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

Free-to-play Phantasy Star Online 2 coming to North America

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Phantasy Star Online, the series to bring online role-playing to consoles back in 2000, will be returning as a free-to-play PC release in 2013. Phantasy Star Online 2 will take place in 238, during the New Era of Light, with players joining a band of Arks to battle against D-Arkers.

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Free-to-play Call of Duty Online heading to China

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Activision has announced that they have teamed up with Tencent Holdings Limited to launch Call of Duty Online in China. The multi-year agreement grants Tencent the exclusive license to operate Call of Duty Online, a free-to-play shooter with a microtransaction-based monetization system, in mainland China. The game will feature an original story based around Special Ops missions, a variety of modes and maps, perks specifically tailored to the Chinese market, as well as an in-game store to personalize weapons, characters, and gear.

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Mercenary Pack now available for PS3 online shooter Dust 514

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CCP has launched the Mercenary Pack for its upcoming free-to-play MMOFPS Dust 514. The $19.99 pack includes gear, in-game currency, a booster, and a few exclusive items, such as unique arms and armor and access to the closed beta. Full details below.

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DLC, PlayStation 3 News

Command & Conquer Tiberium Alliances launches online

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Command & Conquer has hit the free-to-play market today with the launch of Phenomic’s Command & Conquer Tiberium Alliances. The browser-based strategy game is cross-platform compatible, with cloud saving coming in the next few months to support continuous play across browsers, mobile devices, desktops, smartphones, and tablets.

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MechWarrior Online’s Closed Beta, Operation Inception detailed

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MechWarrior Online will be entering closed beta this week, allowing fans the chance to try the game ahead of its summer launch and help work out the kinks. But for those who don’t want to take the risk of not being able to get their feet wet before release, Piranha has announced Operation Inception. Mech-heads can register at the official site for a chance to receive a key for the upcoming beta, but for guaranteed access, they can take advantage of the founder’s program that is set to launch on June 19.

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CCP Games opens beta registration for Dust 514

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CCP Games’ online first-person shooter cousin to Eve Online, Dust 514, is nearing beta. The PS3 exclusive, set to launch later this year, ties into the Eve universe by allowing console players to interact with PC gamers as the former pound the ground and the latter cruise the stars. Players interested in getting in on that kind of action can head over to Dust514.com – Beta and sign up for a chance to participate.

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PlayStation 3 News

Piranha reveals MechWarrior Online’s Mech Labs, Dragon Mech

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Piranha Games has released some shots from the Mech Lab, the customization area from their upcoming mechbonanza (mechnanza?) MechWarrior Online. The Lab is where players will buy and build their ‘bots, tweaking their loadouts for the optimal combination of arms and style. Also included were some new in-game shots, a few of which feature the new 60-ton Dragon Mech.

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Wolfenstein 3D turns 20, id celebrates with free iOS, web versions

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Wolfenstein 3D has turned 20! And I feel old! To properly celebrate the venerable series’ birthday, Bethesda and id have launched a new version of the original as a free-to-play browser-based game. Gamers can head to wolfenstein.bethsoft.com or Facebook.com – Wolfenstein and give Hitler an updated what for. But wait – that’s not all! Later today, Bethesda will also be offering Wolfenstein 3D Classic Platinum for free (for a limited time) for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch on the App Store.

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Apple Handheld, PC News

CCP keynote, new Dust 514 screens and video from Eve FanFast

Eve Online developer CCP released some new images from their upcoming free-to-play PS3 first-person shooter MMO, Dust 514. The pictures come from last month’s Eve FanFast, showing off some of the unit and vehicle types. Dust 514 will be set in and share the Eve universe, allowing players of the PC MMORPG to interact with those taking part in the PS3 MMOFPS.

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Command & Conquer Tiberium Alliances enters Open Beta

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Phenomic’s upcoming free-to-play, browser-based MMO Command & Conquer Tiberium Alliances has entered Open Beta. Players interested in throwing in their lot to be the ruler of all they survey can sign up at the official site. Virtual generals will “harvest valuable resources, foster strategic alliances and engage in relentless battles.” Tiberium Alliances features in-game news and status feeds, and will eventually offer cloud saves and cross-platform functionality across desktops, smartphones, and tablets.

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