Today was a very busy MMO day in the news. Here's my favorite stories from today's wire at www.zergwatch.com, a video game RSS news syndication services that mashes up over 200 video game news feeds every day.
Star Wars the Old Republic - It's free, no it's not
Earlier in the day it was reported that Star Wars The Old Republic, the MMORPG being developed by Bioware was going to be a free to play MMORPG with micro transactions. Later in the day, EA sent a statement to Shacknews denying the claims made earlier by the Bioware CEO. The MMORPG blogosphere was sent into frenzy mode as the thought of an Asian, or SOE style microtransaction system would ruin the experience. Was EA's statement just damage control or just an honest misunderstanding?
Bioware chooses Simutronics' Hero Engine
Bioware has licensed the Hero Engine suite of tools as the collaborative design platform for Star Wars The Old Republic. Hero Engine allows developers from any location work together in the live world. Updates and changes are made without the need for constant rebuilds. This news sheds a bit of light on which stage in development the game may or may not be in.
World of Warcraft restaurant opens in Beijing
You would think that only in Asia, that a World of Warcraft themed restaurant would survive. A restaurant has opened that is themed around the MMO from the decor to the menu to the towering tree in the center of the Dining Portal. Is this a good idea or a case of addiction to World of Warcraft gone too far?
Playstation Home coming out tomorrow
Wee! I've already given Home too much blog time. It comes out tomorrow. In preparation for tomorrow's epic launch, Microsoft and Nintendo have absolutely nothing planned to counter it... because there's no reason to. PS3 will still be the #3 console once Home launches.
In more exciting news, tomorrow, Frostfell, the Everquest 2 holiday event goes live. Hmm. which to care more about.. Frostfell or PS3 Home?
Micro Transactions hit Everquest
What was once promised to only happen on Station Exchange servers, today, SOE went live with Everquest and Everquest 2 in-game micro transactions. On launch day there were game breaking items. There were some house pets, some xp boost potions and cosmetic (and awful looking) faction armor. While RMT is nothing new for EQ or EQ2, as there have been loot cards in purchased packs of The Legends of Norrath TCG, this is the first direct sale of virtual goods in the games and most likely only the tip of the greedy iceberg at SOE.
Warhammer to Immortalize players
Top ranked war players may soon have their own in game statues. In a recent dev diary, it was announced that in the upcoming 1.1 patch, players can immortalize themselves in the game... if there's anyone left playing by then.
New Warhammer careers go live
And they're apparently three months too late. While last week, you could have completed quests to unlock the ability to create a Knight of the Blazing Sun or a Blackguard, the omission of these classes at launch are just one of the many reasons former players of the game are blaming for their hiatus. Anyone who has half a clue, blames Wrath of the Lich King.
No Netflix on PS3 Home
Which means no reason to buy a PS3 to watch the huge catalog of streaming HD movies for $10 per month.
Dragon Quest X coming to Wii
Anytime a roleplaying game is announced for Wii it sends tickling chills down my spines of role players swinging their imaginary Wii swords in the air and it's just an image that doesn't easily lose my mind. Remember those guys sitting in the back of the comic book stores playing pen and paper Dungeons and Dragons? Well, yah. They're the ones I think of and it's not a pretty sight.