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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.
Funcom’s upcoming MMO, The Secret World, has been in the making for a few years now and will have another couple weeks on top of that. This most recent two-week push-back is due to “market reasons,” but also allows for some more beta testing.
Haven’t heard about The Secret World? Check out the videos below for a general overview of the game. Set in modern times, The Secret World brings all the myths, legends, and conspiracies we once believed were false to life. Zombies, werewolves, ghosts, pharaohs, demons, you name it.
Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
Release Date: May 15, 2012
ESRB: M- Mature
This is the first review in a series for Diablo III. There will be follow-ups focusing on certain aspects, but this is a general overview of the first playthrough for new and returning players. Edit: loot review.
Having not played the previous Diablo games, I will be giving a fresh look at a well-established series. To be honest, I hadn’t even intended on picking up Diablo 3 this summer (let the blasphemous cries commence). However, you can blame my impulse Diablo 3 purchase on both peer pressure and a little nostalgia of my old Blizzard fling. So coming into it I already had a lot of respect for Blizzard and their games. Not only do they release quality material, but they also have a good time doing it. This is shown in all their references to other games and pop culture (no spoilers here, play the game and pay attention to find them). It all boils down to this: we knew Diablo 3 would be a good game, but did it live up to the hype and can we call it a great, must-play game even for new players? Read on to find out.
Despite all of the financial problems that have been plaguing 38 Studios lately, they seem to have been able to find the time to release a video for a new MMO that will be set in the world of Amalur.
The video shows several locations that will be in the game and a release window of June 2013 has bee set for the title.
The newly revealed/confirmed existence of The Elder Scrolls: Online has set the internet ablaze and fresh information is being thrown into the mix every couple of hours. The newest details to hit the streets are twelve in-game screen shots from the MMO along with numerous details gleaned from the upcoming Game Informer magazine which features TESO as the cover story. You can head over to NeoGaf for all the major and minor bits of knowledge for yourself but after the break we’ve listed some of the more important and exciting ones along with those precious screens I know some of you are clamoring for…
It’s pretty clear that there’s no shortage of MMOs. There’s a ton of unique virtual worlds filled with unique virtual players, to explore with or without, and the selection feels endless. Do you want to be a pirate? There’s an MMO for that. Do you want to explore a 2D world rather than 3D? There’s an MMO for that. Variety’s the spice of MMOs, I guess, but I can’t seem to work out the numbers in my head. There can’t be enough people on this planet to play all of these MMOs. But the logic isn’t slowing them down; they just keep being constructed, put into beta and released to the public. Want another one? Okay, here you go.
Say hello to Salem, the latest from developer Seatribe. As I’ve said, it’s an MMO, and it’s set in New England, where players take on the role of colonist. As these pilgrimy types, players will be farming, gathering and crafting to build their civilizations. In the developer diary below, Seatribe’s Björn Johannessen explains the game’s unique take on civil area: the area you build becomes civil and thus safer; the more you veer away, the more dangerous it becomes. However, leaving the homestead and venturing into the darkness is crucial to gathering more valuable resources. The game has entered beta and is now excepting signups, so if this interest you, I suggest visiting here.
The MMO spotlight is undoubtably on the recently released Star Wars: The Old Republic. But maybe your not that into Wookiees and lightsabers. Hell, maybe your just broke. There’s no shame in turning to more affordable alternatives. After all, it’s worth noting that dozens, upon dozens of MMOs have gone free to play. One of the most recent of these being Everquest II, an ambitious fantasy world and sequel to one of the most influential MMORPGs ever created.
Lego Universe went free-to-play earlier this year and apparently it didn’t work out. The game had nearly two million subscribers, but very few of them were paying to play. IGN reported that the MMO is shutting down January 31, 2012, it has been over a year since it launched in late 2010. Play Well Studios who is the developer will close when servers shut down .
Lego Universe is one of many MMO’s that have gone free to play recently. Will the future of those games have a similar fate as Lego Universe?