While fans of Dungeons & Dragons Online
in North America have had good reason to celebrate the game's transition to a free-to-play model and its subsequent revival, European players
have had to make do with the regular (i.e. subscription-based) version of the game under Codemaster's rule. Like angry twins facing each other across a crowded cafeteria, the two versions of this MMO created an uncomfortable tension in the air over the past year.
This is about to change, however, as Eurogamer reports
that Turbine is taking operational control of the game from Codemasters. With this move, Turbine is bringing DDO
Europe in line with its North America sibling, transitioning the game to free-to-play on August 20th. This transition includes bringing European players together with NA players with global servers.
Looking to calm any apprehensions by the players, Turbine plans to pave the way to their new global servers by giving current DDO
Europe players 5000 Turbine Points to spend in the DDO
store. While there will only be an English service initially, French and German account services are in the works.