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MMO Week in Review: ESO's slash-and-burn update


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 Elder Scrolls Online team revealed plans for its third major patch; due in August, the update will include the first part of a slash-and-burn overhaul of the unpopular veteran ranks system. Meanwhile, Massively ESO columnist Jef Reahard opined on why immersion is so important for ZeniMax's MMO.

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


WildStar offering a free mount to players with 2-step verification
Raptr's Most Played PC list shows strong start for WildStar
WildStar rewarding loyal players with Strain Facesnuggler

I saw a real Jedi in Star Wars: The Old Republic
Massively Liveblogs: SWTOR's Galactic Strongholds
250 reasons you don't want to miss SWTOR Galactic Strongholds

Final Fantasy XIV's 2.3 primer
Final Fantasy XIV offers more details on the Hunt system

Other top MMO stories
ArcheAge's closed beta begins on July 17th
Guild Wars 2's Gates of Maguuma is a leap forward
Star Wars Galaxies lead designer passes away
Firefall to launch July 29
Blizzard's Morhaime responds to player concern for diversity in WoW
TERA's level cap to hit 65, new continent on its way
Dino-survival: Hands-on with Beasts of Prey's early access alpha
Dino-survival: Hands-on with The Stomping Land's early access alpha
Here's 13 minutes of Moonlight Blade in HD
SOE teases H1Z1's dynamic weather
Roberts' latest post peeks behind the Star Citizen development curtain
World of Warcraft's male Draenei gets only minor cosmetic tweaks
Richard Bartle predicts that free-to-play will decline
Has the free-to-play bubble burst?
Hearthstone's Naxxramas will cost $24.99 to fully unlock
Destiny reveals beta dates, expansion pass, and special edition pricing
Archlord 2 kicks off open beta
City of Titans shows off engine progress for July 4th

The Stream Team
The Stream Team: Teaming up for The Secret World's newest Sidestories
The Stream Team: Living like a Teir'Dal in Landmark (and a beta giveaway)
The Stream Team: Adventuring in ArcheAge for Choose My Adventure

WoW Insider
Warlords of Draenor: Forget looting the hounds, we can ride them
On impractical playstyles and too much change
Warlords of Draenor: Garrison achievements

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