Infinite Crisis to Shut Down in August

In a brief post earlier today it was announced that Infinite Crisis will be closing its doors on August 14, 2015.

After much deliberation, we regret to announce the official shutdown of Infinite Crisis. We will end development efforts today and will close the service on August 14, 2015.

Between now and August 14th, the game will remain available to play completely free. If you have any questions, contact Customer Service for assistance at

This was an extremely difficult decision to make. On behalf of the entire Infinite Crisis team we want to thank all of you for your feedback, support and for joining together to create one of the best communities in gaming.

Infinite Crisis New Champion: Superman

Infinite Crisis has a new contender in its ranks: the one and only "Man of Steel", also known as Superman, enters the fray. This melee bruiser has high sustain and several abilities that allow him to close the gap and get up close and personal with his enemies. And if you thought frost breath and eye beams weren't scary enough--wait until you see him chase you down faster than a speeding bullet.

Turbine's Incredible PAX East Swag Giveaway!

Heading over to PAX East this weekend? Enjoy getting free stuff? Then you’re in luck, as the good folks over at Turbine have you covered!

Throughout the weekend you’ll be able to catch up with Dungeons & Dragons Online (DDO) developers on the show floor, as well as pre-purchase the upcoming expansion Menace of the Underdark. You’ll also be able to pick up an in-game swag bag which includes a server-wide Winter Wolf Creature Companion! A lifetime VIP membership is also up for grabs by entering the Lolth tournament at the DDO demo stations, with entrants getting a Drow miniature figurine just for taking part! 

You can find more information on the DDO official forums, but be sure to head down to the WB Games booth (#424) before the swag runs dry!

For those of you still making plans for your PAX East Evening Entertainment, Turbine has an invite-only event available to fans of their games! In order to celebrate 5 years of Lord of the Rings Online (LOTRO), the DDO expansion pack, and 13 years of Asheron’s Call, the studio is holding One Turbine Party to rule them all! The event is the evening of Saturday April 7, but invites are limited and restricted to those 21 years or older. 

There’s more information on the event on the official LOTRO site, with even more exclusive swag up for grabs! You can get in by finding a member of the Turbine Community Team and asking nicely for an invite. And remember: first come, first served!

Warner Bros. Acquires MMO Publisher Turbine, Inc.

In a press release on April 20, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment announced its acquisition of MMO publisher Turbine, "the largest privately-held online gaming studio in North America, further strengthening Warner Bros.’ position as one of the industry’s fastest growing, full-scale games publishers," according to the release. Turbine publishes two of the MMO industry's leading games; Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons & Dragons Online. Warner Bros. president Kevin Tsujihara explained:

"Turbine is a leader in online entertainment and a strong strategic fit for Warner Bros. as we continue to broaden our games portfolio and development capabilities,” said Kevin Tsujihara, president, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group. “Turbine’s renowned online game development and publishing expertise will help us develop additional online product offerings, while also providing us with new and innovative ways to market and communicate with our consumers."

Turbine CEO Jim Crowley chimes in, describing the mutual benefit of the acquisition. "We have been looking to expand access to our online worlds to more players and more markets," Crowley said in the release. "This acquisition is very exciting because it allows us to expand globally while continuing to focus on creating spectacular online games that our loyal fans and players have come to expect." Read more about the fate of Turbine's MMOs after the jump.

The Console Movement: The Future Of The MMORPG?

As the MMO industry gets stuffed with more and more competition, and World of Warcraft keeps eating that competition (kidding!), it seems that all developer eyes are now focused on new paths of innovation to reach different demographics of the gaming world. We've already seen CCP's EVE Online suck up the unemployed Math graduate demographic, SOE's Free Realms and Kingisle Entertainment's Wizard101 are both steadily converting all of our younger gamers to MMO fiends, and I'm sure between BioWare's Star Wars: The Old Republic and Cryptic's Star Trek Online, most sci-fi gaming fans will be mighty pleased (this could have been you, Star Wars Galaxies!).

Interestingly, however, as other MMO developers think of some great new innovations to stay in the industry, like Funcom's The Secret World and Icarus Studios' Fallen Earth, there is another barely tested demographic that bigger game companies have now set their sights on, and it goes by the name that Final Fantasy XI players have rallied against every time they hear the dreaded issue of "PS2 Limitations." What we're talking about is the console MMO and how it seems to be the trendy new thing for MMO developers.

Frivolous Patent Lawsuits Plaguing MMO Industry

You might remember reading about a seemingly obscure company called filing a patent infringement lawsuit against MMO developer NCSoft (Aion, City of Heroes, Guild Wars) last spring. It was widely covered in the video games press, and widely criticized by most community members. The suit revolves around a set of patents filed by back in the late-90s for its Starbright World project; a "social network" for sick and terminally-ill children.

Around the same time, CEO Thom Kidrin announced he planned to go after other major MMO publishers like Activision-Blizzard (World of Warcraft) and Linden Labs (Second Life), essentially claiming that every MMO on the market today owes patent infringement damages. In addition, MMO developers and publishers would have to pay a licensing fee to use its"interactive virtual world system" technology (more on that later).

Meanwhile, another patent troll stepped up to the plate last week, hoping to make a quick buck at the MMO industry's expense, à la As we reported a few days ago, Paltalk Holdings Inc. filed suit against a handful of developers, including Turbine Inc., Activision-Blizzard and NCSoft, among others. The suit claims the MMO companies are violating its patents for its HearMe technology (an inconsequential, business-oriented "online meeting service"), which Paltalk bought the rights to in 2002. Will the MMO industry collectively stave off these lawsuits, or is this just the beginning of a multi-million dollar litigious gang bang?

Turbine Names New Chief Financial Officer

Turbine announced today that M. Beau Paradowski has been appointed the company's chief financial officer. It's now his job to oversee "worldwide financial operations of Turbine and its award-winning franchises," which include Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons & Dragons Online.

According to a press release, Paradowski has more than 17 years of experience in the financial field, and most recently served ad CFO at Optasite Inc., which was sole to SBA Communications. You can read the full announcement after the jump.

Lord of the Amazon Vouchers

There are days when it is difficult to pull yourself away from shopping online. Be it shopping for the next computer that you have to have or the television you ultimately have to upgrade. "Keeping up with the Joneses" is a difficult, costly and time-consuming hobby. Lord of the Rings Online has done just that: they are now offering European users who refer their friends a £5 or 5 € voucher to This is not available for the Americas, yet, although it may be in due time if this proves to be a successful promotion.

"This new programme allows LOTRO subscribers to receive an Amazon voucher for each friend that they successfully refer ( subject to terms and conditions )."

Lord of the Rings Online has already received awards, has numerous promotions currently active and on top of all of that, is picking up more-and-more steam against all of the other massively multiplayer games. With this, they can only hope to get larger, and that means more fun to be had by all. There is nothing more enticing than getting your friend to play, so stop dilly-dallying and get everyone you know to play with you, already!

Lord of the Rings Online Starts Promo Season

Everyone likes free things. "Free" generally means "something you might not want to pay for anyway" but Lord of the Rings Online will give you ten free days of play. Starting recently, they have opened their servers up for those who want to try out one of the hottest massively multiplayer games on the market. If that was not enough, then try on their promotion with the gaming communication program Xfire, to offer numerous and awesome prizes to those who play at least a certain amount of hours. The more you play, the more likely you are to win, so if nothing else, give it a try and see how the time flies!

Lord of the Rings Online Welcomes Back Past Users

For one reason or another, sometimes we all have to stop playing a game for a time. Be that reason frustration, or simply lack of funds or even some other unforeseen variable coming into our lives, most of us have had it happen and will have it happen again. At least those Lord of the Rings Online users don't have to fret as much.

"From 2nd February until 9th February, 2009 we’re inviting all players to come back and play LOTRO. The doors will be open for former players to enter the world of Middle-earth for a week of FREE game play."

Such news means those of you who let go of Lord of the Rings Online and are currently suffering from withdrawal symptoms, you can now get your dose for free for a week! This is the sort of innovation everyone likes to see from any massively multiplayer development studio.

Source: Lord of the Rings - Europe - Forums