MMO Week in Review: Free-to-play vs. buy-to-play

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This week, En Masse declared plans to take action MMO TERA down the free-to-play path beginning in February. Players and haters are absorbing the news with a mixture of terror and glee. Perhaps they ought to take heart in Funcom's announcement that The Secret World's change in business model last month boosted total sales by 30%. Of course, glad tidings for the beleaguered title are tempered by simultaneous cost reductions and studio closures, so maybe TERA shouldn't be celebrating just yet.

Want more of this week's top MMO stories? Hit the break!

War stories in Guild Wars 2

SWTOR's Cartel Market selling character slots, players limited to 349 alts
Our top five wishes for SWTOR roleplay

The influence of ambiance in The Secret World

Other top MMO stories
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Massively interviews Dr. Lawrence Sanders on MMO loyalty
Square teases full FFXIV Realm Reborn opening cinematic
ArcheAge to launch with subscription model in Korea
Neverwinter's Great Weapon Fighter class revealed
EVE now lets you nuke entire DUST 514 sites from orbit
Marvel Heroes introduces Founders Program in preparation of spring 2013 launch
Pathfinder Online unveils 'Environment Experience'
World of Warcraft releases a new member of the sparklepony family
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Second Wind: Vanguard
The burden of leveling in RIFT
How do you get your son to log off? Grief him!
DarkCryo dispels Firefly Universe Online hoax allegations
New Syfy Defiance teaser kinda reminds us of Firefly
The Defiance MMO gets a trailer, too
Starting fresh in DC Universe Online
Blizzard to fix exploit with Diablo III's votekick system

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