MMO Week in Review: Maintenance mode is better than a sunset

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As one of the first three MMORPGs ever, Asheron's Call made its mark in the genre with live events, hybrid character development, and a failed but later resurrected sequel. This week, Turbine comforted veteran players with the news that the venerable old sandbox will retreat to maintenance mode rather than sunset in the wake of the company's recent layoffs. The studio plans to make both classic AC and its sequel, Asheron's Call 2, free-to-play and allow player-run servers by the end of the year.

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

Building the best DPS class in The Elder Scrolls Online
Video: The Elder Scrolls Online Imperial Edition goodies
Elder Scrolls Online is inviting 'millions' for stress test while fretting over sub model
Elder Scrolls Online will allow you to to bypass the starter island
What's your preferred Elder Scrolls Online class?
The Elder Scrolls Online explores the creation of its music

EQ Next
Georgeson reveals monetization plans for EQN Landmark
EverQuest Next Landmark shows the awesomeness of the grappling hook

WildStar's NDA and impending release speculation
WildStar's interface: Then and now

The final battle for Lion's Arch begins in Guild Wars 2's next content release
Guild Wars 2 NPC inspires player with multiple sclerosis
Meeting fun halfway in Guild Wars 2
Watch Lion's Arch fall in Guild Wars 2

Camelot Unchained
Massively Exclusive: Camelot Unchained dev blog discusses armor, part 1
Massively Exclusive: Camelot Unchained armor dev blog, part 2
Massively Exclusive: Camelot Unchained armor dev blog concludes with part 3
Character aging: Nixed in Warhammer Online, planned for Camelot Unchained

Other top MMO stories
Pando Media Booster 'update' is actually a browser hijack
This 42-minute video contains all you need to know about Destiny
Doctor Who Worlds in Time is shutting down today
Warlords of Draenor is making big changes to WoW's number game
Six things people (falsely) believe about roleplaying
RIFT devs are willing to ban players for toxic forum behavior
Diablo III's Loot 2.0 patch tweaks difficulty, drops, and more
World of Warcraft aims to restructure currencies in Warlords of Draenor
Turbine outlines the path ahead for LotRO and DDO
Procedural generation is the future of MMOs
DCUO update brings feat unlocking and moon PvP
ArcheAge Russia struggles with overloaded queues
Blizzard's reasoning behind $60 cost of WoW's level 90 boost revealed
Diablo III's Paragon 2.0 just might be going live today
Every game needs a Gatekeeper like The Secret World

The Stream Team
Building Massively's golden yacht in EQN Landmark
Piloting an Imperial character in The Elder Scrolls Online
A grand finale in Guild Wars 2
Finally fighting Flappy in The Secret World
Crafting and gathering in FFXIV
Hitting the SWTOR endgame
A fond farewell in Guild Wars 2
CMA Live's last ride into EverQuest tours housing
Advancing through solo dungeons in EQII
Facing facers in FFXIV's Sunken Temple of Qarn
Cannonballing through EVE Online's deep black
Checking out Villagers and Heroes' new client

WoW Insider
World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Guide
How to solo WoW dungeons for fun and profit (but mostly fun)
Eight WoW quests you might have skipped, but shouldn't
Things we know about WoW's level 90 character boost
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