All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘free-to-play’

The Secret World MMO Goes Free-To-Play

Yet another MMO released with a subscription model has gone free-to-play. Today, Funcom announced that The Secret World has broken Star Wars: The Old Republic‘s record for fastest subscription to free-to-play switch. Subscriptions for the modern day, Lovecraftian, conspiracy theory-laden MMO are now optional. Players can buy the game for $30 (or €30 or £25) and play all of the …

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Ubisoft Announces Free-to-Play Dungeon Crawler/Tower Defense Game

Ubisoft today announced a new free-to-play IP called The Mighty Quest For Epic Loot. As straightforward as the title sounds, the game is actually a mash-up of the dungeon crawler and tower defense genres. The game will be set in the Kingdom of Opulencia, where everyone seems to have a castle and a hoard of treasure. Gamers will be tasked …

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Amazon Enters The Free-To-Play Business With Game Connect

In just a few years, Amazon has gone from major retailer of physical games to major player in the digital games business. They beat Steam to the punch with a massive July sale that rivaled what Steam does in Summer Sales. The only thing they lacked was a large catalog of free-to-play games and MMOs. Well, they are lacking no …

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Call of Duty Online Will be Free to Play in China

Activision announced today that Call of Duty is coming to China – for free. The video game publisher has partnered with Tencent Holdings to provide gamers in China with Call of Duty Online, which will be free to play. Tencent is the same Chinese internet, mobile, and telecommunications provider that recently acquired a minority stake in Epic Games. “We are …

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Star Wars: The Old Republic May Be Going Free-To-Play

For a minute there, it seemed like Star Wars: The Old Republic was going to be the next big MMO that could take on WoW at its own game. Interest in the game quickly wore off, however, and the developers have been scrambling to get updates out as fast as they can to renew interest in the game. One of …

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Facebook Paid Apps: Will It Have An Effect On The Social App Economy?

You may recall yesterday’s announcement of the Facebook App Center. For lack of a better definition, it is essentially Facebook’s own app store. The only real difference is that it will cater to mobile apps that are integrated with Facebook’s Open Graph software. There was a little nugget tucked away at the end of the post that Facebook really didn’t …

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EA And Nexon Discuss FIFA Online, Buyout Rumors Untrue

Remember when the Internet lost its collective minds last week when rumors began to swirl that Nexon, the South Korean publisher of free-to-play titles, offered to buy EA? Yeah, that’s not what happened. After a South Korean newspaper, translated by Bloomberg, shared the news that a takeover was likely, everybody started to question whether or not Nexon could buy EA. …

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Free-To-Play Games Are Serious Business

Free-to-play games are the new “in” thing. It’s the kind of game that everybody wants to make. Zynga and other major developers have already proved that free-to-play can be a healthy and at times, ridiculously profitable, business model. Thanks to the NPD we now have a better understanding of just how the free-to-play market works. The NPD Group released the …

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Guild Wars 2 Changing Up The Microtransaction Model

Guild Wars was always way ahead of its time by being one of the first MMOs to go free-to-play right out of the gate. The much anticipated sequel is continuing that fine tradition of free-to-play, but it’s also hoping to rewrite the book on microtransactions. Mike O’Brien, president of ArenaNet and executive producer on Guild Wars 2, wrote on the …

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Star Wars: The Old Republic Gets Free Weekend

We found out yesterday that Star Wars: The Old Republic is going to be having a free to play weekend from March 15th to March 19th, 2012! Players will be able to experience the opening adventures of each of the eight character classes in the game, exploring both their Origin World and their faction’s Capital World. Additionally, Weekend Pass players …

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Killzone 3 Multiplayer Going Free-To-Play

One of the PlayStation 3’s best multiplayer shooters is going free-to-play next week. On the PlayStation Blogcast this week, Sony revealed that Killzone 3’s multiplayer will be available as a free download next week. To clarify, there is no single-player component involved in this – it’s just the multiplayer. It will be free-to-play, however, and it will be glorious. Like …

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Aion Going Free-To-Play This Month

Aion is joining the ranks of every MMO that isn’t World of Warcraft or Star Wars: The Old Republic by going free-to-play this month. The change from subscription to free-to-play is hardly ever a smooth transition, but Aion seems to be getting it right. On the official Web site, it says that players will be able to access all of …

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