Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: MMO

SOE announces new expansions for EverQuest I and II, Player Studio

EverQuest 2 (PC) Chains of Eternity Announcement - Screenshot 1

Big news in the EverQuest universe today with Sony Online announcing two new expansions, one for the original EverQuest and the other for EverQuest II, and Player Studio, a new service that allows players to create in-game items and sell them in the marketplace for real-world cash.

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PC News

Guild Wars 2 to kick off Headstart Program tomorrow

Guild Wars 2 (PC) Headstart Program Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

After years in development and months in beta, Guild Wars 2 is set to launch its Headstart program tomorrow. The ArenaNet-developed and NCsoft-published PC MMO will kick off the program this weekend to allow gamers who pre-ordered a chance to log in and get started on leveling their characters before the flood gates open on August 28.

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PC News

Dust 514 begins integration with Eve Online, new screens released

Dust 514 (PS3) August Screenshots Announcement - Screenshot 1

CCP has sent along some new shotsshots from Gamescom showing off the latest beta build of Dust 514, their upcoming MMOFPS for PS3. Today is also the beginning of the planned extensive integration with CCP’s other MMO, Eve Online for PC. In addition, the update also includes “Orbital Strike framework, instant battle matchmaking, new environments, keyboard and mouse support, and tons of other enhancements.”

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PlayStation 3 News

Dust 514 beta event announced for PlayStation Plus subscribers

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PlayStation Plus subscribers eager to try out CCP Games’ upcoming MMOFPS Dust 514 will be able to jump into the fray next week. A special closed beta event for subscribers will run from August 21 to September 4, but they won’t be alone, as they will be joined by gamers who bought the game’s Mercenary Pack or the All-Access Pass. August 21 also marks the day of the Precursor release, which begins the process of integrating Dust 514 and Eve Online, adding the ability for players to call in orbital strikes, access new environments, and utilize instant battle matchmaking.

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PlayStation 3 News

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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PC News

PlanetSide 2 detailed in new Command Center Developer series

The first episode of the PlanetSide 2 Command Center Developer video series has been released, with Creative Director Matt Higby and Senior Art Director Tramell Isaac covering a wide range of topics for the upcoming MMOFPS. Items discussed include faction uniforms, SOE Live and other upcoming events, fan art, and the approaching beta.

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PC News

Guild Wars 2 set to launch this August

NCsoft has revealed that ArenaNet’s upcoming MMO Guild Wars 2 will go live on August 28. Before the official launch, ArenaNet will be holding one more Beta Weekend Event for the weekend of July 20-22.

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PC News

Mercenary Pack now available for PS3 online shooter Dust 514

Dust 514 (PS3) Mercenary Pack Announcement - Screenshot 1

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

Command & Conquer Tiberium Alliances (PC) Launch Announcement - Header

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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PC News

CCP Games opens beta registration for Dust 514

Dust514 (PS3) April Screenshot Announcement - Screenshot 4

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