D&D Online free-to-play August 6

Turbine to roll out new subscription model of Dungeons & Dragons MMORPG alongside free Eberron Unlimited update, microtransaction store.

When Turbine announced that Dungeons & Dragons Online was going free-to-play in the summer, it left the precise date as an open question. However, today the publisher cleared up that ambiguity by announcing that the 2006 massively multiplayer online game would open its doors to free access on August 6 in North America.

A glimpse of what's to come.

The new subscription model will coincide with the launch of the free update Eberron Unlimited and its new microtransaction store. Eberron Unlimited was put into closed beta the moment the free-to-play model was brought to light, with former subscription holders enrolled into a new "VIP program" that grants access to beta testing.

Once the new microtransaction plan is in place, premium members will receive special benefits, such as Turbine points, which can be used at the DDO store. All players will be able to use the currency on commodities like potions, equipment, and adventure packs.

Eberron Unlimited also boasts a slate of improvements like a raised level-20 cap, new adventure packs, "major combat improvements," and the "favored soul" class. VIP members will be able to play the live version of Eberron Unlimited on August 4, two days before everyone else.

Check out the video below for footage from Dungeons & Dragons: Stormreach.

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Discussion

18 comments
preludesi88
preludesi88

Its a VERY good game and its free.So for the price wow amazing!

vicsrealms
vicsrealms

Now if only their PnP game was free to play. ~grin~

Gornax
Gornax

thats like paying to get donator weaps on priv servs....lolz

B3tches_Killz
B3tches_Killz

@Genexi2 if thats the case then i hope W0W will die ;D

B3tches_Killz
B3tches_Killz

@ Nurse Tsunami not yet :) but i dont think this looks too good ..

nurse_tsunami
nurse_tsunami

Might have to give this a look. It's free after all ;)

jrabbit99
jrabbit99

can't wait! another Free2Play mmo!!

NuKkU
NuKkU

thats cool i love free to play but im not a big fan of microtransactions either why cant all MMO's be like Guild Wars?

Genexi2
Genexi2

The last MMO to go from pay mode to free died shortly after, and it wouldn't surprise me if the same goes to here. No one likes an MMO where the rich in real life get the advantage.

Hekynn
Hekynn

Not bad but I'm sticking with Aion since its the same price as Everquest 2.

Franko_3
Franko_3

Jazila: You are not playing Gandalf lol, you are not here to save middle earth, you are here to assist the fellowship. The fetch quests are here in every mmorpg I can think of... Atleast, Lotro include some instanced and some epic "book" quests that are more variate than the usual quests and more rewarding. About ddo, I played the trial of that game some times ago and I think the game should simply be free with advertise during the (numerous) load time. It's was just a paid version of guild wars with instance everywhere connected to some small "town". That say, I subbed to Lotro and I think I have more value for my money (10$*months) playing it than ddo with micro-transaction

jazilla
jazilla

I am hesitant to try another Turbine MMO. I played LOTRO for a few months, but the areas are all really just reskinned copies of prior areas. You get to a new area and you get sent on errands like coolecting animal pelts again lol! You are supposed to be saving Middle Earth in that game, not fur trapping, and it happens over and over. I like the lower level cap idea in this game though. As long as you can hit level 20 before you complete 50% of the game. It would be cool to have a LOT of replayability at the highest level.

Cicatraz_ESP
Cicatraz_ESP

Lextexrex White Pony is sooo damn good, brings me back to my high school days.

Dungeoncrawler1
Dungeoncrawler1

I had this thing installed until I heard about all the griefing issues this game has. Uninstalled the thing immediately!

leon_trunks
leon_trunks

LoTRO is easily the better offering from Turbine. I hate microtransactions but for a free game, this isn't bad.

lextexrex
lextexrex

I've never played real D&D. Maybe I'll try this.