MMO Week in Review: Half a million internet spaceships

At the end of every week, we round up the best and most popular news stories, exclusive features, and insightful columns published on Massively and then present them all in one convenient place. If you missed a big MMO or WoW Insider story last week, you've come to the right post.

This week, CCP Games announced that cutthroat space sandbox EVE Online reached the 500,000 concurrent active subscription mark thanks to its relaunch in China, last December's Retribution update, and anticipation for shooter spin-off DUST 514. CCP teased vampire fans about World of Darkness' presence at upcoming EVE Fanfest. No sparkle jokes were made.

Read on for a run-down of the rest of this week's top MMO stories.

Massively's The Gathering Storm preview
The Gathering Storm update is here
Guild Wars 2 brings more tricks to the WvW experience, living story
Guild Wars 2 frees up tournaments for all

Exclusive: A closer look at WildStar's Draken
Exclusive: A closer look at WildStar's Mechari

Other top MMO stories
Taking a second look at World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria
Jewel of the North: Impressions of Neverwinter to the level 30 cap
A scoop of Elder Scrolls Online beta details
See Ultima X: Odyssey in glorious action
EA is building micro-transactions into its PC and console games
Watch World of Warcraft's Thunder King trailer
Hands-on with Blacklight: Retribution's biggest update yet
Darkfall's fourth anniversary arrives, Unholy Wars doesn't
A look back at RIFT on its second birthday
Diablo III will be playable offline on PS3 and PS4
Joel Bylos interview unearths more about TSW's Issue #6
The Perfect Ten: Creative MMO minigames
Final Fantasy XIV's five-year gap
Bugs, minerals, and jet boots: Hands-on with Firefall's PvE
Blizzard to attend PAX East
Turbine announces Shadowfell Conspiracy expansion for DDO
The Hyperspace Beacon's SWTOR awards
The Repopulation's crafting is serious business

WoW Insider
And from our sister site, WoW Insider...
What will WoW's promised mystery feature be?
Are you a "rare" WoW race/class combo?
Is Activision Blizzard overly reliant on core titles?
WoW's hallenge mode whiz kids spill their strategies
The brilliant WoW questing macro you need to have
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