May 19

Trion Worlds hit with more layoffs

Another day, another batch of bad layoff news. Apparently, Trion Worlds has had to undergo yet another round of layoffs, a new report confirms. This latest batch follows the layoffs in December, which had largely affected the Rift team. According to IGN, a source stated that it was “mostly Defiance support staff and dev staff” …

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Apr 10

Neverwinter Entering An Open Beta Period On April 30th

Neverwinter has been in development for quite a while, and has been covered by a multitude of gaming sites and magazines. It has been shaping up to look like a decent expression of D&D for fans of that sort of game, myself included. Well, the free-to-play MMO is finally getting ready to reward patient fans, …

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Mar 29

EVE Online Might Get DirectX 11 Support And Some Other Goodies

Recently, at the EVE Fanfest 2012, CCP Games and Nvidia got together to show off a demo of EVE Online running under DirectX 11. However, that’s not all that the MMORPG and graphics card teams had up their sleeves. 🙂 Under DirectX 11, the demo showed off improved features like improved lighting and shadows, as …

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Jan 30

Original EveryQuest Going F2P After A Long 13 Years

Even though EverQuest II went free-to-play back in August 2010, surprisingly, the original EverQuest still proceeded to stick with their classic monthly subscription model. Apparently, EQII ended up being a successful test for them, so Sony Online Entertainment will be welcome subscribers of the original EverQuest title to the free-to-play fold, after a 13 year …

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Dec 14

Aion Going Free To Play In Europe Only (At Least For Now)

With the explosion of the free-to-play model of gaming exploding lately, games that used to rely on subscriber income only now have a method to potentially shore up slumping subscriber numbers. Many recent MMORPGs have gone this route, such as DDO, Lord of the Rings, and Age of Conan, saving them from shutting down. Well …

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Aug 18

NCSoft announces WildStar MMO, shows off trailer…

At Gamescom in Germany, MMO publisher NCSoft demoed a trailer for their upcoming MMO WildStar. The game itself takes place in a sci-fi type universe, which is certainly a departure from NCSoft’s usual classic fantasy or superheroes fare. However, it looks to be somewhat interesting so far, especially in light of the fact that the …

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May 27

Funcom Says Age Of Conan Going Free-To-Play, "Unrated"

Considering that Funcom’s MMORPG Age of Conan has just based its third birthday, it is nice to see the game still being successful against the MMO juggernaut, World of Warcraft. Some more good news: Funcom has announced that the game will go free-to-play this summer, as well as going “Unrated.” With the summertime relaunch of …

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Apr 19

FBI Does Some Of Its Own WoW Raiding…Over Gold Farming

Apparently the FBI now worries about gold farming in games like World of Warcraft. There’s a theory out there that terrorists could be using MMOs to raise funds or recruit people. (Really?) At any rate, the FBI recently raided the apartment and downed the student bosses there, a couple of college students from the University …

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