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September

Star Citizen - $500,000,000 raised

by Hiddenx, Wednesday - September 21, 2022 11:33

Redglyph spotted that Star Citizen and the single player campaign Squadron 42 have raised more than $500,000,000.

Star Citizen

SP/MP: Massive
Setting: Sci-Fi
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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July

WoW - Wrath of the Lich King: Release in September

by Hiddenx, Tuesday - July 26, 2022 18:03

Bluenews reports that Blizzard will release Wrath of the Lich King Classic on September 26:

 WoW: Wrath of the Lich King Classic in September

Blizzard announces World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Classic will launch on September 26th. This will give nostalgic World of Warcraft players the chance to roll back the clock and once again kick some Arthas while recalling Blizzard's glory days as a beloved developer. The expansion will re-launch on all World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade Classic realms, and it will be open to anyone with an active World of Warcraft subscription.
As usual, this will include some ways for players experience some of this with less playing: "In the lead-up to launch, players can experience Joyous Journeys, a 50%-bonus-XP event that will run until Wrath of the Lich King Classic’s September 26 launch.
Prior to release, all WoW subscribers will be granted the ability to create one Death Knight per Classic realm, which they can bring to level 70 through Burning Crusade Classic™ content until September 26. In addition, players will also be able to purchase optional upgrades, including new cosmetic items and a level-70 character boost for those who might not yet have a fully leveled character."

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Thanks Redglyph!

WoW

SP/MP: Massive
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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June

Elder Scrolls Online - High Isle Launch Cinematic

by Hiddenx, Tuesday - June 07, 2022 14:41

 The Elder Scrolls Online: High Isle chapter is out now worldwide on PC:

The Elder Scrolls Online: High Isle Launch Cinematic

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Defend the Legacy of the Bretons in The Elder Scrolls Online: High Isle and experience the next Chapter in the year-long saga.

  • Explore the regions of High Isle and Amenos -Investigate a deadly organization at the heart of Breton society
  • Recruit unique companions to join you in your quest
  • Venture into the challenging Dreadsail Reef 12-player Trial
  • Play a hand of an all-new card game, Tales of Tribute An exciting adventure awaits in a world never-before-seen in The Elder Scrolls!

Elder Scrolls Online

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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May

Elder Scrolls Online - High Isle Trailer

by Hiddenx, Wednesday - May 18, 2022 18:06

The Elder Scrolls Online: High Isle launches on June 6:

The Elder Scrolls Online: High Isle - Official History of the Systres Trailer

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Learn about the history of the Systres Archipelago in this latest trailer for the upcoming ESO chapter The Elder Scrolls Online: High Isle. 

Long ago, the people of the Systres Archipelago once stood united against any threat to their island home. However, the isles have grown fractured under the rule of opposing Breton noble houses, and now a mysterious new order rises from the islands' shadows.

Elder Scrolls Online

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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March

SW:TOR - Legacy Of The Sith Review @ Screenrant

by Hiddenx, Sunday - March 06, 2022 07:56

Screenrant checked out the SWTOR expansion Legacy Of The Sith:

SWTOR Legacy Of The Sith Review: An Expansion (And Galaxy) Divided

Star Wars: The Old Republic released Legacy of the Sith to mark the game's tenth anniversary, but its short story and UI changes are unsatisfying.

Star Wars: The Old Republic, developed by BioWare and published by EA, recently released its tenth-anniversary expansion: Legacy of the Sith. Despite consistent advertisement from BioWare, the latest addition to the Star Wars MMORPG is unimpressive and sabotages some of the game’s greatest strengths. The final product also suffers from lingering bugs and glitches that hamper overall enjoyment and undermine its narrative potential for both Republic and Imperial players.

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Unfortunately, BioWare has some work to do to bring Star Wars: The Old Republic's Legacy of the Sith expansion to the same quality level as previous expansions. The product’s delay failed to address many glitches and bugs, and developers appeared to ignore community feedback throughout PTS servers and beta testing. As a result, the story’s short length is underwhelming for an expansion celebrating the game’s tenth anniversary, but hopefully future updates will fix existing bugs as time goes on. Players who enjoy SWTOR’s core gameplay and stories may be satisfied with Legacy of the Sith but shouldn’t expect to receive as much content for their money as previous expansions offered.

SW:TOR

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Sci-Fi
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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February

WoW - Last Update for Shadowlands

by Redglyph, Thursday - February 24, 2022 12:57

COG reported that World of Warcraft: Shadowland was to receive its last major update.

WORLD OF WARCRAFT ROLLED OUT LAST MAJOR UPDATE FOR SHADOWLANDS

World of Warcraft devs just rolled out their last major update for the game’s latest expansion, Shadowlands. Patch 9.2, otherwise called Eternity’s End, brings a lot of new content to the franchise. One of the key additions would be brand new zone Zereth Mortis which is the home of a new action called The Enlightened.

Zereth Mortis is an opportunity for us to dig even deeper into the crazy universe that we have already seen with Shadowlands but then really take it to the next level,” said Game Director Ion Hazzikostas. “We were intrigued by the idea of keeping this place mysterious while also giving some bread crumbs and things for players to figure out.”

This new World of Warcraft zone looks to be pretty promising. The patch also adds the Afterlives Forge. It will allow players to craft their own mounts and battle pets. It is a “powerful instrument of creation” that was left behind by the franchise’s progenitor species.

Zereth Mortis will also involve learning a new in-game language. The automatons speak a “musical language that is incomprehensible to mortal races.” With that said, World of Warcraft players will have to team up with an automa sidekick so they could learn this language. By doing so, they can easily unlock new events, zone activities, and daily quests.

“We ended up focusing on the building blocks of the universe and sacred geometry,” Hazzikostas continued. “You will see that woven into the landscape here, in the denizens, in the creatures.”

By the sound of it, it would seem that this update is pretty much wrapping up the Shadowlands expansion. That is, until the time that Blizzard is ready to discuss what they have in store for World of Warcraft. With that said, devs are hopeful that this is “the thrilling conclusion to Shadowlands” that fans are expecting.

WoW

SP/MP: Massive
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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SW:TOR - Legacy of the Sith is Live

by Redglyph, Wednesday - February 16, 2022 12:18

BioWare announced that the Legacy of the Sith expansion was now available. Please follow the link for further details on the content.

The ‘Legacy of the Sith’ expansion is live!

The new Star Wars: The Old RepublicTM – Legacy of the Sith expansion brings you to uncharted parts of the galaxy while pursuing Darth Malgus.

Explore two new planets, a new Flashpoint, earn new rewards during the new Galactic Season, and more!

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SW:TOR

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Sci-Fi
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Star Citizen - Impressions @ Polygon

by Redglyph, Friday - February 11, 2022 18:00

Polygon discovered Star Citizen and gave their impression along with a brief overview of the game's state. (some links removed below)

Star Citizen still doesn’t live up to its promise, and players don’t care

A decade in, development’s still trucking along

It’s 2022, and I just got into Star Citizen. An uninitiated spacefarer might be surprised at how much there is to explore.

It all started when a friend purchased starter packs for me and my friends. Despite being a skeptic who has largely been disinterested in the game, I was surprised to find a galaxy I could actually explore. Spending a few hours in the world of Star Citizen is intriguing, breathtaking, and frustrating all at once. I found myself taking time to just stop and watch advertisements for fictional mercenary companies, or sitting and bathing in the neon glow of a futuristic plaza. It is a game that is far more advanced than many people think, despite falling short in many respects.

Many people aren’t aware of how far Star Citizen has come — which makes sense, as it has so far still to go. It is, in fact, not actually a singular game but a franchise consisting of a persistent universe (PU) and an unreleased single-player campaign game called Squadron 42 that still doesn’t have a release date (and hasn’t since 2016).

The game has been infamous for its slow and delayed development cycle; for many people, the title has become just a meme, and its harshest critics online have even claimed the game is a “scam”. As the years have passed, the gap between those who are following Star Citizen and those who are disinterested has grown. If you’ve given up — or never boarded the hype train — then you might only know about Star Citizen from snarky headlines like “CIG reels back Star Citizen’s roadmap because players ‘interpret anything on the release view as a promise’” or “Star Citizen dev defends missing roadmap feature by 4 years.” It’s easy to doubt whether the game is even playable — after all, even though it’s been nearly a decade, the developers are still discussing features as basic as, er, loot.

Yet the game is not lacking in resources. The game’s fundraising campaign continually breaks records, even as it adds on deep-pocketed investors. Fans and investors bought into Star Citizen’s big promise: it’s a “forever game” consisting of a massive sci-fi universe filled with players, each on their own individual journeys. Roberts Space Industries (RSI) and Cloud Imperium Games (CIG) have together raised hundreds of millions of dollars for the development of Star Citizenwhich has gone towards game development, in-game cinematics, voice work and motion-capture for characters in the campaign from celebrities like Mark Hamill (and Gillian Anderson, and Andy Serkis, and on and on), and lavish in-universe commercials showing off how neat certain ships are.

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Star Citizen

SP/MP: Massive
Setting: Sci-Fi
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Star Citizen - Less is More

by Redglyph, Thursday - February 03, 2022 21:23

Wccf Tech reported the decision of RSI to present less information on the project's progress in order to avoid misinterpretation.

Star Citizen Scales Back its Roadmap to Due to Fans’ “Continued Noise” Over Feature Delays

Trying to follow Star Citizen’s development roadmap often feels like a game in and of itself, as it goes far beyond the usual vague list of promises, offering a sprawling, interactive system that track where features are in development and when they’ll potentially be delivered. I guess the idea was that providing more information would reduce questions from fans, but of course it’s only made things more contentious, and it seems developer Cloud Imperium Games is tired of playing this particular game.

In the past, Cloud Imperium offered a full year of tentative release dates for features, which players understandably saw as promises of a sort, leading a “very loud contingent” to get angry when said features were pushed back. Cloud Imperium’s solution to this? Simply provide less information for players to get upset about. While the “Progress Tracker” portion of the Star Citizen roadmap will still be fully updated, the Release View section will soon only provide information about the next quarter, not the next full year. People won't complain about missed deadlines if you take away the deadlines, right?

"It has become abundantly clear to us that despite our best efforts to communicate the fluidity of development, and how features marked as Tentative should sincerely not be relied upon, the general focus of many of our most passionate players has continued to lead them to interpret anything on the Release View as a promise. We want to acknowledge that not all of you saw it that way – many took our new focus and our words to heart and understood exactly what we tried to convey. But there still remains a very loud contingent of Roadmap watchers who see projections as promises. And their continued noise every time we shift deliverables has become a distraction both internally at CIG and within our community, as well as to prospective Star Citizen fans watching from the sidelines at our Open Development communications.

Rather than continuing to display release projections that carry a high percentage chance of moving (those multiple quarters out), we will no longer show any deliverables in the Release View for any patches beyond the immediate one in the next quarter. Even though we always added a caveat that a card could move, we feel now that it's better to just not put a deliverable on Release View until we can truly commit to it. We’re going to emphasize more strongly than ever that you should focus your attention on our Progress Tracker, which has been our continued goal."

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Star Citizen

SP/MP: Massive
Setting: Sci-Fi
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Broken Ranks - Released

by Hiddenx, Wednesday - February 02, 2022 16:41

The free isometric MMORPG Broken Ranks with turn-based combat (!) has been released:

 Broken Ranks

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Some impressions by KiraTV:

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Broken Ranks

SP/MP: Massive
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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January

Guild Wars 2 - End of Dragons Preview

by Redglyph, Wednesday - January 19, 2022 18:57

RPG Fan posted their first impressions of the upcoming expansion of Guild Wars 2.

A Hands-On Look at Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons

Guild Wars 2 is my favorite MMO of all time, and after a guided preview of the upcoming End of Dragons expansion, I’m happy to say that the future looks bright for fans of ArenaNet’s MMO.

My look at the expansion began in the Echovald Wilds, a dark forest filled with formerly petrified nature mixed with man-made technologies and structures. The Echovald Wilds is at the center of the battle between three warring factions that want to control the region of Cantha. While exploring the map I witnessed the conflict between the Jade Brotherhood, a gang of tinkerers that love jade technology, and the Speakers, a rival gang that opposes the Jade Brotherhood’s experiments and developments. The Kestrels, a third faction, act as a peacekeeping organization that aims to minimize the damage done by the gang war going on in the region.

The aesthetic of the maps in End of Dragons reflects their conflict, with the natural plant life and ancient structures of the Echovald juxtaposed against imposing laboratories and jade technology. The bright greens and purples help set the maps apart from other technology-covered maps, like those in the Asura starting area.

When End of Dragons releases, players will have the opportunity to work with all three of the region’s factions in events, renown hearts, and instanced content.

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As a long-time Guild Wars 2 fan, I was concerned that End of Dragons might have trouble changing up the formula as much as previous expansions did. Heart of Thorns brought us gliding, Path of Fire brought us mounts; would a two-person mount and skiffs be enough to freshen things up? I’m happy to say that while the new changes don’t completely change the formula, all of them are fun. The new elite specializations are a blast, fishing is a great pastime, and the maps look like some of the most interesting to explore and learn about. I can’t wait to see everything else End of Dragons has to offer when it releases in February 2022.

Guild Wars 2

SP/MP: Massive
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Final Fantasy XIV - Sales to Resume on Jan 25

by Redglyph, Saturday - January 15, 2022 14:05

PC Invasion reports that Square Enix is working on a solution and the game should be back in digital stores soon.

Final Fantasy XIV digital sales will resume, with Home World Transfer to follow

Today brought a whopper of an update for those waiting for news on the status of Final Fantasy XIV. When the recent Endwalker expansion released, it was to the praises of fans and critics alike. Some even heralded it as the best piece of content in the entire franchise. However, Square Enix very quickly started to suffer from their own success. Login queues became so long that Final Fantasy XIV digital sales and the Home World Transfer service had to be suspended due to how congested the servers were. Thankfully though, it looks like this will be ending soon.

According to the official update, digital sales of the game will resume on January 25. Now that login queues are starting to die down, more server space has been made available. This goes hand in hand with the other big announcement in the post that an Oceania server will finally be opened. No longer will Australian players be forced to connect to servers all the way in Japan.

One thing to keep in mind though, is that it does not appear that free trials will resume when the digital sales do. As Square wants to, understandably, wait to see that the servers will remain stable. So, for people who want to start (like myself), especially if you have never played an MMO before (again, like myself) you may want to wait a little longer after the 25. In other big news, Final Fantasy XIV‘s Home World Transfer system will resume on January 26 for all players.

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Final Fantasy XIV

SP/MP: Massive
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Final Fantasy XIV - Still Unavailable

by Redglyph, Thursday - January 13, 2022 16:55

COG reports that there are still issues with the availability of FF14.

FINAL FANTASY 14 STILL UNAVAILABLE TO NEW PLAYERS FOR ALMOST A MONTH NOW

Final Fantasy 14 is still unavailable to new players, much to their dismay. It has been nearly a whole month since devs decided to halt its sales due to widespread server congestion. Square Enix stopped sales 13 days after the early access launch of the game’s Endwalker expansion. Basically, players who do not already own the game have been locked out.

The severely long wait queues have somewhat dissipated. However, they can still go up to almost an hour in North America during weekday peak times. It can be a whole lot worse during weekends. Still, the situation is reportedly much less severe than during the expansion’s launch week. Moreover, multiple players have shared that logging into Final Fantasy 14 now is almost completely error-free.

Still, the devs are still getting a lot of flak because of what is going on. Final Fantasy 14 Director Naoki Yoshida has urged the gaming community to keep from spewing verbal abuse towards the developers.

Of course, I am thankful and grateful for players to tell us that ‘we should do this or this should be that’ and what not,” Yoshida said. “But, verbal abuses are something we wish could stop.”

The bullying within the community has apparently led some Final Fantasy 14 devs to quit their jobs. “Staff members will feel really down after getting those words when they gave their absolute best into trying to create something everyone can enjoy,” he continued. “This may end up making them no longer create things that are fun from there on.”

I have only one request to every player out there—please imagine that you are speaking face to face with a developer,” Yoshida added. “Imagine how they would feel before sending your feedback over and I will be happy if people can do so politely.”

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Final Fantasy XIV

SP/MP: Massive
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Squadron 42 - At Least 2 Years Away

by Redglyph, Wednesday - January 12, 2022 18:25

Wccf Tech reports that CIG has relocated to UK and has given hints at a timeline for Squadron 42.

Squadron 42 Likely At Least a Couple Years Away Admits CIG, Sequels Already in the Plans

Will Star Citizen’s long-promised and much-delayed single-player campaign Squadron 42 ever actually come to fruition? That remains to be seen, but in the latest issue of MCV/Develop, Cloud Imperium Games actually put something resembling a timeline on the project, rather than issuing their usual “it’ll be done when it’s done” dismissal.

As we recently learned, Cloud Imperium Games has relocated their headquarters to Manchester and plan to expand their staff to over 1000 employees over the next five years. As part of that, Cloud Imperium head honcho Chris Roberts has re-established himself in the UK (he’d been living in LA) and is spending more time with the Squadron 42 team, which company COO Carl Jones hopes will result in Squadron 42 actually being finished.

"I guess we’ll see how long [Roberts] needs to be over [in the UK]. But yeah, it could be one or two years more. He’s spending more time over here with the Squadron 42 team and with our other developers, but it’ll be this year when he moves over for longer periods of time. Hopefully, that means we can progress Squadron 42 through to completion faster. We want to get that game finished, but it will be finished when it’s ready."

I suppose you could see that as an optimistic statement, but it sounds like the game won’t arrive for a couple more years at least. But hey, Cloud Imperium needs to get Squadron 42 finished, because according to Jones, they plan to develop “sequels” to the game once the new studio is fully up to speed.

As for when Star Citizen will finally exit alpha and get something resembling a full release, Jones is more sketchy. The reality is, the question is somewhat arbitrary – CIG will just keep updating Star Citizen and selling expensive ships to their diehard fans, and whether the game’s in alpha, beta, or full release probably won’t make much difference. Jones does say that in five years, when the Manchester studio is operating at full capacity, they plan to be running a “very large MMORPG” and that new studios in more locations around the world will likely be required. As baffling as it may be to some outsiders, the Star Citizen experiment will continue to barrel ahead, unabated.

Star Citizen

SP/MP: Massive
Setting: Sci-Fi
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Elder Scrolls Online - ESO Global Reveal 2022

by Redglyph, Friday - January 07, 2022 13:07

Gematsu reports that this year's Elder Scrolls Online Global Reveal is planned for January 27, this event will unveil the new content for 2022. A teaser was released for the occasion.

The Elder Scrolls Online Global Reveal Event 2022 set for January 27

First look at the upcoming Chapter and downloadable content.

Publisher Bethesda Softworks and developer ZeniMax Online Studios will introduce "a never-before-seen world and a tale that has yet to be told" for The Elder Scrolls Online via a Twitch live stream on January 27 at 12:00 p.m. PT / 3:00 p.m. ET, the companies announced.

The live stream will provide a first look at the upcoming Chapter and downloadable content that make up this year’s "exciting" releases for The Elder Scrolls Online.

"Get ready to explore new lands, uncover new dangers, and experience all-new stories in the ever-growing world of The Elder Scrolls Online!" Bethesda Softworks teased.

The Elder Scrolls Online is available now for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC via Steam and Bethesda.net, and Stadia. PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series versions are also planned.

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Elder Scrolls Online

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Final Fantasy XIV - Review @ NeverKnowsBest

by Redglyph, Thursday - January 06, 2022 18:37

NeverKnowsBest posted a review after 600% (at least) of Final Fantasy 14.

Final Fantasy 14 - A Review of the new most played MMO in the world

A review of Final Fantasy 14 after 6000 hours with it, focusing on where it went right, where it still might be going wrong, and what sets it apart from other games in the genre.

  • Introduction 0:00
  • Part 1 - The early game 12:50
  • Part 2 - The story 35:45
  • Part 3 - The ARR problem 54:43
  • Part 4 - The end game 1:17:35
  • Part 4b - Raiding 1:37:39
  • Part 5 - A home you can return to 1:48:38

Final Fantasy XIV

SP/MP: Massive
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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December

Final Fantasy XIV - Endwalker Released

by Redglyph, Tuesday - December 07, 2021 16:22

Square Enix announced that the next expansion Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker, had been released.

FINAL FANTASY XIV: Endwalker is Now Available!

We are pleased to announce that FINAL FANTASY XIV: Endwalker, our fourth expansion, is now available!

Starting today, those who did not participate in the early access period can now begin their journey. We hope you enjoy everything Endwalker has to offer!

Read the 6.0 patch notes.

Read details on how to register Endwalker to your account.

* Users playing on Windows/Steam/Mac may now redeem their full registration codes to play Endwalker. As a reminder, users who registered an early access code will also need to register the full registration code to continue playing Endwalker once the early access period ends.

* PlayStation®5/PlayStation®4 users will be prompted to tie their Endwalker license to their service account the next time they log into the game.

Official trailer:

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Final Fantasy XIV

SP/MP: Massive
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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November

SW:TOR - Legacy of the Sith Preview and Q&A

by Redglyph, Monday - November 22, 2021 16:57

Wccf Tech shares more information about the next expansion.

Star Wars: The Old Republic – Legacy of the Sith Preview and Q&A

It's been ten years since Star Wars: The Old Republic launched. That's impressive, in all reality, especially when you consider the fact that Bioware and EA didn't even want to keep Bob Dylan alive for more than ten minutes. In the buildup to this anniversary and the upcoming Legacy of the Sith expansion, I was able to get a sneak peek of the Livestream shown to everybody. I heard a little more from the developers and was part of a Q&A involving myself and others.

Before that, let's have a quick look at the 10-year celebration montage because this is where I'd generally put an image, but I want something flashier this time.

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SW:TOR

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Sci-Fi
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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