MMO Week in Review: The heavy-hitters of 2014

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, a massive press embargo lift for WildStar led to an avalanche of articles on housing, character creation, and the most recently revealed classes, the Engineer and the Medic. Not to be outdone, The Elder Scrolls Online raised its bet by announcing an official release date of April 4th of next year (not an April Fools' joke) and a brand-new ask-us-anything on character progression.

Oh yeah, 2014's going to be fun.

Read on for a look at the rest of this week's top MMO stories.
The final days of Warhammer Online
Layoffs at CCP's Atlanta office, World of Darkness development affected
First Firefly Online details revealed
NSA spies infiltrate MMOs to weed out terrorism
Preparing for patch 2.1 in Final Fantasy XIV
The trouble with Scarlet in Guild Wars 2
Project Copernicus remains unsold at auction
World of Warcraft in-game store goes live
Hands-on with Wasteland 2's early beta
Leveling to max in SWTOR in less than a day
Two weeks on a private Infestation server
Three exploitable game features in EVE Online
Destiny PvP is 'certainly more lethal than Halo'
Elite: Dangerous alpha has begun
World of Warcraft isn't back, and that's fine
Still waiting for (better) housing in LotRO
No Man's Sky might not be an MMO, but it's certainly a close cousin
Space MMO Entropy hits Steam's Early Access
Watch the Destiny VGX trailer... now
The Christmas devil cometh to The Secret World
Blade & Soul surpasses 1.8 million concurrent users in China
Warhammer Online tribute video takes the bloody cake

WoW Insider
And from our sister site, WoW Insider...
WoW's Feast of Winter Veil begins on Monday
What was the best of Mists of Pandaria?
What was the worst of Mists of Pandaria?
First pro-gamer recognized as an athlete by U.S. Government
Warlords of Draenor: The return of hard heroic 5-mans
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