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2 years ago

MMoh: Asheron’s Call closing, D&D Online & Lord of the Rings Online leave Turbine

Oh! One newsbit we missed over Horacemas is the changes afoot at Turbine. The MMORPG specialists announced that they're closing down Asheron's Call, after seventeen years, and its sequel. Meanwhile, the teams behind Dungeons & Dragons Online and The Lord of the Rings Online have started their own new studio, Standing Stone Games, and taken the games with them. That leaves the remains of Turbine…

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4 years ago

Feature: Crisis Averted (If You Read This)

Infinite Crisis review

My first few hours with Infinite Crisis [official site] convince me it is a terrible game. But I persevere, thinking that part of my dislike may have to do with my lack of skill. Following a particularly bad defeat a teammate collars me in the post-match chat window. “Bredy,” they say, using the username I had misspelled on signing up. “Uninstall this game.” It was…

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Baf! Bim! DC Comics MOBA Infinite Crisis Leaves Beta

"Bif! Bam! Kapow!" every article about comics is apparently required to begin. Sorted. Moving on, the merry gang of Infinite Crisis are now pushing lanes and ganking carries in earnest as the free-to-play DC Comics MOBA has graduated from open beta to properly released. This brings it to Steam too, for starters. Also it's added Krypto, the Superdog. The Superdog. Superdog.

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5 years ago

It Takes Thirty-Two, Baby: Infinite Crisis Adding Supergirl

How many guns should an FPS have? What's the correct number of levels for a platformer? How long should a game take to complete? How many playable characters does an RPG need? How about a MOBA? Debate rages between boffins up and down the land, but Turbine have an answer for that last question when it comes to Infinite Crisis. 32 characters is the point…

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To The BetaMobile: Infinite Crisis Open Beta

Last night, for the second time in my life, I tried to play a MOBA. Infinite Crisis may not be the best choice but I figured the people playing might have spent slightly less time pounding the lanes than the veteran e-thletes of LOL and DOTA 2. Not so. The open beta began this weekend but almost every player seems to be visiting from elsewhere…

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Infinite Crisis Dev Diary Reminds Us It Exists

Looking back at the coverage of the officially licensed DC MOBA game Infinite Crisis, it's clear that the game is protected by some form of memory spell: Adam forgot all about it, it slid by Jim, and I was about to write something similar, and ... hey, there's a DC MOBA coming out/is out in paid beta. Fancy that. Infinite Crisis is a free-to-play lane-pusher…

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6 years ago

Toast The Coast: Infinite Crisis

I keep forgetting that Infinite Crisis exists. While Marvel's true believers cling to the hope that Marvel Heroes might one day be a worthwhile proposition and console themselves with thoughts of Lego Marvel Super Heroes), the DC universe is dabbling in the MOBARTS genre, as seen in DOTA and the like. Signups for the closed beta are ongoing and Warner have announced a new map.…

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Eagle Punch! D&D Online: Shadowfell Conspiracy

I am once again reminded of the existence of a game by the announcement of an expansion. Dungeons & Dragons Online's shift to free-to-play years ago has given it enough success to keep quietly humming along, with the second expansion in seven years launching in the Summer. The Shadowfell Conspiracy is a content update, with new adventure packs (missions), monsters, and companions. It'll also bring…

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Infiniter Than Before: Infinite Crisis

I have to admit that it had passed me by entirely that there was a DC Universe MOBA going on. But there is! It's being made by Turbine and is called Infinite Crisis, and there's a whole beta application thing going on over here. Seems like things are pretty quiet on this front, though, since the only reason I realised it existed at all was…

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DC Does DOTA: Infinite Crisis

Oh no! The DC multiverse is exploding again. Heroes and villains will have to work together to save it by engaging in some sort of free-to-play MOBA called Infinite Crisis. I know quite a lot about DC comics but I don't know anything about MOBA games but since I'm all alone in Castle RPS at the moment, I'm going to have to tackle this anyway.…

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Return Our Call: Turbine Bringing Back Asheron’s Call 2

Well now, this came out of nowhere. Once upon a time, Turbine's Asheron's Call - which is still running to this day - had an apocalypse dropped on it. The result? A vastly re-shaped world that had "sequel" written all over it - but mainly on the box, because it was called Asheron's Call 2. It was quite well-received back in 2002, but by 2005,…

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Big Delays Hit LOTRO: Rohan And End Of Nations

Time. The gaming industry - like everything else in the past, present, and future - exists inside of it, but often, it seems to observe time less as an incontrovertibly defining law of the universe and more as a set of loose guidelines. So delays happen right and left, and everyone cries while conveniently forgetting that their backlog can be seen from space. That in…

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Hold Your Horses: LOTRO’s Rohan Expansion Delayed

Horses! They go fast. Except when they don't - for instance, while asleep or carrying a very, very large person. And then, of course, there's the most common horse sloth cause of them all: beta tests of MMORPGs based on the most culturally pervasive mythology ever to be written by a man with an irrational hatred of cars. The latter has claimed yet another victim today,…

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7 years ago

Not Horsing Around: LOTRO’s Mounts Mean Business

Business horses! With suits and briefcases and stuff! That's completely not what I'm talking about. And as much as I wish it was, an in-depth look at Lord of the Rings Online: Riders of Rohan's mounted combat's not a bad consolation. Now, obviously, any game could put you in a saddle, hand you some variety of pointy stick, and send you haphazardly swinging on your…

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Of Mounts And Blades: LOTRO’s Mounted Combat

Lord of the Rings Online has sort of gotten trampled by the recent surge in new MMOs recently, but the F2P journey through the One Fantasy Universe To Rule Them All actually hasn't disappeared off the face of the planet. On September 5, it's even getting a shiny new expansion in the form of Riders of Rohan - which, sadly, is not about putting a…

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Feature: Free 2 Flay

The MMOnitor: Dungeons & Dragons Online

Whilst we were down in the RPS dungeon, thrashing kobolds for copper pieces, we stumbled upon a group of MMO developers coming the other way through the Underdark. Sitting down by the light of our magic auras, we made a nice cup of elf-leaf and talked to Fernando Paiz, Executive Producer on Dungeons & Dragons Online (married to Kate Paiz, the executive producer on Lord…

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Feature: Late Developer

Interview: DDO’s Menace Of The Underdark

Turbine (now part of Warner Bros, so essentially run by Bugs Bunny) has just announced the long overdue first expansion to Dungeons & Dragons: Online, Menace of the Underdark, six years after the game was first released. We've got more details below, excerpted from the coming Sunday's MMOnitor, but here's the stuff really worth noting: they're introducing a new class, new epic classes and moving…

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Orc, Thanks! Says Rise Of Isengard

Speaking of MMOs, Turbine send word that LOTRO's expansion, Rise Of Isengard, which sees the level cap raised to 75, and adds some familiar locales and characters to the line-up, is out today. Free-to-play adventurers can now adventure freely in Dunland, the Gap of Rohan, and Isengard itself. Fun times are to be had with Saruman The Betrayer, Grima Wormtongue, and other unpleasantmen. There's also…

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