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Merc Elite is Bigpoint's free-to-play military MOBA for browsers

Merc Elite is Bigpoint's free-to-play military MOBA for browsers

Bigpoint has cornered quite a niche for itself, having worked on dozens of browser games that launch via Unity's web plug-in. Best known for Battlestar Galactica Online and Gameglobe, the German company is aiming for their biggest release yet: a military-themed MOBA that goes after the Call of Duty and Battlefield crowd.

While Bigpoint would never specifically namedrop either of those games, Walter Lorenz, head of product marketing at the company, told me that the fantasy gamer was "well served" by the MOBA offerings already on the market. But what about gamers that may be turned off by that setting?

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Battlestar Galactica Online developer cuts 120 jobs

Battlestar Galactica Online developer cuts 120 jobs

MMO developer Bigpoint, the studio behind Battlestar Galactica Online, has laid off 120 workers, more than a third of whom were from the company's San Francisco studio. The rest were from administrative departments in the company's Hamburg, Germany headquarters. The company is cutting out its development efforts in the US, claiming that development in the regional is not efficient.

Read more: San Francisco cost cited as problem »

"Probably banking on a lot of people playing it with their Panasonic Jungles?"
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Game of Thrones Seven Kingdoms trailer teases free-to-play combat

Game of Thrones Seven Kingdoms trailer teases free-to-play combat

How does one turn a monstrously long and complex fantasy novel series into a video game? By stripping out the political intrigue and oh-so-outrageous twists to focus on the brief moments of combat, the first two adaptations of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series have shown. That's just what the free-to-play, browser-based Game of Thrones Seven Kingdoms is doing too, and you can have a gander at the results in the first trailer, shown off at Comic-Con.

Watch: The teaser trailer »

"I gave up the idea long ago of believing that any movie to game IP isn't worth it unless I'm ..."
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Game of Thrones Seven Kingdoms MMO announced

Game of Thrones Seven Kingdoms MMO announced

A Game of Thrones series has been a hit for HBO and it is trying to capture the enthusiasm for the TV show in the MMO space, announcing a project with Bigpoint entitled Game of Thrones: Seven Kingdoms. The game, which is being developed by Norwegian studio Artplant, focuses on the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros.

Read more: New trailer planned for Comic-Con »

"Yes, this game will have "Rape" and "Dismember Horribly" buttons. There will also be special ..."
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Gameglobe: A free-to-play browser-based UGC engine for games

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Gameglobe: A free-to-play browser-based UGC engine for games

Square Enix has a rather solid lineup of games for E3 this year, including games like Hitman: Absolution and Tomb Raider. However, the crown jewel of their lineup is a game that no one is talking about: Gameglobe. It's a free-to-play browser-based game--so no wonder it's being largely ignored by the games press. However, Gameglobe shows the most potential in any user-generated content (USG) offering I've ever seen.

"Play, Create, Share" is a term popularized by Sony's LittleBigPlanet series. The concept has been expanded upon over the years in games like ShootMania and Trials Evolution. However, Gameglobe's free-to-play business model and browser-based tech has the potential to reach an even bigger audience.

Read more: A WYSIWYG game editor »

"It requires installing a native plugin, but it's still impressive. I wish the video would show ..."
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More Game of Thrones games on the way

More Game of Thrones games on the way

The HBO series A Game of Thrones lends itself to video games. It's a solidly geeky property, a huge success for the "not TV" network, and it's got "game" right in the title. So if you thought the two announced Game of Thrones games were enough, oh how you were mistaken. A free-to-play MMORPG and a social networking game have been added to the pile.

Read more: Game of Thrones games, four in total »

"So these new games are specifically based on the TV series? Because the RTS and RPG aren't, AFAIK."
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