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MMO Week in Review: Quadruple sunsets

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.

With less than a week to go before the presumptive launch of EverQuest Next Landmark's alpha, SOE dropped a bomb on its core fans with the news that the studio will be shuttering four of its MMOs, making its all-access pass that much more unattractive. Vanguard, Wizardry Online, Free Realms, and Clone Wars Adventures are all slated for execution in the coming months. SOE CEO John Smedley told Reddit followers that he believed his company has "watered down [its] gaming a little too much" and "no longer [had] the resources to dedicate" to keeping the games secure and in-sync with SOE's overall gaming platform. He also promised Star Wars Galaxies fans, still smarting from their own sunset two years ago, that SOE's next (unannounced) game is dedicated to them.

Massively's MJ made her farewells to Vanguard in yesterday's column, but stay tuned for more sunset coverage from our team. And in the meantime, read on for a look at the rest of this week's top MMO stories. Most of them are happy, even.


Guild Wars 2 sows chaos with Origins of Madness content release
The calm before Guild Wars 2's next release

EQ Next
Videos produce EQN Landmark crafting details
EQ, EQII, and EQN devs dish on new game content for The Year of EverQuest

Hey look, a video not about Elder Scrolls Online PvP
The Elder Scrolls Online receives Mature rating
The Elder Scrolls Online shows off group content in a new video

Examining the Exiles of WildStar
Tips and tricks for surviving WildStar's active combat

Star Citizen
Introducing the Massively Star Citizen guild
Discussing guild functionality with Star Citizen's Benoit Beausejour

Star Trek Online
Star Trek Online beams aboard Voyager actor Tim Russ
Massively interviews STO's Stephen D'Angelo
Star Trek Online's Season 8.5 changes

Other top MMO stories
Trove: You make it, we play it
SWTOR suffers from the Rakghoul plague again
The ins and outs of LotRO's mithril coins
Blizzard sues Hearthstone copycat
Why we play Defiance
Rumor: World of Warcraft movie has started shooting
Firefall developer secures $23 million in funding
DayZ griefers force victims to sing
World of Warcraft dev blog details character model revamps
Sneak a peek at Warhammer 40K: Eternal Crusade's early prototype
Hands-on with Clash of Clans
Blizzard Arcade now free, custom StarCraft 2 maps accessible to all
Opinion: The Raid Finder ruined MMO raiding
How The Secret World makes you learn

WoW Insider
And from our sister site, WoW Insider...
World of Warcraft's Lunar Festival begins today
WoW's character models and their impact on system requirements
WoW US Connected realms update, now with RP realms
World of Warcraft helps player come out as transgender