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MMO Week in Review: No, the MMORPG is not dead


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.

If you thought the Western AAA MMORPG was dead, think again. Last week, many of the biggest MMO studios launched expansions and content updates to compete for your Thanksgiving-weekend time and cash. Guild Wars 2, Star Wars: The Old Republic, RIFT, The Secret World, Star Trek Online, and even a few older games like EverQuest II and Vanguard dished out some yummy post-launch dessert. And don't forget about PlanetSide 2, which is prepping for its Tuesday release, and Star Citizen, whose crowdfunding period ends tonight.

It's all behind the break in this special edition of Massively's weekly MMO roundup.


Guild Wars 2's Lost Shores content primer
A spoiler-free jaunt through Guild Wars 2's Lost Shores
Guild Wars 2 starts Lost Shores, previews new PvP map
Guild Wars 2's Fractals of the Mists dungeon detailed in new vid
ArenaNet responds to Guild Wars 2 Ascended gear gripes
ArenaNet explains Guild Wars 2's new Ascended item tier
Five of the purest joys of Guild Wars 2's PvE
Guild Wars 2 updates Lost Shores page with video, schedule

Everything you need to know about SWTOR's F2P update
New SWTOR dev diary explores Section X and HK-51
Gearing up for SWTOR Update 1.5
Will you be playing SWTOR for free?

RIFT: Storm Legion launch guide
Enter at Your Own Rift: Storm Legion is a go!
RIFT video heralds the Storm Legion launch

The Secret World Issue #4 hits servers November 15
Why you should be excited for The Secret World's Issue #4

EverQuest II: Chains of Eternity launch day roundup
EverQuest II posts a preview for Chains of Eternity

Massively's Q&A with Star Trek Online's Daniel Stahl
STO's Season Seven is here, now go watch the trailer

Star Citizen
Star Citizen makes final crowd-funding push, dogfight video released
Star Citizen cargo ship boasts functioning interior, detachable fighter
Why Star Citizen shouldn't be EVE with joysticks

And the rest
Glitch closing down, cites limited audience
SOE easing PlanetSide 2's grind for launch
Browser beauty: Hands-on with City of Steam
Introducing Ingress: The MMO by Google
Aion's Bard class kills them softly in new video
EA given best workplace title for LGBT employees
MMO Blender: Beyond Shawn's Thunderdome
Rumor: Origin hacked, EA denies intrusion
The Elder Scrolls Online grapples with questions of race, story, and setting
EverQuest, Ultima Online, and World of Warcraft among Time's top 100 games
Massively Exclusive: New Vindictus video showcases Season 2
RIFT going F2P in Korea, courting wage controversy in China
Blizzard's response to authenticator lawsuit: 'Without merit'

WoW Insider
What does community mean in World of Warcraft?
How to survive at the World Championship
How forum trolls broke a CM
Would you play WoW differently if there were no monthly sub fee?
Know Your Lore: The mysteries of the Pandaren
Blizzard will take decisive action against arena exploiters
The state of DPS in Mists of Pandaria

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