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  1. Always-on DRM has proven to be a major security measure used by certain big companies as a way to combat piracy. Though results of a title using it has varied results, there have been quite a number of titles that have suffered (or are suffering in the case of SimCity) from this feature that requires a constant internet connection in order to play. Of course, issues with servers crashing have also played a role in the negative reception. Below are just a few of the recent games to be put in the spotlight due to messed up servers and the always-on DRM. Star Wars: The Old Republic There are very few people who couldn't tell you what comes to mind when you say 'Star Wars.' In fact, I bet the thoughts of light saber battles, Darth Vader's signature look and sound, and the wise Yoda are rushing to your head right now. Star Wars: The Old Republic was a MMO set within the Star Wars universe that allowed players to choose between two factions: the Galactic Republic and the Sith Empire. Star Wars: The Old Republic had a very rocky launch in which players had to wait in ungodly long queues just to access the game. Not to mention, a few who pre-ordered the title found that the registration codes included were invalid. When BioWare was able to get the servers running smoothly, the game reached over 1 million players within the first few days of its launch. Due to a decrease in its subscriptions in the months following the release, though, Star Wars: The Old Republic abandoned its monthly fees for a free-to-play style. Diablo 3 A title that had been in development for over ten years, Diablo 3 had many worried about how well it would turn out. Taking place twenty years after the events of Diablo 2, you control a character who offers to help Leah and her uncle Deckard Cain as they try to unravel an ominous prophecy. Divided into acts, players are able to explore different locations either by themselves or with others. Surely, you would think that Diablo 3 would follow in the steps of its predecessor and not require a constant internet connection. This is not the case and due to this requirement, Diablo 3's launch was marred with overpopulated servers and game bugs. Blizzard asked players to be patient. To give the servers time to get stable. SimCity SimCity, the latest entry in the popular Maxis series, uses the new GlassBox engine and reboots the series. It was known from the beginning that EA had planned to use the always-on DRM regardless of whether you planned to play with friends or not. Having the constant internet connection just to be able to play the game is also a feature (or rather, downside) EA implemented into the game. If you've been reading any of the many video game publications or follow a bunch of gamers on Twitter, it is a safe bet that you know that EA's latest title has been plagued with servers being down or so busy that no one's been able to play. When the game's servers first went live, everyone excitedly went to install the game so that they could build cities from the ground up. This caused one of the worse game launches in recent history as many were forced to wait hours just to start the game. Even then, if the server crashes while you are working on your city then there is a good chance your progress, or entire city, will be lost. Many took to Twitter and the EA forums to voice their dissatisfaction. While EA has added some new servers and disabled features that most use, this hasn't helped much. Another thing that doesn't help is that EA has made it clear that those who purchased their copy of the game digitally cannot get a refund.
  2. The first digital expansion for The Old Republic seeks to introduce a familiar faction to fans of the Star Wars universe. This expansion will take players to Makeb, a new planet where they shall encounter the “ruthless” Hutt Cartel. Bioware announced that this expansion will be more than just a planet as players will embark on five levels of new missions and reach a new character cap at level 55. The Rise of the Hutt Cartel will not launch until Spring 2013, but EA placed the expansion available for pre-order. This expansion shall run free-to-play members approximately $19.99, but subscribers will receive a 50% discount. Star Wars: The Old Republic“s life has been filled with its fair share of ups and downs, but Bioware“s continued support for a game filled with potential is refreshing. Will you be purchasing The Old Republic“s first expansion?
  3. The Free-To-Play status of Star Wars: The Old Republic continues to loom over Bioware, but the sparse details promoted uncertainty and prompted an exodus of subscribers. Star Wars: The Old Republic publisher Electronic Arts confirmed today that the new update will go live across the globe on November 15. A few may remember the previously revealed restrictions on the new free-to-play accounts which included a few details on the newly created “preferred account” status. The Old Republic Producer, Blaine Christine, confirmed through Joystiq that preferred status will automatically be given to those who previously purchased the game. Current and previous subscribers shall not be forsaken. All previously unlocked upgrades and earned loot will be usable on your character despite the account lapsing into free-to-play territory if the account is classified as 'preferred.' Current subscribers are also set to obtain 250 complimentary “Cartel Coins," which will be extended to previous subscribers should they reactivate their subscription by December 20. Will you be rejoining The Old Republic this month?
  4. Back at the end of July, we were greeted with the news that Star Wars: The Old Republic was finally adding in a free-to-play option. This was predicted by most any gamers paying attention to the struggling MMO, and was noted as coming in the fall. Today, a subscription versus F2P comparison chart has gone live on the MMO's official site. Obviously, if you're a subscriber then nothing is restricted. However, the F2P option has restrictions that should be expected, as well as a few that might be a bit odd. Here is the list of features F2P players will have limited access to/do without: Story content (Can play from level 1-50 only) Limited character creation options Operations require Weekly pass purchase Limited to three Warzones per week (can purchase Weekly pass) Rewards from three Flashpoints per week (can purchase Weekly pass) Three Space Missions per week (can purchase Weekly pass) Purchase and spend Cartel Coins to gain access to/expand Cargo Hold Spend Cartel Coins to expand Inventory Limited to one Crew Skill unless you spend Cartel Coins Longer Quick Travel cooldown time (purchase authorization to lower cooldown) No Emergency Fleet Pass (purchase authorization to unlock) Revive five times at Med Center (spend Cartel Coins to get more Field Revives) No priority status at Login Queue Most purple items are unequippable (can purchase license) Cartel Coins are given at times to paying members but F2P players will be buying those if they want to unlock any of the listed features. If F2P users make a purchase in game, they will gain "preferred status". This means that they will be able to sprint starting at level 1, have increased login queue priority, Cargo Hold access, and Secure Trading. Do these restrictions sound comparable to other F2P MMOs?
  5. This is the inevitable moment we've all been waiting for, folks. EA finally gave in and they're making Star Wars: The Old Republic free-to-play. The change will happen sometime this fall and the F2P version will give players the option of choosing from any of the eight Star Wars character storylines up to level 50. Individual purchases and subscriptions will be available for those who want an unlimited game experience and exclusive content. Here's what GM of BioWare Austin, Matthew Bromberg, had to say about this massive jump: "Players want flexibility and choice. The subscription-only model presented a major barrier for a lot of people who wanted to become part of The Old Republicâ„¢ universe." Executive Producer of Star Wars: The Old Republic, Jeff Hickman, also added this: “Since launch, we“ve been listening to feedback from our fans and adding new content and refining The Old Republic at a breakneck pace. We believe we are in a position to help improve the service even more, not only by continuing to add new content, but also by expanding the game to many more Star Wars fans, increasing the populations on worlds and the vibrancy of the community.†Star Wars: The Old Republic will also go on sale sometime this August for $15 and includes a complimentary one-month subscription. What are your thoughts on Star Wars: The Old Republic going free-to-play? Do you think it was the best decision? Will you be playing the MMORPG now, if you haven't already?
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