MMO Week in Review: Trion's tribulations and DUST's launch

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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, Trion Worlds' announcement that RIFT will transition to a free-to-play MMO in less than a month was tempered by news that the studio was forced to lay off a large portion of its staff, though the RIFT team itself was unaffected. Meanwhile, CCP's console shooter DUST 514 officially launched; Massively's Jef Reahard delivered tepid impressions of the game.

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

GW2
NCsoft clarifies stance on Guild Wars 2 expansion
The matter of alts in Guild Wars 2
Guild Wars 2's Secret of Southsun patch has released
Guild Wars 2 gives voice to the Consortium
ArenaNet ceases Guild Wars 1 live development, automates game

SWTOR
Opinion: SWTOR's customization cash kitty
SWTOR customization update goes live

WildStar
Unicorn poop, beer cans, and housing dungeons: WildStar preps for closed beta 2
Getting from place to place in WildStar

ESO
The Elder Scrolls Online wants you to explore everywhere
Elder Scrolls Online's factional divides

Neverwinter
The 14 Neverwinter guides you need to read
Exploits plague Neverwinter economy, PWE responds

Other top MMO stories
Yes, that is a car in ArcheAge
Six reasons LotRO's Lore-masters rock
Take a gander at Final Fantasy XIV's character customization possibilities
Why we play PlanetSide 2
Maplestory celebrates eight years with events
Bungie quashes rumors that Destiny might come to the PlayStation Vita
Prosecutors laugh last, Lulzsec hackers sentenced
ArcheAge Chinese beta trailer impresses
Sad pandas: More sub losses expected in WoW
Marvel Heroes prepares for the end at the beginning
EA to publish new Dawngate MOBA
Vivendi still trying to sell Activision-Blizzard
Get your epeen on with these new Final Fantasy XIV screenies
How Champions Online could get its groove back
War Thunder coming to the Playstation 4 this year
LotRO patches with Update 11

WoW Insider
And from our sister site, WoW Insider...
WoW Patch 5.3 to arrive on May 21st
University of Texas and Blizzard COO Paul Sams launch game design academy
Why raiders and multiboxers are overestimated
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