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Visceral Games reportedly working on new MOBA title

Visceral Games reportedly working on new MOBA title

Multiplayer online battle arena games - "MOBA" for short - are all the rage these days, and it looks like Dead Space developer Visceral Games is ready to get in on the action. IGN has discovered a series of Visceral job postings on the Gamasutra jobs board that all suggest the developer is looking to craft a free-to-play MOBA title. The game would presumably be released as part of EA's Play4Free division, which means that it could launch on social platforms like Facebook.

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Ubisoft claims 93-95% piracy rate on its PC games

Ubisoft claims 93-95% piracy rate on its PC games

Piracy on PC is a big deal for publishers, but Ubisoft always seems to be in the spotlight when there's a new story on piracy or DRM. It's hardly a secret that Ubisoft has major issues with piracy, but before it's never really gotten down to hard numbers. Today, that changed in an interview with GamesIndustry International, in which Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said that Ubisoft experiences a piracy rate of 93-95% on its PC games.

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Dead Trigger hits 1 million iOS downloads after free-to-play switch

Dead Trigger hits 1 million iOS downloads after free-to-play switch

Earlier this week, Madfinger made its mobile FPS Dead Trigger free-to-play on the iOS App Store. That iOS transition came after and earlier switch to free-to-play on Android, with Madfinger saying that the piracy rate on Android was just too great. It seems that piracy was driving the decision to go free-to-play on iOS as well, but whatever the reason, the switch appears to have worked: Dead Trigger has hit 1 million downloads on iOS, just a few days after going free-to-play.

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Pachter: The Old Republic could net 50m players with free-to-play switch

Pachter: The Old Republic could net 50m players with free-to-play switch

Yesterday, Electronic Arts surprised absolutely no one by announcing that Star Wars: The Old Republic will be going free-to-play later this year. Wedbush Securities thinks that this is a great idea, and is encouraging investors to buy up stock in EA while they can still get in at a decent price. GamesIndustry International reports that EA's stock currently sits at $11.68 per share, but Wedbush gives the company a twelve-month target of $29.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic going free-to-play later this year

Star Wars: The Old Republic going free-to-play later this year

We all knew it was going to happen eventually, but today BioWare and Electronic Arts made it official: Star Wars: The Old Republic is going free-to-play. It seems that the Star Wars label and the BioWare name just weren't enough to get the necessary amount of people to subscribe, so now the companies will see if a switch to free-to-play will provide a boost to user numbers and revenues. Though the transition won't be happening until this fall (that's as specific as EA was), there are some changes happening soon that current players will want to know about, so read on to find out more.

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Classic MMORPG EverQuest now free-to-play

Classic MMORPG EverQuest now free-to-play

This has certainly been an epic week for role playing games, this free-to-play announcement for EverQuest by Sony Online Entertainment entering the ranks with both Diablo III and the refresh of Baldur's Gate. I suppose these gaming companies think it's time to bump up the ol' gaming engines now that summer is approaching - wouldn't want to get a tan this year, would we?! The game EverQuest has seen 13 years of gameplay and a total of 18 expansions to its basic build, and this is the first time its ever had a free model, it now having a total of three - this plus Silver ($5.00/mo) and Gold ($14.99/mo) memberships.

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Valve Team Fortress 2 switch to free-to-play a good idea says company

Valve Team Fortress 2 switch to free-to-play a good idea says company

Some people may have felt disappointment that a sense of exclusivity went away when Valve decided to make its Team Fortress 2 game available for everyone to play for free. But Valve, which is a business after all and relies on the bottom line, says it was hands down the right decision to make. No matter how ardent of a fan you are, once you see the numbers you'll have to agree.

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CCP MMO game Dust 514 will be free-to-play on PS3

CCP MMO game Dust 514 will be free-to-play on PS3

The massively multiplayer online first-person shooter (MMOFPS) game Dust 514, which is slated to be available exclusively on PS3, will be a completely free-to-play affair. Game maker CCP had originally planned to charge a nominal price for gamers to download the title from the PlayStation Store, but that plan has been scrapped because, CCP says, it didn't want to confuse gamers. The experience inside the game itself will not change at all.

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