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Wakfu relaunch moves into open beta

Wakfu's continuing with its "relaunch" strategy by fine-tuning its free-to-play offerings and now announcing the start of its open beta program. As of today, anyone can jump into the game to see how the MMO's improved with its new format. Ankama Managing Director and COO Olivier Comte makes the...

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World of Warcraft drops another 800k subscribers; Diablo III has sold 20M units

Today's Activision Blizzard earnings call revealed that World of Warcraft has suffered another significant hit to its subscriptions: The game has lost 800,000 subs over the last quarter, bringing the playerbase down to 6.8 million subscribers. The game announced a loss of 100k last November, a...

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Wakfu details boost benefits for free-to-play model [Updated]

Wakfu has always had a free option for players, but the game is saying goodbye to subscriptions altogether with its relaunch, giving all players access to every part of the game from start to finish. Of course, there has to be some way to balance that, since the company running the game will still...

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Origins of Malu will offer F2P with limited lives and permadeath

Origins of Malu has a few interesting ideas regarding its business model that Burning Dog laid out today in a post. The studio prefaced the plan by assuring fans that the title will have "no pay-to-win, no matter what." The game will offer a hybrid business model, with both subscription and...

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Wakfu getting crafting and class revamps, spy stuff

What's new for Wakfu in 2014? Quite a lot according to the game's latest website update. Ankama is prepping class revamps, a crafting revamp featuring the ability to "become a real entrepreneur," and some sort of shadowy spy mechanic that involves "having a secret life" and using it to "fight the...

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The Daily Grind: If you were given $100 to spend on MMOs, what would you buy?

Today a fun hypothetical: Let's say your awesome Aunt Irma visited you for your birthday and gave you $100 with a strict stipulation. She doesn't want to see you spend it on drugs or subscriptions to the New Yorker; instead she demands that you spend all $100 on MMOs that very day. What would you...

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Trials of Ascension gives pay model details... sort of

Trials of Ascension has announced some -- but not all -- of the details of its pay model, which will be primarily buy-to-play with an optional subscription. In a new post, Forged Chaos outlines some of the preliminary details of its pay model, although the developer allows for enough wiggle room...

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Ask Massively: Why WoW's 1.3% matters

Welcome back to Ask Massively! Let's play with numbers and WoW. I like numbers and WoW. "I'm no WoW fan, but a change in population of 1.3% either way is nothing worth writing about," wrote a Massively commenter last week on the pre-BlizzCon news that World of Warcraft dropped another 100,000...

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The Stream Team: Oktoberfest edition, September 30 - October 6, 2013

It's that time of year folks! OK, OK -- so it is always some time of year. And most have something of import that happened during said time. But this is Oktoberfest! Yah, I thought that would get your attention. Now, did you know that Oktoberfest is the annual celebration commemorating a royal...

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WildStar's Gaffney on why the game isn't free-to-play

It's not enough any longer to simply say that your game is launching with a subscription when one considers that the past several years have seen free-to-play rise like a rocket approaching escape velocity. WildStar's Jeremy Gaffney recently took the opportunity to explain a little more about why...

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