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.Issue 402, August 23, 2013
Top News of the Week:
Zenimax Online announced that The Elder Scrolls will feature an item shop as well as utilize the subscription model.

Read more here.
"Reaper of Souls" was announced at Gamescom as the first expansion for Diablo III.

Read more here.
WildStar will be a subscription-based MMO with an EVE Online PLEX-like feature accompanying it.

Read more here.
.Get more news on our site here!
Ultima Forever: Review
Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar is a new game that brings back old-time gameplay for today's world. We've been playing it for the last few weeks and have lots to say about the game that you won't want to miss.

This iOS half-remake-half-reboot brings thumb swiping adventures back to Britannia and in the conspicuous service of "Lady" British: who says that complicated legal wrangling has to ruin your fantasy world eh? Under the service of the good "Lady" (Lord's daughter) you are tasked with saving the land and all with the aid of the classic series' eight virtues.



You can read the full review here.

More reviews can be found on our site here.
WildStar: Revenue Model Revealed
One question that arises over and over when it comes to WildStar is whether or not it will be free-to-play or subscription or hybrid. In a world exclusive first, we reveal the subscription model for one of the year's most anticipated titles.

WildStar Online will not be Free-to-Play. It won't be Buy-to-Play like Guild Wars 2, either. What does that leave, boys and girls? That's right, you heard it here first: WildStar will operate via the classic subscription model, with a tasty EVE-like caveat Carbine is calling CREDD. Last week we caught up with Jeremy Gaffney to chat about the revenue model for WildStar and why Carbine is betting on the subscription model over the new hotness of F2P and microtransactions.



Check out the article here.

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Game of the Week
Guild Wars 2 is the sequel to ArenaNet's flagship title, Guild Wars. GW2 aims to fix a lot of what's "wrong" in the MMO world. With reworked combat mechanics, a focus on Dynamic Events, voiced quest dialog, several new professions, fan-favorite races, and the massive open world of Tyria, Guild Wars 2 is far more epic in scope than the original... while still retaining the F2P business model.

The reliance on a holy trinity of class-roles is gone too, with every profession in GW2 being able to take on several roles, including that of a healer. On top of it all, there are also several unique forms of PvP for the competitive gamer: from match-made contests that any gamer will be familiar with to massive World vs. World vs. World wars that pitch entire servers against one another. ArenaNet hopes there is something for everyone in Guild Wars 2.


Learn more about Guild Wars 2 here, or check out our game list here.
This Week
Monday, August 19
Guild Wars 2: Nearly a Year Later

Tuesday, August 20
Matt Miller: Anticipation

Wednesday, August 21
Michael Bitton: The Return of Subs: FFXIV, WildStar, and ESO

Thursday, August 22
EverQuest Next: Class Roles Are A Riot

Friday, August 23
Scott Hartsman on the Future of Trion Worlds
Did You Know?
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