MMO Week in Review: Trekking through Neverwinter

Neverwinter (pic swiped from Justin)
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Cryptic launched the first of Neverwinter's beta periods this weekend, ushering in the press plus anyone who ponied up $200 $60 for the highest-end founder's pack. The studio also unveiled the Devoted Cleric class and cinematic trailer. Massively was on hand to tour the upcoming Dungeons and Dragons dungeon-crawler; we delivered a hands-on with character creation, detailed videos of the classes and races available in the current testing phase, and a preview of the Cloak Tower dungeon. If your mind's still not made up, there's also our three-hour livestream of the festivities.

Read on for a look at the rest of this week's top MMO stories.

GW2
Guild Wars 2's Flame and Frost: The Gathering Storm coming February 26
Guild Wars 2 WvW changes delayed until March
Hands-on with GW2's Flame and Frost

SWTOR
BioWare details SWTOR's Galactic Reputation system
What would you like added to SWTOR's cash shop?

WildStar
WildStar reveals 2013 launch window, ambitious plans to make MMOs fun again
The 'biggest game on the planet': WildStar's boundless ambition
You can't take the sky from me: WildStar's Exiles
Slap a rocket on a pig: WildStar's modding and PGC community

Camelot Unchained
RvR Unchained: Mark Jacobs returns to Camelot
Camelot Unchained's Jacobs: 'This is the wrong time to be safe'

Other top MMO stories
World of Warcraft subs drop to 9.6 million
NCsoft earnings report shows healthy growth
TERA free-to-play has launched
What we want to see in EverQuest Next
LotRO goes to the Lonely Mountain: Update 10 raid preview
Aion adopts lockboxes
Initial DayZ video blog shows new stand-alone footage
A second look at RIFT's Storm Legion expansion
Why we play Star Wars: The Old Republic
Star Citizen's death mechanics hope to create 'a sense of mortality and history'
Goodbye Scott, hello RIFT 2.2
EVE Online steels players for summer changes
Mounting a campaign for vehicles in The Secret World

WoW Insider
And from our sister site, WoW Insider...
The beginner's guide to roleplay-appropriate names in WoW
Ol' Grumpy and the dumbing down debate
What can WoW and other MMOs teach us about literature and storytelling?
How to get started with transmogrification and be the most stylish newbie on the block
All current raids to be nerfed by 10% with Patch 5.2
Guide to choosing the right style of guild
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