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Issue 206, November 16, 2009
In the news
Mythic has laid off roughly 40% its workforce in a recent development. The move was part of a larger round of layoffs from parent company EA. It came on the heels of disappointing performance from Warhammer Online.

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Bridge crews! In a high level preview from AP, Cryptic revealed you will be able to go inside your ship and have NPC officers in Star Trek Online at launch. And guess what? We just went there too for a full detailed scoop coming next week.

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Age of Conan has a host of incentives to give the game another try. Among them include increased leveling rates and access to their next MMO The Secret World's Beta.

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Devs Weigh In
This week we had some of the brightest MMO minds jump in on a single design topic to get some contrast of how the MMO world works. In our first part of this we looked at ranged vs. melee combat balance.More developer journals can be found on our site here.
How Layoffs Impact Players
In her weekly column "Player Perspectives," Jaime Skelton looks at how players are impacted when companies - like Mythic - layoff massive numbers of employees.

"This week's layoffs at EA - particularly at Mythic Entertainment, who run Ultima Online, Dark Age of Camelot, and Warhammer Online - are a sore reminder of the economic situation. In the past year, we've seen several MMOs close their doors: Shadowbane, The Matrix Online, Dungeon Runners, Tabula Rasa, and about half a dozen various free to play MMOs. Other games, named and unnamed, have been axed before they even entered a playable phase of testing."

Check out the full article here.

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Star Trek Online is due out in February from Cryptic Studios. It is our Game of the Week.

The game combines both tactical space combat and hand-to-hand land-based phaser battles to recreate the Star Trek universe in an MMO setting.

Now onto its second developer, Cryptic Studios and publisher Atari have a tall challenge in front of them. There are hardcore fans, fans of Perpetual Entertainment's first version of it, and lofty general expectations.

Recently, was at their Los Gatos, CA studio to talk to them about it. There, we learned a lot about the game, got a load of hands-on time and the full scoop on just how the recently announced bridges and crews work.

Learn more about Star Trek Online here, or check out our game list here.
The Week that Was
Monday, November 9
Dragon Age and MMOs

Tuesday, November 10
Top 5 Things In WoW 3.3

Wednesday, November 11
Scott Jennings: The Truth Behind Bugs

Thursday, November 12
WonderKing Preview

Friday, November 13
Star Trek Online: Important Aspects of the Franchise
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