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MMO Week in Review: Blood for the blood god


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's been a week of shutdown announcements in the MMO and pseduo-MMO community, but not all shutdowns are bad. EA-Mythic finally admitted the inevitable: that Warhammer Online, on life support for the last few years, will cease operation in December (Merry Christmas?), possibly paving the way for a new MMO set within the same IP. And Blizzard informed Diablo III's PC players that the RMT auction house will be axed next year, just in time for the expansion. Of course, that also means the death of the regular trading hall. You win some; you lose some.

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


Guild Wars 2's Twilight Assault trailer announces October 1st launch
Guild Wars 2 world first: Tequatl the Sunless is down
Ain't no party like a Guild Wars 2 party 'cause a GW2 party don't stop
Guild Wars 2's Tequatl Rising is now live
Borderlands bloodlust in Guild Wars 2's World vs. World

The Elder Scrolls Online taunts us with heavy armor designs
The Nightblade is The Elder Scrolls Online's pirate

Final Fantasy XIV tops 1 million unique logins, previews first patch
Final Fantasy XIV breaks the narrative rules (and still works)
Why we play Final Fantasy XIV
Square Enix resumes Final Fantasy XIV online sales

New trailer shows off the best of PvP in Star Wars: The Old Republic
Exploring Oricon in SWTOR (Exploricon?)

Other top MMO stories
MechWarrior Online launch-day roundup
Firefall's Red 5 Studios lays off 10% of staff in 'pre-launch reorganization'
Experience TERA with a free high-level character
How to run an MMO guild on an empty server
A virtual economist's defense of the subscription model
Inspirational paths for WildStar
Court puts a stop to Activision Blizzard independence
Dragon's Prophet launch-day roundup
WTFast service aims to slay lag
Blizzard is LFM: e-sports Director needed for Blizzard All-Stars
Star Citizen's salvaging career unveiled
Charging into the epic story of Lord of the Rings Online: Helm's Deep
Maybe it's time to admit that you don't like MMOs
Twenty-plus outfits you can get by questing in The Secret World
EverQuest Next's producer letter asks for more community feedback

WoW Insider
And from our sister site, WoW Insider...
The right and the wrong ways to use healing meters
Guide to every chest on WoW's Timeless Isle
Guide to WoW's Brewfest 2013 achievements
The hope for more future five-mans in WoW

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