This week, Sony Online Entertainment surprised the MMO industry by announcing that EverQuest II will be going free-to-play... again. For real this time. We also learned that Bigpoint will be producing a Game of Thrones-flavored MMO, which may or may not be a good thing, and that while Blizzard's layoff rumors proved to be false, World of Warcraft did nevertheless suffer another massive subscriber loss. A cool million of you have quit WoW since May (assuming "you" are players in Asia, which is where most losses occurred).
Hit the jump for a peek at the rest of this week's top MMO stories!
The Old Republic opens the beta blast doors for its final testing weekend
BioWare continued the countdown to SWTOR's launch.
DC Universe Online boasts 1000% playerbase growth
DCUO's F2P conversion hit high numbers, but paying players suffered.
Mortal Online plagiarizes EVE Online's terms of service
The PvP sandbox was caught copying EVE's TOS word for word.
G-Star 2011: NCsoft announces Lineage Eternal and shows off drag-and-hold combat
Isometric Lineage 3 appears to be returning to the franchise's roots.
Massively Exclusive: PlanetSide 2's New Conglomerate Q&A
SOE's Matt Higby gave us details on the NC faction.
The Soapbox: Diagnosing and understanding Girlfriend Syndrome
Eliot explained how MMO partnerships can go wrong.
Gabe Newell confirms Steam security compromise
Valve's popular gaming distribution platform was hit by hackers.
New Guild Wars 2 demo build brings changes to UI, character creation
ArenaNet's newest demo revealed differences for Western and Eastern audiences.
TERA wins G-Star 2011's highest honor
En Masse's upcoming MMO won G-Star's Presidental Award.
Richard Garriott describes his 'ultimate' RPG
Lord British rambled on about his gaming past with hope for the future.
Free for All: Explaining the free-to-play hold-outs
Beau theorized on why certain MMOs still haven't gone free-to-play.
Massively mammillary online: Evony hires model to be the... face of the game
Evony aims for a third try at marketing to MMO gamers.
Choose My Adventure: Do all the levequests!
Matt continued his adventures in Final Fantasy XIV.
Class balance questions answered by WoW developers
Blizzard hosted a live Q&A with players.
Patch 4.3: The games of Darkmoon Island
WoW Insider checked out the revamped Darkmoon Faire.
Ghostcrawler explains patch 4.3 balance changes
Bluenames justified the upcoming class tweaks and nerfs.