MMO Week in Review: Superhero spin-offs

City of Heroes - anniversary art
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City of Heroes just doesn't seem to want to die quietly in a corner as instructed. This week, sources speaking under condition of anonymity leaked what they claimed were Paragon Studios' pre-shutdown financials, provoking a rare response and denial from the normally tight-lipped NCsoft. Undaunted if not entirely united, fans are proceeding with not one but two City of Heroes-inspired spin-off MMOs: The Phoenix Project and Heroes and Villains.

Super-jump past the break for a look at the rest of this week's top MMO stories.

GW2
ArenaNet bans Guild Wars 2 exploiters in nefarious snowflake incident
Hopes for the new year in Guild Wars 2

SWTOR
Star Wars: The Old Republic confirms same-gender romance
Hyperspace Beacon: Larry totally called it!

ArcheAge
ArcheAge open beta vids detail dungeon, trade market, and more
ArcheAge's Korean OBT features lengthy queues, intro cinematic released

Other top MMO stories
Ten new MMOs to watch in 2013
The second annual Frindie Awards
Firefly Universe Online re-emerges, is alleged to be a hoax
Rumor: Blizzard's Titan is not a new IP, could be heading to consoles
Age of Empires Online ceases content development
The Chromebook 'All In One' project
Torchlight 2 has sold more than a million copies
The War Z attacked, then attacked again
38 Studios retrospective criticizes 'star-struck legislators'
Researcher would rather hire WoW players than Harvard MBAs
First Defiance beta event coming January 18th for PC players
Elite: Dangerous is well and truly Kickstarted
Ragnarok Online 2 open beta denied to most of the world
Opinion: The heartbreak of altitis
The Repopulation upgrades to Hero Engine 2.0

WoW Insider
And from our sister site, WoW Insider...
WoW Insider is still hiring; deadline is January 8th
WoW patch 5.2 features new spell effects
PvP on the PTR and predictions for 2013
Bashiok returns to the WoW team

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