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Last Week on Massively: Hizzy in a tizzy

Alex Ziebart
01.19.15
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This post originally appeared on Massively from Editor-in-Chief Brianna Royce. 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 story last week, you've come to the right post.

SOE's H1Z1, affectionately called "hizzy" by gamers generally opposed to syllables, lurched into Steam early access this week. The really-still-in-alpha survival-flavored zombiebox, which boasts hundreds of PvE and PvP mini-servers, provoked outrage from fans who consider the game's airdrop mechanic "pay-to-win," which led SOE to offer refunds and apologies.

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



ESO

Elder Scrolls Online boxes continue to vacate store shelves
Elder Scrolls' new Champion Point progression system detailed

GW2
Guild Wars 2's Point of No Return launches amidst 'Heart of Thorns' expansion rumors
There's a Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns teaser in today's update
Guild Wars 2 to nerf might, buff confusion
Korean investment firm forecasts Guild Wars 2 expansion

FFXIV
Final Fantasy XIV drops the preliminary patch notes for patch 2.5
Final Fantasy XIV shows off story content and trials for 2.5
Final Fantasy previews dungeons and plans maintenance for patch 2.5
Final Fantasy XIV drops a trailer for patch 2.5, Before the Fall
The Mog Log: Speculating on Final Fantasy XIV's Heavensward

Other top MMO stories
Massively hands-on: Let's talk about The Repopulation
WildStar will reduce grind, focus on 'a multitude of playstyles' in 2015
World of Warcraft dispels free-to-play 'Veteran Edition' rumors
The usual suspects dominate December's Raptr rankings
Perfect Ten: The mobile MMO experiment, part 1
Infestation producer: The War Z was a 'terrible choice of a name'
New Crowfall illustration hints at 'core game system'
Opinion: Opening up Tokyo and why I'm a Secret World fan for life
Neverwinter taking signups for February Xbox One beta test
Blizz publishes WoW's Blackrock Foundry raiding schedule
Echo of Soul hopes to make a strong Western impression
Air travel is not very safe in TERA
Crowfall says 'play2crush' wasn't meant to mean 'everyone else sucks'
Handling SWTOR exploits
RuneScape debates auction halls on retro servers
Blizzard's Overwatch bumps into trademark issues

The Stream Team
The Stream Team: Returning for round two of The Repopulation
The Stream Team: Hopping into H1Z1's early access
The Stream Team: Questing into TERA's Fate of Arun
The Stream Team: Spelunking in the second stage of Landmark's beta starter experience
The Stream Team: Mayhem in Marvel Heroes' March to Axis

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