Free To Play Unlimited #73: WildStar, Halo Online, Black Desert, Ghost in the Shell…

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Free To Play Unlimited with Taryn is the exclusive webshow about free MMORPG and other Free MMO games. The team will bring you exciting news, quizzes, the most anticipated F2P games and more. In this episode there is speculation about WildStar dropping the subscription-based model and going free-to-play, Halo Online is a Russia-exclusive shooter that was almost immediately modded and leaked, Black Desert Online may be less casual in the western versions and the horror shooter Hounds: The Last Hope enters open beta. The featured first looks are the Dragon Ball inspired MMORPG Anime Saiyan, shooter Hounds and medieval MMO Gloria Victis. The most wanted game of the episode is Ghost in the Shell Online, the anime sci-fi shooter that is actually getting a North American and European release sooner than we expected. If you know the answer to this episode's quiz, then leave it in the comments below or in YouTube, along with your suggestions.


WildStar is going free-to-play?
WildStar is likely going to be the next big MMO to drop the subscription model and settle for something more… well, free. Probably, since at this stage it’s just rumors. Just as it recently happened with The Elder Scrolls Online, major Australian retailers were instructed to take the WildStar stock off their shelves and return it to the distributor. We know what happened with The Elder Scrolls Online, which went buy-to-play a few weeks later. In the case of WildStar, an EB games employee mentioned that the game might go free-to-play, but there’s always the chance that it goes buy-to-play. Or that nothing happens soon, since this is just speculation. Whatever happens, WildStar didn’t live up to the hype and developer Carbine Studios had to lay off 60 employees and had some serious internal issues between staff and management. We’ll keep following this story.

Halo Online is Russia-exclusive but was immediately modded
You surely know by now that a free-to-play Halo Online is actually happening. And you should know already that it’s exclusive to Russia. Microsoft managed to piss off half of the world with this announcement. But some Halo fans just didn’t stay put, they actually modded the game to remove the geo-restrictions, meaning that anyone in the world could play it. They’re even going further by unlocking every piece of cash shop equipment that was previously locked. But how far is this going actually? If it depends on Microsoft, the whole thing was already shut down, since the publisher waved a cease and desist order to the modders. However, they won’t stop so easily and promise to continue their work on Halo Online. If you want to follow the whole story, we have more details on Whatever happens, Microsoft kind of asked for it. Announcing such a desired game exclusively to one specific region, leaving millions of fans out of the fun, was a strange decision, to say the least. Even if Microsoft decides to launch it globally later – which the studio says there are no plans for –, it was still a strange move. Anyway, let’s see how this unfolds.

Black Desert Online will be less casual in North America
Black Desert Online isn’t the game you used to know. However, the western versions could turn out very different from the original Korean version, which is becoming more and more casual by the day. Developer Pearl Abyss said that the casual approach was demanded by the Korean players, which are becoming increasingly casual. But the North American and European versions should be different, accordingly to player feedback – or at least that seems to be the plan. The good news is that the publisher plans to begin service quickly, so we should get more details about the western beta soon. On the other hand, the seventh class was recently released, the Valkyrie. She is the female counterpart to the Warrior class, has a sword and shield and is capable of giving buffs to allies.

Horror shooter Hounds: The Last Hope enters open beta
Hounds has just entered open beta. This is a third-person shooter with a very unusual theme as far as free-to-play is concerned: horror. So expect zombies, blood and guts galore. Although Hounds: The Last Hope has already launched in Korea over a couple of years ago, it still stands up nicely today. Sure, the graphics look a bit stiff and the voice-overs are laughably bad, but in the end it’s a very fun and fast-paced game, especially in the co-op mode. There’s a story to go along with it, but if you prefer competitive gameplay, there’s always the PvP mode. The closed beta was really short and now in open beta, everyone can try this game. Give it a go and let us know what you think.

‘Find the Game’ Quiz

This fantasy MMORPG is coming really soon and is one of the most hyped games of the year. Although it’s been around in Korea for a couple of years and it’s not visually stunning, it’s still a deeply cherished MMO that is getting a lot of attention. The first one to write the answer in the comments will see his name featured in the next Free to Play Unlimited episode.

Most Wanted: Ghost in the Shell Online

We certainly weren’t expecting this one, and probably neither were you – the shooter Ghost in the Shell Online is already confirmed for the US and Europe. Now that’s what I call efficiency. Nexon America made the announcement, but this Korean free-to-play shooter isn’t just coming to US and Europe, it’s also going places such as Australia and Latin America. The first beta only lasted a handful of days but it was enough to see that this shooter does what it says in the box: it’s fun, the skills are neat and overall it’s a worthy experience, even if somewhat generic. We can even call it Ghost in the Blacklight Recon, if you get the FPS references. Developer Neople also said that Ghost in the Shell Online is testing in Korea but will go live first in the US, so let’s wait and see if that’s actually the plan. If it is, then they’re going to spoil us with such kindness.


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