features his Awesome, Extreme, and Master Combos against the returning (and beefed-up) ninja Jago. Thunder is described as “a hard-hitting grappling character with powerful strikes, aggressive special moves and a devastating command grab.”

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Xbox One News

Dead Island branches out with free-to-play Dead Island: Epidemic

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Deep Silver is taking the Dead Island series down the free-to-play route with a new online-only title, Dead Island: Epidemic. Dubbed a ZOMBA (Zombie Online Multiplayer Battle Arena), Epidemic will be a PC-only release featuring many of the elements the series is known for as three teams face off against one another. More about Epidemic, and what else is in store for the future of the series, will be revealed at gamescom 2013.

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PC News

Guardian Cross launches on Google Play Store for Android

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Square Enix’s free-to-play card battle title Guardian Cross is now available for Android. In Guardian Cross, players face off against fellow Guardians in a Coliseum with a team of some of the over 120 different beasts that can be captured and trained. Originally released for iOS, the Android version features all of the updates and tweaks made to the original since its launch, as well as new card artwork. New guardians, hunting grounds, and quests are also planned in future updates.

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Android

Ace Combat goes free to play with PS3 exclusive Ace Combat Infinity

Ace Combat will be returning later this year as a free-to-play release for PS3. The Project Aces-developed Ace Combat Infinity will feature a new storyline set in a campaign that takes place in the near future, which is hinted at by the enhanced tech in the new teaser. Co-op play will also be supported for up to four players, with two teams of two competing to inflict the most damage.

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PlayStation 3 News

SOE’s DC Universe Online, PlanetSide 2 in development for PS4

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Sony Online has announced that they will be bringing two of their biggest MMOs to the PS4, DC Universe Online and PlanetSide 2. As with the other versions, both will be free-to-play with optional in-game purchases. For those keeping count, that brings the total number of free-to-play MMOs on the PS4 up to three: DCUO, Dust 514, and PlanetSide 2.

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PlayStation 4 News

To the drop pods! CCP Games’ MMOFPS Dust 514 deploys for PS3

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After months of stress testing, CCP Games’ free-to-play MMOFPS Dust 154 has transitioned from open beta to final release. The PS3 exclusive links ground-based warfare with the space-based combat of its PC MMORPG counterpart Eve Online to form a fully integrated multi-system universe known as New Eden. CCP plans to release its first update in June, followed by several “major releases” throughout the rest of the year.

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PlayStation 3 News

Hitman: Sniper Challenge, Gyromancer now on CoreOnline

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CoreOnline, Square Enix’s free-to-play online platform, has added Hitman: Sniper Challenge and Gyromancer. Sniper Challenge was initially a pre-order bonus for Hitman: Absolution, allowing players to practice their sniping skills against a series of targets in arcade-style missions. Scores can also be posted to Facebook for that extra bit of bragging. Gyromancer is a puzzle-RPG that has players take on the role of Rivel, a summoner of beasts, as he makes this way through Aldemona Wood.

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PC News

Prepare the drop pods! Dust 514 launching next month for PS3

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?CCP Games’ upcoming massively multiplayer shooter Dust 514 is nearing completion and will be going live on May 14. The developer announced that the free-to-play PS3 exclusive will be fully integrated with New Eden, the universe of Eve Online, when it launches on PSN. As console gamers pound the ground to complete objectives and whittle away their rivals’ numbers, Eve Online players will be orbiting above, dealing with the consequences of each battle in the shared persistent universe. PC gamers will be able to lend their support in the form of helping with coordination and bombarding targets.

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PlayStation 3 News

Ridge Racer goes free to play with Ridge Racer Driftopia for PC, PS3

A new downloadable free-to-play entry in the Ridge Racer series was announced today by Namco Bandai, Ridge Racer Driftopia. Not much else was revealed, other than that Bugbear Entertainment, developer of last year’s Ridge Racer Unbounded, is heading up development and that the focus will be on “the series’ irresistible signature drifting”.

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PC News, PlayStation 3 News

Ubisoft acquires Anno developer Related Designs

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Germany-based Related Designs, developers of the Anno series and No Man’s Land, has been acquired by Ubisoft. The publisher announced today that they have purchased 70.05 percent of the Anno 2070 developer in a cash transaction, up from their previous stake of 29.95. According to the announcement, Related Designs will continue to develop the browser-based free-to-play Might & Magic Heroes Online, and going forward will work with fellow Ubisoft studio Blue Byte.

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