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MMORPG.com Newsletter Issue 68, March 19th, 2007
In the News
One of the earliest MMOs to hit the market, EverQuest, celebrated its eighth anniversary this week. The game has been going strong since 1999 and is a testament to just how long some MMOs may last in the world. EverQuest is launching a new Anniversary Edition which will be available for players and fans on April 23, 2007. The Anniversary Edition will be found in stores for $19.99. The game also has new content planned as well as some fun new player activities.

Read the article here.

Blizzard announced its upcoming 2007 Worldwide Invitational which will take place in Seoul, South Korea. The event will be held on May 19 and 20th at the Olympic Fencing Stadium. Players will be able to enter tournaments as well as chat with Blizzard developers about World of Warcraft.

More on the invitational here.

Microsoft plans to open Live Online service to Vista PC gamers in May. Players will now be able to log in and play on Xbox 360 Live. The launch will be on May 8th to include the Vista version of "Halo 2." This set up is part of Bill Gates new approach towards gaming "anywhere" which includes several platforms.

Read the article here.

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Library Review: Auto Assault

With some upcoming changes to Auto Assault, we thought it might be a good idea to re-run the review from back in June when Andrew Cranston looked at the game.

  • Check out some of the features here.
  • Auto Assault has a lot of potential.
  • On many different levels, the game shines and has a lot to offer the user.
  • However, there are a few mismanaged things that tend to slowly destroy the game experience if you let them get to you (which have gotten to me a couple of times).
  • Granted that AA is set in a post-apocalyptic war zone, but that being said, no matter what class you are, your landscapes are unchanging.
  • The game is set up with a very strong single-player focus, and if you wanted to play the game as a single player with no interaction with other users, it could be achieved.
  • You have the opportunity throughout the game to buy new vehicles.
  • My dealings with the people at NCSoft have been all positive.
  • The game is very unique as a driving RPG, similar to the experience you get from Twisted Metal with a whole lot more options

You can read the whole review here.

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Game/On and Contests

This week on MMORPG.com's Game/On, Garrett Fuller catches up with CCP at the Game Developer's Conference. Speaking with Magnus Bergsson from CCP about EVE Online, that game's future, and the upcoming World of Darkness MMORPG.

You can visit the gallery here.

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EverQuest celebrates its eighth anniversary this month as a game that has proven the test of time. It seems like many players got their start in EverQuest and began their work in MMOs to this day. The new Anniversary pack offers some additional content and upgrades for players to check out.

Starting off back in 1999, EverQuest was the first MMO for many players. The game remains strong and still has a loyal following. Having spawned the sequel EverQuest II as well as countless expansions, there is no telling when EverQuest will ever come to an end. In many ways it is a testament to how long MMOs will likely continue to be around once they are launched.

Learn more about EverQuest, here!
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The Week That Was
12 Monday
GDC: Age of Conan
13 Tuesday
GDC: Gods & Heroes
14 Wednesday
15 Thursday
GDC: Games Workshop
16 Friday
GDC: Top Secret
GDC Coverage

With a very hectic first week of March we are finally seeing the coverage from GDC slow down. We still have several articles for you coming in from games and developers that we will be running this week. Keep in mind with no E3 this year, GDC was a much bigger conference for the industry. From 2006 it seemed like it tripled in size.

Read some of the articles here.

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