Week in Review: Spoiled by war

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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?

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