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.Issue 318, January 9, 2012
Top News of the Week:
Subscription service for Final Fantasy XIV has resumed.

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Early access for the free-to-play relaunch of Star Trek Online has begun.

Read more here.
Retail sales for Star Wars: The Old Republic have plummeted in the UK.

Read more here.
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Star Wars: The Old Republic: The Official Review
The day has finally arrived and we are ready to publish our official MMORPG.com review of Star Wars: The Old Republic. Sit back and get ready to read THE most comprehensive and authoritative review of the game that has taken the world by storm.

Every couple of years we get an MMO whose level of hype and expectations are greater than the game could ever aspire to be and the same remains true for Star Wars: The Old Republic. Even so, the game is simply exceptional. If you're a Star Wars fan, a fan of BioWare RPGs, and you don't mind a themepark styled MMO, you will undoubtedly have a great time in the world BioWare has created with Star Wars: The Old Republic. BioWare has successfully fused the foundation of a solid MMO with their industry-leading story telling capabilities to create a final product that convincingly makes the case that as great as many MMOs have been, we've definitely been missing a significant piece of the puzzle for all these years.



You can read the full article here.

More reviews can be found on our site here.
The Secret World: Dungeon Making Process
MMORPG.com has partnered with Funcom to bring our readers an inside look at how dungeons are created for The Secret World. Penned by Senior Designer Brent Ellison, it's a fascinating behind the scenes look for one of the most keenly anticipated games for 2012.

Dungeons in The Secret World are challenging and intense, an opportunity for players to test their builds, skills and teamwork to the utmost. They serve as very focused content, in sharp contrast to the wide sandboxes of the playfields. In a dungeon, players live and die by the strength of their team and their ability to strategize to meet the odds.

At the same time, story and setting are key to The Secret World, so each dungeon still needs to expand on and deepen the world we're creating. The extra level of control that we developers get in instanced content gives us a great opportunity to tell stories, but we still want to make sure it feels like it's the player's story. They must feel involved and immersed, driving the way forward through their own actions.



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Game of the Week
This week's Game of the Week goes to XLGAMES' upcoming sandbox MMO, ArcheAge. ArcheAge is an medieval fantasy MMO that has clearly captured the interests of the MMORPG.com community.

The game features CryEngine 3 powered graphics and its developers over at XLGAMES are promising to recreate the glory days of Ultima Online by providing the ultimate sandbox experience. To that end, ArcheAge looks to improve on many of the features gamers expect from a sandbox game while also boasting significant additions such as naval warfare.

ArcheAge is set for release sometime in 2012 in South Korea, though the game's fate as far as a North American release is still up in the air.

Learn more about ArcheAge here, or check out our game list here.
This Week
Monday, January 2
WoW Factor: Slain by Sith?

Tuesday, January 3
Star Wars: The Old Republic: Commando Player's Guide

Wednesday, January 4
Dark Age of Camelot: The 10 Year Interview

Thursday, January 5
No Elves Allowed: Who Fears Perma-Death?

Friday, January 6
Star Wars: the Old Republic: The Official Video Review
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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