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Codemasters: APB "could be turned around" as it's "fairly unique"

Posted: 08.11.2010 by Technet2k

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Failed MMO APB from the now defunct Realtime Worlds, creator of Crackdown, could still be salvaged after "nine months of hard work" by a focused team.

Realtime made "some key mistakes" and so if "key stuff changed" it could live again. It's avatar and customisation tech is "incredible" say Codemasters.

Square putting "full power into regaining trust" with FFXIV Online

Posted: 05.11.2010 by Technet2k

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During Square Enix's fiscal report for the past 6 months, president Yoichi Wada said they're "quickly working on reforms" to MMO Final Fantasy XIV Online.

Right now the "current state" of the game warrants an extended "free trial period for all", said Square back in October. They've partnered with Shanda Games.

Star Trek Online F2P? To see "how well" Champions Online does

Posted: 04.11.2010 by Technet2k

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Cryptic has given hope to Star Trek Online fans that they could soon play the MMORPG for free, but first they want to see the results of another.

Spandex gamers in Champions Online will be enjoying free super-powered adventuring, but they're "not sold" on free-to-play Star Trek Online.

Cryptic's mission maker for Star Trek Online in beta November

Posted: 29.10.2010 by Technet2k

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Does threading together your own Star Trek adventure sound where it's at? Cryptic Studios' mission creator tool 'The Foundry' enters its beta next month.

It's to let fans put their stories in Star Trek Online with the same "look, feel, and capabilities" of the Cryptic team. You can't import your own assets though.

Hi-Rez need "solid group" of alpha testers for Tribes Universe

Posted: 29.10.2010 by Technet2k

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Development of MMOFPS Tribes Universe is well underway and Hi-Rez Studios has opened up to more applicants for its alpha testing phase.

It was restricted to level 50 Global Agenda users but they need more to pad the roster. It's focused on the game's "huge battles on huge landscapes".

Xbox Live "policy" slows KUFII

Posted: 27.10.2010 by Technet2k

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Kingom Under Fire II is still in development for Xbox 360 but it has hit a large snag in the way of Microsoft's Xbox Live and it's "very strict" policy.

Game director Sang Youn-Lee says they've "completed the system," but now they're in deep talks over the "billing policy." They want to get changes.

New Tribes battle "100+ players"

Posted: 25.10.2010 by Technet2k

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Hi-Rez, developer of Global Agenda, is making an all-new Tribes game with the goal of "100+ players" battling in the same map. It's a PvP MMO.

It's called Tribes Universe and exists because they "can't transform" Global Agenda to support "large scale fighting." It's a "significant rewrite" or two.

Blizzard: 4th WoW add-on "central idea" is "pretty f'ing awesome"

Posted: 25.10.2010 by Technet2k

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Cataclysm is the latest expansion for World of Warcraft that soon releases, but Blizzard already has the fourth major add-on well into planning.

What they've got up their sleeve next is "pretty f'ing awesome" declared senior producer John Lagrave. It's got the team "happy and excited" at Blizzard.

No decisions on Guild Wars 2 DLC

Posted: 22.10.2010 by Technet2k

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ArenaNet has clarified that they have made no decision regarding Guild Wars 2 and any post-launch DLC, like the original's "bonus mission packs".

The studio is "open to whatever" fans want in terms of more content. It could arrive as DLC or as future expansions - all of it is "yet to be determined".

Some gamers just "want to progress" in MMOs, "it is a bedrock"

Posted: 22.10.2010 by Technet2k

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Age of Conan executive producer Craig Morrison has offered his thoughts of the MMO genre, noting it's "very progression focused" for a reason.

Some players just want to fight, explore, socialise, and be told a story and so on. People have "reservations" about BioWare's story-focused MMO.

EverQuest II server merges soon

Posted: 19.10.2010 by Technet2k

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Sony Online Entertainment will begin merging EverQuest II servers affecting sixteen shards next month, grouping populations together for "more fun".

Popular servers Antonia Bayle, Lucan D'Lere, Nagafen, and Crushbone will not be changing. It won't happen overnight as it'll take "many weeks".

Ex-EA dev says The Old Republic is "one of the greatest failures"

Posted: 14.10.2010 by Technet2k

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A former EA BioWare-Mythic employee has launched an anonymous and bitter tirade against the studio, and took aim at BioWare's Star Wars MMO.

They allege the title is over $300m in development, and they're "most proud" of the huge voice-over work. The MMO is "a joke," with EA and Lucas 'panicked'.

Blizzard detail huge WoW patch

Posted: 13.10.2010 by Technet2k

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The next whopper update to Blizzard's World of Warcraft has been dished on by the studio, and it reveals a number of big character class changes.

There are complete skill tree revamps, mechanic overhauls and no more harvesting of Soul Shards! These detail "complex changes" in the 4.0.1 patch.

EVE Online special edition unveiled, focuses on new player help

Posted: 13.10.2010 by Technet2k

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CCP is releasing a Commissioned Officer Edition for EVE Online which includes a special ‘Cerebral Accelerator’ that boosts new player stats.

This is to let newbies get up to speed with how the game works, with the item only available from this edition and with the first created character.

Tenacious D at BlizzCon 2010

Posted: 12.10.2010 by Technet2k

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Blizzard has slapped down dollar bills to hire rock duo Jack Black and Kyle Glass - aka Tenacious D - to bring this year's BlizzCon to a close.

Last year they had Ozzy Osbourne wrap things up. BlizzCon 2010 takes place in Anaheim, California on October 22nd and 23rd. Tickets sold out.

Guild Wars player achievements equal rewards for Guild Wars 2

Posted: 11.10.2010 by Technet2k

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If you've been logging away those hours and toiling for glory, loot and achievements in ArenaNet's Guild Wars then expect some gifts in Guild Wars 2.

A 'Hall of Monuments Reward Calculator' has been launched which lets Guild Wars fans figure out what they'll earn for their hard work and loyalty.

Darkfall MMO gets visual overhaul

Posted: 08.10.2010 by Technet2k

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Developer Aventurine is releasing a 6GB update to MMO Darkfall called Hellfreeze, revamping the world of Agon visually giving it a "fresh new look".

Other major redesigns are included too like 17 "re-themed" and "re-designed" dungeons. Many monsters now level grind when they kill players.

Mythic want content over free-to-play

Posted: 07.10.2010 by Technet2k

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Studio BioWare-Mythic says that a free-to-play model isn't "off the table completely," but right now they've got no plans to start the conversion process.

They prefer to focus on "content for our subscribers" to Warhammer Online. The studio is busy with their Skaven RvR pack that releases soon.

Bungie hint 'world that's always there'

Posted: 07.10.2010 by Technet2k

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Creative director Joe Staten of Bungie has possibly teased that they're busy working on an MMO project of sorts when he talks of an "always there" world.

Rumours are already swirling that a shooter MMO is Bungie's next goal, which would certainly please subscription-lover Activision, their new partner.

Panasonic unveil handheld device called Jungle, for MMO scene

Posted: 05.10.2010 by Technet2k

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Mobile gaming platforms like PSP and iPhone are pretty big deals and now Panasonic want a hefty slice of the pie, but they've got a new angle to hook.

Jungle is the devices name and it was "designed specifically for online gamers", it comes with a QWERTY keyboard, touch pad, HDMI and USB.
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