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BioWare "implementing additional security" for Star Wars: The Old Republic

Posted: 08.11.2011 by Technet2k

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An EA/BioWare email has been sent out to all Star Wars: The Old Republic users warning that a password reset will be forced soon so that new passphrases meet "best practices" of strength.

As accounts with EA are linked together through Origin it means the new 'stronger' password will be for everything. These "new security standards" will ensure account safety.

Minecraft sales exceed 4M units

Posted: 08.11.2011 by JonahFalcon

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Less than two weeks before the MineCon convention, Mojang's popular sandbox creation MMO Minecraft has hit 4M paid users since creator Markus 'Notch' Persson started selling the game while in pre-release in 2009.

This was revealed by the websites statistics page, which saw over nine thousand sales in 24 hours put the game over the 4M mark. The official site has 16M total registered users.

BioWare tease Imperial Agent in latest Star Wars: The Old Republic trailer

Posted: 07.11.2011 by Technet2k

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EA and BioWare's Star Wars: The Old Republic MMO is just about a month and a half away from launching, and now the Imperial Agent gets the trailer spotlight treatment.

The studio teases the character progression of the Imperial Agent, as each class get their own journey to follow. The clip reveals some of the underhanded little stunts we can pull.

LEGO Universe to be shuttered January 2012

Posted: 04.11.2011 by JonahFalcon

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LEGO Universe, we hardly knew ye.

The kid-oriented LEGO-based MMO will be officially shuttered on the 31st January 2012, while the LEGO Universe staff was informed that the 'Play Well Studios' in Louisville, Colorado and the game's marketing function in Billund, Denmark will be closed. This will result in 115 employees being let go, though they will be offered assistance in finding new jobs inside or outside the LEGO Group.

DC Universe Online picks up 120,000 extra users since free-to-play launch

Posted: 04.11.2011 by JamieSI

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The free-to-play version of DC Universe Online only launched earlier this week, but it's already gained over 120,000 extra registrations on PC.

Dark Millennium Online business model "flexible" to exploit "different territories"

Posted: 03.11.2011 by Technet2k

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THQ's Brian Farrell states that the upcoming Warhammer 40k: Dark Millennium Online will utilise a "flexible" monetisation model so they can "exploit the game on a worldwide basis."

The Vigil developed MMO won't have "just one business model," but will employ "other monetisation mechanisms" and the team has been "very thoughtful about how" to do it.

DC Universe Online now free-to-play

Posted: 02.11.2011 by JonahFalcon

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Sony Online Entertainment has announced that DC Universe Online is now officially free-to-play. Starting today, all players can create their own superhero (or supervillain) and join the legendary DC Comics characters in a fight of good versus evil.

Lineage II will be going free-to-play

Posted: 02.11.2011 by JonahFalcon

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NCsoft has announced that one of the largest MMOs in the world, Lineage II, will be going free-to-play. The conversion will be timed with the release of its upcoming update, Goddess of Destruction. The update is the largest in the MMO's history, which NCsoft claims features more than 400 hours of new content.

World of Tanks update 7 adds camouflage

Posted: 01.11.2011 by JonahFalcon

Comments: 20 has announced that the upcoming 7th update to their massively multiplayer tank sim World of Tanks will include the ability to add camouflage to tanks, as well as adding a new tank model, two new maps, and clan logos.

CCP: Fan uproar "disregarded as just some noise", proved "emotionally important"

Posted: 01.11.2011 by Technet2k

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EVE Online developer CCP CEO Hilmar Petursson admits at first the backlash from their community was "disregarded" as just a vocal minority; as "some noise in the channel".

However the space loving studio learnt that it was "something that was really emotionally important," and reminded them how "really connected" people in EVE Online are.

Star Wars: The Old Republic's "PC-only configuration" will avoid Battlefield 3 jitters

Posted: 31.10.2011 by Technet2k

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Don't panic because BioWare's Star Wars: The Old Republic is all PC and EA have "full control" over its servers, meaning we can all avoid the hiccups of Battlefield 3's launch.

EA Games label boss Frank Gibeau says they're "very confident" of getting a "solid launch." The publisher admits that "so much is hanging on the first week" of the Star Wars MMO.

EA allaying fears regarding The Old Republic 'rationing'

Posted: 30.10.2011 by JonahFalcon

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Electronic Arts is trying to quell fears that players won't be able to play Star Wars: The Old Republic for a long time due to the publisher "rationing" launch copies.

DC Universe Online goes free-to-play on 1st November

Posted: 29.10.2011 by JonahFalcon

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Sony Online Entertainment had initially announced that DC Universe Online would go free-to-play six weeks ago. Today, the publisher has set the date for the changeover from the subscription model, which will be on the 1st November.

500K users registered to beta The Secret World

Posted: 28.10.2011 by JonahFalcon

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Funcom has announced that over 500,000 users have registered to beta test the occult-themed MMO The Secret World.

Planetside 2 features "enormous, enormous gameplay space"

Posted: 27.10.2011 by Technet2k

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Sony Online Entertainment's Planetside 2 takes place on the many continents of Auraxis, which are a meaty "eight-by-eight kilometre" in dimension.

One of their biggest tasks has been "hand crafting every single area" of those massive slabs of land. Players can expect huge battles, like 200 vs. 30.

Morhaime: Value of World of Warcraft's $15 a month "unmatched"

Posted: 27.10.2011 by Technet2k

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Blizzard's Mike Morhaime strongly believes World of Warcraft's subscription offers the best value for money, adding you can't get that "entertainment value anywhere."

Their MMO is "just unmatched" even when put it against "EA with the Star Wars game," he said. It "isn't true" the less you charge the more you make from MMOs.

US upholds Richard Garriott's lawsuit victory over NCSoft

Posted: 26.10.2011 by JonahFalcon

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Richard Garriott, best known to gamers as Lord British, has won NCSoft's appeal of his successful lawsuit for breach of contract, earning him $32M in the largest settlement of its kind in the state of Texas.

Blizzard "focusing on mobile and tablet apps," eyes free-to-play

Posted: 25.10.2011 by Technet2k

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COO Paul Sams of Blizzard says they've got a group within the studio "focusing on mobile and tablet apps," but so far they've "been around our games."

The WoW auction house app has been highly successful. It depends "what the game is" as that decides platforms. They "don't have any opposition" to free-to-play.

BlizzCon 2011: Pandaren race "just a little lighter," no April Fools

Posted: 25.10.2011 by Technet2k

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Blizzard are keen to assure World of Warcraft fans that the Mists of Pandaria expansion isn't something "really silly, it's just a little lighter." Had plans for years.

The Pandaren race are "really chill" about the "serious as a heart attack" history of Azeroth. Mists of Pandaria provides the "next vital chapter" in Warcraft lore.

BlizzCon 2011: New Mists of Pandaria details revealed

Posted: 25.10.2011 by JonahFalcon

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New information has started to stream out regarding the World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria expansion, which will introduce the Pandaren race and the Monk class, along with the titular Pandaria region.
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