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MMORPG.com Newsletter
Issue 137, July 21, 2008
In the news
John Riccitiello, the CEO of Electronic Arts, confirmed the worst kept secret in the MMO business last week when he revealed that Bioware was indeed developing an MMORPG based on the popular Star Wars RPG, Knights of the Old Republic.

Read more here.
NCsoft announced last week that City of Heroes and City of Villains have now been fully integrated and are the same game, meaning that players who previously had access to only one of the games now have access to both.

Read more here.
NCsoft has announced several changes to Lineage II with the game's next update, which includes the introduction of the Vitality System, and efforts to reduce 'the grind' and entry barriers to new players by allowing players to level faster.

Read more here.
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E3 Coverage

MMORPG.com Staff Writer Carolyn Koh was in attendance at this year's E3 where she's had the opportunity to speak to developers from across the MMO genre, including the people behind The Agency, Age of Conan, DC Universe Online, and Warhammer Online.

Mythic Entertainment's Mark Jacobs recently shocked the Warhammer community by letting them know that they were cutting content before launch. Six capital cities would be reduced to two and character careers would be reduced to 20. Ten for each side of Order and Destruction. Now that the dust has settled, Their booth in the EA appointment room was crowded with members of the media watching their E3 demo, and the demonstrators were quick to reassure that it was a good move for them.

"We have dedicated a Cities Team," said Content Director Destin Bales "and instead of being spread out among six different cities, they now are concentrating on two major cities and the dedication and polish shows."

Follow the links to read our coverage of DC Universe Online, The Agency, WAR, and Age of Conan

On-Site: EverQuest Dev Chat

We recently held a Dev Chat where MMORPG.com members had the opportunity to talk with the good people from EverQuest.

gannondroph asks, "Is there any plan to introduce a mentoring system similar to what is in EQ2 to EQ1? Not only to help lower level friends, but to reduce one's level and group in older zones or reduce one's level to lvl 52 to raid nagafen? Even if the experience is reduced from the higher end zones it would allow players to take advantage of so many more zones and relive them at the same time."

[EQ]Absor: We already have something similar to a mentoring system. You can get a shroud and play with your friends at their level in the guise of a monster. You can adventure with lower level friends, and help them do quest or missions.

Check out the full transcript of the chat here.

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This Week's Game of the Week is World of Warcraft. WoW currently boasts a truly massive subscriber base, and love it or hate it, the game's impact on the online entertainment industry is undeniable.

The game is set to receive it's second expansion later this year and Blizzard recently revealed that the Wrath of the Lich King expansion will include a new Achievement System as well as opening up the frosty region of Northrend.

Blizzard also announced that WoW would be heading to Southern and Central America with the Latin American version of the game being released this week.

Learn more about World of Warcraft, here, or check out our game list here.
The Week that Was
Monday, July 14
Warhammer Online : Age of Reckoning - E3: The Progress of WAR

Tuesday, July 15
The Agency - Spying on The Agency at E3

Wednesday, July 16
E3: Introduction To DC Universe

Thursday, July 17
World of Warcraft - Learning from Past Releases

Friday, July 18
Champions Online - Interview with Champions Creator
Did You Know?
Did you know that Community Manager Laura Genender recently moved on to a position with CCP? MMORPG.com would like to wish Laura the best of luck at her new job, and welcomes Richard "Kunou" Duffek to the team as MMORPG.com's new Community Manager.
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