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MMO Week in Review: Crime and punishment in 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.

The Elder Scrolls Online enjoyed another big reveal week, this time from its throne at QuakeCon, as it launched on Steam and announced new zones as well as a new system for active world PvP and criminal justice that embraces players' compulsive kleptomania. Massively ESO expert Jef Reahard examined some of the proposed updates in his Tamriel Infinium column.

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MMO Week in Review: ESO's slash-and-burn update

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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, The Elder Scrolls Online team revealed plans for its third major patch; due in August, the update will include the first part of a slash-and-burn overhaul of the unpopular veteran ranks system. Meanwhile, Massively ESO columnist Jef Reahard opined on why immersion is so important for ZeniMax's MMO.

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MMO Week in Review: Play it again, Guild Wars 2

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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 launched the second season of Guild Wars 2's living story, introducing the first part of a new zone, Dry Top, to the almost-two-year-old MMO. Don't worry if you miss an installment, however; the new living journal will allow you to replay past storylines, nullifying complaints about temporary content.

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MMO Week in Review: Draenor drops

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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.

Blizzard has frustrated players with its penchant for wide content gaps between World of Warcraft expansions, but this week, the Warlords of Draenor closed beta finally got underway, suggesting it might make its December deadline after all. The studio also slashed prices on the current version of WoW, revealed new character models, previewed a new zone, and was helped along by a friendly Pandaren player.

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MMO Week in Review: Keeping sand in the sandbox

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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, Trion Worlds declared that the long-awaited western version of MMORPG ArcheAge will launch later this year with some sand in its sandbox. The original 1.0 patch, criticized for dumbing down the game, was previously deployed to Korean players but will be passed over in favor of the 1.2 update, sure to make sandbox fans on this side of the ocean happy.

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MMO Week in Review: Massively's E3 roundup

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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, the Massively staff on the ground in LA and manning the fort back home were preoccupied with E3 2014, which surprised us with some great MMO offerings. Here's a roundup of our best coverage from this year's con!
E3 2014: Underground and underwater with Landmark's Terry Michaels
E3 2014: Massively's hands-on with H1Z1
E3 2014: The Elder Scrolls Online offers small-scale PvP at cons
E3 2014: FFXIV's Yoshida on 2.4, 3.0, new classes, and more
E3 2014: Shroud of the Avatar's Garriott and Long emphasize immersion
E3 2014: Hands-on with Star Citizen and a chat with Chris Roberts
E3 2014: Hands-on with Elite: Dangerous and the Oculus Rift
E3 2014: Hands-on with Skyforge, World of Speed, and Armored Warfare
E3 2014: Hands-on with EVE Valkyrie and a chat about Legion
E3 2014: Fighting car bosses in Ubisoft's The Crew
E3 2014: Hands-on with Swordsman and Dawn of the Immortals
E3 2014: Hands-on with Black Gold's PvP
E3 2014: PlanetSide 2 PS4 demo showcases visuals, performance
E3 2014: Hands-on with World of Warships and World of Tanks Blitz

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Week in Review: CCP rides the emotional roller coaster

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CCP and its supporters took a roller coaster ride this week, from the high of EVE Online's Kronos expansion release to the low of the company's latest brush with layoffs. As if that wasn't enough, a former World of Darkness dev spilled his guts to The Guardian, calling into question CCP's executive decision-making as well as the company's ability to make a successful title after EVE.

Oh yeah, and WildStar launched.

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MMO Week in Review: On your marks, get set, WildStar!

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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 headstart kicked off this weekend, and apart from the DDoS attacks, all appears to be going... exactly as most AAA launches go. Some people are irate, some people don't care, and some people are too busy forgoing sleep in favor of playing. Prior to the early access period, Carbine dangled some account security incentives, released an official server list, and unveiled the final pre-launch trailer.

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MMO Week in Review: WildStar's looming headstart

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In the lead up to WildStar's May 31st headstart launch, the Carbine team this week implemented an enormous patch for the ongoing intermittent beta test and made amends for its recent name reservation troubles. Massively's all set for the launch too; most recently we interrogated the raid team on our podcast and suggested ways to prepare for the themepark's arrival.

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MMO Week in Review: NCsoft's dueling MMORPGs

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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.

In spite of name reservation system struggles and subsequent compensation for players, NCsoft's upcoming MMORPG WildStar surged onward into its final open beta phase this weekend, emphasizing its raid design and business model. Massively's podcast even hosted Carbine's Creative Director Chad "Pappylicious" Moore for a Q&A.

Meanwhile, players of NCsoft's Guild Wars 2 will be treated to a fresh festival and the start of the rebuilding of Lion's Arch after its destruction during the last living story campaign.

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MMO Week in Review: WildStar open beta has arrived

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WildStar kicked off its open beta this past week, posting a trailer, name reservation details, and its philosophy on the sub model. We celebrated the beta by polling you on your class choice and debating the game's merits in the lead-up to launch. Stay tuned to the Massively Speaking podcast over the next month as we'll have Carbine guests on the show to talk about the game!

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MMO Week in Review: The highlights from EVE Fanfest 2014

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CCP Games rocked the MMO world this week at EVE Fanfest by first announcing a PC-bound replacement for PS3's DUST 514 (though DUST will apparently live on) and then nixing EVE Online's long-running semi-annual expansion cycle in favor of smaller, more frequent updates. Massively's Brendan Drain was on hand to bring us the highlights from the event:
CCP responds to DUST 514 fans' rage over Project Legion
EVE's Kronos expansion is an industrial revolution
Project Legion brings DUST 514 to the PC
EVE Valkyrie demos gameplay, features Battlestar Galactica's Katee Sackhoff
Economy talk highlights PLEX prices and reveals titan production statistics
CCP formally dedicates EVE Online monument to internet spaceships

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MMO Week in Review: ArcheAge's buy-to-beta

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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, Trion Worlds revealed ArcheAge's glider mechanics, hinted at a June closed beta, and oh yeah, announced that early access for the hybrid free-to-play sandbox is not going to come cheaply. Founder packs run from $49.99 to $149.99 and include perks ranging from gametime to credits to armor. If you can't wait for launch and don't want to fight through Russian servers, that high-end pack is your guaranteed in.

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MMO Week in Review: The end of the World of Darkness

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Early this week, CCP announced it had canceled World of Darkness, a hardcore Vampire: The Masquerade sandbox that had been languishing in development since 2008. A pre-production video was shown at 2013's EVE Fanfest, but layoffs slammed the studio last December.

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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'
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