Did you think we'd be rounding up those hated April Fools' posts or April Fools' Day events in this edition of Week in Review? That would be silly when we could focus on RIFT, which certainly doesn't get enough attention from gaming blogs these days. I mean, it's not like Trion Worlds is releasing awesome updates, introducing authentication services on smartphones, integrating in-game YouTube video capture, or chatting with us about the new patch. I suppose the naysayers are right -- we should ignore the great "role" debate and refuse to invite our friends to play with us for free during the Allies of the Ascended event this weekend. Wouldn't want to enjoy ourselves!
This week's other top stories await your bitter, jaded eyes just past the break!
Sony Online Entertainment confirms layoffs, studio closings
The MMO powerhouse laid off employees and canceled The Agency.
Captain's Log: The Foundry and you
Star Trek Online's player-gen content Foundry landed on the live server.
First Impressions: Forsaken World
We dived into PWE's newest free-to-play fantasy epic.
Rumor: A new Ultima MMO might be in the works
Gamers speculated about a possible third attempt at a UO sequel.
Redefining MMOs: More developers weigh in
We compiled various developers' definitions of "MMO."
The Soapbox: The industry's obsession with shards
Brendan dissected the one-shard vs. many-shards argument.
Free Realms makes your world on PS3!
The kid-friendly browser MMO became SOE's second to launch on PS3.
Hyperspace Beacon: Ready to face the Trials
Larry pondered how (and whether) SWTOR will implement Jedi ranks.
ArcheAge upgrading to CryEngine 3
Sandbox fans had better get their PCs upgraded soon!
MMObility: Battle of the browsers
Beau considered the best browsers for browser-gaming.
Designing the task forces for City of Heroes Issue 20
We got an exclusive dev diary on the superhero MMO's next update.
Rescuing Final Fantasy: FFXIV producer discusses the game's future
Naoki Yoshida laid out his plans for the floundering game.
Enter WoW Insider's Guild of the Month contest for April
Nab some great prizes (and internet fame) in this month's WoW Insider guild contest.
Same-faction battlegrounds to be available for testing on the PTR
Soon you can teamkill without switching to your Horde alt!
Patch 4.1 PTR notes updated for March 30
Heirloom items and guilds are among the systems due for updates.