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  • Blog Post: Layoffs Hit Wildstar Developer Carbine Studios

    Carbine Studios, the developer behind NCSoft’s Windstar MMO, has suffered a number of layoffs. The publisher confirmed the news to Game Informer this afternoon. NCSoft says that the move reorganizes in the wake of canceling the MMO for the Chinese market. This also reflects the transition of Wildstar... More
  • Blog Post: Blade & Soul's Unchained Update Gets Release Date

    NCSoft has announced a release date for Blade & Soul's Unchained content update, which introduces the Warlock class for the Jin and Lyn races, new environments, and more. Unchained comes out March 2, and introduces two new environments along with the Warlock class to the races and various balance... More
  • Blog Post: Blade & Soul Enters Closed Beta In October

    NCSOFT has announced that its next MMO, Blade & Soul , will be entering closed beta in October. Those that purchased founder’s packs will have access immediately, as the developer tests the game throughout the fall. For everyone else, sign-ups are available on the NCSOFT website. If you’re... More
  • Blog Post: Wildstar Free-To-Play Reboot Dated For September 29

    Carbine’s Wildstar is changing its approach in just a few weeks. The MMO genre is a tough one right now, and NCSoft is giving the sci-fi entry a new lease on life as a free-to-play game. Beginning on September 29, Wildstar will relaunch as a free-to-play game. Along with the change in business... More
  • Blog Post: WildStar Is Going Free-To-Play

    NCSOFT and Carbine Studios have announced that action-MMORPG WildStar will be transitioning to a free-to-play model this fall. This won’t include any content gating mechanisms, so all players will be able to experience the same dungeons, raids, shiphands, and PvP experiences – so how will... More
  • Blog Post: NCSoft Lays Off Staff Across Western Operations

    NCSoft, publisher of Wildstar , Guild Wars, and Lineage, has announced significant restructuring in its Western operations. The staff cuts exclude Guild wars developer ArenaNet. According to NCSoft, this restructuring is in service of a new strategy. Polygon reports that the most significant impact was... More
  • Blog Post: Winnie The Pooh Invades Guild Wars II

    A crafty Guild Wars II player is now questing for nothing but honey. I've seen plenty of great custom costumes in MMOs, but this giant version of Winnie the Pooh is easily one of the best. He was last spotted about a month ago in the Heart of the Mists (a PvP staging area), indicating he may not... More
  • Blog Post: Guild Wars 2's Flame & Frost Series Gets Last Content

    Today, developer ArenaNet and publisher NCsoft release the last content installment for Guild Wars 2 Flame & Frost, subtitled Retribution. In the final chapter in the four-part series you'll attack the Molten Alliance's secret forge to defeat the hybrid menace. Retribution also features new... More
  • Blog Post: Wildstar Heads Into First Closed Beta Test

    The MMO scene might be crowded, but there is always room for new titles with attractive art styles and game play friendly to casual and hardcore players alike. Carbine Studios is trying to find that delicate balance in their new sci-fi-meets-mysticism MMO, Wildstar. As mentioned in a preview we published... More
  • Blog Post: Guild Wars 2 Goes Back To The Eighties With Super Adventure Box

    What started out as a slight April Fool's Joke by Guild Wars 2 developer ArenaNet has turned into an optional three-level adventure. Super Adventure Box is an '80s retro gaming mode available this month for free in Tyria. Complete with appropriate graphics, music, and pixelated rabbits, the Super... More
  • Blog Post: NCSoft Outlines Guild Wars 2 Flame & Frost: The Razing Content Update

    NCSoft and developer ArenaNet have detailed the third of four content updates for Guild Wars 2, entitled Flame & Frost: The Razing. The Razing features the norn Braham and Rox the charr, who are trying to defend their homelands against a hybrid army, and you can choose to play as either. The content... More
  • Blog Post: Guild Wars 2: Flame and Frost: The Gathering Storm Update Is Live

    NCSoft announced today that the second of Guild War 2's Flame and Frost content updates has been released. Read on to find out all the details The announcement came via this blog post on the official Guild Wars 2 site. Here are all the details. Brand New PvP Map - Spirit Watch This peaceful green... More
  • Blog Post: NCsoft Licensing Unreal Engine 4

    Epic Games announced today that it has entered into a long-term deal with the Korean MMO publisher/developer for use of its next-gen game engine. “Unreal Engine 4 is an extremely fascinating game engine in terms of its unprecedented efficiency and performance,” said NCsoft chief product officer... More
  • Blog Post: The Year Ahead In Guild Wars 2

    MMO Guild Wars 2 has sold more than three million copies, and it's not stopping there. In a new blog post, Colin Johanson, GW 2's game director, talks about some of things the game has in store for fans in 2013. In a lengthy blog post (with a video included), Johanson talks about bolstering the... More
  • Blog Post: The Stakes Are High In Guild War 2's The Lost Shores Expansion

    NCsoft and developer ArenaNet have dropped a few details regarding the upcoming Guild Wars 2 mini-expansion, The Lost Shores, which contains a huge one-time event that will change the face of Tyria. Starting on Thursday, November 15, players can dive into The Lost Shores, which among other things features... More
  • Blog Post: Guild Wars 2 Going To Mac

    NCsoft is now offering a Mac version of MMO Guild Wars 2 as a beta, and it offers an interesting feature for players. Although it's still in beta, Mac players will get to play with PC users while the Mac version is still being optimized in advance of a full release. If you're interested in playing... More
  • Blog Post: Guild Wars 2 Sales Pass Two Million

    Congratulations to ArenaNet for having a bona fide sales hit to go along with their critical accolades and runaway hype train. According to a press release from publisher NCsoft, the subscription-free MMORPG has sold through more than two million units, passing that milestone shortly after the company... More
  • Blog Post: Guild Wars Suspends First-Party Digital Sales Temporarily

    In order to help alleviate some of the server strain currently affecting Guild Wars 2, NCSoft is suspending digital sales of the MMO directly from its website. You can still purchase Guild Wars 2, but you will have to head to a retail location and pick up a copy of the game in a box. NCSoft makes the... More
  • Blog Post: Guild Wars 2 Permabans 3,000 Players For Using Exploit

    Guild Wars 2 just launched a few days ago, and the MMORPG's developer has already issued its first wave of bans. Arenanet permabanned 3,000 players who took advantage of an in-game exploit, but offered to reduce the sentences in a one-time deal. Chris Whiteside, the game's lead producer, explained... More
  • Blog Post: Guild Wars 2 Sales Surpass 1 Million

    Before officially launching today, Guild Wars 2 pre-sales totaled more than 1 million, NCSoft said today. Pre-purchasing the game before today meant you could play it three days earlier on Saturday as part of its Headstart program. The publisher said it saw 400,000 players online at once during this... More
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