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Concrete Jungler: Merc Elite Is Not A Fantasy MOBA

I know, I know: when I first laid eyes on it, I thought it was too. The big guns, frequent explosions, and gruffly barked bits of military lingo, especially, all had me thrown. But nope, I have it on good authority that Merc Elite is in fact some kind of top-down army manshoot/MOBA amalgam. There are lanes and roles and towers (of a sort), but also…

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AdversityVille: Massive Layoffs At Zynga, Bigpoint

In modern society, we tend to throw around the phrase "worst day ever" pretty loosely. Stubbed your toe? Worst day ever. Forgot to have "the help" restock your yacht with perfectly chilled bottles of imported Mars water? Worst day ever. Looked on helplessly as you and nearly 250 other talented individuals in your line of work suddenly found yourselves jobless? OK, now we're getting somewhere.…

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Valar MMOrghulis: First GoT 7 Kingdoms Footage

So it was promised, so shall it be. After a brief introduction to Game of Thrones: Seven Kingdoms - which promised an MMO in which "players form alliances through Player vs. Player (PvP), Siege combat, and politics to control Westeros" - Bigpoint vanished into the seat-and-BO-flavored mists of Comic-Con. And from that primordial ooze of glorious geekery, it's now produced one trailer. It features betrayal, war,…

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You Win Or You Grind – Game of Thrones: 7 Kingdoms

Game of Thrones games will continue until every last remaining dark corner of Westeros has been illuminated by the lord of cutscenes. It has been prophesied! Next to leap aboard George R. R. Martin and HBO’s blood’n’sex bandwagon is serial MMO-maker Bigpoint, who follow up their Battlestar Galactica free to play massively multiplayer with Game of Thrones: Seven Kingdoms.

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Alive! Bigpoint’s Universal Monsters Is Revealed

Of all the things to licence for a MOBA, the classic line-up of Universal Studios' monsters - Frankenstein's Monster, Dracula, Wolfman, er "Gill-man" and so on - makes an odd kind of sense. Antiquated but stylish, and yet it also sort of shows how time in move-world stands still. Anyway, the classic scenery-chewers will be the heroes in Bigpoint's MOBA Universal Monsters Online, which is…

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You Can Planet Yourself: Gameglobe

I'm surprised Square Enix don't hold their own E3 press conference. With their current line-up (Tomb Raider, Sleeping Dogs, Thief IV, Quantum Conundrum, Dead Island: Riptide, Hitman) they could have pipped Ubisoft to "win" E3 hands down, rather than offering highlights during console owners' dismal shows. Also, that conference would have featured the reveal of Gameglobe, a free-to-play, browser-based create-your-own action game. And stop that…

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Go Westeros In The Game Of Thrones MMO

All it takes is a TV show for everything and everyone to want a manly hug from you. Bigpoint's free-to-play MMO is the third game I'm aware of that's based on George RR Martin's easily spoiled fantasy doorstops, A Song of Ice and Fire, but it's the one that's interesting me the most. It plonks you right in the middle of Westeros during the first…

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Die Nasty: Bigpoint’s A Game Of Thrones MMO

Could the Game Of Thrones MMO being about breeding? I ask because of this: "Bigpoint’s design goal is to capture the show’s compelling drama and action and create a visceral gaming experience via an unprecedented level of visual fidelity. The bloodthirsty struggle for power, corruption, and deception will persist. To ensure survival of their dynasty, players must master combat and politics." Because, you know, that's…

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Drakensang Online Adds “Agile” Rangers

Moderately-entertaining free multiplayer-only browser-based Diablo 'em up Drakensang Online is going to expand before Christmas. Bigpoint have told us that "The NORLANDE expansion update is bringing several new quests, more than a dozen new levels, numerous monsters and champions, new bosses, and new character items and equipment to the game." More importantly, there's now some additional class variety with Rangers. These chaps are "agile archers,…

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DarkOrbit Made €2 Million From One Item

If you want a single reason why the free-to-play market seems to so attractive to the people interested in making money from games, then take a look at this craziness: Gamesbrief have run a story claiming that Bigpoint's DarkOrbit game has sold two thousand €1,000 "drones", which are virtual items that help players in combat. The article explains: "There are different levels of drone ranking…

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Bigpoint CGO Criticises Big Pubs, Valve

Speaking to Edge, a CGO of bigshot F2P company Bigpoint, Philip Reisberger, has hit out at big publishers trying to get into the free-to-play arena, taking a shot at Valve as he did so: "There are millions, hundreds of millions of people willing to invest even though they aren't obliged to. The crucial part of the design is not having to invest, but wanting to.…

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Drakensang Online Beta Is Open Beta Open

The men of Bigpoint send word that their Diablo-like MMO based on the Drakensang games (ish) has entered the open phase of its beta activities. I had a moderate amount of fun with it when I played in the closed beta - you can read my account here - and reports are that it's developed a fair bit since then. You can sign up for…

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Drakensang Online Has A Decent Bog

For the past couple of days I've been filling idle moments by dabbling in the Drakensang Online beta. Let me just state, for those of you who have been attracted to this article by the Drakensang name in the header, that this has little to do with the original Germanically twee-ruggedness of the Drakensang RPGs. It captures a little of their art-style, perhaps, but this…

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Drakensang Online Taking Beta Applications

The chaps over at Bigpoint send word that their latest online RPG, the rather beautiful-looking Drakensang Online (based on the German single-player RPG series' "Anderworld" setting - is that right? Not The Dark Eye stuff, anyway...) is now taking beta applications. Go and hit the "Play Now For Free" button on their site to bring up the registration form. Word is that you'll hear back…

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Battlestar Galactica Online Online

Battlestar Galactica (the original) is famous for owing a debt or two, or three, or four, or five, or six, or seven to Star Wars - cheekily dashing to cinemas before Lucas' could sequelise his space opera. The tables have turned this time around though, with Battlestar Galactica (new version) Online getting, well, online before Bioware's Star Wars: The Old Republic does. Today, in fact.…

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Dragon (Webp)age: Drakensang Online

This is interesting. Bigpoint send word that the moderately popular German RPG Drakensang will be reappearing as free-to-play online RPG. Apparently it's going to feature top end 3D graphics in a browser, too. Bigpoint tell us that "The in-house developed Nebula engine – which was used in the development of the PC versions of Drakensang – makes it possible to play the game in a…

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Betastar Galactica

That being the official Battlestar Galactica MMO, rather than the spangly space-shooter we posted about last week. BSG Online is a free to play browser thingy created by Bigpoint, a German firm who've made a mountain of cash making a slew of browser MMOs in the past. I suspect standard behaviour from many quarters is to sneer at the very concept of free to play…

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Galactica Cast Get Another Paycheque

Catching up with some news from the back end of last week! The previously covered Battlestar Galactica Online revealed that Dean Stockwell (A character from Battlestar Galactica), Callum Keith Rennie (Another character from Battlestar Galactica) Tricia Helfer (A third character from Battlestar Galactica), Grace Park (Someone else from Battlestar Galactica), Aaron Douglas (Battlestar Galactica), Katee Sackhof (Who you know from Battlestar Galactica), Edward James Olmos…

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