This week, we sent our most intrepid field agents (read: suckers) to San Francisco for the first Game Developer's Conference of 2011, and all eyes were on the convention spectacle. Shawn, Rubi, and the indefatigable Massively team covered panels and interviews on the reborn APB: Reloaded, the Korean import Prius Online, the contentious and lovely TERA, Undead Labs' zombie MMOs, the record-breaking World of Tanks, gPotato's newly hopeful Allods Online and Iris Online, and the resurrected Gods and Heroes, plus titles from GameSamba, Spacetime, and UTV True Games. Topping them all off was ArenaNet's reveal of the Guild Wars 2 Thief class and Norn starting zones... and a few others we can't talk about just yet.
Of course, GDC wasn't the only newsworthy event of the week. Join us past the break for a look at Massively's other top stories!
RIFT opened!, RIFT adds 31 additional servers, Getting a head start
Trion's fantasy MMO went live; we offered our first impressions.
Embark Beach and Mercenary Heroes coming to Guild Wars
A massive surprise update spruced up classic Guild Wars.
Age of Conan's Craig Morrison on Blood and Glory
We interviewed Silirrion on AoC's upcoming FFA PvP servers and more.
Ryzom to go freemium on March 9th
The sandbox announced it will soon launch an endless freemium trial.
Free for All: The healing ability of instant access
Beau discussed how games can soothe us in times of personal trouble.
J. Robert King talks about the second Guild Wars 2 novel
We interviewed King about his upcoming book, Edge of Destiny.
The Game Archaeologist goes to Earth & Beyond: The highlights
Justin reminisced over the late great Earth & Beyond.
Star Wars: The Old Republic -- BOOM! Goes the Bounty Hunter
SWTOR revealed yet another class video.
Forsaken World to launch early
In a departure from MMO norms, PWE's F2P epic will launch early on March 9th.
Warhammer Online producer's letter mentions crafting additions
Warhammer fans rejoiced over the new patch and update plans.
Captain's Log: STO's new prime directive
Brandon sung the praises of Star Trek Online's newest episode.
The Soapbox: Classism and the oxymoron of the casual MMO
Jef took a swing at casual vs. hardcore MMOs.
Black Prophecy throws a European open beta shindig
Gamigo's browser-based space MMO launched its European beta.
Patch 4.1 PTR: Zul'Aman examined
WoW Insider tested out the new-old Zul'Aman instance.
Tom Chilton discusses Cataclysm design, talent and zone revamps
WoW's lead designer delivered his own GDC panel.
Blizzard: No triple spec on the horizon, but it's not ruled out
Bluenames focused on triple specs, perhaps because of RIFT and Runes of Magic.