Dungeons & Dragons Online's transition into free-to-play game enters a 10x10 room. Up ahead is its original August release date. It rushes forward... pit trap! Saving throw failed, one month delay.
Dungeons & Dragons Online was set to become DDO Unlimited next week in North America, morphing from subscription-based game to a new free-to-play model, but it seems that Turbine isn't quite ready to make that leap. The transition is now scheduled for September 9th, 2009.
"We've had a tremendous response to DDO Unlimited from the players and press who are participating in our beta program," said Fernando Paiz, Executive Producer of DDO Unlimited. "We've been holding a series of live events as part of the beta program and have seen an unprecedented level of participation from players. 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. 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."
As an aside, 9/9/09 is also the date that will see many hopelessly devoted Sega fans praying for a new Dreamcast console. It is a day for fantasy roleplay!