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MMORPG.com Newsletter Issue 66, March 6th, 2007
In the News
On March 1st, Sony Online Entertainment announced that they would be raising the cost of a Station Access Pass. The new price of $29.99 is, according to the company, "driven by our desire to provide our Station Access subscribers with a consistently high quality entertainment experience.

Read the article here.

Also on March 1st, THQ and Games Workshop announced that a deal had been signed that will see those two companies work together on an MMORPG version of the popular Games Workshop Warhammer 40K, not to be confused with the currently-in-production MMORPG Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning being developed by EA Mythic.

Get the news here.

On February 26th, Acclaim announced a new and unique contest that will see one contestant earn the title of Director on an upcoming MMORPG. Described as "'The Apprentice' meets 'American Idol' meets The Video Game Industry", is called Top Secret. More information can be found here here.

Read the article here.

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Zone Overview

EQII: The Estate of Unrest

This week, Adele Caelia gave us a look at the newest zone for the popular MMORPG EverQuest II. Known as The Estate of Unrest, this new zone was hidden behind a wall in the butcherblock Mountains. Here is a sample of what Adele had to say:

  • The new Unrest is indeed a formidable zone. Is it harder than Nizara? I guess that depends on the group, but to say the least it took the first group on the test server 20 hours to complete the zone.
  • Put on your thinking caps, because the zone itself is full of mystery, surprises, and riddles.
  • The sound of dragging chains can be heard, along with random screaming, and you might get a bit spooked by the woman whispering in your ear "murderer... murderer..."
  • Along the way the mobs dropped some pretty odd items, and while these items may seem like trash it is a good idea to hold onto them because you never know what you might need.
  • I also was lucky enough to see the nursery, the basement, and the torture chamber.
  • I can honestly say that I will most likely have nightmares about this zone, and I have never seen a zone like this in EQ2 or any game.

You can read the whole article here.

More Features

Game/On and Contests

Last week at the New York Comic Con, Garrett Fuller had the chance to catch up with Pirates of the Burning Sea Community Manager, Troy Hewitt for a short interview about the upcoming nautical MMORPG. This may be a short episode of Game/On (about 10 minutes in total), but it's a great interview, check it out!

You can visit the gallery here.

MMORPG.com has proudly teamed up with Voyage Century Online to bring you an exiting contest where you can enter for a chance to win an ASUS nVidia EN7600GS 512MB video adapter or one of 25 runner up prizes including 20 Voyage Century Point Card worth 200 points and 5 metallic model ships!

More on the contest here.

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Game of the Week
Game of the week

With the recent Acclaim announcement of the Top Secret project, and an upcoming meeting with them at GDC, this seemed like a good week to name 9 Dragons as our Game of the Week.

The game itself is based on Chinese martial arts, and promises to immerse players in a "fantasy world of ruthless clans, epic battles and fights for the survival of China." Our own overview of the game is meant to give players some of the history behind the game:

"After more than 3 years of development and with more than $10 million of development cost, 9Dragons is a breakthrough in game play and graphics quality. Developed by award winning Indy21 team, this game is destined to set a new standard for MMORPGs."

Learn more about 9Dragons, here!
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The Week That Was
26 Monday
Comic Con: LOTRO
27 Tuesday
Comic Con: SOE Trading Card Game
28 Wednesday
ComicCon: Warhammer Online
1 Thursday
Comic Con: PotBS
2 Friday
Comic Con: Dark Horse Comics
This Week

This week, MMORPG.com is in San Francisco, California for the Game Developer's Conference. Below, you'll find a list of the companies and games that we'll be talking to:

  • Gods & Heroes
  • Acclaim
  • Huxley
  • EVE Online
  • Dungeons and Dragons Online
  • Fury
  • City of Heroes / Villains
  • Tabula Rasa
  • Pirates of the Burning Sea
  • Hero Engine
  • EA Mythic
  • Fallen Earth
  • Vivox
  • Dreamlords
  • Gamebryo Element Engine
  • Stargate Worlds
  • Multiverse Platform

Chek in all this week and next for reports from GDC!

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