On the eve of this year's E3, a number of MMOs and MMO companies are in limbo, struggling for solvency and partnering up with F2P publishers. Fallen Earth's new special relationship with GamersFirst, well-known for its popular F2P titles and resurrection of All Points Bulletin, prompted even our own Fallen Earth guru to wonder whether the wastelands are due for a freemium makeover. Abandoned by Atari, Cryptic Studios has been snapped up by Perfect World Entertainment, another successful F2P distributor; our Star Trek Online and Champions Online columnists offered tentative cheers for the new owners (and the possibility of a free-to-play STO). And Interplay, still beleaguered by legal battles over Fallout Online, now teeters on the brink of bankruptcy. Will it take a F2P bailout to save FO?
Join me past the cut for even more of this week's top MMO stories!
Massively Exclusive: The sweet and sour of ArcheAge's third closed beta
Jef offered his first impressions of XL Games' ArcheAge sandpark.
RIFT confirms development of an addon API
Trion announced that addons are en route to RIFT.
Bigpoint unleashes new Mummy Online site and trailer
The Mummy Online resurfaced, alive and well. You know, for a mummy.
Earthrise goes on sale, looks ahead to expansion
The sci-fi sandbox revealed its upcoming Territorial Warfare expansion.
Enter at Your Own Rift: Rethinking server transfers
Karen discussed the real impact of server transfers on RIFT.
Rumor: TERA Korean servers merging
Bluehole's Korean TERA server list will be trimmed from 35 to 15.
Jagex reveals Transformers Universe, gears up for BotCon
Jagex's Transformers MMO finally got a name.
Hellgate closed beta heats up
The revamped Hellgate: London headed back into NA closed beta.
The Perfect Ten: Unusual MMO weapons
Justin rounded up a list of the wackiest MMO weaponry.
EA to be the sole source for SWTOR downloads
EA's new Origin service will provide exclusive SWTOR client downloads.
Joel Bylos talks The Secret World's endgame (and a bunch of other stuff)
We interviewed TSW's lead content designer.
First Impressions: Gods & Heroes
Beau delivered a fresh look at Heatwave's mythology-themed MMO.
The Soapbox: Grinding skill instead of gear
Patrick took on the age-old skill-vs.-gear debate.
iPhone Mobile Authenticator temporarily removed from iTunes store
Blizzard made plans for an updated authenticator to correct "issues."
The Lawbringer: China, forced labor, and why we must stop buying gold
Mathew discussed the ramifications of real-money trading.
Dev Watercooler: Cataclysm talent tree post-mortem
Bluenames posted their thoughts on the current state of WoW's talent trees.