Monthly Archives: July 2012

Star Wars: The Old Republic Moves to F2P this Fall

BioWare™, a Label of Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA), announced today that it will be expanding MMO Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ by adding a new free-to-play (F2P) option this fall. This option will give players access to each of the eight class storylines, all the way up to level 50, with certain restrictions. Unlimited game access, including new higher-level game content and new features will be made available through individual purchases or through a subscription option.

“Players want flexibility and choice. The subscription-only model presented a major barrier for a lot of people who wanted to become part of The Old Republic™ universe,” said Matthew Bromberg, GM of BioWare Austin.

Jeff Hickman, Executive Producer of Star Wars: The Old Republic added, “Since launch we have been adding new content and refining The Old Republic at a breakneck pace based on the feedback from our fans. We believe we are in a position to help improve the service even more, not only by continuing to add new content, but also by expanding the game to many more Star Wars fans, increasing the populations on worlds and the vibrancy of the community.”

Starting this fall, there will be two different ways to play Star Wars: The Old Republic:

  • Subscription – A premium level service designed for players who want unrestricted access to all the game features via ongoing subscription or by redeeming a Game Time Card. In addition to gaining access to all game content as our current subscribers do now, Premium Players will receive ongoing monthly grants of Cartel Coins**, the new virtual currency that will be introduced later this fall. Cartel Coins can be used to purchase valuable items including customizable gear and convenience features that will enhance the game play experience.
  • Free-to-Play –The first 50 levels will be free-to-play, with some restrictions on access to new content and advanced player features. Some restrictions can be “unlocked” with Cartel Coins.

Similar moves to the F2P MMO model have paid dividends for other developers.  For example, Turbine’s Dungeons & Dragons Online suffered from a lack of interest and subscribers while operating as a subscription-based MMO.  As soon as they moved to the F2P model, DDO’s subscriber base exploded giving new life to the franchise.

What do you think?  Will this move by EA crank up their subscription base for SWTOR?  Will you be more likely to play?

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Fus Ro… Sparta!

Check out this amazing Skyrim mod rendition of the Battle of Thermopylae posted on YouTube by Machinima.

We shudder to think how long it took some poor Skyrim/Zack Snyder fanboy to pull this together, but we surely do appreciate the nerd love!

Official Dead Space 3 Game Sneak Peek Footage

EA has posted official game footage of their upcoming space horror show, Dead Space 3, on YouTube.

Narrated by DS3 Executive Producer Steve Papoutsis, the footage gives us an in-depth look at the terror and carnage in store for protagonists Isaac and Carver on the planet of Tau Volantis.

Turn out the lights, turn up the volume & enjoy!

Skyrim 1.7 Update Coming Soon to Xbox, PS3… Hopefully

 

The Bethesda Blog announced today that the Skyrim 1.7 title update is out of beta and available to all Steam users.

The good news for Xbox 360 & Playstation 3 players is that the console versions of the 1.7 update will be submitted for approval to the console manufacturers this week.

Hopefully this means the latest Skyrim update for the consoles is coming soon – especially for PS3 owners craving the glories of mounted combat!

New Borderlands Prints in Gearbox’s Borderlands Shop

 

Gearbox has announced that they are releasing two new screen print posters of Borderlands’ Roland & Moxxi.  The slick new art will be available in Gearbox’s Borderlands Shop beginning today, June 27th, according to the announcement.

If you are a Borderlands fan, make sure you check out the killer Borderlands t-shirt & sweatshirt collection.

New Dishonored Gameplay Footage from Bethesda Blog

Our friends at the Bethesda Blog have shared a new video of gameplay footage from their forthcoming stealthy steampunk title Dishonored.

“You’ve infiltrated the Boyle Mansion, but things have gone poorly and the City Watch is on your tail. What do you do?  In ‘Daring Escapes’ discover three possible escape routes utilizing supernatural abilities available to Corvo: Blink, Bend Time, and Possession. Choose Corvo’s escape plans by selecting The Long Jump, Sleep Tight, or Chain Possession.”

Wow we can’t wait to get our hands on this glorious expose of industrial-age assassination!

Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition Coming to iPad!

Overhaul Games, a division of Beamdog, has announced that an enhanced version of 1993’s classic RPG Baldur’s Gate will be coming to the iPad in September.

Based on arguably the greatest RPG video game ever created, the new enhanced Baldur’s Gate will feature a new adventure called “The Black Pits,” over 400 improvements to the original game, and three new player characters, according to Overhaul’s website.

Baldur’s Gate will also be released on MacOS X in September, and is available for pre-order for the PC now.

We are particularly excited to see how the iPad version of the game will turn out.  We highly enjoyed playing the iPad reboot of “A Bard’s Tale III” and were surprised how well the slightly dated PC property translated to the iPad platform.  Hopefully Overhaul will have similar success in bringing the Baldur’s Gate franchise to iOS.

Stay tuned to Overhaul’s Baldur’s Gate site and OGGeeks.com for new announcements.

Dust off your boots, Vault Hunters – Borderlands 2 is DONE.

 

The Vault gods over at Gearbox have announced that Borderlands 2 is on its way to certification, which means the game is FINISHED!  OMG we can’t wait for all that glorious LOOT, GUNS, & WUBWUB!!!

Gearbox also announced that the development team has now moved onto work on the Mechromancer character class that will be free DLC available to members of the BL2 Premier Club about 60-90 days after BL2’s launch.

Head over to Gearboxity for more information on the BL2 Premier Club or to link to merchants to pre-order the game.

Head-Fi.org’s Summer Buying Guide – Your Eargasm Awaits!

 

As if your summer wasn’t already hot enough, the headphone gurus at Head-Fi.org have published their 2012 Head-Fi Summer Buying Guide, available here.

Check out Head-Fi.org before you purchase any headphones, IEM’s (in-ear monitors), etc. for your gaming or listening needs.  These community of dedicated audiophiles focus on on high quality and, often, high-end personal and/or portable audio technology.  Their excellent advice & reviews have already saved us from dropping $300 on a high-end “gaming” headset, instead purchasing a less-expensive but far better quality set of entry-level “audiophile” headphones.

Surf on over to Head-Fi.org to catch some killer sound-waves today!

Bethesda Announces Skyrim 1.7 Update

 

Bethesda announced today that the Skyrim 1.7 title update is now available for beta download on Steam.  The update will also be coming to Xbox360 & PS3.

PS3 owners will be glad to hear that the PS3 version of the update will include features missing from the PS3 1.6 patch such as mounted combat (exclusive to Xbox360 & PC thus far).

Below are the fixes included in the 1.7 update, per Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls Blog:

Update 1.7 (all platforms unless specified

BUG FIXES

  • General memory and stability optimizations
  • Fixed crash related to new water shaders
  • Fixed rare crash related to dragon landings
  • Fixed logic error with loading screens from add-ons (Xbox 360)
  • Using vampiric grip and swimming no longer prevents swimming animation from playing afterwards
  • Improved recognition with Kinect voice commands (Xbox 360)
  • Kinect-enabled dragon language shouts for French, German, Italian and Spanish work properly (Xbox 360)
  • Fixed issue with Dawnguard Kinect-enabled dragon shouts for French, German, Italian and Spanish (Xbox 360)
  • Fixed issue with Dawnguard Kinect-enabled dragon shouts for French, German, Italian and Spanish (Xbox 360)

We’re always happy to see dev’s releasing updates & patches for games.  Especially when they allow us to finally use our dragon shouts in Italian!

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