DDO Online free-to-play update pushed to Sept. 9

Turbine bumps major overhaul to PC-based Dungeons & Dragons-themed MMORPG back a month to allow for more dev time.

In July, Turbine announced that its subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons Online would relaunch under a free-to-play, microtransaction-supported model for PCs beginning August 6. However, such will not be the case, as Turbine has bumped the relaunch date back to September 9 in North America.

Roll for damage.

"While we are very pleased with the performance of the game and are excited about the response from the players, we are committed to delivering a high-quality experience," said Turbine executive producer Fernando Paiz. "We feel that more time is needed to deliver on this commitment. As a result, we are delaying our launch to ensure that we can support the massive increase in players that we are expecting and deliver them a free to play experience like none other."

The new subscription model will coincide with the launch of the free update Eberron Unlimited and its new microtransaction store. The update bifurcates DDO's current subscription model, letting those who wish to play the game free purchase add-on packs, items, and other services a la carte through the new DDO Store. Alternatively, gamers can continue to pay a subscription fee, granting them full access to the online game.

The Eberron Unlimited update also boasts a number of new features. The game's level cap will rise to 20, and the add-on also introduces new adventure areas and a revamped combat system. Check out GameSpot's previous coverage for more on Dungeons and Dragons Online.

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gandalf_storm
gandalf_storm

the only way i would play this again, is if they paid me to play it, it was awful putting it mildly, even the overhyped lord of the rings online was better, not the worst waste of my money though, rf online, oh dear I will never be the same again...

craggylotus
craggylotus

"DDO Online"? I'm guessing Mr Magrino is off to get his cash out of an ATM Machine, by entering his PIN Number and then goes to buy books for his SAT Test. Other than the grammar of the headline, I'm not bothered. Orcs, goblins, trolls, etc, bore me now.

gonzalezj1
gonzalezj1

Went to DDO.com and answered my own question. "new pricing model ... allows players to download and play for free, purchasing adventure packs, items, and account services a la carte from the new DDO Store, or to subscribe to get unlimited access to all of the game's content." And to clarify a bit more (also from DDO.com): "Free content is widely available for low-level characters and becomes sparser as a character's level increases. However, additional premium adventure packs are available for purchase through the DDO Store. Once the adventure pack has been added to your account, it will be permanently available to all your characters." I'll probably try this out for a little while at least.

vicsrealms
vicsrealms

Now if they would only make their PnP game free to play, or at least more affordable.

gonzalezj1
gonzalezj1

Is this going to be more like Guild Wars (buy the game, then play online for free) or Maple Story (game is free, play is free, items cost money)?

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

Oh, as for the laughing at the cap of 20, that is traditionally a very high level for Dungeons and Dragons, and most groups quit at or before that point because it becomes impossible to make exciting goals or adventures for adventurers that powerful. Hard to get Zoldorf to leave one of his seven castles to fight an orc invasion when he can wipe them all out with a single spell. It's one of the many reasons the MMORPG game style never really hooked me. Almost everyone looks at levelling up as a tedium you must endure to do endgame, while in tabletop role-playing, it was the best part.

JohnD212
JohnD212

and thus my interest has been pushed back. Too many good things coming out around that time...sorry to say but they might have lost my interest now.

grove12345
grove12345

Played alot of free trials of DDonline. Its an okay game. Combat is different. But then it pretty much turns into a button masher, kind of lame. Only awesome thing about this game is the traps and puzzles. For some reason this is the only game that doesnt turn a Theif into a fighter. The theif is quick and is recommended to have in parties to disarm traps and find hidden doors for more loot. So when im the theif the party turns to me for help. Why the heck did MMOs turn a theif into a fighter?

deadmanet
deadmanet

@ Duke-Nukem11 and others Level 20 for DDO is more like Level 80 in other MMO's. Each level is broken down into 4 parts that you obtain new AP(action points) to spend on leveling your characters skills.

atopp399
atopp399

I may try it. The game is pretty cheap.

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

I've found that an MMO is like anything else... the more demanding the cost or behavior requirements, the better the community and experience is going to be. Offer free food and a restaurant turns into a zoo, both in terms of clientele behavior and general odor. Offer high-quality food and atmosphere for a higher price, and you've got the perfect night out. The reason I left WOW was because it turned into Romper Room, and it WAS a pay model. Who knows what madness this patch will bring to DDO. I grew up on Dungeons and Dragons and hope the game succeeds, but these microtransaction models aren't for me.

sammoth
sammoth

@facistinabag So are you saying there are no 10 year olds that play WOW. Ignorant statement seeming there are more kids in WOW then any other MMO.

NuKkU
NuKkU

one month thats not to much

kargion
kargion

I have played alot of mmos and DDO graphics are much better than WoWs and the game play is sweet. WoW is dated, boring, and did is say boring? This game will be great for the free to play group.

bengino
bengino

When it was first announced that it was going free i decided to give the 10 day trial a shot, i am burning out on World Of Warcraft and thought something different could be fun. Gotta admit though, this game isn't for me, the fighting engine is lacking, the graphics are... kinda poor. I tried 2 more 10 day trials at the same time (LOTRO and WHO) and gotta say that DDO is not really the game i will be playing once my WoW subscription expires.

Mr_Versipellis
Mr_Versipellis

@ShockG707 I hope you're sarcastic. If not, you're a sad, sad little man.

shadow9669
shadow9669

Most likely not going to play it. But still free-to-play good for people how do want to play it.

okassar
okassar

Psh...Runescape beats this game by a mile. LOL!Jkjk.Never played this game I wouldn't even know.Played the first few games in the series though,really immersive.Loved 'em.Now I'm not a computer gamer anymore though...I'm playing a bunch of gow and cod and stuff so I miss out on like half the good mmorpgs (unfortunately,cuz I love that genre).

ShockG707
ShockG707

Too bad this is not on a home console.

sircyrus
sircyrus

Sucks. I'd been looking forward to seeing how far the free content goes. I'm interested to see if they manage to pull off that balance of free vs premium that leaves the free account player with enough to do that they don't feel as though they to pay, while also not making the pay account players feel as though they're being ripped off by having to pay for bogus features.

Bobzfamily
Bobzfamily

This is one I'm wanting to try just because they've made it free. I really don't care if it's pushed back a bit as I have better things to do in my spare time.

facistinabag
facistinabag

I'd love to play this, but I know for sure I won't. I've burnt many months to WoW before finnally quiting (for the third time) and I doubt this one would live up to my standards. Next MMO for me is TOR. Sorry, making it free just puts you in the same place as those billions of crap asian MMO's. You know, those crap ones nobody plays except 10 year olds and people who are to "Cool" to play wow.

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

Man, I wish something like this was released for consoles. D&D is awesome. I just got started playing 3.5 edition pen and paper and I love it. I don't do much PC gaming so this is probably out of the question for me. Shoot, I'd be happy if any kind of console D&D game was released.

mullen1200
mullen1200

666NightsInHell- The difference is that those games were very cheaply made. As are most asian MMO's

Bowser05
Bowser05

See now THAT is how it should be handled. Do microtransactions, make the game free to play, but offer people who are willing to pay a monthly fee complete access. I like that actually. I'm going to check this game out when it goes free. Only problem is there are so many free w/ microtransaction games out there it's hard to choose one.

Ovirew
Ovirew

I have never played this game, but it does sound very intriguing. D & D really shaped the fantasy universe, brought a lot of fresh concepts into play and helped set the standard for RPGs. It might not be responsible for my personal favorite - video game RPGs - though I have been wanting to check out some other MMOs and get a feel for what else is out there. I still like my WOW tho.

UltraMertTR
UltraMertTR

That subscription thing is really bad.

Gen007
Gen007

im gonna try it now since its gonna be free. Man i just cant resist free stuff

666NightsInHell
666NightsInHell

This will not work "Alternatively, gamers can continue to pay a subscription fee, granting them full access to the online game." if i not get full content for fee i even not start game. you will fail with this. look at diying requiemonline, the same system.. look at runes of magic progress, this game is very friendly for players who wana play for free..just unbalanced and bugged for now

Ninja_Kinshu
Ninja_Kinshu

high quality gaming experience huh? Awesome, maybe if they took the game out of 1 city we could talk about quality.

kilaan
kilaan

Kaim_I : Actually, the level cap is 20 no matter if you pay or not. Kind of like Guild Wars

thisisreallybor
thisisreallybor

it's not free. don't you guys get it?! this pay for bonuses is still keeping me away from crap like this. i have enough bills.

kaim_i
kaim_i

the game is not quite f2p, you get a lvl cap of 20. anything higher you need to pay.

Trindris
Trindris

Wow. Didn't know or expect this.

Gen-Gawl
Gen-Gawl

So, does paying a sub fee get you everything that a free player would buy a la carte? Do the free players not have full access to the game?

Netherscourge
Netherscourge

Hey, it's Free - they can push it back as long as they want. Nobody has any right to complain about something that will be free to play.

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

Never played DDO before, though I've heard both good and bad things about it. Once it's free to play I'll probably give it a shot, though I'm interested to see what kind of paid content will be available. Depending on what they decide to release will heavily impact the game, potentially for better or worse.

Trogeton
Trogeton

WOW.. I would have never expected this Please release on other consoles