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Issue 159, Decembr 22, 2008
In the news
NCsoft has announced that the Mac version of City of Heroes is now in Open Beta and ready for testing.

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Cyan Worlds has issued a statement announcing the company's plans to release Myst Online: Uru Live as an open source project.

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Mythic Entertainment finished launching the final phases of patch 1.1 for Warhammer Online last week.

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Featured Article: PotBS: Avatar Combat Revamp Interview's Carolyn Koh recently visited Flying Lab Studios' new offices in Seattle to talk to the team about the upcoming Avatar Combat Revamp for their nautical MMORPG, Pirates of the Burning Sea.

"You must be meeting goals," I said to Rusty and Producer Misha Williams as I looked around the office. Rusty smiled and spread his hands. "What can I say? New digs, larger staff, new projects..." indeed, it speaks for itself.

"We've had wonderful retention numbers with the free trial," he said. Pirates of the Burning Sea is Russell Williams' first MMO and as such, some of the performance metrics expected of an MMOs of this scale are not familiar territory for him. "We asked SoE if we were doing alright and although I can't mention numbers, it's far better than SoE had expected." The number of returning players was also far greater than expected.

You can read the full interview here.

More on Pirates of the Burning Sea can be found on our site here.

On-Site: Reader's Choice Awards
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This Week's Game of the Week is Final Fantasy XI.'s Carolyn Koh recently attended Final Fantasy Fan Fest where she took part in the event and had the opportunity to speak with a group of the game's developers. Will mini-expansion scenarios be the wave of the future?

Hiromichi Tanaka: We have no big expansions in our plans, but patches and version updates will continue for Wings of the Goddess which just had its one year anniversary. The three scenarios are being planned and developed concurrently and will begin to launch in the spring. Masato Kato Oversaw the initial plot conception and event direction for the original FINAL FANTASY XI and the Rise of the Zilart expansion was approached to compose new storylines and the three new scenarios are a result of that.

You can read all of Carolyn's FF Fan Fest reports by following the links:

Fan Fest Report

Roundtable Q&A, Part One

Roundtable Q&A, Part Two

Learn more about Final Fantasy XI here, or check out our game list here.
The Week that Was
Monday, Conquer Online - Ninja Class Discussion
December 16

Tuesday, Atlantica Online - Mercenaries Are Your Friends And Study Buddies
December 17

Wednesday, Final Fantasy XI - Developer Roundtable Q&A, Part One
December 18

Thursday, Lord of the Rings Online - Fellowship Etiquette
December 19

Friday, Pirates of the Burning Sea Avatar Combat Revamp Interview
Did You Know?
Did you know that Final Fantasy XI has been around for a while? The game launched in Japan back in 2002 and launched for the PC in North America in October of 2003.
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