Things just couldn't be bleaker for Sony Online Entertainment. Still reeling from the massive PSN hacking that has seen 77 million accounts compromised, SOE was this week forced to take its PC MMO services offline (affecting another 24 million accounts) after determining that the original attacks jeopardized the Station, too. Accused of lax security and suffering Congressional inquiries and lawsuits, SOE has scrambled to answer its customers questions and compensate players both in-game and out. Is Anonymous to blame? If so, the hacktivists aren't making any friends among gamers.
Are you twiddling your thumbs, waiting for your favorite SOE MMO to return to service? Why not cure that boredom past the break with a peek at this week's other top MMO stories.
The Old Republic expected launch window confirmed, SWTOR testing begins soon in Europe
EA said SWTOR is still expected to launch this year; meanwhile, testing preparations got underway.
Guild Wars 2 developers offer new information on PvP, servers, titles
A new dev interview brought GW2 PvP details to light.
TERA producer: Getting to endgame doesn't take a lot of time
En Masse said TERA's focus will be on endgame, not on level-grinding.
The Soapbox: Why we grief - a therapy session
Jef tackled the ever-present issue of online griefing.
RIFT 'Spoils of War' mini-event kicks off today
Trion's event aimed to tide players over until the next update.
The Tattered Notebook: Free level 90? Heck yeah!
Karen debated EQII's proposed return-to-Norrath incentives.
Blade and Soul videos feature PvP, gliding
The Korean MMO launched trailers showing off various game elements.
SWTOR reinvents the tank role in PvP
BioWare discussed the viability of PvP tanks.
Enter at Your Own Rift: Notes from the front
We considered coin-locking, hacking, and bad AI in RIFT.
Free for All: So how DO they make their money?
Beau pondered the many ways F2P developers make money.
Aion reveals a new trailer for Empyrean Calling
NCsoft will attempt to breathe new life into Atreia.
The Perfect Ten: Why a Harry Potter MMO makes sense
Justin argued that the time is right for the Potter franchise.
WoW Rookie: You're level 85 ... now what?
What to do next when you've capped out your levels.
World of Warcraft patch 4.2 patch notes
WoW Insider previewed what's coming up on the test server.
Gold Capped: Goodbye, level 84 crafting alts
Blizzard removed barriers to crafting at lowish levels.