To ring in the New Year the way only it can, Sony Online Entertainment shocked fans of its current and upcoming MMOs (and made some of us question our most-anticipated and best-studio picks) by rescinding longstanding subscriber benefits for several of its titles, swapping industry-standard cash-shop allowances for a single time-limited monthly gift item and reducing the attractiveness of subscriptions on the whole. Massively's EverQuest franchise columnist remains unimpressed by the studio's claims that the nerfs represent "added value" for players, especially considering that EverQuest Next Landmark is likely to enter pre-order alpha by the end of the month.
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