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Guild Wars 2 microtransactions won't give 'unfair advantage'

By Alice O'Connor, Mar 21, 2012 2:00pm PDT

"It's never OK for players to buy a game and not be able to enjoy what they paid for without additional purchases," ArenaNet president Mike O'Brien has said in explaining how microtransactions will work in Guild Wars 2.


Guild Wars 2 pre-orders give beta access; Collector's Edition unveiled

By Alice O'Connor, Mar 13, 2012 7:00am PDT

With Guild Wars 2 now committed to launching in 2012, publisher NCsoft has unveiled the Collector's Edition and pre-order bonuses--which include guaranteed access to all of GW2's beta weekend events.


"That's still not free 2 play... That's like saying every game made before 2005 were free to play."

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Guild Wars 2 beta signups open for 48 hours

By Alice O'Connor, Feb 22, 2012 11:15am PST

You there! Quick! Do you want to play in the Guild Wars 2 beta? Well then, stop your lollygagging, pull your breeches up, and march yourself to the enlistment office sharpish, as signups are open for a 48-hour window.


"i've signed up for swtor, diablo3 and tera in the past year, and got into all of them so far, so ..."

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Aion going free-to-play this Spring alongside 3.0 update

By Steve Watts, Feb 21, 2012 3:30pm PST

Aion is switching to a free-to-play model this spring. The switch will come alongside version 3.0 of the game, promising a level cap raise, housing, mounts, and new areas and instances.


"the european region was handed over to a third party publisher (gameforge) which is using the ..."

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Guild Wars 2 console edition still in 'preparation stage'

By Alice O'Connor, Feb 17, 2012 10:00am PST

Though Guild Wars 2 is now lined up to launch on PC this year, it's still early days for the console edition. "Console edition?" you may ask. It's been mentioned a few times before but without no concrete details, but it is still in the works.


"FFXI was on both the PS2 and 360, and I found it worked fine with a game pad on the 360 version. ..."

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NCsoft trying to block Tera launch, alleging theft of trade secrets

By Alice O'Connor, Jan 26, 2012 12:30pm PST

NCsoft is taking Tera developer Bluehole Studio to court to try and block the MMORPG's release in North America, claiming it's built upon ideas "looted" from NCsoft when Bluehole's founders worked there on Lineage 3.


"AoC was one of those MMOs that really could've worked and been somewhat different but they just ..."

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Guild Wars 2 launching in 2012

By Alice O'Connor, Jan 23, 2012 6:00am PST

"When it's done" - three little words that infuriate some and delight others, and three words which no longer stand in for Guild Wars 2's release date. The subscription-free MMORPG will launch "later this year," preceded by the beta ramping up.


"Guild Wars has always kind of stood on it's own. It's setup is closer to that of Diablo, than a ..."

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Guild Wars 2 closed beta starting Friday, Mesmer detailed

By Alice O'Connor, Dec 14, 2011 2:15pm PST

Just in time for the closed beta on Friday, ArenaNet officially unveiled Guild Wars 2's Mesmer profession, the final class to be revealed for the subscription-free MMORPG.


"The original launched on April 26th. My money's on an anniversary release."

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Aion going free-to-play in Europe only

By Alice O'Connor, Dec 14, 2011 6:00am PST

AionWhile struggling MMORPGs used to simply shut down when subscriber numbers dropped, the rise of the free-to-play model has seen many hold on to eek out a living. Add Aion to that list, as NCSoft announced today it'll switch in February 2012--but only i


Lineage 2 going free-to-play later this year

By Alice O'Connor, Nov 02, 2011 6:30am PDT

NCSoft's grind-athon Lineage II is jumping on the free-to-play MMO bandwagon "later this year," switching alongside the launch of the 'Goddess of Destruction' free expansion.


"waiting for rift f2p... Iv always wanted to try that one but am not going to pay for it."

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Richard Garriott awarded $32 million in NCSoft legal battle

By Alice O'Connor, Oct 26, 2011 9:45am PDT

NCSoft unsurprisingly appealed when it was ordered to pay Richard 'Lord British' Garriott $28 million in 2010, but Garriott has won the appeal too, and is now owed $32 million.


"They should give it to him in NCSoft points, redeemable in any of NCSoft game's item stores. "

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Guild Wars 2 gets PvP details, new trailer

By Alice O'Connor, Aug 17, 2011 5:30pm PDT

Guild Wars 2 is celebrating the Gamescom show with a whole host of presents, including details on the subscription-free PC MMORPG's PvP, a snazzy trailer, and great gobs of new screenshots.


"nice trailer.. had bits in it from previous ones.. i was intrigued by that furnace part of the ..."

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MMO WildStar announced by NCSoft

By Alice O'Connor, Aug 17, 2011 7:30am PDT

Building, exploring, and collecting are playstyles intended to be just as valid as hitting monsters until they fall over in MMORPG WildStar, announced today at Gamescom by NCSoft.


"Corrected an error that listed the planet in this game as Nexon. It is actually Nexus."

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Guild Wars 2 Sylvari race shown off

By Alice O'Connor, Aug 11, 2011 10:00am PDT

Guild Wars 2's playable plant people the Sylvari are the stars of a week of features from developer ArenaNet, with story details, sound snippets, videos and more.


"Sylvari (modern day Kokiri), have the coolest racial ability yet: ...Chores!! =]"

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Guild Wars 2 beta later this year

By Xav de Matos, May 18, 2011 2:20pm PDT

NCSoft has announced that a beta test for Guild Wars 2 is planned for the "second half" of 2011. During a conference call, the NCSoft CFO hinted the game could launch in 2012.


"well, NC Soft's traditional release dates are April and November... and they usually have a beta ..."

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