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Mass Effect Getting Trilogy Compilation Treatment

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Bioware announced on the official Mass Effect page that Mass Effect will be getting a trilogy collection for Xbox 360 and PC on November 6th with a PS3 version to follow at a later date.

The trilogy package will include all three Mass Effect games and DLC packaged in a foil box decorated with snazzy custom artwork for $59.99.

This will obviously be the first chance for PS3 owners to play the formerly Xbox 360 exclusive (for consoles) Mass Effect. Unfortunately, you just have to wait a little bit longer for an unspecified date. If you don’t want to dip into the trilogy compilation just for the original Mass Effect on PS3, it is confirmed as a PSN download for $14.99 and it will be available the same day as the compilation.

Here are the details:

When Gamers Get Greedy: The Issue Of Entitlement Among Franchise Fans

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The issue of gamer entitlement is one that has been talked about a lot, especially this year with the whole Mass Effect 3 ending debacle. So why do a lot of gamers seem to feel so entitled? Should gamers be able to demand things from developers and publishers? I will answer these questions and more as I attempt to break down the issue of gamer entitlement.

Video games are unique in the fact that their fan base is seemingly becoming more and more entitled every year. You simply don’t see this kind of entitlement with other entertainment mediums. If a movie comes out that has a terrible ending, you don’t hear people demanding that the director and actors film a new one. The same goes for music and television as well. You may hear people complaining about a certain movie or CD, but there is a big difference between voicing your dissatisfaction with something and demanding that it be altered in some way that will take time and money from the people who created it in the first place.

Bioware Announces Dragon Age III: Inquisition

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Bioware officially announced Dragon Age III: Inquisition earlier this morning. A lot of rumor and speculation has been swirling around the gaming space for a little while now in regards to a third Dragon Age title, but now we have actual confirmation along with a couple details.

Bioware has been working on the new Dragon Age game in some form for about 2 years now, and many people that worked on the previous Dragon Age titles are also working on this one, along with some new developers.

They are also working on a new engine to be used for Dragon Age III. DICE’s Frostbite 2 engine is the foundation for this new engine that Bioware will be making.

No release date or platform details have been revealed as of yet, but check back in with us as more information will undoubtedly be revealed in the coming months.

Source: Bioware

Star Wars: The Old Republic Going Free-to-Play

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As has been forseen, Star Wars: The Old Republic will be dipping its toes into free-to-play once again, this time adding a permanent free-to-play option, which will take effect later this year.

This free-to-play model won’t replace, but instead exist alongside the subscription model, and as you’d imagine, by not paying, there will plenty of limits to what you’ll be able to access. Paid subscribers will have “unlimited access to all game features and future Game Updates” with no extra fee, whereas players who decide not to pay will still have access to all eight classes up to level 50 (currently the highest available level) but with “game play restrictions that limit game options and access to certain game content.” Basically, anything and everything not story related seems be limited to free-to-play players. Check out the full chart of differences on the official site.

Although the game will be free-to-play, you’ll still have to purchase the game, of course, which later this year will drop down to $14.99.

Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut DLC Releases Tuesday

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Back in March, Bioware released Mass Effect 3 to high critical praise, but the endings were a source of much controversy among fans. After weeks of fans expressing their dissatisfaction with the endings, Bioware announced that they would be releasing a DLC that would add more context and closure to the game’s final moments.

The Extended Cut DLC will release Tuesday for the 360, PS3, and PC. The Extended Cut wont be an actual new ending, but rather an extension of the original endings that offers more of an explanation and more closure for fans of the series.

 

Via: Joystiq
Source: Bioware

It’s As If 400,000 Voices Cried Out and Were Suddenly Silenced…

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Today EA announced the unfortunate news that BioWare’s Star Wars MMORPG The Old Republic has lost over 400,000 subscriptions in two months.

Released this past December, The Old Republic was an interesting turn of events for the developer who chose to continue their highly acclaimed Knights of the Old Republic series through means of an MMO – claiming that The Old Republic would fit about eight sequels worth of content into one online experience. With each character type offering about a hundred hours of entirely unique dialogue, quests, and storyline TOR looked to be the closest thing to come along yet that could give World of WarCraft a run for its money.

Losing nearly half a million players though doesn’t bode well for the MMORPG even though there still remains 1.3 million active subscribers. To recuperate from such a hit, BioWare has promised to increase their work with TOR and attempt to get new content packs, updates, and fixes out the door more quickly for those who’ve already ran the gauntlet and maxed out all eight character classes.

The Better Business Bureau Says BioWare Falsely Advertised

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It may be hard to believe but the multiple debates surrounding Mass Effect 3 are still continuing on all over the place. While the arguments have certainly cooled off a bit – especially in the wake of promised end-game DLC free of charge – it hasn’t stopped many figures and groups from weighing in on the issue. Stepping up to the plate this time is the Better Business Bureau – an organization committed to ensuring fair and ethical business practices, resolving disputes between consumers and businesses, and in general making sure that everything goes well (for both parties) between those that make the product and those that use it…

Dragon Age 3: Still Not Official But Worth Discussing at PAX East 2012

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While BioWare’s next installment in their dark-fantasy role-playing game, Dragon Age 3, still goes unannounced that apparently doesn’t keep the developers from discussing the game at PAX East 2012. During their panel, the developers addressed three of their fans’ biggest concerns – all of which to no one’s surprise revolved around Dragon Age 2‘s shortcomings…

Free Mass Effect 3 ‘Resurgence Pack’ DLC Inbound

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The Mass Effect 3 “Resurgence Pack,” the first tasting of multiplayer DLC for the game, is set to drop in North America on April 10 and in Europe on April 11, for the price of nothing. While BioWare and EA have received reactionary responses involving the words “Multiplayer” and “DLC,” perhaps this pack, including two new maps, and a selection of new characters, weapons and items, will be met with approval.

Specifically, the two maps included will be Condor, a warzone outpost, and Hydra, an abandoned quarian colony. The new unlockable characters include Batarian Soldier and Batarian Sentinel, Geth Engineer and Geth Infiltrator, a Krogan Battlemaster Vanguard and an Asari Justicar Adept. Along with those additions are also weapons, most of which you can get a peak of below in the trailer.

Mass Effect 3 “Extended Cut” DLC To Release This Summer

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EA announced this morning that a free “Extended Cut” DLC will be released for Mass Effect 3 sometime this summer. Here is what Bioware co-founder Dr. Ray Muzyka had to say:

“With the Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut we think we have struck a good balance in delivering the answers players are looking for while maintaining the team’s artistic vision for the end of this story arc.”

Apparently the free DLC will expand on the outcomes of the endings with new cinematics to provide players with more closure to their playthroughs.  The “Extended Cut” DLC will be available for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC later this summer.

Source: Joystiq