Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: MMO

The Elder Scrolls Online beta signups begin, trailer released

Bethesda and Zenimax Online Studios’ foray into the world of massive multiplayer has gotten a little closer today with the announcement that beta signups are now open for The Elder Scrolls Online. Hopeful adventurers can head to the game’s official page and register for a chance to be selected for early access. Additional details will be provided in the near future to those who register, but it shouldn’t be too long now as final launch is scheduled for later this year.

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Dust 514 to enter open beta on January 22

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The worlds of Eve Online and free-to-play shooter Dust 514 will be getting closer to full integration next week when Dust moves into open beta on January 22. The first step was accomplished on January 10 when developer CCP Games merged the two on the Eve server Tranquility, and as Dust nears its launch, the game’s full suite of features will come online. Current players will also be happy to hear that they can start building up their character stats today as CCP has no subsequent character resets planned. For full migration plans, check out the official Eve website.

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PlayStation 3 News

Rise of the Hutt Cartel announced for Star Wars: The Old Republic

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BioWare has announced that the first downloadable expansion for Star Wars: The Old Republic, Rise of the Hutt Cartel, is available for pre-order. The add-on will feature a new fully voiced storyline that will see players venturing to the dual-faction planet of Makeb and battling against the Hutt Cartel. The expansion will also add new allies, enemies, and technologies, as well as five new levels of missions and an increased level cap of 55.

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Landfall update now live for World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria

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Blizzard has launched Landfall, the first content update for World of Warcraft’s newest expansion, Mists of Pandaria. The changes and additions, detailed below, include new daily quests in Krasarang Wilds, a greater look into Pandaren lore, new factions with new …

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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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Dust 514 gets Codex update, new screens, and Skill Point event

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CCP’s massively multiplayer action title Dust 514 gets one step closer to final launch with the release of the latest update, Codex. The newest additions include Corporations, the guild-styled squad system also found in Eve Online, female avatars, new weapons, the Skill system, and more environments. Current players can get the most out of the newly implemented Skills by earning double points from now until November 8.

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PlayStation 3 News

Halloween hits Guild Wars 2 with launch of Shadow of the Mad King

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NCsoft is set to launch a large content update for the recently released Guild Wars 2 later today. Titled Shadow of the Mad King, the free update will not only include 80 pieces of content, much of which will be available from here on out, but also some Halloween-themed material that will only be available from now until October 31.

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(PC Review) Guild Wars 2

(PC Review) Guild Wars 2

“… an engrossing experience that is only getting better as time goes on.”

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PC Reviews

NCsoft prepping Blade & Soul MMO for Western release

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Following up the successful launch of Guild Wars 2, NCsoft has announced their plans to bring their martial-arts-themed fantasy MMO Blade & Soul to Western markets. Developed by their in-house studio Team Bloodlust in Seoul, NCsoft states that Blade & Soul will allow players “to experience the flowing nature of action martial arts” reminiscent of the combat in such films as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Players will be able to choose from four races and eight classes, as well as several professions, as they attempt to defeat Jin Seoyeon, destroyer of the Hongmoon Clan, in a world infused with Asian folklore.

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Guild Wars 2 sells over 2 million units in under three weeks

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Shortly after passing the two-week mark, NCsoft has announced that ArenaNet’s latest MMO Guild Wars 2 has sold over 2 million units. Retail and first-party sales were temporarily halted due to demand surpassing server load, and since being reinstated, not only has the milestone been surpassed, but according to NCsoft, the game now “regularly” hosts over 400,000 players during peak hours.

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