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Next week, on January 17, BioWare will launch its first major content update for Star Wars: The Old Republic. Endgame players can look forward to a new Flashpoint called Rise of the Rakghouls and a significant expansion to the Karagga's Palaca Operation, putting it more in line with the amount of content seen in the MMO's other launch Operation, Eternity Vault.

I got BioWare's James Ohlen, The Old Republic's game director, on the phone yesterday to chat about this momentous occasion. He was more than happy to go into a little more detail on what you can all expect from the first content update, as well as what's to come in the March update and what the general philosophy is with regards to expanding on the groundwork laid in last month's MMO launch.

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Guy, this is a very special Tuesday. Not because of CES, not because of the New Hampshire primary, but because Adam Sessler has returned from his vacation. He may look a little different, but in a matter of moments you'll realize he's still the same Sess deep down. On this week's Soapbox Adam discusses Star Wars: The Old Republic and why he thinks it will be a huge success for Bioware, EA, and the MMO genre as a whole. Press play and find out why this is the first MMO to get Sessler to shell out a monthly subscription fee.

Sessler's Soapbox: SWTOR and Why It's a Success »


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Fallout MMO Legal Battle Is Over, Rights To Fallout Online Return To BethesdaThe legal battle between Interplay and Bethesda regarding the Fallout MMO is over. After several years of court hearings, a settlement has determined the rights to the Fallout MMO, often referred to as Fallout Online, will belong to Bethesda Softworks.

The legal battle began in 2009 when Bethesda attempted to halt the production of Interplay's Fallout MMO due to breach of contract. Bethesda bought the rights to the Fallout IP from Interplay before making Fallout 3. The rights to the MMO remained with Interplay, along with some merchandising rights. Bethesda felt Interplay violated the conditions of their contract and took them to court.

Back in September of last year, Bethesda was denied a restraining order against Masthead, the co-developer of the Fallout MMO. Bethesda and Masthead ended this matter through another settlement late in December 2011.

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Happy New Year everyone! It's the first Thursday of 2012 so that means you're about to watch the first MMO Report of the 2012! In this first week of the new year Casey returns to tell you about how EVE Online players are going into space, the possible rumored settlement of the Fallout MMO lawsuit, and the reasonable success of Star Wars: The Old Republic. So start your engines, boys and girls, and enjoy the all new 2012 edition of The MMO Report!

The MMO Report: Thursday, January 5th »


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RIFT Headstart Event Begins Today for Pre-Orders

The beta version of the Trion Worlds Rift Mobile app is now available as a free download for iOS devices, including the iPhone, the iPad, and the iPod touch, via the App Store. I am so excited for the release of this app, and I hope that many other MMO companies use this type of technology in the future.

The app allows players to use real-time chat to talk to both friends and guildmates, gives zone event alerts so that you never miss a thing in-game, and it even offers fun games like Planar Invasion, Crafty Critters, and Shinies that will net in-game loot, crafting materials, and artifacts.

Unfortunately Android users (like myself) will have to wait until later this month for the app to roll out, but the full launch on both devices is planned for sometime during Q1.

If you're playing Rift right now, will you be downloading the free Rift app?

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Star Wars: The Old Republic Jedi Knight Guide: An Elegant Guide For A More Civilized Age

Star Wars: The Old Republic was patched yesterday to version 1.0.2, squashing a lengthy list of bugs that notably did not include the glitch that renders dancing characters invulnerable to enemy attacks. A post in the game's Community News web portal promised that the issue would be addressed this week, and now it has been.

Patch 1.0.2b is now live, doing away with the "/getdown glitch" and addressing an issue that causes some players to lose access to the in-game chat channels. That's all though. The bulk of the fixes came yesterday in 1.0.2, which you can check out the patch notes for on the game's official website. There's not much in the way of re-balancing though; mostly just bug-squashing and creating a more functional game for you to play.

Source: Star Wars: The Old Republic Community News


 

 

I wrote last week in a pre-New Year's Eve post that "when life gets rough and you don't have anywhere or anyone to turn to, you can always just drop everything and DANCE!" As it turns out, those words are more true than I realized... at least in the universe of Star Wars: The Old Republic.

A hilarious and ENTIRELY game-breaking glitch has been discovered in BioWare's new MMO that allows players to avoid taking damage if they start dancing using the "/getdown" command while in combat (via Rock Paper Shotgun). The exploit will certainly be patched soon if it hasn't been already, and anyone who plays the MMO will be better off for it. That said... this is freaking hilarious.

Source: Rock Paper Shotgun


Star Wars: The Old Republic Sith Inquisitor Guide: Oh, I'm Afraid This Class Guide Will Be Quite Operational

One of the big questions that's been dogging Star Wars: The Old Republic since its December 20 release -- and really, since long before that -- is 'where is the Mac version?' BioWare doesn't have solid answer for you yet, but company founders Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk confirm it's definitely something that fits into the game's long-term plans.

"We know there's a big Mac audience of BioWare fans ... we know that's an important and large audience. And we want to serve that audience," Muzyka told Massively during a recent interview. Zeschuk added that a Mac version isn't in active development right now -- "Not yet," he said -- but the studio is aware of the demand that's out there.

"That's definitely one of the things we're looking at next," he said. "We want to get this launch under our belt and everything stabilized and happy, and then we'll look at other platforms, and that's obviously one of the first ones."

Source: Massively

During this end of the year holiday season, we feature a lot of special episodes of our franchises. Many include a rundown of what's happened in the gaming industry over the past year, but we at The MMO Report like to do things a little differently. As we look back at 2011 it's important to remember our mistakes along with our successes, and in this spirit we present to you our Best Bloopers of 2011. This is my favorite episode to edit, and it always leaves me laughing hysterically at my desk. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Happy New Year!

The MMO Report: New Years Bloopers Special 2011 »


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Star Wars: The Old Republic

I've developed a serious problem over the last two weeks. I'm normally the sort of gamer who can sit down and have fun just picking any old title out of the stack. I have my favorites, sure, but I appreciate having a varied gaming diet. Star Wars: The Old Republic has completely destroyed that, as it probably has for many of you.

The number certainly support it, as we learn today with the release of a set of stats and figures on the game's official website. Collectively, we've poured more than 60 million hours into The Old Republic, which is apparently the rough equivalent of watching all six Star Wars movies 4 million times. It also seems that folks are more into being Sith than Jedi Knights, with more than 850,000 embracing the Dark Side vs. 810,000 fighting among the Republic's Jedi.

As for the rest of it: together, we've all completed a total of 260 million quests, participated in 44 million PvP battles, fought in nine million space combat missions and killed a whopping *three billion* NPCs. In the words of a certain Sith Lord, most impressive.

Source: SWTOR.com


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Hey guys, it's almost Christmas! The MMO Report staff are no strangers to the holiday spirit, so as a gift to you we're presenting this early look at a new browser-based MMO. Doctor Who: Worlds in Time is a new casual, puzzle-based MMO from BBC Worldwide based on the popular sci-fi television series, and while it may be cute and kid friendly that doesn't mean they skimped on the fan service. So if you're a fan of the Time Lord or just enjoy classic puzzle games check out our preview of Doctor Who: Worlds in Time.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic - Checking In On What We Know

On Tuesday, December 20th, after years of waiting and speculation, Star Wars: Old Republic will finally hit store shelves, and X-Play is celebrating with Star Wars: Old Republic Launch Week, two days dedicated to the game. We'll look at the combat, the classes, and the amazing opening cinematic. Which side of The Force will you choose? You'll have a lot of decisions to make, and who else but X-Play could help you make them?


So, get yourself prepared for an MMO like no other with two massive days of X-Play's Star Wars: Old Republic coverage, and let Adam Sessler, Morgan webb, and Blair Herter be your Jedi guides. Kind of like Obi-Wan Kenobi...but with cooler robes.

Tune in Monday, December 19th and Tuesday, December 20th @ 6:30PM ET!



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It's quickly approaching that time of year, so as an early holiday gift to you we've brought you another episode of The MMO Report. This week Casey will discuss the final class revealed in Guild Wars 2, talk about how the latest EVE Online expansion came to be, and find out who's been naughty or nice in Santa Casey's Mail Bag. So stop playing Star Wars: The Old Republic for five minutes and have some laughs.

The MMO Report: Thursday, December 15th »


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Star Wars: The Old Republic Jedi Knight Guide: An Elegant Guide For A More Civilized Age

Star Wars: The Old Republic is technically out next week, on December 20. Serious fans don't have to wait that long, however. In fact, serious fans probably aren't even reading this news, since they're already IN the game thanks to the Early Access pre-order bonus. Too bad for them: they're missing talk of what the future holds for The Old Republic.

There's a new post on the game's official website, titled "What's next for The Old Republic?" It mentions a Legacy system in which your characters will earn experience as part of a larger family. And more space combat. And GUILD CAPITAL SHIPS. Just hit the jump, you'll see.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic Sith Inquisitor Guide: Oh, I'm Afraid This Class Guide Will Be Quite Operational

BioWare's long-awaited MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic is out on December 20, but those who pre-ordered the game were promised early access that was supposed to have started on December 15. That plan has changed. Early access NOW begins on December 13... sort of.

An update from BioWare on the game's website (via Kotaku) reveals that early access is NOW set to begin in the early morning on December 13, a full week before the actual release. There's a catch though: not everyone will be getting in all at once. BioWare will be e-mailing users based on the order in which their pre-order codes were redeemed, presumably to cut down on the crush of day one early access sign-ins. If you haven't redeemed your pre-order code already, do so now, as the game can now be pre-loaded in preparation for next week's release.

Source: Star Wars: The Old Republic website

 
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