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Euro MMO Dates

WoW-Europe.com (thanks Frans) now offers an official European street date for World of Warcraft, announcing that Blizzard's MMORPG will officially launch on the continent on February 11, 2005. Word is: "The game will be available for Windows® 98/ME/2000/XP and Macintosh® in English, French and German. There will be a standard edition, containing the game on four CD-ROM disks, and a collector’s edition with a plethora of included World of Warcraft memorabilia. Both versions will be fully localised into English, French and German, and will also be available with a Spanish or Italian box and manual." Also, a press release was issued earlier today narrowing March 25, 2005 (from Spring (story)) as the date the red pills will be distributed for the European launch of The Matrix Online, Monolith's upcoming MMORPG (which is planned for a simultaneous North American launch). It seems the agents are onto this one, however, as the press release has been removed from its source, so it's not clear at this point if that new release date is actually valid.

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11. Re: No subject Feb 3, 2005, 10:29 tacomodo
 
Btw, has anyone seen anything about when the beta will end?

 
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10. Re: No subject Feb 3, 2005, 10:17 tacomodo
 
Lots of MMORPGs have free 14 day trial. That's the demo you get.

After playing the US beta and now the Euro beta, I can't wait for the final version where I get to keep my characters! Happy days and jubilation! (Anyone remember Spathi?)

 
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9. Re: No subject Feb 3, 2005, 09:29 Eraserhead
 
It's a good point about being able to demo MMORPGs. Of course the other problem is that you don't *really* get a flavour of them until you've played for a week or so.

EQ2, for example (which I play), is very different after the first 20 levels for various reasons. But if you're new to the game it could take a month of casual playing to even get that far.

30-day free trials should always be available, IMHO, not just as betas or at selected times.

 
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8. Re: No subject Feb 3, 2005, 08:37 Ihya
 
Blue should run a book on MMORPG's on which one is going to go belly up next.

I saw a movie of the Matrix Online and honestly was shocked that anyone still made games like that.

 
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7. Re: No subject Feb 3, 2005, 08:20 Geese
 
You never get to demo MMORPGs? I beg to differ. Most have an open beta test immediately before release, which might as well be called a demo

But I think waxthirteen was referring to a general running demo. One available all the time, not just at beta time. For example...I play WoW alot right now. Love it. Have no intention of switching to anything anytime soon. However, am I curious to see what EQ2 is like? Of course. (and this isn't a request to slam or praise EQ2 or Wow) Id love to try out EQ2 for a day or two...but I'm not going to drop 50 bucks just to test it out. I know the logistics are hard in offering a free trial sometimes (SWG is doing it right now) but it would definitely be nice to be able to trial an MMORPG at my leisure, and not just at open-beta with 9 million people trying to DL the client at the same time.

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6. Re: No subject Feb 3, 2005, 07:28 Moonbender
 
You never get to demo MMORPGs? I beg to differ. Most have an open beta test immediately before release, which might as well be called a demo, because all parties involved certainly treat it like one. Of course, it's still a beta, so stuff might not work as advertised - which is a fair representation of what the full game will be like. Also, most MMORPGs are desperate enough to give away free game time after a while - not the big ones, though, they don't have to resort to that.

 
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5. Happy Groundhog day! Feb 3, 2005, 07:28 Devster
 
I bet nin is hoping he sees his shadow...

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4. Matrix Online Feb 3, 2005, 05:21 Vinquus
 
Will European players have to wait an extra 6 months for the game to be cancelled?

 
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3. Matrix Online... Feb 3, 2005, 01:28 The Half Elf
 
Your not missing much. The only thing that is enjoyable is the dueling of players, but it's pretty drab.

 
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2. Re: No subject Feb 3, 2005, 00:48 waxthirteen
 
seriously, i watched a few movies of the matrix game and they couldn't even manage to make it look somewhat enjoyable. seeing as you never get to demo MMOG's, that's all i've got to go on, so a big skip for me.

besides, WoW is all the MMORPG i'll ever need.

 
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1. No subject Feb 2, 2005, 23:55 Sepharo
 
I'll take the blue and keep playing WoW instead.

 
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