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Issue 279, April 4, 2011
In the news
SOE announced the cancelation of the spy-fi MMO The Agency following news of a round of layoffs and studio closures that broke earlier in the week.

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Snail Games announced they will be taking over development of Dark and Light, the ambitious sandbox MMO whose servers have been down since 2008.

Read more here.
CCP Games unveiled a new cinematic trailer depicting the future vision for EVE Online at this year's Fanfest.

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RIFT: The Review
Today marks the official review of Trion Worlds' Rift. Lead Writer Bill Murphy takes on one of the year's most keenly anticipated titles. Does Rift live up to the expectations of its fans? Find out in Bill's review.

In the end, Rift may not be everything for everyone. I feel silly writing that as that should be obvious of any game by now. But Trion's game is a rare jewel in this industry. Not only does it try to do so much right from the word go, but it does so with a very seldom seen level of polish. It's also hard not to get excited about what their server architecture can do for the future of Rift and any other games to come from the developer. Seven-hundred plus people in an area participating in an event like Rifts' invasions is no small feat, as anyone whose games that have tried something similar can tell you. It's also really hard not to applaud Trion for making a game that's packed to the brim with every little feature you could want from an MMO, minus perhaps Housing.

You can read the full article here.

More reviews can be found on our site here.
The Agency: The Agency's End Has Come
Yesterday it was announced that Sony Online Entertainment was making significant cuts to its personnel and closing three of its studios. In addition to this sobering news came the announcement that development on The Agency had ceased. In his latest column, Industry Relations Manager Garrett Fuller takes a look back at The Agency.

In the end The Agency joins a long list of MMOs which have gone away. More than anything we feel bad for the developers on the project who worked hard, the engineers who spent time writing code and believing in the project. Those people who are impacted by lay offs and closures really deserve better in this business. As players and fans, all we can do is move on and hope that when teams break up or are let go, they can somehow reform and work on a dream project of their own, which will match what we hope to see in the MMOs of the future.

Check out the article here.

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This week's Game of the Week, Earthrise, comes from the Bulgarian developer Masthead Studios. Announced in January, 2008, players have been looking forward to the post-apocalytpic science-fiction MMORPG for some time.

Earthrise is set on the island of Enterra, where, following a catastrophic third World War, the remaining population has established a new and prosperous city called Sal Vitas. Sal Vitas is replete with all sort of advanced technology fitting of a science-fiction world, such as nanotechnology, cloning, and even quantum engineering.

The game features a unique skill-based advancement system and a wholly player-driven economy, as well as a strong focus on PvP. Players looking for their next sandbox fix should keep a close eye on Earthrise.

Learn more about Earthrise here, or check out our game list here.
The Week that Was
Monday, March 28
DC Universe Online: Content Update 2 Roundtable Discussion

Tuesday, March 29
RIFT: Adam Gershowitz Interview

Wednesday, March 30
Star Wars: The Old Republic: Does Size Matter?

Thursday, March 31
The Secret World: Issue #4 - The PvP

Friday, April 1
Player Perspectives: The Slippery Slope of Stereotyping
Did You Know?
The network is looking for experienced and / or enthusiastic freelance writers as we get set to launch our new site: As the name implies, RTSGuru will operate in much the same way as does, but with a focus on the Real Time Strategy genre.
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