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MMO Week in Review: The Elder Subs Online


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.

It doesn't seem to matter whether you're a fan of subs, a fan of free-to-play, or just a fan of good games: Every time an MMO reveals its business model, chaos ensues. So it was this week when both The Elder Scrolls Online and WildStar announced subscription models. But don't get excited just yet, purists; ESO has admitted to a cosmetics-and-services cash shop, and WildStar is adopting a currency-to-sub conversion scheme akin to EVE Online's PLEX. So maybe let's wait until both games release in and survive 2014 before we call F2P "dead," eh?

In the meantime, check out the rest of this week's top MMO stories!


Guild Wars 2 seeing 'slow but steady growth' in players
ArenaNet offering GW2 Heroic Edition
Guild Wars 2's Clockwork Chaos, end to PvE culling, and Super Adventure Box
A Guild Wars 2 anniversary wish list

EQ Next
In-depth looks at EverQuest Next and EQ Next: Landmark
See EverQuest Next Landmark building in action

The one where we talk about the Elder Scrolls Online's payment model
ESO's sub will ensure players get '100% of the game' (except for the parts in the cash shop)
The Elder Scrolls Online will be subscription-based

WildStar announces business model and new 2014 release window
WildStar locks you down for a look at crowd control
The price of doing business in WildStar

Dewback mounts spotted in SWTOR cantina tour files
Six misconceptions about SWTOR free-to-play

Unboxing the Final Fantasy XIV collector's editions
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Cross-class skills in Final Fantasy XIV
Starting an Arcanist in Final Fantasy XIV
FFXIV: A Realm Reborn plans launch party for PAX Prime

Other top MMO stories
Scott Hartsman on leading Trion Worlds out of the woods
League of Legends compromised; North American accounts and transactions accessed
Gamescom 2013: Diablo III unveils its first expansion, Reaper of Souls
World of Tanks opens up European beta for Xbox 360 edition
Blizzard ending World of Warcraft trading card game
Neverwinter talks new classes and more in latest State of the Game
Touring DCUO's Sons of Trigon with SOE's Andersen and Scott
Blizzard removes Titan from careers page
SMITE's latest god, new game mode, and Tencent partnership
CCP Games reveals EVE Valkyrie
Disney's Toontown closing on September 19
Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean Online sunsetting in September
Advice on buying League of Legends champions
Roberts demos Star Citizen's hangar module
Watch Blizzard's Diablo III presentation
Tom Clancy's The Division officially coming to PC
World of Warcraft could 'end up being free-to-play'
SOE talks game shutdowns, The Matrix Online

WoW Insider
And from our sister site, WoW Insider...
WoW's character model rework is 25% complete
Blizzard's guide to gearing up for WoW patch 5.4
WoW patch 5.4 confirmed for release on September 10th

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