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MMO Week in Review: SWTOR's take on player housing


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, BioWare performed an abrupt about-face on housing in MMORPGs, revealing during a livestream that Star Wars: The Old Republic will install its own system of player apartments to complement the existing private ship instances. Massively's Larry Everett broke down the video, speculating that housing will be faction-based and will have kiosks for mail, missions, decorating, appearance/outfit design, and HBO Go. Kidding.

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


Exploring weaponcrafting in The Elder Scrolls Online
Outside the box healing and tanking in The Elder Scrolls Online
Are you concerned about Elder Scrolls Online's PvP focus?

Guild Wars 2's Battle for Lion's Arch has begun
Time for some thrilling heroics in Guild Wars 2

Star Citizen
Star Citizen vid shows off the Hornet's 100 different damage states
212 devs are working on Star Citizen, dogfighting launch 'shortly after PAX'

Massively Exclusive: RIFT reveals the Oracle soul
RIFT, ArcheAge, Defiance, and Trove acquire new community managers
RIFT previews its new soul, the Liberator

Other top MMO stories
Hands-on with the Elite: Dangerous alpha
Path of Exile's Sacrifice of the Vaal expansion has landed
Funcom's financials take a sharp blow
WildStar not sending out more mass beta invitations... for this phase
Indie sandbox MMO The Chosen is the 'game-child' of EVE Online and Fallout 3
LotRO's big battles are a big bust
What EQN Landmark's business plan says about you
Neverwinter's next expansion heads to Icewind Dale
Exclusive: Turbine on the future of Asheron's Call and the studio
Why MMO developers need to stop apologizing
Ten game franchises that became MMOs
World of Warcraft monkeys with health and heals in Warlords of Draenor
The Harry Potter Online project appears to be on hold
Pathfinder Online's Ryan Dancey on crowdforging a 'minimum viable product'
Blizzard unleashes Diablo III: Reaper of Souls commercial
Pathfinder Online opens new storefront, posts first video dev blog
Get your Hearthstone Golden Gelbin card before beta ends
Here's 17 minutes of Heroes of the Storm gameplay
City of Steam heads to Steam with a fresh new server
Get ready for Diablo III's expansion with a 50 percent XP boost
Fat Chocobo dashing out of Weight Watchers and into Final Fantasy XIV

The Stream Team
Defecting to WildStar's Dominion
The hunt for creativity and checking out new EQN Landmark biomes

WoW Insider
Five things I'm amazed WoW still doesn't have
What Diablo III's Reaper of Souls has to teach Warlords of Draenor
Level 60 vanilla WoW guild 5-mans Razorgore
Blizzard handed out real hearthstones, may not actually work

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