On this week’s show we divide the news up into groups of two and start off with Blue Protocol and Ascent: Infinte Realm (now Elyon) Updates, move to Crucible and Valorant updates, and finish it all off with PlanetSide 2 Artifact 2.0 news! All that and more on this week’s Free to Play Cast!

Discussion Timestamps:

01:40 Blue Protocol and Elyon (Ascent: Infinite Realm (AIR))
18:34 Crucible and Valorant News
30:40 PlanetSide 2 Beats (but doesn’t set) World Record and Artifact 2.0 is Coming
42:51 Weekly Bombs (DA-Bomb / A-Bomb)
48:17 Questions and Answers of the Week

If you have submissions for the show’s Weekly Bombs, have questions for the panel (nothing is off limits!), or just ideas for what you want covered you can now send them to magicman@mmobomb.com. You can also be a guest in the show, just send us why you want to host, and what topic or game you would like to cover.

Free-To-Play Cast is the official podcast (and videocast) of MMOBomb.com about free to play multiplayer online games. Free-To-Play Cast takes on the week’s biggest news with plenty of opinion, weekly bombs, community feedback, guests, laughs thrown in for good measure and much more. Have fun and expect a new episode next week!

Mike "Magicman" Byrne has been a part of the MMOBomb family for years and serves as the site's current Editor-in-Chief. His love for MMOs and gaming in general has led him to covering games for numerous websites including Gamebreaker TV and XIV Nation where he proudly displays his fanboy flag for FFXIV:ARR.


  1. In regards to valorant you had to watch people who had access to the early streamer event on the 3rd of April (which is about 300 people) but on the 7th you will just need to watch any valorant stream even if its just a random 1 viewer stream.

    I am quite fine with it for the simple reason that this game has a huge amount of people waiting to play, if you let everyone have access to it from the start the servers are very unlikely to hold it all together. Twitch drops basically allow you to give access to the most amount of players in a time-gated way so your servers will be able to hold it.


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