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.Issue 304, October 3, 2011
Top News of the Week:
Is the world ready for a Mass Effect MMO?

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Those expecting to hear about Titan, Blizzard's super secret MMO project, at this year's BlizzCon will have to be disappointed. Perhaps next year?

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City of Heroes: Freedom, the free-to-play re-launch of City of Heroes, went live this week alongside the game's latest major update Issue 21: Convergence.

Read more here.
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Age of Conan: Unchained: You've Come a Long Way, Baby!
This past July, Age of Conan went "Unchained", or free to play. Lots of players have been checking back in to see what's new with Age of Conan: Unchained, including MMORPG.com's Daniel Owens. Daniel has a complete re-review of Age of Conan: Unchained that's well worth the time to read. Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Funcom has brought the game a long way since its rocky beginnings and a lot of care has been taken in improving each aspect of the game that is currently not up to par. For a game that for quite some time looked like it would cease to exist, it is exciting to see the game back on its feet. There are many hours to be spent exploring this beautifully crafted world, and I completely geeked out many times. The latest Adventure Pack has helped to bridge a large gap between the Tier 3 and 4 raids, an issue that plagued many players and halted progression. With the right eye players will find a magical world full of rich lore, gruesome gore and plenty of barely clothed wenches. What more could you truly ask for?



You can read the full article here.

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The Secret World: Developer Diary: Storytelling in The Secret World
MMORPG.com has partnered with Funcom to bring our readers and exclusive look at the art of storytelling in The Secret World. Penned by Funcom's Senior Producer & Creative Director Ragnar Tørnquist, the article discusses how the team is making the story is the "heart and soul" of The Secret World.

Story is the heart and soul of The Secret World. Inspired by myths, urban legends, fairy tales and real history, the story provides context to everything the player does in the game: from missions to dungeons, from player vs. player combat to monster encounters. Everything is influenced by our story, and everything plays a part in communicating the story to the player.

In The Secret World, we want players to discover the story. We want players to dig, and to always dig deeper, to assemble the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle at their own pace, and to begin to see the bigger picture: the deep back story, the intriguing characters, the exciting narrative that will bring players through the game's content and into the future.



Check out the dev diary here.

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Game of the Week
This week's Game of the Week is Funcoms The Secret World.

The Secret World is an in-development MMORPG by Funcom. An original story, it will take place in the modern day as well as ancient mythology and civilizations long gone, blending these elements into what is being called a dark fantasy with supernatural elements.

A battle between good and evil will unfold and players will be a part of it, building up their supernatural powers (there are no classes) and shaping their characters as they desire. The game will also include depictions of some real locations as well as fictional ones.

Learn more about The Secret World here, or check out our game list here.
This Week
Monday, September 26
World of Warcraft: Deathwing Goes Down

Tuesday, September 27
Free Zone: Everyone is Going F2P

Wednesday, September 28
Star Wars: The Old Republic: The End of an Era and Beginning Anew

Thursday, September 29
Chronicles of One Telaran: Family Values

Friday, September 30
GDC Online: Evans and Vogel Speak of the Future
Did You Know?
We're proud to announce the launch of Unboundgamer.com, a new site for all your mobile gaming news, reviews. and more! In addition to all your content needs, Unboundgamer.com features a number of community tools such as status updates, full-fledged profiles, blogs, member galleries, and even a snazzy forum, so be sure to check it out!
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