Quit depressing us, MMOverse. This week has been pure pain for MMO developers, as we learned that Blizzard suffered layoffs, EverQuest Online Adventures and Lime Odyssey Korea are shutting down, Stellar Dawn and Dawntide are halting development, Black Prophecy is in trouble, gamigo was hacked, and CCP's North American president moved on.
Let's aim for a rosier news roundup next week as we head to GDC 2012, shall we? In the meantime, the rest of this week's top MMO stories await you behind the break.
Enter at Your Own Rift: Looking back at RIFT's first year
We celebrate RIFT's very first birthday.
Flameseeker Chronicles: I hope you like PvE stuff
Lis talks GW2 maps, story, and personality trees.
TERA website updates with Elin lore, video
En Masse backstorifies the controversial, child-like race.
Star Wars: The Old Republic announces economic adjustments
BioWare is shuffling the cost of vehicles and related fees.
See the shores of the Anduin in LotRO's Update 6
Turbine unleashes the details of its upcoming update and zones.
Bigpoint's A Game of Thrones MMO to debut at GDC 2012
GDC will see the game's first public demo.
First official MechWarrior Online trailer drops into action
Hop into the cockpit of a Battlemech.
Custom-tailor your character with Guild Wars 2's traits and attributes
An ArenaNet dev blog sparked discussion on MMO customization.
SWTOR's lead PvP designer answers community questions
Gabe Amatangelo paves the way for DPS meters.
Anarchy Online's new graphics engine wows Funcom
There's new hope for the future of the sci-fi sandbox.
Free for All: How I'm preparing for the release of Wakfu
Ankama's strategy-sandbox Wakfu launched globally.
The Soapbox: There's no such thing as a miracle MMO
Justin argues that pining for perfection is counterproductive.
ArcheAge explores the possibilities of an open world in a new video
Holy crap, ArcheAge has farming and tractors and pesticides.
Smedley announces that all players will be able to play on any server
SOE struggles to fix the ProSiebenSat.1 situation.
BioWare doctors discuss Mass Effect MMO
I'm Commander Shepard, and this is my favorite post on Massively.
- Blizzard layoffs could mean many things
- Ghostcrawler explains stat changes in Mists of Pandaria
- Winners and losers of Cataclysm