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Bethesda may be known for its one-of-a-kind offline RPGs, but its new Battlecry Studios division is looking to ride the online free-to-play gravy train. Eurogamer has sussed out a few details based on the firm's job postings, which include a "monetization designer" and a platform lead position that...

October 4th 2012 at 10:00am 0 Comments
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A few weeks ago Star Wars: The Old Republic's lead designer, Daniel Erickson, sparked some rumors by adding the phrase "actively looking for new opportunities" to his LinkedIn profile. A tweet today made his split with the company official, bringing seven years of being at BioWare to a close....

October 3rd 2012 at 6:30pm 0 Comments
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The 2012 edition of GDC Online is filling out its schedule, and one of the more interesting dev panels is a "classic game postmortem" concerning Ultima Online. While the term postmortem is a bit of a misnomer since the game is still very much alive, the panel features an eclectic mix of dev perso...

August 16th 2012 at 3:00pm 0 Comments
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GDC is often described as the most cerebral of the various gaming conventions. E3 has its big reveals and booth babes, PAX has its fan-friendly hands-on sessions and general geekery. GDC, though, is mainly by developers and for developers, and last night's BioWare panel was a good case in point....

March 8th 2012 at 4:45pm 0 Comments
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Ever wonder if MMO devs play the MMO they're developing? Apparently the answer is yes in the case of Star Wars: The Old Republic. A new dev blog by BioWare executive producer Rich Vogel minces few words on that particular subject. "Every single one of us on the development team plays the game, an...

January 31st 2012 at 6:30pm 0 Comments
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A colony founded through a magical nexus, Meridian 59 had it all going on -- until, that is, the portal to the colony collapsed and it was left to fend for itself. Monsters swarmed over the land, politics split the community into factions, and adventurers were called to rise up and become the her...

December 13th 2011 at 7:00pm 0 Comments
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If you happened to be in San Diego this weekend then you may have noticed a large gathering of geekery known as Comic-Con. Usually, this mecca of nerdom focuses on comic book related publications. Although Star Wars: The Old Republic isn't exactly comic book gold, Dark Horse comics rose through t...

July 26th 2011 at 3:30pm 0 Comments
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Quick, what was the first MMO? No, this isn't the global chat of your favorite game, and no the answer doesn't start with World and end with Warcraft. According to veteran designer (and current Star Wars: The Old Republic producer) Rich Vogel, Meridian 59 was the first MMO, as there were "a lot...

March 8th 2011 at 12:00pm 0 Comments
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As the launch of Star Wars: The Old Republic draws nigh, BioWare and LucasArts have been more and more forthcoming with information about game mechanics. This week, the big reveal was crew skills. This cryptic term is simply another word for crafting. Back at E3 this year, Rich Vogel, a producer fo...

November 16th 2010 at 3:00pm 0 Comments