Okay, maybe “shock” is a little strong. Going free-to-play is, after all, what all the cool kids are doing. But it speaks to the future of MMOs if a big-budget, high-profile game like Star Wars: The Old Republic can’t sustain paying subscribers. [Read more…]
Almost two years ago, Square Enix released its MMO game Final Fantasy XIV — to the resounding applause of no one. Now, a completely overhauled, remade-from-scratch FFXIV has been announced. Will it make players forget the original version? [Read more…]
Because it’s what all the cool kids are doing, Sony Online Entertainment says that DC Universe Online (FG Review: 5 out of 5 stars) is adding a freebie game mode come late October. There will be three tiers of service, in fact, from free up to $15/month, and here’s what you’ll get with each.
PAX East kicked off this morning in Boston, bringing gamers together with high profile game developers, so that the public can get its first exposure to hot upcoming titles. Among the game media being debuted this weekend is a brand new trailer for Star Wars: The Old Republic, BioWare’s MMO that’s set a thousand years before the events of the film series.
The trailer is titled “Fate of the Galaxy,” and unlike past videos, this one is made up entirely of game footage, using no fancy CGI animation. I think it gives potential fans the best look yet at what playing the game will be like. Be sure to watch for all the different character class types, the many vehicles, and the multiple worlds available to explore. BioWare describes the trailer (and the game) this way:
Tension between the Republic and the Empire is running high. The uneasy truce established by the Treaty of Coruscant is quickly tearing apart at the seams, and a return to all-out war has begun in all but official terms. A new generation of heroes, both light and dark, emerges to face the difficulties of these chaotic times, and fight for the fate of the galaxy in this most desperate age.
Also just announced: a new online Guild Headquarters for players who want to start organizing guilds in advance of the game’s release. Follow the link to register your own guild and reserve the name you’d like to use. Or you can search for existing guilds to join, if you don’t want to create one of your own. Every guild gets its own mini-site at starwarstheoldrepublic.com, which will display bio info about the guild, its membership numbers, and forums both public and private.
This game looks better and better every time I see it, but it’s been in development for eons. Are you planning to play The Old Republic when it finally arrives? What kind of character will you play as? Will you join the heroes or the villains?
By all indications, DC Universe Online looks downright awesome. I’ve always been more of a Marvel man myself, but as infrequently as good comic book games are made, I’m hopeful that maybe they’ll get this one right. Sony Online Entertainment has a solid track record, so the odds are good for DC Comics.
You’ll have to judge for yourself if this news is good or bad: SOE just announced that DC Universe Online is being delayed from its planned November 2nd release date to Q1 2011. DCUO is set to be the first-of-its-kind MMO on the PlayStation 3, and the first-ever MMO set in the DC Universe. The game is moving into beta testing, and Sony has decided to take extra time to fine-tune the game, based on beta-player feedback.
Access to the beta game will start being rolled out next week to players with VIP key cards or players who have registered at the game’s site. Pre-order the game by November 15th, and you’ll be guaranteed beta access by November 30th.
A PS3 Collector’s Edition has also been announced, which will include a DCUO Batman statue, an Art of DC Universe Online book, a DCUO Legends issue #0 comic book with a variant cover by Jim Lee, a limited edition poster of Lee’s variant cover, and a Prestige comic book that details the DCUO backstory.
Hm. Is this exciting news, or just another oddity to add to the life of Michael Jackson?
In less than a year, we’ve now heard news of two officially-licensed Michael Jackson video games in development. The first was The Michael Jackson Experience, a dancing game in the works from Ubisoft, as announced at E3. Today, an MMO has been announced called Planet Michael, that’s effectively a free online virtual world for Jackson’s fans.
Developed by SEE Virtual Worlds, a newcomer to the video game world, Planet Michael will launch in late 2011. SEE says that a full world is being crafted for the game, including “entire continents” based around visuals from his music, his videos and concerts, and global humanitarian issues that Jackson worked with. So as the first screenshots attest, you’ll be able to wander around levels based on Jackson’s videos, such as the stylized cityscape from “Billy Jean” and the graveyard from “Thriller.”
It’s not clear what players will be able to do there, though SEE mentions in its press release that players will be able to take jobs that pay virtual money that can be used for various in-game items. You’ll also be able to contribute to in-world representations of humanitarian organizations and efforts that Jackson supported.