RIFT's Spoils of War update made its way to the live servers this week, bringing with it (among other things) a new referral promotion, a free trial, and a looking-for-group tool players hope will make teaming up a more seamless experience. To mark the occasion, Trion Worlds sounded a call to arms in the form of a pun-filled trailer that asks gamers to "join [the] horde" of RIFT players already swarming the game.
Meanwhile, in spite of record profits, World of Warcraft-maker Blizzard Entertainment admitted subscriptions had fallen to a "mere" 11.4 million players at the end of this past March. Are we witnessing RIFT's effect on the aging MMO behemoth? Or is Mike Morhaime right when he suggests ex-WoW players will return to Azeroth?
Join us past the break for a look at this week's other top MMO stories.
New Guild Wars 2 blog post and video tours Lion's Arch
ArenaNet revealed the rise and fall and rise of Guild Wars' iconic city.
The Road to Mordor: Dungeon-running with Turbine
Justin toured Lord of the Rings Online's incoming dungeons.
ArcheAge fly-through video, planting system profiled; Housing, ship construction, labor system detailed
The Korean sci-fi MMO continued its rollout of sandbox teasers.
Free for All: Gaming with Game of Thrones
Beau's MMO picks for keeping warm when winter is coming.
A hands-on with the Razer Anansi
Eliot reviewed the Razer Naga's keyboard cousin.
NCsoft shutting down Lineage in North America
One of the oldest MMOs still running was finally marked for death.
Aion 2.5 on PTS today, new class skills video released
The new patch will bring enhanced graphics, customization, and dungeons.
John Blakely leaves SOE for Zynga
SOE's former VP of development left to join FarmVille's creator.
Massively Exclusive: Two new TERA BAMs
We profiled TERA's newest big-ass monsters.
SWTOR's Sith Inquisitor shows unlimited power!
BioWare revealed its latest class video.
SOE reveals compensation plan for outage, a few more days until services are restored
The beleaguered MMO giant offered compensation and a revised soft timeline.
Square-Enix bracing for big financial losses
Natural disasters and a weak FFXIV launch dealt a double blow to the company.
The Game Archaeologist jacks into The Matrix Online
Justin began his month-long look at the long-closed Matrix MMO.
The Soapbox: Why inclusion matters in games
Eliot argued for diversity in MMO characters and lore.
Blizzard previews character, guild, and arena team APIs
New APIs will be made available, including an auction house API.
WoW Rookie: A new player's guide to classes
WoW Insider helped you choose just the right WoW class.
Patch 4.2: Changes made to tier 12 set bonuses
The new T12 armor sets were unveiled and tweaked.