Investigating something wicked in The Secret World

When Norwegian developer Funcom’s latest massively multiplayer online role-playing game, The Secret World, launches in July, two things will no doubt set it apart from its competitors: its real-world Lovecraft meets Stephen King meets the X-Files setting and its challenging, brain-teasing missions.

Spacetime Studios ratchets up cross-platform gaming with Dark Legends

Are you longing for the day you can play a game with depth on your phone or tablet, then hop onto your PC when you get home to continue the adventure? That day may be here, if Spacetime Studios has its way. Dark Legends, the third in the “Legends” franchise, is here and it’s aggressively cross-platform.

Wargaming.net lead designer expects massive aerial clashes in World of Warplanes (interview)

Wargaming.net has earned its stripes in PC gaming. Known for the Massive Assault series, Order of War and other titles, the PC development has now started cashing in big time on its hardcore gaming know-how with the success of its massively multiplayer online world World of Tanks.That game has more than 18 million players worldwide, a massive hit that has given the company resources to launch its next big online game worlds. The company has more than 800 employees, making it one of the powerhouses of downloadable online gaming on a global scale.

Hyrulecraft recreates massive Ocarina of Time landscape on Minecraft server

Here’s a story that is equal parts awesome and amazing: some talented and persistent Minecraft fans have built a one to one scale representation of the entire Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time video game on their own Minecraft server. It’s open to the public as a limited time alpha preview; the IP can be found on their website.

Aeria Games buys game portal Ijji Games and raises money

Aeria Games has acquired free-to-play online gaming portal Ijji Games, the company announced today. It has also received funding from Ijji parent company NHN Corporation, a Korean-based internet company that specializes in search and gaming portals for the Asian market.

Report: Sci-fi MMOs dominated by free-to-play players

As Electronic Arts prepares to release its heavily publicized, subscription-based online game Star Wars: The Old Republic, market analysis firm Newzoo has released new data showing science fiction and space-themed MMOs are dominated by free-to-play games.

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World of Warcraft patched as Blizzard Entertainment tries to reverse declining subscriptions

Blizzard Entertainment  released a huge patch on Tuesday for its hit game World of Warcraft, as part of an effort to turn around a significant drop in subscribers. As we reported earlier this month, player numbers dropped from 11.1 million to 10.3 million in the third quarter of 2011, and parent company Activision Blizzard must surely now be looking over its shoulder at the upcoming big budget rival Star Wars: The Old Republic.

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RuneScape, the world’s most popular free-to-play MMO, gets a facelift

Jagex has today announced a brand new website and logo for its free-to-play massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), Runescape. The browser-based game currently has over 175 million registered accounts, and is recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s most popular free-to-play MMORPG.

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Blizzard details World of Warcraft: Cataclysm’s epic finale

Blizzard Entertainment isn’t known for doing things small. That holds especially true for the World of Warcraft’s next content patch, which will bring a close to the company’s most recent expansion pack, Cataclysm. The game’s designers revealed new details about that content patch today.

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EA’s Secret World online game is nothing like World of Warcraft

Electronic Arts already has a game like Blizzard Entertainment’s supergiant online game, World of Warcraft, in the works — but it looks like the game publisher has one more trick up its sleeve. The company unveiled its next online role-playing game, Secret World, at its summer games showcase on Thursday.