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MMORPG.com Newsletter
Issue 286, May 23, 2011
In the news
Atari announced that it would be divesting itself of Cryptic Studios.

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T3 Entertainment, Redbana, and HanbitSoft have announced that the once defunct action-RPG HellGate: London is set to make its return in the near future, with a short closed beta marked for June 3rd to June 5th.

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ArenaNet unveiled the Engineer as Guild Wars 2's seventh class this week.

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Runes of Magic: Re-Review
It's been quite awhile since the last time MMORPG.com visited Runes of Magic. There's no question that there is a lot to see with the impressive array of changes that have come to the game since its original launch. MMORPG.com writer Lori May has gone back to Runes of Magic for a re-review of the game.

Ultimately, I was shocked by the volume of free content available in RoM. As a player who tends to prefer grinding to endless quests, the emphasis on the latter wasn't something I was thrilled about. However, the XP and loot rewards are fair for the time investment, though it essentially means group leveling is limited prior to level 20. But the RoM world is vast, and the frequent updates and seasonal festivals provide a fairly continuous amount of things to do. Compared to other F2P titles, RoM manages to succeed with style and a polish rarely exhibited without a membership fee or purchase price. While it isn't likely to ever trump the major P2P players currently in the market, Runes of Magic is certainly worth a trial run for anyone looking to try a worthwhile game for little or no monetary investment.



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The Secret World: 360 Version Stalled = Good?
Funcom's Ragnar Tørnquist recently let it be known that development on The Secret World was primarily focused on PC rather than on the XBox 360. In today's The Secret World column, MMORPG.com Lead Writer Bill Murphy takes a look at that revelation and opines that it's actually a good thing.

This is the best news we could hope for about a multi-platform Secret World. It means that hopefully TSW won't be hampered by the same design issues that plagued the early days of AoC (some of which stemmed from the cross-platform plans no doubt), and it also means that if TSW turns out to be a hit we could get a whole additional version of the universe to play with on our Xbox 360s. I liken it to EVE Online's upcoming counterpart DUST 514, which is set to be an MMOFPS that resides in the exact same universe as EVE, and whose players will actually inform the status of EVE and vice versa. Maybe if TSW is successful, we'll see a different version of the game that focuses entirely on the factional warfare. Who knows? The possibilities are endless, but I'm just glad that I can rest easy knowing the PC version is getting all the care it deserves for now.



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This week's Game of the Week is going to be a little bit different, mostly because we haven't chosen a game at all, but rather wanted to direct your attention toward MMORPG.com's new sister site, FPSGuru.com.

Over the coming weeks, months and years, we will be bringing you the latest in FPS news, reviews, previews and other features as well as contests and other giveaways.

So welcome and please take some time to browse the site thoroughly. Look through our news and reviews, but take some time to post on the forums and maybe even upload a favorite FPS custom map or two.

Learn more about FPSGuru here, or check out our game list here.
The Week that Was
Monday, May 16
RIFT: The WoW Replacement?

Tuesday, May 17
The List: Top 10 Non-Fantasy MMOs

Wednesday, May 18
Star Wars: The Old Republic: Unlimited Powah: The Sith Inquisitor

Thursday, May 19
Bill Murphy: Who Should Buy Cryptic?

Friday, May 20
Grinds My Gears: Can SOE Make It?
Did You Know?
The MMORPG.com network is looking for experienced and/or enthusiastic freelance writers following the launch of our new site: FPSGuru.com.

As the name implies, FPSGuru will operate in much the same way as does MMORPG.com, but with a focus on the shooter genre.

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