Dungeons & Dragons Online launches

Atari and Turbine's classic fantasy-franchise-inspired MMORPG goes online in North America.

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After nearly three years in development, the first Dungeons and Dragons massively multiplayer online role-playing game has launched. Today, Atari and Turbine announced that Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach has shipped to stores, and its Web site and online support are now fully functional.

Rated T for Teen, the regular version of the PC game retails for $49.99. A special limited edition of the game, which includes a Red Dragon poster, feats chart, "premium packaging," and a special in-game item is available for $59.99.

The purchase price also includes a 30-day subscription to Dungeons and Dragons Online. Once that expires, the flat fee to play the game is $14.99 per month. Those who want to prepay for longer-term subscriptions can choose from three discounted packages: a $41.85 three-month subscription ($13.95 per month), a $77.70 six-month subscription ($12.95 per month), or a $143.40 one-year subscription ($11.95 per month).

Based on the Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 rule set, Stormreach features nine classes from the classic role-playing system: barbarian, bard, cleric, fighter, paladin, ranger, rogue, sorcerer, and wizard. But whereas combat in the pencil-and-paper D&D featured turn-based gameplay, combat in Stormreach is in real time, incorporating gamers' reflexes and mouse-wielding skills. It will also sport integrated voice chat and other tools to help players assemble and coordinate adventuring parties.

For more lore on Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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