MMO Week in Review: Keeping sand in the sandbox

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This week, Trion Worlds declared that the long-awaited western version of MMORPG ArcheAge will launch later this year with some sand in its sandbox. The original 1.0 patch, criticized for dumbing down the game, was previously deployed to Korean players but will be passed over in favor of the 1.2 update, sure to make sandbox fans on this side of the ocean happy.

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

ESO
Actually, The Elder Scrolls Online kicks ass
The Elder Scrolls Online illuminates its veteran dungeons
Elder Scrolls Online on solo veteran content, dungeon scaling

WildStar
WildStar's Jeremy Gaffney introduces The Strain
Hands-on with crafting in WildStar

GW2
Guild Wars 2 features that time forgot
Recapping Guild Wars 2's first season

FFXIV
Final Fantasy XIV offers a preview of 2.3's story
Final Fantasy XIV's E3 revelations

Other top MMO stories
The best of E3 2014's MMO offerings
Assemble to try the LEGO Minifigures Online open beta
The top 10 MMOs from the '90s
World of Warcraft previews Warlords of Draenor's Shadowmoon Valley
Black Gold Online enters open beta today
EverQuest Next's vampires will not sparkle
Symantec's COO credits his WoW credentials with boosting his resume
Riot seeks 'culturally aligned' devs, offers cash payouts for quitting
SWTOR devs say Star Cluster prices and rarities are working as intended
Warhammer 40K devs on development and founders packs
SOE and ProSiebenSat.1 splitting up, account migrations coming
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls' first update bringing seasonal play
DreamHack Hearthstone tournament plagued by cheating allegations
Roberts on Star Citizen's work-in-progress flight model
Knight's Fable launching on Wednesday
Derek Smart justifies Line of Defense's early access fee, new playable female characters
NGames teases new Star Trek 'MMO'

The Stream Team
The Stream Team: Start summer with some Landmark spelunking
The Stream Team: Winding down the workweek in WildStar
The Stream Team: Leaping into LEGO Minifigures Online's open beta
The Stream Team: Flying high in ArcheAge
The Stream Team: Soaring through the story in Marvel Heroes

WoW Insider
Guide to WoW's Midsummer Fire Festival 2014
Warlords of Draenor: Big changes to Monks
Warlords of Draenor alpha patch notes for June 18th
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