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9:20 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

The latest in the series of Shadowbane war reports has been posted on the game's official web site recently. These reports give a glimpse into the world of this massively multiplayer online role-playing game, and the how the gameplay is developing so far in the closed beta. Shadowbane hopes to be the next step in 3D MMO games by letting players form guilds, create cities, and wage wars against one another.

The latest war report talks of a rebellion against the powerful authoritarian rule of the city Zion, in the Burning Legion nation. While neither side has been significantly damaged in the latest round of skirmishes, the report concludes that, like any real-world scenario, an ongoing war takes it toll on the combatants over time:

Massive amounts of gold are needed to fund a war campaign or defend, and economies suffer when most of a city or nation's population is engaged in constant warfare. Population diversity, where you have a good balance of military and non-combatants, would probably help sustain a nation's economy during a long or drawn out war, and that strong economy would help to fuel the war effort. Otherwise, the soldiers will eventually have to put down their swords and plow the fields (or more rightly, plunder the wilds for gold held by monsters) lest their cities crumble around them while they are off fighting their enemies. Right now both nations have most of their populations serving in the military, so the first real casualty that could turn the tide of the war might be the economy of one of the warring sides.
Very interesting to see the how the different factors affect the gameplay in Shadowbane already. For more information, check out the latest report or have a look through the Shadowbane site. Wolfpack and publisher UbiSoft have promised to open the beta up to more Mac and PC users later this year, but no definite timeline has been announced for a release.

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