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Issue 90, August 20th, 2007
In the news
Perpetual Entertainment, the company responsible for the development of the upcoming MMORPG, Gods & Heroes: Rome Rising announced last week that they have decided to self-publish that title. Previously, that role was being filled by Sony online Entertainment.

Read the full story here.
Gamecock Media Group and Auran officially announced a ship date of October 9th for their action MMO title, Fury.

Read more here.
Book 10: City of the Kings, the second free expansion to Lord of the Rings Online officially launches on August 20th. The new expansion brings to the game numerous additions, including: the ability to play as a Troll or Ranger, the new region of Annúminas, numerous Monster Play enhancements, over 100 new quests, the new reputation and barter systems, and more.

Read more here.
Get more news on our site here!
Blog Spotlight

This week in our Blog area, user, "guiltyone", made a long and thought-out post about his feelings toward the MMORPG, ArchLord, and the developers' decision to make the game free-to-play. Here's an example from his blog:

First and foremost, ArchLord and why this is important. This game had a nice launch, they did everything perfect in so many ways. Good initial press, strong hype, good looking interface, giveaways, they had everything going for them and going strong. Until people got there hands on the product, and that is where I feel the whole thing went wrong. The company simply did not react quickly enough to the changing dynamic to keep the game effectively in the market. Once the numbers started to drop, something should have hit the pipeline and started a change then.

The MMO market wasn't born yesterday, or even last year, or even four years ago, one truth remains above all else and it is the same truth for all of retail. It is easier to maintain a long term relationship then it is to start a new one, and if your initial relationship with your customers is failing and you haven't been able to establish a long term, how can you expect to collectively gather customers for the short term. So they make a move that seemed strong at first but it lacked in the most critical area. They moved to F2P but only after you purchased the game itself. This failed for two reasons, locally, in my area I'm not sure of U.S. itself but within roughly 50 miles of my address, no one had any copies of the game; limited supplies where shipped and nothing else was coming.

You can read the entire blog here.
On-Site: Game/On
This week on Game/On, co-hosts Jon Wood and Keith Cross talk about Jon's upcoming trip to the Games Convention in Leipzig and all of the games that will be covering there.

Check out the Podcast here.

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This week's game of the week is EverQuest II.

We ran several features related to EverQuest II last week. On Monday Staff Writer Carolyn Koh reported on the new Legends of Norrath Trading Card Game which was announced at Fan Faire. The game will be available in-game as a mini game in EQ2.

On Thursday we posted a video from Fan Faire of a couple of EverQuest players wo had the honor of tieing the knot at the event in Las Vegas.

On Friday we showed the results of a special contest that was held in EverQuest II where the game's developers redecorated the homes of selected players.

Learn more about EverQuest 2, here, or check out our game list here.
The Week that Was
Monday, August 13
EverQuest II: Legends of Norrath Trading Card Game

Tuesday, August 14
PlanetSide: Fan Faire Update

Wednesday, August 15
Jumpgate Evolution: Steve "Istvan" Hartmeyer Dev Journal

Thursday, August 16
EverQuest II: With This Click, I Thee Wed

Friday, August 17
EverQuest II House Renovation Contest
Did You Know?
Jon Wood, when traveling to this year's Leipzig Games Convention, will be spending time with a number of different MMORPGs, including: The Chronicles of Spellborn, Warhammer Online, Pirates of the Burning Sea, EverQuest II, Aion, Tabula Rasa and more! So keep an eye out this week at for our coverage of the event.
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