MMO Week in Review: History repeatin'

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November 15th is an inauspicious day for Star Wars MMO fans. Veteran gamers will remember it as the day SOE launched Star Wars Galaxies' infamous New Game Enhancements, better known as the NGE, which inserted themepark elements into the beloved sandbox and caused an exodus of players. Seven years later to the day, Star Wars: The Old Republic will undergo its own enhancements in the form of a massive free-to-play conversion and 1.5 update that hope to reinvigorate the shrinking playerbase and repair trust in the development team, which just split up with Mythic.

I'm going to resist the obvious Han Solo "good luck" quote and instead point you toward the rest of this week's top MMO stories, tucked handily behind the break.
ZeniMax releases nine-minute Elder Scrolls Online preview clip
Guild Wars 2 reveals schedule for the Lost Shores
Blizzard facing class-action lawsuit over authenticators
Former president of Square Enix calls corporate merger a disaster
TERA Producer Chris Hager leaves En Masse
Massively exclusive: Newest Vindictus boss can swallow you whole
Guild Wars 2 is getting a refer-a-friend free trial weekend
Total Recall Online trailer shows off the game for the first time
EVE Online maps out 2013 balance changes
100% of WoW's Cinder Kitten sales to benefit Hurricane Sandy relief
The Road to Mordor: Five frills I love in Riders of Rohan
Here's another impressive Bless trailer, this time with a huge world boss
NCsoft 3Q report shows GW2 at top of global sales
Why I Play: The Secret World
World of Tanks rolls out Chinese armor for Update 8.2
Perfect World International welcomes the Sirens of War
MechWarrior Online celebrates open beta with a new trailer
The Perfect Ten: Character creation options nobody uses
The Soapbox: The problem with power creep and progression
Flameseeker Chronicles: There's something in the water in Guild Wars 2

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