This week, Marvel and Gazillion pulled the wraps off incoming Marvel Universe Online, stunning fans with two revelations: that the game will be free-to-play and that gamers will slip into the shoes of existing, iconic Marvel characters rather than design their own. No matter which side of the relevant arguments we cleave to, we sure weren't expecting that!
Meanwhile, Sony Online Entertainment continued its struggle to repair its network and its reputation after hackers compromised an estimated 77 million PlayStation accounts, though it appears gamers' credit card details were spared.
Past the cut, we'll deliver a roundup of this week's other top MMO stories.
Celebrate six years of Guild Wars with prizes and an exclusive update interview
We got the scoop on Guild Wars' sixth anniversary events.
The path of the Dark Side: The Old Republic shows Sith Warrior progression
BioWare revealed its latest Sith Warrior video.
First look at Phantasy Star Online 2
Sega teased us with brand-new PSO2 screenshots.
Launch day for Allods Online is finally here
After a long stint in open beta, gPotato's Allods Online finally launched.
RIFT's patch 1.2 moved to May 10th
Trion's highly anticipated 1.2 patch was delayed.
That's no moon - that's a SWTOR fan site explosion!
Larry rounded up all the best info from the TOR fan site summit in Austin.
Community Detective Issue #21: Star Trek Online
Jef returned with a look at STO's community and customer service.
The Soapbox: The road (much) less traveled
Beau discussed the need for meaningful travel in MMOs.
Analyst says one million subscribers are attainable for SWTOR
Economic gurus predicted good news for BioWare's Star Wars epic.
XL Games teases new ArcheAge trailer
Could ArcheAge become the next big sandbox?
Enter at Your Own Rift: Looking for groups
Justin examined RIFT's incoming LFG tool.
The Tattered Notebook: Dave Georgeson on EQII's Children of War
Karen interviewed Smokejumper on EverQuest II's upcoming update.
Jeff Hickman hops over to Star Wars: The Old Republic
The former Warhammer exec will now work on SWTOR.
The OverAchiever: Guide to Children's Week 2011
The Insider's guide to WoW's Children's Week holiday.
A parent's guide to World of Warcraft for kids
Lisa Poisso rounded up her best parenting guides for WoW and other MMOs.
Mobile guild chat updated for Android app
Hardcore guildies can now access guild chat from their Android phones.
Patch 4.1: Guide to the new Zul'Gurub
WoW Insider dissected the revamped ZG and other patch 4.1 offerings.