MMO

The Elder Scrolls Online bribes players with a shot at $1 million

The MMO market is pretty saturated these days. There was a time where you had only a handful of options, such as Everquest, WoW and Star Wars Galaxies. Now you can't throw a rock without hitting half a dozen “WoW killers” that have gone free-to-play. So how can a publisher get their game to stick out in your mind, when you're looking for something to play? One option is to offer players a million bucks to try out your game.

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WoW to get a wardrobe update in Legion

When you play an MMO like World of Warcraft, you always had to choose between wearing gear that looked good, and gear that actually helped you. Sure, there are high tier sets that look fantastic, but if everyone is wearing that same set, then you lose any sense of individuality in the game. That's why Blizzard introduced their transmogrification system. And that system is getting an overhaul in the next expansion.

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WoW Legion will scale as you grow

When your game is 11 years old, you might think it's hard to keep changing things up. However, Blizzard is still continuing to do so with World of Warcraft. Over the weekend they announced some of the features we can expect out of the forthcoming expansion, Legion.

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World of Warcraft: Legion release date revealed (by accident)

Blizzcon is this weekend, which means there will be a whole host of announcements from Blizzard. While we can speculate on the kinds of updates we'll see to the Diablo and Starcraft franchises, we already have an idea of what to expect when it comes to World of Warcraft. Thanks to Blizzard accidentally spilling the beans on Battle.net earlier today, we know when we can expect the next expansion to drop.

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Guild Wars 2 is now “Play for Free”, not “Free to Play”

With barely two months to go before its first and most massive expansion yet, ArenaNet has dropped a bombshell to entice more gamers to try out one of the longest (but definitely not the oldest) running MMORPG franchises in the market. Anyone can now play the base game of Guild Wars 2 absolutely for free. But that sounds a bit too much like going "free-to-play" and that is exactly the perception that ArenaNet is trying to avoid by not using the term and emphasizing that most things are still in status quo.

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LEGO Minifigures Online ends free-to-play, launches cross-platform

LEGO Minifigures Online hast left its Beta once again, this time bringing a serious effort without the "free-to-play" nonsense of the past. This version of the game, being released for the first time today, will cost you - but only one time. Once you've got the game, the only paying you'll be doing is if you'd like to buy your own minifigures in real life - in physical toy stores - allowing you then to enter codes to gain access to the figures you've purchased. Other than that, you're free to go wild. This version of the game is the first to launch cross-platform on Windows PC, OS X, Linux, iOS (iPhone), and Android, all at once.

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One more quest: How mobile gaming reshaped online RPGs

Smartphone and tablets have changed the landscape for gaming. For one, it has made a gamer out of those who would have never even imagined playing a PC or console game, much less consider themselves a gamer. But even for those who have already been whiling away hours in front of the TV or the monitor, the culture of mobile has also changed a few things. Take for example the corner of the gaming world known as online RPGs and how the ubiquity of smartphones have somewhat redefined that genre, for better or for worse.

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Infinite Crisis has a finite crisis, closing in August

Late have we known you, DC's Infinite Crisis MOBA, which turns out isn't anywhere near "infinite" at all. The multiplayer online battle arena adaptation of DC's comics universe arc of the same name hasn't even been in the market for a year and now it is announcing that an anniversary ain't going to happen at all. Infinite Crisis now has a finite deadline and Turbine and Warner Bros., who handle the development of the game, will be shutting down servers on August 14 this year.

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Destiny patch 1.2.0 issues might delay House of Wolves

Destiny players are probably quite hyped for the next DLC to land in their hands. After all, Bungie helped fuel that hype in the days leading to the launch. However, the developer might just poured cold water over gamers' passions by revealing a technical problem that could very well delay the arrival of House of Wolves next week. If this claim is true, Bungie might have avoided getting egg on its face, but naturally the rather vague statements have left some community members still feeling disappointed.

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Final Fantasy XIV Heavensward gets pretty cinematic trailers

Final Fantasy fans who have stuck around even up to the MMORPG incarnations of the franchise are in for a treat. Square Enix has revealed not one but two cinematic trailers for Heavensward, the largest update the online game will be getting since A Realm Reborn. Though it's still two months away, that is, if all goes according to schedule, the trailers will definitely serve as tasty appetizers to adventurers in Eorzea who have been left hanging with the events that took place in the last chapter of the game.

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Bungie teases the days leading to Destiny Expansion II

Destiny's Expansion II might be coming late, but Bungie is making sure you'll be entertained, or at least informed, until that day arrives. House of Wolves, the title for the next big installment of one of the hottest MMO's to hit the console, is arriving on May 19. While gamers eagerly, and perhaps nervously, await that promised update, Bungie will be filling in the lull, not by spilling all, but by teasing bits and pieces that will make up Expansion II. This is both to tease players as well as to avoid the nasty surprises that muddied Expansion I last year.

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