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'The Elder Scrolls Online' is now free-to-play

March 17, 2015 - James Fudge

The Elder Scrolls Online is getting rebranded as The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited and going free-to-play today, according to an announcement by Zenimax Online and Bethesda. The change from a monthly subscription to a free-to-play model is no shock for players; Zenimax announced its intention to switch over to the model way back in January of this year.

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Blizzard Experimenting With 'Diablo III' Microtransactions in Select Regions

February 24, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

In a new post on Battle.net, Blizzard reveals that it is bringing micro-transactions to Diablo III - though this feature won't be available in all regions.

Blizzard's experimentation with microtransactions for Diablo III aren't currently planned for the North American or European regions, Blizzard says, but are aimed at regions in Asia where free-to-play and in-game purchases are a very big deal.

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'The Elder Scrolls Online' Adding 'Convenience and Vanity Items' To Online Store

February 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Elder Scrolls Online developer Zenimax Online Studios revealed that it will soon allow players to buy what it calls "convenience items" in the PC version of its MMO. Those convenience items include health, stamina, magic and experience boost potions that you can buy using real-world money through the game's Crown Store. You'll also be able to buy customization items, upgraded mounts, vanity pets, costumes, etc.

None of these items will affect TESO's core gameplay, Zenimax claims.

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APB: Reloaded Coming to Xbox One and PS4 in Q2 2015

January 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Elder Scrolls Online is not the only "free-to-play" game in town on PS4 and Xbox One, it seems. The makers of the online action game APB: Reloaded announced today that its free-to-play game will be hitting both console platforms in the second quarter of this year.

The PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game are being developed at The Workshop Entertainment, which co-developed The Evil Within alongside Tango Gameworks and also worked on the excellent Borderlands 2 expansion, Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage.

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'The Elder Scrolls Online' Coming to PS4 and Xbox One This Summer, Game Going Free-To-Play

January 21, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Elder Scrolls Online will be going free-to-play later this year and it will be coming to both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 too. Zenimax Online announced that its MMO based on the popular Elder Scrolls series of role-playing games will be released on June 9 for Xbox One and PS4. And with it coming to next-gen consoles the company also revealed that the game will be free-to-play, meaning no subscription fees. To play all you'll need to do is buy it for your favorite platform.

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Jagex Shutting Down 'Transformers Universe' in January

December 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

RuneScape maker Jagex announced today that it is shutting down Transformers Universe, the company's MMO based on the popular Transformers franchise from Hasbro. The UK-based MMO developer proposed downsizing its team last month, noting that the free-to-play MMO game was reaching a "new stage of development in its life cycle."

But it turns out that the company decided that the game wasn't performing well enough to continue supporting it.

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UK ASA Agency Will Not Punish Gameloft Over Micro-Transactions in 'Littlest Pet Shop' Game

December 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The U.K.-based Advertising Standards Authority has decided pursue a complaint against Gameloft over one parent's complaint that its free-to-play mobile game Littlest Pet Shop is specifically designed to exploit children by "coercing them" into making in-app purchases.

While the ASA's ruling acknowledged that the Gameloft game targeted young children, it also noted that the developers of the game put enough warnings in place so that both parents and the player would know about the microtransaction scheme and could oversee their children's use of it.

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Crytek Shutting Down Warface Early Next Year

December 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Crytek is shutting down its online action game Warface in February 2015, the company announced today. This is pretty shocking news considering that the game launched in April of this year.

The game will be shut down for good on February 1, 2015 and Crytek has already closed off access for new sign-ups as of today. Existing accounts can continue to play but they will no longer have the ability to buy "kredits," the game's in-game currency for buying various digital bits and baubles.

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Apple Changes Labeling on 'Free-to-Play' Games in App Store

November 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Apple has kicked the "free" label in its App Store to the curb. Popular free-to-play apps that offer in-game microtransactions will now be labeled with "Get" instead of "Free." While Apple has confirmed the changes with Re/Code, the company hasn't said anything else about why it made the changes in the first place.

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Robotoki Hit With Layoffs

November 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Indie game development studio Robotoki has been forced to lay off some of its staff after abandoning the free-to-play model for its upcoming game Human Element in favor of releasing the game as a "premium product." This drastic change has also forced the company to abandon its publishing deal with free-to-play publisher Nexon, which in turn has led to a round of layoffs, according to Gamasutra.

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Avalanche: 'Just Cause 3' Is Not Free-To-Play

November 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Yesterday as Just Cause 3 was introduced to the world through some leaked screenshots, many came to the conclusion that the next game in the series would be free-to-play and contain microtransactions. Luckily it turns out that none of that is true according to developer Avalanche Studios. Christofer Sundberg, the co-founder of Sweden-based developer Avalanche Studios said that those leaked screenshots were very old.

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South Park Lampoons 'Freemium Games'

November 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In the latest episode of South Park the gang get addicted to a Terrence and Philip "freemium" mobile game. The episode, "Freemium Isn't Free" aims some pretty harsh humor at the business model, with an executive in the episode explaining to the Canadian superstars that free-to-play games monetize every step of the equation and minimize the fun; the point being that players have to pay money to "make the game fun."

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Free-to-Play Version of 'Dead or Alive 5: Last Round' Rumored For Japan

October 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A free-to-play version of Dead or Alive 5: Last Round is in development for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, according to a new report in Gematsu (as highlighted in this story over at Videogamer).

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Report: Tencent Making More Money Than EA, Activision

October 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

You might be under the impression that the video game company that make the most money in the world would be Electronic Arts, Sony, Microsoft, Activision, or even Google and Apple. But according to a new report from New Zoo that distinction belongs to Tencent.

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'Puzzle & Dragons' Downloaded Five Million Times in North America

September 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

GungHo Online Entertainment's popular mobile game continues to hit major milestones. According to an announcement from the company today, Puzzle & Dragons was downloaded five million times in North America last week (September 16). Puzzle & Dragons is currently available on Kindle Fire, Android devices, and iOS.

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Nexon Launches New Division, Shuffles Executives

September 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Free-to-play online games company NEXON Co., Ltd. has launched a new division within the company called ‘Nexon XP’ and shuffled some of its top executives. The new division will be dedicated to working with external development talent to bring their free-to-play games into the Nexon free-to-play games portal.

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Free-to-Play Game 'Warframe' Launches on Xbox One

September 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Digital Extremes has launched Warframe on the Xbox One console worldwide today. Warframe is the first free-to-play game to be released through the ID@Xbox indie game development program. Digital Extremes' game is a third-person action game set in an evolving multiplayer sci-fi world.

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'WWE SuperCard' Downloaded More Than 1.5 Million Times

August 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

2K Games' cards-meets-wresting mobile game, WWE SuperCard has been downloaded more than 1.5 million times. That number represents downloads during the game's first week of release on both the iOS and Android versions of the game.

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'Ascend: Hand of Kul' Pulled From Xbox Marketplace

August 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Free-to-play Xbox 360 online game Ascend: Hand of Kul has been removed from the Xbox Marketplace by Microsoft, according to developer Signal Studios. Signal Studios said in a post on the company's web site that Microsoft removed the game over the weekend. Why it was taken offline is unknown as of this writing.

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'Robocraft' Sees Big Boost from Steam Early Access

July 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Free-to-play MMO shooter Robocraft has managed to surpass one million registered players since its release on Steam Early Access. While an early build of the game was available prior to being released on Steam's Early Access, developer Freejam says that putting it on Steam has helped drive the game's user base significantly.

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British ASA Rules That EA's 'Dungeon Keeper' Can't be Advertised as 'Free'

July 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The British Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled that EA's free-to-play mobile title Dungeon Keeper can no longer be advertised in the region as being "free."

The watchdog agency said that timed in-game events that prevent players from progressing without micro-transactions are why EA needs to make changes in how it advertises the game, according to the ASA's website.

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EA Admits Mistakes Were Made With Free-to-Play 'Dungeon Keeper' Game

June 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

During an E3 interview with EA boss Andrew Wilson, Eurogamer asked the top man at Electronic Arts if he had learned any lesson from the free-to-play Dungeon Keeper mobile game and whether all the negative attention about the overuse of micro-transactions were heard at the very tip-top of the company. Wilson, who became EA CEO in September of last year began his conversation by promising "open and transparent conversations" on the subject.

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Report: 'Puzzle & Dragons' Generates Five Times More Revenue Than 'Clash of Clans'

May 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to new data released by Super Data, GungHo's Puzzle & Dragons beats out Super cell's Clash of Clans in mobile ARPU (average revenue per user). Super Data claims that GungHo's game generates around $12 per user, while Clash of Clans generates only around $1.31.

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'The Room' Creator Rails Against Free-to-Play, Cloning

May 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The co-founder of the studio behind successful iOS game The Room and The Room Two has some harsh words for the free-to-play space and cloning on mobile: it's not working.

Fireproof Games co-founder Barry Meade said recently in a Polygon column that since the 2012 release of his first game, The Room, his company has made over $5 million, and has sold 5.5 million copies of the game and its sequel combined. He says that publishers treat the game's success story as "an aberration at best" and continue to stick with the free-to-play model on mobile.

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Blizzard: Hearthstone Beta Test Validated Free-to-Play Model as the Right Choice

April 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Key staff members at Blizzard say that the free-to-play model used in Blizzard's popular trading card game Hearthstone was "validated" as the right decision during its beta phase, with Twitch playing a major role in the decision. Speaking to Eurogamer, the game's production editor Jason Chayes said that watching players stream the beta version on Twitch and do well without spending any money convinced the team that it wasn't being exploitative.

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Micro-Transactions Added to Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare

April 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Electronic Arts has activated in-game items purchases with real money in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare. The micro-transactions allow consumers to purchase in-game money from the game's Sticker Shop that can be spent on new packs of upgrades. EA announced the move on Friday night at the end of a blog post detailing the recently released free updates for the game, such as the Wild West-themed Zomboss Down pack. More free content is on the way, according to EA.

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SOE 'All Access Pass' Delayed to April 29

April 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

It looks like those who were keen on playing Sony Online Entertainment's catalog of online games for a flat monthly fee will have to wait just a little bit longer. SOE announced today that it has delayed its "All-Access Pass" subscription plan to April 29. The company previously delayed its launch from April 6 to April 23, but this week it delayed it one more time. Why another delay? To ensure that the transfer to the "All Access Pass" subscription system is seamless, says SOE.

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Poll: Should All Games Adopt the Free-To-Play Model?

April 17, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

Earlier this week, King - known for such games as Candy Crush and... uh, Candy Crush - opined that all games should adopt the free-to-play business model.

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SOE Details All Access Subscriber Benefits to EverQuest II Players

April 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Sony Online Entertainment passed along a note explaining how EverQuest II players will benefit from an SOE All Access membership when it officially launches next week.

Some of the special benefits EverQuest II players will see in the game starting next week includes seven character slots, a "Member Benefits buff" that provides an additional 15 percent coin loot and 10 percent mount speed, double the alternate currencies earned in game, "members-only" Loyalty items and "all access" to broker, in-game mail, chat and spell tiers.

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King: All Games Need to Adopt Free-To-Play Model

April 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Candy Crush maker King says that all games need to transition to the free-to-play business model. This, the company says, will ensure that gamers can play their favorite games for a long time and developers can make a living keeping those games alive.

"The micro-transaction is so strong and it’s definitely a much better model," King games guru Tommy Palm told IGN. "I think all companies have to transition over to that."

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Andrew EisenConster - Sure, give me a few minutes.03/26/2015 - 3:05pm
Consterhttp://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2015/03/26/salesforce-ceo-says-company-is-cancelling-all-programs-in-indiana-over-lgbt-discrimination-fears/ http://edition.cnn.com/2015/03/25/politics/mike-pence-religious-freedom-bill-gay-rights/index.html03/26/2015 - 2:55pm
ConsterApparently Salesforce and the NCAA are also upset over SB 101. I know they're not video-games related, but maybe add a line to the article?03/26/2015 - 2:54pm
Andrew EisenThat said, I doubt that if the movie gets made, it will be similar to either version of the show. But, Star Wars movies will be out again and the designs are still pretty awesome so it's got a chance.03/26/2015 - 2:34pm
Andrew EisenPeople my age and older with disposable income and a fondness for nostalgia.03/26/2015 - 2:32pm
Matthew Wilson@AE I am kinda surprised sony would want to make a movie of something that is 30 years old. I woulder how many people remember robotech?03/26/2015 - 2:24pm
Andrew EisenProbably not but my wish is that Hollywood make good anime movies.03/26/2015 - 2:20pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://variety.com/2015/film/news/robotech-movie-sony-tv-series-anime-1201460191/ am I the only one that wishes Hollywood would stay a million mile away from anime?03/26/2015 - 1:29pm
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Matthew Wilsonnot shocked, lets see how gencon reacts.03/26/2015 - 11:01am
Andrew EisenAnd for those of you keeping track, Indiana's SB 101 was signed into law this morning by Gov. Pence.03/26/2015 - 10:58am
james_fudgeyeah!03/26/2015 - 9:17am
Ivresseand Command and Conquer, Wing Commander, Fallout03/26/2015 - 8:51am
james_fudgeand Quake, DOOM, Warcraft03/26/2015 - 8:07am
james_fudge90's, because X-Com, MOM, MOO, Ultima VII03/26/2015 - 8:06am
MechaTama3190s. SNES. 'Nuff said.03/26/2015 - 7:45am
james_fudgeIanC: er what?03/26/2015 - 6:20am
IvresseIanC - Context required please...03/26/2015 - 4:15am
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ZippyDSMlee^^ This was before I tried to get into surround… at least the bass is good on the Z506….03/25/2015 - 11:06pm
 

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