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MMO Week in Review: PAX East 2014

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At the end of every week, we round up the best and most popular news stories, exclusive features, and insightful columns published on Massively and then present them all in one convenient place. If you missed a big MMO or WoW Insider story last week, you've come to the right post.

Massively took on the wilds of PAX East 2014 this weekend. Here's what we've seen so far:
PAX East 2014: WildStar's panel was all about the endgame
PAX East 2014: First impressions of Warlords of Draenor
PAX East 2014: Landmark's current tools and future crafts
PAX East 2014: The Repopulation's Josh Hall on the future of the game
PAX East 2014: Hands-on with Infinite Crisis
PAX East 2014: State of Decay eyes multiplayer, stays offline
PAX East 2014: Guns of Icarus Online's expanding environment
PAX East 2014: PlanetSide 2's Matt Higby on weekly updates
PAX East 2014: Hearthstone reveals Naxxramas single-player adventure
PAX East 2014: Star Citizen and the DFM are 'more than just PvP'
There's more to come over the next few days. Read on for the rest of this week's top stories!

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MMO Week in Review: The Elder Scrolls Online's PC launch

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At the end of every week, we round up the best and most popular news stories, exclusive features, and insightful columns published on Massively and then present them all in one convenient place. If you missed a big MMO or WoW Insider story last week, you've come to the right post.

After a few pre-launch hiccups, ZeniMax's Elder Scrolls Online MMO formally launched on PC this week. We celebrated with a five-part launch week diary, a guide to exploration, two livestreams, and a month-long Choose My Adventure series in which you'll boss us through playing the game.

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MMO Week in Review: The Elder Scrolls Online's pre-launch is here

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At the end of every week, we round up the best and most popular news stories, exclusive features, and insightful columns published on Massively and then present them all in one convenient place. If you missed a big MMO or WoW Insider story last week, you've come to the right post.

What do you get when The Elder Scrolls Online launches its early access period, Landmark moves into closed beta, and WildStar hosts another beta weekend, all competing with the behemoth known as Diablo III: Reaper of Souls? MMO drama! If you're not quite in ESO's early access just yet, make sure to check out our ESO columnist Larry Everett's livestream from earlier today, and then read on for a look at all of this week's top MMO stories.

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MMO Week in Review: WildStar's pre-ESO deluge

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At the end of every week, we round up the best and most popular news stories, exclusive features, and insightful columns published on Massively and then present them all in one convenient place. If you missed a big MMO or WoW Insider story last week, you've come to the right post.

WildStar's been busy this week, opening up pre-orders along with a brand-new website and yet another weekend beta test. Massively celebrated with a look at character creation tricks, a hands-on with the game's PvP matches, and a list of reasons to look forward to the game's launch in June.

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MMO Week in Review: WildStar is on the way

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At the end of every week, we round up the best and most popular news stories, exclusive features, and insightful columns published on Massively and then present them all in one convenient place. If you missed a big MMO or WoW Insider story last week, you've come to the right post.

WildStar announced a June 3rd launch date this week, promising that preorders for its sci-fantasy themepark goodness will open up this coming Wednesday. Massively published two in-depth articles on the game to coincide with the announcement: an exploration of its endgame raids and dungeons and an examination of its PvP systems.

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MMO Week in Review: SWTOR's take on player housing

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At the end of every week, we round up the best and most popular news stories, exclusive features, and insightful columns published on Massively and then present them all in one convenient place. If you missed a big MMO or WoW Insider story last week, you've come to the right post.

This week, BioWare performed an abrupt about-face on housing in MMORPGs, revealing during a livestream that Star Wars: The Old Republic will install its own system of player apartments to complement the existing private ship instances. Massively's Larry Everett broke down the video, speculating that housing will be faction-based and will have kiosks for mail, missions, decorating, appearance/outfit design, and HBO Go. Kidding.

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MMO Week in Review: Maintenance mode is better than a sunset

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At the end of every week, we round up the best and most popular news stories, exclusive features, and insightful columns published on Massively and then present them all in one convenient place. If you missed a big MMO or WoW Insider story last week, you've come to the right post.

As one of the first three MMORPGs ever, Asheron's Call made its mark in the genre with live events, hybrid character development, and a failed but later resurrected sequel. This week, Turbine comforted veteran players with the news that the venerable old sandbox will retreat to maintenance mode rather than sunset in the wake of the company's recent layoffs. The studio plans to make both classic AC and its sequel, Asheron's Call 2, free-to-play and allow player-run servers by the end of the year.

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MMO Week in Review: Destroying something beautiful

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At the end of every week, we round up the best and most popular news stories, exclusive features, and insightful columns published on Massively and then present them all in one convenient place. If you missed a big MMO or WoW Insider story last week, you've come to the right post.

This week, ArenaNet unleashed Guild Wars 2's latest living story update, setting the great city of Lion's Arch ablaze and tasking players with rescuing citizens from an insidious chemical attack and fending off archvillain Scarlet's minions. Meanwhile, Massively's Mike surveyed the game beyond the living story via livestream, and our columnist Anatoli mused on how the living story can bolster roleplay.

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MMO Week in Review: The Elder Scrolls Online, round two

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At the end of every week, we round up the best and most popular news stories, exclusive features, and insightful columns published on Massively and then present them all in one convenient place. If you missed a big MMO or WoW Insider story last week, you've come to the right post.

It's been another week of major Elder Scrolls Online infodumping as yet another media NDA was erased and Massively was set free to discuss PvP in addition to crafting, grouping, and the disappointing early game. Over the weekend, the NDA for stress testers was likewise lifted, finally allowing the dialogue MMO gamers have been pining for. Insufficient reading material for you? Check out ESO's dev blog on dark anchors and one fan's unofficial attempt at Oculus Rift support.

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MMO Week in Review: New shinies

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At the end of every week, we round up the best and most popular news stories, exclusive features, and insightful columns published on Massively and then present them all in one convenient place. If you missed a big MMO or WoW Insider story last week, you've come to the right post.

February is not known for being a huge MMO news month, but 2014 is all about writing new rules for the genre. This week, The Elder Scrolls Online granted a massive press NDA lift, provoking an influx of impressions and guides for the earliest stages of the game. EverQuest Next Landmark survived its first week in open alpha, and both Guild Wars 2 and Star Wars: The Old Republic posted game updates in an attempt to distract everyone from the new shinies.

All this and more await you in today's roundup of Massively's top MMO content. Read on!

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MMO Week in Review: This is how you alpha an MMO in 2014

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Landmark
At the end of every week, we round up the best and most popular news stories, exclusive features, and insightful columns published on Massively and then present them all in one convenient place. If you missed a big MMO or WoW Insider story last week, you've come to the right post.

This week, the NDA-cloaked Elder Scrolls Online came under fire for its recently revealed collector's edition, which opens the Imperial race exclusively to purchases, and for its preorder version, which allows those who buy early and sight-unseen the ability to play any race for any faction. ESO launches in two months.

Meanwhile, buildy-MMO EverQuest Next Landmark, previously criticized itself for charging testers for access, launched its alpha for early adopters on Friday, and by Saturday, it had dropped its NDA completely in spite of technical glitches. Landmark launches into closed beta in two months.

Huh.

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MMO Week in Review: Quadruple sunsets

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At the end of every week, we round up the best and most popular news stories, exclusive features, and insightful columns published on Massively and then present them all in one convenient place. If you missed a big MMO or WoW Insider story last week, you've come to the right post.

With less than a week to go before the presumptive launch of EverQuest Next Landmark's alpha, SOE dropped a bomb on its core fans with the news that the studio will be shuttering four of its MMOs, making its all-access pass that much more unattractive. Vanguard, Wizardry Online, Free Realms, and Clone Wars Adventures are all slated for execution in the coming months. SOE CEO John Smedley told Reddit followers that he believed his company has "watered down [its] gaming a little too much" and "no longer [had] the resources to dedicate" to keeping the games secure and in-sync with SOE's overall gaming platform. He also promised Star Wars Galaxies fans, still smarting from their own sunset two years ago, that SOE's next (unannounced) game is dedicated to them.

Massively's MJ made her farewells to Vanguard in yesterday's column, but stay tuned for more sunset coverage from our team. And in the meantime, read on for a look at the rest of this week's top MMO stories. Most of them are happy, even.

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MMO Week in Review: Retro inspiration

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At the end of every week, we round up the best and most popular news stories, exclusive features, and insightful columns published on Massively and then present them all in one convenient place. If you missed a big MMO or WoW Insider story last week, you've come to the right post.

EverQuest veteran Brad McQuaid's latest MMO venture, Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen, launched on Kickstarter this week, making him the latest in a growing line of old-school game developers turning to the crowdfunding platform to make a retro-inspired title. Since the Kickstarter began, the fledgling team has outlined its design philosophy, added new pledge tiers, and revealed the classic Cleric class.

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MMO Week in Review: The sustainability of the Elder Scrolls Online

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At the end of every week, we round up the best and most popular news stories, exclusive features, and insightful columns published on Massively and then present them all in one convenient place. If you missed a big MMO or WoW Insider story last week, you've come to the right post.

This week, gamers, bloggers, and developers clashed over The Elder Scrolls Online's viability, homing in on the sustainability of its proposed business model, the effectiveness of its marketing reach, and the appeal of its gameplay for traditional MMORPG gamers. Meanwhile, the game spent the weekend in another round of closed beta, revealed the perks of becoming Emperor of Tamriel, and became the focus for some meaty combat analysis.

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MMO Week in Review: Altering the deal

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At the end of every week, we round up the best and most popular news stories, exclusive features, and insightful columns published on Massively and then present them all in one convenient place. If you missed a big MMO or WoW Insider story last week, you've come to the right post.

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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