It's been a week of shutdown announcements in the MMO and pseduo-MMO community, but not all shutdowns are bad. EA-Mythic finally admitted the inevitable: that Warhammer Online, on life support for the last few years, will cease operation in December (Merry Christmas?), possibly paving the way for a new MMO set within the same IP. And Blizzard informed Diablo III's PC players that the RMT auction house will be axed next year, just in time for the expansion. Of course, that also means the death of the regular trading hall. You win some; you lose some.
Read on for a look at the rest of this week's top MMO stories.
|The Elder Scrolls Online taunts us with heavy armor designs|
|The Nightblade is The Elder Scrolls Online's pirate|
|Final Fantasy XIV tops 1 million unique logins, previews first patch|
|Final Fantasy XIV breaks the narrative rules (and still works)|
|Why we play Final Fantasy XIV|
|Square Enix resumes Final Fantasy XIV online sales|
|New trailer shows off the best of PvP in Star Wars: The Old Republic|
|Exploring Oricon in SWTOR (Exploricon?)|
And from our sister site, WoW Insider...
|The right and the wrong ways to use healing meters|
|Guide to every chest on WoW's Timeless Isle|
|Guide to WoW's Brewfest 2013 achievements|
|The hope for more future five-mans in WoW|