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Issue 201, October 12, 2009
In the news
Last Friday, CitiesXL launched. The city builder/MMO hybrid from the French Monte Cristo games is now available on STEAM. Players can play the offline traditional game, as well as the online portions for a limited time with a purchase.

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Cryptic Studios has been making more noise about Star Trek Online and that continued late last week when they released details on the game's ships. This content included overviews, their roles and how players can customize them.

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Guild Wars 2's World PvP system is going to make use of some RTS elements, according to some news that came out late last week. The info leaked in a Dutch magazine interview, but hit the web, including our site in English on Friday.

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Top 5 MMOs That Need Remakes
On Tuesday, we counted down the five older MMOs that are desperately in need of a remake. I don't mean a sequel, but a total rebuild of the original game. Find out what topped our list:

"On September 25th, the MMO industry turned 12 years old. In 1997, Origin launched Ultima Online and while it wasn't the first multi-player RPG (MUDs) or even the first one with graphics (Meridian 59), it was the first commercially visible game to hit the market and set off a chain of events that led to more half assed, poorly translated imported MMOs than anyone can possibly imagine.

You can read the full article here.

More Lists can be found on our site here.
Chatting With Blizzard
Also on Tuesday, Garrett Fuller recounted a chat he recently had with two of the top men at Blizzard: J. Allen Brack and Frank Pearce.

"When interviewing and talking with Production Director J. Allen Brack about the upcoming additions to World of Warcraft there were a lot of ideas that look great for the game. The MMO market is changing and WoW is set to change with it. Their system of the five man, 10 man, and 25 man advancement dungeons are tiered so that players with all kinds of time can enjoy the game. If you do not have the time to raid every night, you have the chance to do instances and still gain the epic gear in the game. Brack was definitely excited about Patch 3.3 were players will get the chance to square off against the Lich King himself and hope to add some epic storylines into the dungeons they are creating. The idea of a two handed legendary axe named Shadowmourne has Death Knights, Hunters, and Warriors eager with excitement. Patch 3.3 will have normal and heroic five-man, normal and heroic ten and twenty five man instances. You can except some heavy lore added in this patch about Northrend and the Lich King himself. The patch will close out the Lich King story line and lead into the new ear that we all know as Cataclysm."

Check out the full article here.

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Masthead Studios is bringing a hardcore, skill-based character development, sandbox style MMO to life and they're setting it in a dystopian future.

In the aftermath of the Third World War, mankind has managed to survive and build a new society: the prosperous city of Sal Vitas. Cloning, nanotechnology and quantum engineering are part of a new reality. Thanks to these technological advances, the human species has become immortal; each individual's consciousness is stored in a data vault, ready to be uploaded into a cloned body as necessary. New energy sources have been discovered. There is a unified government that takes good care of those citizens who abide by its strict laws. Paradise, it appears, might really have come to Earth, and the people have embraced it.

But not everything is as perfect as it appears. By exercising full control over the cloning process, Sal Vitas' government decides who will live and who will not, playing the role of God on Earth. Insurgent forces have accused the city's rulers of crimes against humanity. Armed factions fight for resources and power within the new system. And from the waves of discontent, a rebellion has fomented and formed a shadow government: Noir.

Featuring a unique skill-based advancement system and player-driven economy, as well as extensive, meaningful player-vs.-player combat, Earthrise gives you innumerable choices to forge your destiny. Whether you're a noble soldier in the raging conflict between the Utopia and the rebellion, a criminal hiding from the law or a world-renowned engineer whose power extends into intricate trade and politics, your actions will echo throughout the game world.

Learn more about Earthrise here, or check out our game list here.
The Week that Was
Monday, October 5
PotBS: Power & Prestige Expansion

Tuesday, October 6
World of Warcraft: Chatting with Blizzard

Wednesday, October 7
DUST 514: Speaking to Player Concerns

Thursday, October 8
Dofus Re-Review

Friday, October 9
Global Agenda: Sneak Peek at End Game
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