An interesting little announcement appeared on the Guild Wars 2 site yesterday revealing a move to make the core game free to own, along with the confirmation that raids are coming in the Heart of Thorns expansion. Two very big changes to the game, but what do they mean? Hit the break for some more details. …
Guild Wars 2 is an immense game, and if I can rip myself away from it for five minutes I might get around to writing some thoughts on it. As it is, I bring word that it has managed to sell over two million copies in just over a fortnight. That is despite ArenaNet temporarily halting first-party sales in order to maintain the in-game experience. The team are also seeing over 400,000 concurrent players on a regular basis, a fantastic feat of server management and player enthusiasm.
This impressive performance must be held up against the struggles being seen by Star Wars: The Old Republic and The Secret World, both of which are currently monthly-sub titles. While we don’t know what Guild Wars will be like a few months down the line, the suits behind the aforementioned titles must be wondering whether they made serious mistakes by sticking with a subscription paying model. I personally this Guild Wars has a lot to offer and will prove to be a huge success in the long-term for ArenaNet.
It is fair to say that this has been a very slow summer of games, but things are picking up again, and one game which I have managed to lose track of is Guild Wars 2. The non-subscription MMO is coming out next Tuesday, though if you have pre-ordered from the official site you get access three days early.
I’m not normally a fan of MMOs, the traditional monthly subscription format has put me off and I haven’t delved into any of the new free-to-play titles which are taking over the world. But Guild Wars 2 has me interested, promises of a fast-paced combat system and engrossing storyline have me tempted. However, I baulked at the idea of spending £49.99 for the digital edition and went for the traditional approach of a supermarket pre-order. I might hate it when I get into the game, or I may love it, but I am going to take the plunge to try and conquer my MMO fear. Anyone else taking the plunge?
Ahead of this year’s E3, the Into The Pixel judges have announced the 16 winners of this year’s competition. Chosen by a range of academics, artists and industry members with the support of the Academy of Interactive Arts and Scientists and Entertainment Software Association, the selected images come from a wide range of games across all the major systems and are, one and all, beautiful.
Currently the MMO market is being saturated faster than a sponge in the north sea. Countless pretenders to the throne have popped up on the radar from Sega’s free to play Spiral Knights to Trion World’s subscription based Rift. But with so much choice out there which MMO will have you hooked for all the right reasons? Here’s a run down of five of the biggest and best, soon(ish) to be released MMO’s. …