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. Issue 337, May 29, 2012
Top News of the Week:
Funcom has announced a two-week delay for the launch of The Secret World.

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Troubled 'Project Copernicus' and Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning developers 38 Studios and Big Huge Games have shut their doors and laid off all staff, following what has been a tumultuous last few weeks for the company.

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BioWare Austin was recently subject to a round of 'restructuring,' resulting in layoffs at the studio.

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TERA: Review
TERA has been released for nearly a month now and we've been not only putting the game through its paces but we have been chronicling our adventures throughout the past few weeks. We've got the bottom line ready to roll so keep reading before adding your thoughts in the comments.

You can get a pretty good idea of just what I think of TERA, En Masse Entertainment's first foray into the world of MMO Publishing and Western rebranding over the course of four previous Review in Progress articles. See exhibits A, B, C, and D. I've played the game for over fifty hours since launch, and while I'm still only in my 30s on my main character (an Amani Lancer), I think I've come to know enough about the world of Arborea to give it a fair and honest review. Will you agree with my final tally? Well, that's a silly question. There's always dissention when it comes to these things. But I hope you'll at least agree that I've given TERA a thorough examination. In the end, En Masse's game is one of my top recent MMORPG releases. It definitely has its drawbacks (which we'll cover), but by and large it's an enjoyable themepark MMO with fantastic combat and gorgeous visuals. Let's dive in and see how it all breaks down, shall we?

You can read the full review here.

More reviews can be found on our site here.
The Elder Scrolls Online: Targeting the MMO Market
The Elder Scrolls Online has taken the MMO community by storm with both supporters and detractors weighing in on the discussion. Devs are aimed squarely at this particular market. We take a look at why that's the goal and some of the challenges devs will face. Read on!

The biggest is the single player experience that Elder Scrolls has set the bar with. In terms of RPGs not too many games can hold a candle to Oblivion and Skyrim. Both games gave an incredible new depth to the single player experience. That aspect most certainly has to be in the game. From what Matt Firor mentioned in his interview the IP lends itself to a fantastic experience and the team is trying to make sure they live up to the single player awesome that goes with Elder Scrolls.

Check out the column here.

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Game of the Week
MechWarrior Online is the next installment in the MechWarrior franchise. It's set to be a premium free-to-play game based on four pillars: Mech Warfare, Role Warfare, Community Warfare, and Information Warfare. Players will be able to take command of their BattleMech battlefield behemoths and customize them to suit their favored combat roles by upgrading systems, replacing weapons, and tweaking armor from a vast list of options. Ally with one of the five great houses, or create your own Mercenary Corps and take on other Merc Corps for control of the Inner Sphere planets.

The folks at Piranha Games recently announced pre-order packages for the game and have begun sending out beta invites to a limited amount of players.

Learn more about MechWarrior Online here, or check out our game list here.
This Week
Monday, May 21
Game of Thrones: Interview with Max Pfaff

Tuesday, May 22
PlanetSide 2: Vanu Sovereignty Interview

Wednesday, May 23
Star Wars: The Old Republic: A Bittersweet Week

Thursday, May 24
Star Wars: The Old Republic: Update 1.3 and Beyond

Friday, May 25
Diablo III: Review-in-Progress Part Two
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