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MMO Week in Review: Speak quickly, outlander, or go away


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.

Those of us who predicted The Elder Scrolls Online would never make its fall 2013 launch estimate might turn out to be wrong after all: This week Zenimax opened beta signups and posted a riveting six-minute cinematic for the game, prompting both awe and concerns over the game's Elder Scrollsiness. Your mileage may very, but I thought it at least captured the right tone for the PvP setting the game hopes to embrace.

Hit the jump for a look at this week's other top MMO stories. I promise, no one will be shooting arrows at you as you go.


Guild Wars 2's Flame and Frost: Prelude coming January 28
Flameseeker Chronicles: Glitching in Guild Wars 2

BioWare releases Makeb first-look video for SWTOR's upcoming expansion
Hyperspace Beacon: Givin' SWTOR props

Second Wind: Taking another look at TERA
TERA outlines free-to-play restrictions in a new chart

Funcom game directors talk relocation, effects on TSW, AoC, and AO
The Secret World working on account-wide shop unlocks and a veteran system

Trion to publish ArcheAge in the West
ArcheAge shows graphical frills thanks to Nvidia

Scott Hartsman leaving Trion Worlds
RIFT's newest State of the Game teases updates 2.2 and 2.3

SOE's Smedley and Higby on PlanetSide 2's e-sports evolution

Other top MMO stories
Age of Wushu delays launch to 'spring 2013'
Path of Exile explains its open beta transition
Reminiscing about Warhammer Online with Mark Jacobs
Hands-on with DUST 514 on the cusp of open beta
The top 10 most memorable MMO marketing campaigns
DayZ standalone version jacks up graphics, player customization
Trion compiles pre-order FAQ for Defiance
LotRO devs talk Updates 10 and 11
New Neverwinter dev blog and screens show off armor customization
Riot Games issues lifetime bans for League of Legends players
Previewing DC Universe Online's Home Turf update
Massively Exclusive: Heroes of Newerth lore trailer
Blizzard 'actively working' on All-Stars MOBA
Why Catfish is a term your kids should know
Eleven MMO soundtracks you can get for free
Check out 10 minutes of Asta game footage
Dave Brevik defends the cost of Marvel Heroes' Ultimate Pack

WoW Insider
And from our sister site, WoW Insider...
Guide to Lunar Festival 2013 achievements
Why we don't need daily quests anymore
Gnome spotted in StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm cinematic
Five things Blizzard has done I thought it'd never do

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