There's no question that this week's highlight was BioWare's accidental mass-email to potential Star Wars: The Old Republic testers, whose hopes were quickly deflated. But SWTOR delivered more than a giant oops this week: BioWare announced that the game will launch with achievements, released a nifty 3-D map of the Star Wars galaxy, and promised an "aggressive" post-launch plan. And for those of you lost in a sea of SWTOR lore, our own Larry Everett posted a timeline of the era's history.
Check out the rest of this week's top MMO stories behind the break.
MMO impressions from Eurogamer Expo 2011
Brendan returned from the Eurogamer Expo with his opinions in tow.
So long and thanks for all the pics: One Shots favorites
We retired our screenshots column to make way for some new hotness.
BioWare open to the possibility of a Mass Effect MMO
Someday we might be playing our Malesheps and Femsheps online.
Coloring inside the lines: An interview with PlanetSide 2's Tramell Isaac
We got the scoop on SOE's upcoming MMOFPS.
Turbine celebrates Rise of Isengard's launch; Isengard patch notes are up!
Lord of the Rings Online's latest expansion was released.
Square Enix says FFXIV greatly damaged Final Fantasy brand
The team will continue working to save the title.
City of Heroes Freedom goes live; Brian Clayton on the launch
The venerable superhero title embarked on its freemium quest.
Free for All: Smedley helps us understand free-to-play
SOE's president dished on the state of the industry.
Blizzard's not talking about its unannounced MMO at BlizzCon this year
Titan will remain a no-go at BlizzCon.
New Guild Wars Winds of Change content has arrived
ArenaNet issued a second wave of free quests to Cantha.
RIFT's Ashes of History goes live; Enter at Your Own Rift; RIFT sealed
Trion launched its newest content update; our community debated the game's merits.
Funcom's Craig Morrison on SWTOR and MMO industry advances
Silirrion suggests there's a lack of progress in the genre.
More talk of an Avatar MMO surfaces from director James Cameron
Please, just. No.
MMObility: Glitch makes you wish you were as cool as it is
TinySpeck's clever little indie MMO takes off.
Some Assembly Required: How to screw up your sandbox
Jef outlines the stuff games get so wrong.