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MMO Week in Review: This is how you alpha an MMO in 2014


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.

This week, the NDA-cloaked Elder Scrolls Online came under fire for its recently revealed collector's edition, which opens the Imperial race exclusively to purchases, and for its preorder version, which allows those who buy early and sight-unseen the ability to play any race for any faction. ESO launches in two months.

Meanwhile, buildy-MMO EverQuest Next Landmark, previously criticized itself for charging testers for access, launched its alpha for early adopters on Friday, and by Saturday, it had dropped its NDA completely in spite of technical glitches. Landmark launches into closed beta in two months.


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


Journey to the Edge of the Mists in Guild Wars 2's next content release
Guild Wars 2 Edge of the Mists Q&A with Devon Carver
The greatest Guild Wars 2 love story ever told

EQ Next
SOE lifts EQN Landmark alpha NDA
Look out Landmark, here we come!
EQ Next Landmark alpha begins
Smedley confirms EverQuest Next will arrive on PlayStation 4

Elder Scrolls Online releases cinematic trailer, announces CE info
Here's the Elder Scrolls Imperial Edition unboxing video
The Elder Scrolls Online answers a variety of questions (and the CE question)
Fleecing Elder Scrolls Online fans with preorders

Moving day: Settling in to your WildStar house
A look at WildStar's customization options

Other top MMO stories
Massively Rewind: SOE's shutdowns, ESO's pre-orders, and Funcom's raided offices
No one likes FFXIV's Pharos Sirius
The rise, fall, and rescue of Vanguard
The Outerra seamless planet rendering engine will blow your mind
McQuaid and Garriott collaboration starts with cross-game cloak for backers
Ten lessons from three months in Neverwinter
Monument to be built for EVE's largest battle ever
Here's what's in Diablo III's Reaper of Souls CE
Thoughts on SOE's mass MMO sunset
Funcom office raided, charged with suspicion of stock infringement
How to play a Sith in SWTOR
World of Warcraft breaks out a decade in Azeroth by the numbers
Opinion: Stop ganking, you ganking gankers
Gearing up for Star Trek Online's fourth anniversary
First five favorite moments in The Secret World
Pantheon interview offers glimpse of economy, housing, and more

WoW Insider
And from our sister site, WoW Insider...
Cast your vote in the Blizzard Stream Awards
WoW in China, an uncensored history
Social features added to desktop client
PvP toggle for PvE realms coming in Warlords of Draenor

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