There's palpable relief among the people we're meeting in Trion's freshly pre-launched RIFT -- relief that the game is finally here and doing well, maybe even doing better than expected. The last few years have been rocky territory for many new AAA titles, so there's a lot of pressure on each new game to be the next big thing. With over one million players signed up and long queues forming as players scramble to log in to an ever-expanding server list, RIFT just might be pulling it off. This week, in honor of RIFT's head-start launch, we got the scoop on the last four souls, highlighted a collectors edition unboxing, and offered a guide to your very first day in the game. Happy rifting!
Join us past the break for a look at this week's other top stories.
Guild Wars 2 Norn Week
We were treated to another five days of details on GW2's Norn race.
Exclusive launch trailer for EverQuest II: Destiny of Velious expansion
EverQuest II's seventh expansion came to the live servers.
BBC and Three Rings readying Doctor Who online multiplayer title
We wondered whether we'd soon be tasked with killing 10 daleks.
World of Tanks sets Guinness World Record
WoT beat out EVE once again in the race for highest player concurrency.
Massively's exclusive look at Fiesta's new content
We got a sneak peek at Fiesta's New Heroes of Isya patch.
Massively Exclusive: Darkspore reveals the Viper
Our early look at the pseudo-MMO's Viper hero.
NetDevil lays off large portion of its staff, Gazillion clarifies Netdevil layoff rumors
LEGO Universe is bought out, along with the game's NetDevil staff, by LEGO.
Turbine releases new LotRO Echoes of the Dead screens
Players were treated to a look at LotRO's upcoming content patch.
First DC Universe Online patch goes live
SOE's superhero action MMO was boosted by its February patch.
The Soapbox: Respecting the IP and why developers shouldn't
Eliot examined how taking liberties with IPs can make for a better game.
Hyperspace Beacon: Rule of one
Will putting the RPG into MMORPG take the MMO out of SWTOR?
APB blog talks beta applications, information security
GamersFirst discussed its upcoming relaunch of APB: Reloaded.
A Mild-Mannered Reporter: Steal this tape
Eliot recommended MMOs steal more goodness from City of Heroes.
Patch 4.1 PTR: Patch notes
Blizzard released patch notes for Cataclysm's first major content patch (not coincidentally, we suspect, on the day of RIFT's head-start launch). The patch will tweak interrupts, add a new Looking-for-Guild system, and adjust cast timing as well as re-release Zul'Aman and Zul'Gurub as level 85 heroic dungeons.