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MMORPG.com Newsletter Issue 59, January 15th, 2007
In the News
This week, Blizzard announced that its flagship MMO title, World of Warcraft is now boasting over 8 million players worldwide. They break the statistics down by stating that there are 2 million players in North America, 1.5 Million in Europe and 3.5 million in China.

Read the article here.

The folks over at Sigil’s Vanguard: Saga of Heroes have announced that their upcoming MMORPG will launch on January 30th, marking the beginning of an innovative MMO that makes use of a new Diplomacy system that promises to give players more to do in cities to add to the more traditional MMO elements of the game.

Get the news here.

On January 8th, Codemasters announced that the recent decision to make the game free-to-play / no monthly subscription has doubled the player base for their game, ArchLord. This announcement comes as the company is setting to release their second free expansion: Season of Siege..

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Review

Toontown Online: A Review

This week, Blizzard announced that its flagship MMO title, World of Warcraft is now boasting over 8 million players worldwide. They break the statistics down by stating that there are 2 million players in North America, 1.5 Million in Europe and 3.5 million in China. The folks over at Sigil’s Vanguard: Saga of Heroes have announced that their upcoming MMORPG will launch on January 30th, marking the beginning of an innovative MMO that makes use of a new Diplomacy system that promises to give players more to do in cities to add to the more traditional MMO elements of the game. Acclaim has announced that their upcoming MMORPG, 2Moons has moved into the closed beta phase of their game’s production. According to Acclaim, the game has been designed “designed to be easy for any player to get into and enjoy right away”.

Nearly one year ago, Garrett Fuller took a look at Disney Online’s Toontown Online, an MMORPG created for a younger audience than most of the games on our list. In true Disney fashion, bloody combat has been replaced by silly gags, as players become their own cartoon character.

Our News Editor ranked this game at a respectable 7.5 on our ratings list, with huge marks going to Value (10) and Community (9). Here are some memorable quotes from the review:

  • The game is designed for children, but can be enjoyed by adults as well.
  • With characters and playgrounds it is a fun Disney experience. I forgot about Donald’s sleepwalking problems in the old cartoons and went to Donald’s Dreamland wondering why the zone was so strange.
  • One of the great parts of Toontown is that the characters begins with so much. You start with an estate which will include the houses of all your characters on the account.
  • I finished my night at the Pet Store with enough jellybeans to buy my own Doodle. The in-game pet you can keep with you. He stays outside my estate near Fatty and Missy Pink’s houses.
  • Still, last night my wife’s friend brought her five year old daughter over who loved the game. It was great to see her jump with joy when she beat a Cog.

As you can probably tell, Toontown Online is a different experience than your standard MMORPG offers. Still, it seems that this game, much like its parent company, has appeal for children of all ages.

You can read the full review here.

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On-Site

Game/On and 2006 Reader's Choice

This week on MMORPG.com's Game/On Co-Hosts Jon Wood and Garrett Fuller discuss Vanguard's upcoming launch, Blizzard's announcement that they now have over 8 million players, EA's role in the MMO industry, and more!

You can listen to the podcast here.


It's contest time again, as MMORPG.com announces that we will be giving away 50 beta keys to the much anticipated nautical adventure, Pirates of the Burning Sea.

You can check out the contest here.

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Game of the Week

Game of 

the week

This week's Game of the Week is Pirates of the Caribbean Online.

With the DVD release of the second of the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy of movies, it seems an appropriate time to take a quick look at the MMORPG version. The game is being developed by Disney Online’s VR Studio.

From the few screenshots that we have seen, the game has more of the look of a Disney cartoon, than the high-seas, special effects extravaganza that fans are used to from the Johnny Depp version.

Here’s what the company is saying about the game:

In Pirates of the Caribbean Online, a massively-multiplayer online game for the PC platform, you, alongside thousands of other players, will be able to experience the adventure of the films and explore beyond these boundaries to discover new myths and untold stories. Forge alliances, hunt for buried treasure, battle evil undead forces, and use cunning and strategy to outwit your foes – all to become the most legendary pirate on the high seas.

You can read more about Pirates of the Carribean Online, click here.

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The Week That Was
8 Monday
Vanguard: So you Want to be an MMO Dev. Pt. IV
9 Tuesday
CoH: Jack Emmert Community Q&A #2
10 Wednesday
Pirates of the Burning Sea: Dev Journal
11 Thursday
CES 2007: EQII: Boyond Echoes of Faydwer
12 Friday
CES 2007: Vanguard
6 Saturday
Debate: Fantasy Races
Editorials

This week, we published a number of Columns and Editorials for your enjoyment:

On Monday, Dan Fortier brought us another MMOWTF feature: Happy Newb Year.

Tuesday, Carolyn Koh reported in from CES with an article titled: Seen at CES 2007.

Community Manager Laura Genender wrote a new Community Spotlight: Beta, Beta Everywhere.

On Thursday Steve Wilson returned with Casual Play: A Niche Called Roleplaying.

Finally, on Friday, Stephen Kovalcik penned a WoW editorial called: Stealth Runs 101.

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