MMO Week in Review: RIFT's second wind

RIFT
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You would be forgiven if you missed RIFT's free-to-play relaunch during the week of E3, but buzz for the game has crescendoed this week as fans, having recovered from launch-week queues, prowled around the cash shop, discussed the appeal of F2P, and considered returning to make those queues even longer. And Trion Worlds teased the upcoming 3.0 patch's Plane of Water, housing tweaks, and new souls.

Read on for a look at the rest of our top MMO stories from the past week.

GW2
Guild Wars 2's Sky Pirates of Tyria
Guild Wars 2 introduces the Aetherblades
Avoiding power creep with upcoming Guild Wars 2 trait tweaks
Raiding in Guild Wars 2

Neverwinter
Neverwinter launches (again), reveals Fury of the Feywild module
Cryptic says Neverwinter is 'not trying to compete with World of Warcraft'

Other top MMO stories
Massively's best and worst of E3
Final Fantasy XIV is home again
The War Z is now known as Infestation: Survivor Stories
I went to a Dota 2 tournament and not one person called me a noob
Elder Scrolls Online, the non-MMO MMO
Cloud Imperium reveals Star Citizen's 300i
How ArcheAge's Korean F2P model works
Path of Exile introduces Descent Events
PlanetSide 2's Game Update 11 goes live
Final Fantasy XIV launches beta version of the Lodestone
Superman saves the world... of warcraft
Black Desert Online closed beta slapped with delay
A guide to auxiliary weapons in The Secret World
Over 50,000 gamers petition Ubisoft for a PC version of The Division
Turn-based MOBA Arena of Heroes enters open beta
It's all right if people don't like WildStar
FFXIV: A Realm Reborn screenshot video montage shows off beta

WoW Insider
And from our sister site, WoW Insider...
Why WoW's flex raiding will change everything
A beginner's guide to WoW's secondary professions
Guide to WoW's Midsummer Fire Festival 2013
Congressional report says you 'may' owe taxes on your WoW income

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