NCsoft dominated the MMO headlines this week, and not necessarily the way it might prefer. While the studio ushered in the launch of ArenaNet's Guild Wars 2, it also announced it plans to shut down beloved superhero MMO City of Heroes and developer Paragon Studios in November. And though Guild Wars 2 can claim a million prepurchase copies sold and a 400,000-person concurrency peak, it's also been hampered by a hastily implemented new email authentication system, phishing scams, and exploits, not to mention forum, in-game mail, and trading post outages.
Meanwhile, at PAX Prime 2012, we caught a glimpse of PlanetSide 2, WildStar, Torchlight II, Phantasy Star Online 2, RIFT's Storm Legion, League of Legends, World of Warplanes, SMITE, and Dungeons and Dragons Online.
We've posted a few more of this week's top MMO stories just past the jump.
- Massively's launch guide to Guild Wars 2
- World of Warcraft releases pre-expansion patch
- The Secret World sales at 200,000; Funcom focused on the future
- Ten ways Guild Wars 2 beats the pants off of Guild Wars
- First impressions of PlanetSide 2 through the eyes of an FPS noob
- Black Prophecy is closing down on September 26th
- Exclusive preview of Champions Online's newest hero and new vehicles
- A critical look at Guild Wars 2
- BioWare discusses SWTOR free-to-play conversion
- Playnomics puts gamers into eight categories
- Guild Wars 2 crafter reaches level 80 first
- Player memorial scheduled for GW2 on September 5th
- Why we play EVE Online
- Opinion: Guild Wars 2 goes back to the future
- Star Trek Online, story, and 'new Trek'
- Star Wars: The Old Republic previews Terror From Beyond
- Orgia Romanus renamed Venus Rising, demo coming in December
- Guild Wars 2 is heading to China
- Blizzard working on new models of humans and orcs
- Class guides and resources for Mists of Pandaria
- Mists of Pandaria mount preview mounts up on official site
- What you should know about account-wide pets, mounts and achievements