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Meet the people improving video games one line at a time

Every line of dialog the player chooses to speak, every character the player romances, every character the player doesn't romance, every encounter they have, every encounter they don't have — these details are carefully noted so the game can respond to the player's actions accordingly. Players of the Mass Effect series will often refer to their avatar Commander Shepard as "My Shepard," a testament to the care the developers put into making players feel invested in their character. But it takes more than care to pull together an elaborate story that draws players into the game and keeps them there. Video games are often made by teams of writers, designers, programmers, artists and producers, but there's an important role that is often over-looked, forgotten and, in some studios,...

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Star Wars: The Old Republic update introduces new warzone, 'major' characters

The latest update for Star Wars: The Old Republic, BioWare's massively multiplayer online role-playing game, adds a new warzone, map, major characters and more, senior producer Bruce Maclean announced via the game's official site. Update 2.7 kicks off a new story arc that includes the Assault on Tython and Korriban Incursion and two "major characters," Theron Shan and Lana Beniko. Also worth noting is the game's new warzone, Quesh Huttball Pit, the Dread Fortress: Nightmare Mode difficulty setting and more. Update 2.7 brings several bug fixes and smaller additions as well, such as new Cartel Market offerings, items, PvP gear and more. "We believe this game update captures some of the key elements that make Star Wars special: the struggle between galactic factions; engaging in...

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The Old Republic's Galactic Strongholds expansion bringing player housing this year

Star Wars: The Old Republic's next expansion, Galactic Strongholds, will bring player housing the to the free-to-play game beginning in June, developer BioWare revealed today. According to an announcement posted on The Old Republic's official site, subscribers as of May 11 will receive access June 24. Preferred Status Players (those who were once subscribers as well as those who've made an in-game purchase of $4.99 or greater) will gain access to Galactic Strongholds July 29. It will arrive for all other players in August. Galactic Strongholds, which you can see in the trailer above, will allow players to take up residence on multiple planets and invite friends from any location. The massively multiplayer online role-playing game will have hundreds of decorations and let players...

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Star Wars: The Old Republic trailer teases housing far, far away

A trailer released today for Star Wars: The Old Republic, BioWare's massively multiplayer online role-playing game for Windows PC, appears to tease an upcoming feature: player housing. A John Williams-like orchestral soundtrack plays in the background as commuters make their way through packed skyways. And then it winds down with a message: Welcome home. Press play above to see the trailer, which clocks in at 52 seconds. The YouTube video's description also suggests that players "Get ready to make yourself at home in Star Wars: The Old Republic." For more on Star Wars: The Old Republic, be sure to read our coverage of Galactic Starfighter and the new features that launched when the spaceship-focused expansion became available to the public in early February. You can also learn about...

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The Old Republic's 2014 roadmap includes two expansions

Developer BioWare's 2014 roadmap for Star Wars: The Old Republic includes two expansions to the massively multiplayer online role-playing game, Senior Producer Bruce Maclean revealed in an article today on the game's official site. The first update, 2.6 Galactic Starfighter, rolled out today and brought space battles to the MMORPG. Update 2.7 will follow on or about April 8 and bring two new Flashpoints and update 2.8 will follow around June 10 with new shops for Galactic Starfighter. The posted "dates are subject to change," Maclean notes. "Expect to see two digital expansions in 2014 just like you did last year," he writes, "with one similar to Galactic Starfighter in scope and one more closely resembling Rise of the Hutt Cartel." BioWare will also switch from a two-week to a...

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Galactic Starfighter welcomes everyone to The Old Republic's space battles today

Galactic Starfighter became available to subscribers last December and to Preferred Status members in last month. Today, alongside the expansion's wide release, developer BioWare is filling the vacuum of space with several upgrades, including a new Team Deathmatch mode. Lead designer Michael Backus said during a preview event last week that the new mode will enter the game in part because of player requests. "Players were really clamoring for it," Backus said. "We knew it was a great addition. If you're tired of taking on objectives, now you're just going to be able to pummel each other and destroy each other." Today's Galactic Starfighter rollout will also bring a few more new features. For example, power-ups are now scattered throughout the maps. Pick them up, and players will...

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Tencent's free-to-play shooter Crossfire raked in nearly $1B in 2013

Tencent's free-to-play shooter Crossfire overtook both League of Legends and World of Warcraft in revenue during 2013, according to data from Super Data Research. The SmileGate-developed release took in $950 million compared to Riot Games' $624 million, with the remainder of the Top 10 most popular free-to-play titles including titles from Nexon, Electronic Arts and Blizard. Nexon's free-to-play fantasy title Dungeon Fighter Online came in third place with $426 million in revenue, followed by World of Warcraft which took in $372 million. According to the data, Star Wars: The Old Republic generated $138 million following Electronic Art's decision to move away from its earlier subscription model. The report notes that the digital free-to-play sector grew by 45 percent in the U.S. last...

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The Old Republic starfighter trailer tricks out your space ride

A new trailer for Star Wars: The Old Republic's free digital expansion Galactic Starfighter focuses on how players can customize their interstellar combat vessel. Said customization can be both practical and cosmetic; the trailer shows examples of both, with players swapping out their weapons and changing their paint jobs. Galactic Starfighter is currently in early access for The Old Republic subscribers.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic's Galactic Starfighter puts the RPG into dogfighting

At a recent preview event, the BioWare Austin team showed off levels from Galactic Starfighter, which is an expansion that solely focuses on deep space dogfighting. Galactic Starfighter will launch on Dec. 3 for current The Old Republic subscribers. "Preferred Status" users — anyone who has made a purchase in the game's online store — will gain access to the expansion on Jan. 14, 2014. Everyone else will be able to access the expansion on Feb. 4, 2014. Space combat is a relatively small feature in the base MMO, with most battles taking place on ground, and the on-rails space missions being limited in their scope. Galactic Starfighter takes these space missions and grows them into free-flight, player-versus-player experiences with intense combat, dynamic maneuvers and an...

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  • Windows
    • Released 12/20/2011
    • Publisher Electronic Arts
    • Developer BioWare Austin
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