MMO Week in Review: The return of the sandbox

Age of Wushu
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, wuxia-themed Age of Wushu launched officially, turning loose a hardcore, Chinese-flavored, martial arts sandbox in the MMORPG space. Persistent-world junkies are hoping the game marks the first of the big-budget sandboxes aiming to revamp the genre in the next few years. What sandboxes are those? I'm glad you asked. Massively's Jef recently prepped a guide to the bigguns, including ArcheAge, EverQuest Next, and Star Citizen.

Read on for a peek at the rest of our top MMO stories.

GW2
Returning to a simpler time in Guild Wars
Guild Wars 2 wraps up the Flame and Frost living story this month
Guild Wars 2's leaderboards are up and running

SWTOR
SWTOR's Shroud has been lifted
SWTOR dev blog details new GSI faction

WildStar
WildStar begins closed beta testing
WildStar explains how MMO servers work
A speculative look at WildStar crafting

ESO
First 20 minutes of Elder Scrolls Online gameplay leaked
The Elder Scrolls Online's latest Q&A talks phasing, PvP, and more

Camelot Unchained
Mark Jacobs says Camelot Unchained can succeed with just 50K subs
Mark Jacobs on the coming F2P apocalypse
Camelot Unchained video shows 1,000 players on-screen

Other top MMO stories
EA named 'Worst Company in America' second year in a row
BioWare co-founder talks EA's influence, beer, and gamer negativity
Jens Andersen reveals DC Universe Online's Origin Crisis DLC
Taking another look at Champions Online
The day my Star Trek Online fleet died
Final Fantasy XIV's magitek disassembled
State of Decay coming to Xbox Live in June
First major bug-smashing update to be released for Defiance
Defiance hands out compensation package to players
Jagex reports student to police following school shooting threat
Hearthstone video pits mage against shaman
Hacking ring infiltrates Trion, Nexon, and Neowiz game servers
World of Tanks vs. Project Tank: Is there IP infringement?
Neverwinter closes in on another beta weekend with the Great Weapon Fighter
EA hit with layoffs, Mythic layoffs rumored
The Perfect Ten: Final moments of MMOs, part 1
Opinion: Stop digging up City of Heroes' grave

WoW Insider
And from our sister site, WoW Insider...
Fifteen easy (and not so easy) achievements to work on while leveling
How to post a good thread on the WoW forums
Three things to know when gaming on the road
World of Warcraft to get an in-game browser in patch 5.3, sort of

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