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Free Realms, Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures, Vanguard: Saga of Heroes, and Wizardry Online to end

By Andrew Yoon, Jan 24, 2014 2:30pm PST

Online games eventually come to an end. For a number of Sony Online Entertainment's games, that time is sooner than later. Four games will be "sunset," so that the company can "refocus our resources on other areas in the best interest of our company and player community."

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"My favorite Vanguard memory was doing the intro diplomacy questline for the evil cat race, and ..."

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RuneScape announces 'Pay-through-Play' plan

By Steve Watts, Sep 26, 2013 9:00am PDT

RuneScape developer Jagex has announced a new "Pay-through-Play" model for the long-running MMO, letting players buy "Bonds" that can be traded and spent on premium content.

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"There are a number of Runescape streams on Twitch. I had completely forgotten about the game and ..."

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Blizzard: 'makes sense' for World of Warcraft to go free-to-play

By Andrew Yoon, Aug 23, 2013 2:30pm PDT

"For Blizzard it makes sense [to go free-to-play] at some point," lead designer Tom Chilton said.

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""One of the reasons for WoW's ongoing success is its push towards more casual fans." No it's ..."

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Transformers Universe team suffers layoffs

By Steve Watts, Jul 01, 2013 3:00pm PDT

The team behind Transformers Universe has been hit with layoffs. Jagex says it won't "adversely impact" the game, but a source claims that hitting the release target is putting pressure on the company.

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Dragon Quest X coming to PC (in Japan, at least)

By Andrew Yoon, Jun 22, 2013 11:30am PDT

Square Enix's venerable Dragon Quest franchise is finally coming to PC. Dragon Quest X, originally announced for Wii and Wii U, will also be coming to Windows computers later this year--in Japan, at least.

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"I don't care, I'm playing this whether I can read the Kanji/Kana or not, fuck it! "

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Final Fantasy XIV for Xbox unlikely due to cross-platform play on PC and PlayStation

By Andrew Yoon, Jun 16, 2013 6:00pm PDT

"If we published to Xbox One right now, it would essentially be an Xbox only community," director Naoki Yoshida explained. "An MMO is built on its community, and if it's weak, then what is the point?"

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"who plays this game? I want Phantasy Star Online 2 on Xbox one!!!!"

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Star Wars: The Old Republic gained two million players since free-to-play transition

By Andrew Yoon, Mar 21, 2013 3:30pm PDT

It's been nearly half a year since Star Wars: The Old Republic transitioned into a free-to-play game. So, how did it go? Pretty darn great, if you asked Jeff Hickman, executive producer on the game.

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"I've only played Empire so far, and I thought the Inquisitor stuff was alright. I would take it ..."

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Age of Wushu MMO aims to channel your kung fu

By Ozzie Mejia, Dec 13, 2012 1:20pm PST

Snail Games is taking a look into its country's history with the free-to-play MMO Age of Wushu, a reinterpretation of Chinese Wuxia culture that brings players to the age of the Ming Dynasty.

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Trion Worlds hit with layoffs, Rift team impacted

By Andrew Yoon, Dec 11, 2012 4:00pm PST

"As much as one-third of the development team working on MMO Rift" have been laid off by Trion, a new report details.

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"The Blizzard better lay out 40 off the employements like that. "

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Petroglyph done with End of Nations, 19 let go

By John Keefer, Dec 07, 2012 2:00pm PST

Petroglyph has officially confirmed it is no longer involved with End of Nations, and has laid off 19 people as a result.

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"It was all at the San Fransico facility too. I would have figured the San Diego Defiance team ..."

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End of Nations development moved to Trion

By John Keefer, Dec 06, 2012 1:10pm PST

Between the indefinite delay of the open beta of MMORTS End of Nations and reported layoffs at developer Petroglyph, publisher Trion Worlds has taken the troubled title under its wing and will continue to develop the game in-house.

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"Same. I received several emails from them inviting me to play, but never logged in as I never ..."

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End of Nations open beta delayed indefinitely

By John Keefer, Nov 28, 2012 10:15am PST

Trion Worlds has already had several closed betas for End of Nations, but apparently there is still work to be done. The company has announced that the planned open beta for the game has been delayed indefinitely.

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Marvel Heroes: re-interpreting Marvel's stories

By Ozzie Mejia, Oct 25, 2012 12:00pm PDT

Though it's a long way from completion, there has been recent buzz surrounding Marvel Heroes, the upcoming free-to-play MMORPG based on the Marvel Universe. Beta invites have started rolling out and developer Gazillion Entertainment recently made an appearance at New York Co...

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Rift: Storm Legion open beta begins November 2

By John Keefer, Oct 25, 2012 10:00am PDT

When the fantasy MMO Rift was first released, it build up a strong following, so much so that publisher Trion Worlds was confident enough to go forward with an expansion called Storm Legion. After two closed betas, the game will hit open beta from November 2-5.

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Mists of Pandaria opens to invading World of Warcraft players

By John Keefer, Sep 25, 2012 7:30am PDT

Players have been storming the shores of the panda lands since midnight PT with the launch of Mists of Pandaria, the latest expansion for World of Warcraft.

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"Heh, well that's highly subjective. Never hooked me, though I did like vanilla, TBC and Wrath. ..."

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