Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: MMO

Star Wars: The Old Republic gets Update 1.5, free-to-play option

Star Wars: The Old Republic (PC) Free-to-Play Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

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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PC News

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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DLC, PC News

(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

Blade and Soul (PC) Western Announcement - Screenshot 1

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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PC News

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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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

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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