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Neverwinter goes gothic with a new Ravenloft expansion

Cryptic's free-to-play Dungeons & Dragons-lite MMO Neverwinter is one of those fun-looking games that I've only found the time to sink a couple hours into. As such, I'm a little jealous of the folks playing through some of the game's newer high-level modules, including a jaunt through the Underdark and a recently added jungle filled with undead dinosaurs. This week's module - the fourteenth to be added…

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Star Trek Online boldly goes back to Deep Space Nine

Well, there's one way to remind me that I'm getting older: tell me that Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is 25 years old. Despite also being 8 years old, Free-to-play MMO Star Trek Online is still looking pretty good, all things considered. The TV show's anniversary today marks the launch of its first major expansion in some time, delivered as a free update. Victory Is Life brings us back…

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Cryptic are making a Magic: The Gathering MMORPG

Cryptic Studios, the creators of superhero MMORPG City of Heroes, are making a free-to-play "action MMORPG" [official site] based on Wizards of the Coasts' mega-hit collectible card game Magic: The Gathering. Publishers Perfect World Entertainment, who announced the game this week, don't have a name for it yet, they don't have anything to show of it (all the artwork in this post is from cards),…

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Feature: The needs of the many outway the needs of the solo

The RPG Scrollbars: A Dip Into… Star Trek Online

There's no prizes for predicting this Christmas' biggest movie... but once everyone's seen Alvin And The Chipmunks in The Road Chip, there's a good chance they'll consider checking out the new Star War as well. What better time to check in on The Old Republic and... actually, no. For as Yoda once so vaguely commented, "There is another." I've been meaning to take a look…

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Feature: The death and partial return of the superheroic MMO

City Of Heroes Reborn

Three years ago, I wrote an epitaph for NCSoft's axed superhero MMO City of Heroes, and for my beloved character within it. "The City of Heroes has been closed down forever, and so The Entomologist is dead. Does he still exist on some dusty server, or have the bytes that made him been wiped forever? It doesn’t matter. There’ll be no Jean Gray resurrection for…

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Feature: RIP, Two Years Late

Remembering City Of Heroes

Sometimes you can wait too long, think it's okay to put off saying that important thing to the game you love, and then they're gone. Then time goes on, and it becomes less and less relevant to say. Then you never say it. City Of Heroes shut off its servers about two and a half years ago. Alec had the sense to eulogise it then.…

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Mounty: Neverwinter Allows You To Ride The Sport Cow

We knew that Neverwinter allowed players to ride giant spiders - that much was obvious - but a new trailer has revealed that they can also ride horses! And there was me thinking those wildly roaming quadrupeds were just for eating. John had a rather good time with Neverwinter when he played it recently, and the game is currently in beta wot you can sign…

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Neverwinter Is Looking Orcward

After my time spent on the beta weekend with Neverwinter, I've been itching in my chair to get back to the game. It certainly wasn't perfect, but then it's a beta and they're not meant to be, but a couple of days in Cryptic's envisioning of the D&D realms captured a purity of both fantasy and the MMO that made me want to carry on.…

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Siege It: Neverwinter’s First Beta Weekend Tomorrow

I've kept Neverwinter at arm's length. I don't know what to think about it. I loved NWN2, and while the series more immediately lends itself to the shared world of an MMO than other BioWare properties, I've got those fan-nerves of seeing a completely separate studio take it on. But then that studio is Cryptic, they of the glorious City Of Heroes, so... I get…

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Neverwinter Is Excited About Its Great Weapon Fighter

I asked Adam if the Neverwinter remake was out, and he said he thought it was. Then I checked and it turns out it's not. We were both wrong. I was thinking of the Baldur's Gate remake, and Adam just got confused and believed every game ever was released. The boy's been planning a Half-Life 5 marathon, and I had to break it to him.…

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An Eventful Ending: City Of Heroes

It's a strange thing, bearing witness to the end of a world. When the final voices of Star Wars: Galaxies voices cried out and were suddenly silenced, I was oddly moved by the documentation of the event, even though I'd never played the game and am the only person on the internet who doesn't have any particular feelings about Star Wars*. The end of City…

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Encouraging: Neverwinter’s User-Created Content

I'm still feeling pretty on-the-fence about Cryptic's Neverwinter MMO-that-wasn't-but-then-was-again - primarily because 1) it's another fantasy MMO and 2) Neverwinter Nights was kind of the greatest. But, if nothing else, Neverwinter's looking to at least preserve a bit of the BioWare build-o-tron classic's spirit. That is to say, you can make anything your heart desires - so long as your heart desires an MMO mission…

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Prospering? Star Trek Online F2P This Year

The unstoppable march of free-to-playification continues! Cryptic's Star Trek Online - which is published by Perfect World - will be free-to-play by the end of the year. According to this report on Perfect World's exciting Q2 earnings call, chief financial officer Kelvin Lau told investors: "Cryptic is working on the free-to-play model for Star Trek Online. This is going to be launched by the end…

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Champions Online Going Free-To-Play In 2011

Champions: Online, the spiritual successor to City Of Heroes, has announced that it will move to a free-to-play model from the first quarter of 2011. This also involves a new closed beta test that starts on the 9th November, mostly aimed at current players, with a possibility of outsiders being let in too. There's more super-details underneath the sentence I'm super-typing right super-now.

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Champions Anniversary Free Weekosity

It's been a year since Champions Online went (er) Online. What are Cryptic Studios doing to celebrate? "Re-do an interview with Jim because it didn't record first time he did it?" you say? No, you're wrong. That's just something they're doing because we're rubbish. They're having a free week. How free? "From September 1 (at 10:00 a.m. Pacific) until September 7 (at 10:00 a.m. Pacific),…

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Going Fourth: Neverwinter Announced

Confirming rumours from a previous point in our temporal existence, Cryptic are "do"ing a new Neverwinter game. Specifically, called "Neverwinter". From the details in its press release and about page, it's a persistent world Neverwinter Nights (Including content creation tools) based around co-operative groups of five (with the computer controlling the NPCs if you haven't got the right number) plus fourth edition D&D rules (which…

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STO: Klingons are PvP-Powered Class

The Star Trek Online forums have thrown up news of a neat piece of design for Klingon characters. Weirdly, the link seems to work from some pages and not others, randomly taking you to their front page. Anyway, what it reveals is that Klingon's will be PvP-focused, and while Federation classes can expect to advance through PvE missions, the Klingon player will need to do…

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STO: Explore, Discover, And Laser Dudes

The sheer amount of promotional materials pouring out of the Cryptic/Atari for Star Trek Online seems to suggest that MMO means to come out fighting. It's got some serious competition to go up against, even if we discount all the other bajillion games coming out in the early part of next year, there's going to be the looming threat of The Old Republic, which threatens…

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