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MMO Week in Review: Blizzard goes all-in on WoW nostalgia


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.

World of Warcraft stole the pre-Gamescom show this week by both dropping 800k subscriptions over the past quarter and promising to reveal on August 14th the Warlords of Draenor expansion's intended release date. Taking into account Blizzard's announcement of nostalgia-laced anniversary content, the Massively staffers and readers speculated on just when Draenor's launch might be.

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


Elder Scrolls Online's third update has deployed
Elder Scrolls 1.3.3 tweaks weapon-swapping, guild management

The curse of Guild Wars 2's precursor weapons
Part two of Guild Wars 2's Dragon's Reach lands on August 12th

Star Citizen
Star Citizen's Arena Commander open to all backers
Should you be scared off by Star Citizen's community?
Star Citizen's Arena Commander gets new CTF mode
Chris Roberts: 'If I were a little saner, I wouldn't be biting off as much as we're doing here'

Exploring Final Fantasy XIV's 2.3 dungeons
Final Fantasy XIV is gearing up for its first anniversary

Other top MMO stories
Star Trek Online officially announces the Delta Rising expansion
WildStar teases new ambient housing music
Rusty Hearts is shutting down on September 15th
An early look at Heroes of the Storm's alpha
Previewing Neverwinter's Tyranny of Dragons module
Neverwinter exploit results in emergency maintenance, no rollback
Elite: Dangerous prepares for beta 2, official app release
The unfortunate conflation of sandboxes and PvP
Albion Online offers a new gameplay trailer
ArcheAge will host another closed beta event next weekend
Check out 93 minutes of Skyforge's gameplay
Activision sees industry-wide pre-order decline

The Stream Team
The Stream Team: Be a Guardian of the Galaxy in Marvel Heroes
The Stream Team: Bitten by the trade route bug in ArcheAge
The Stream Team: Island hopping to Landmark's Foundation Museums

WoW Insider
Warlords of Draenor: The Kor'kron are officially out
Five ways to get rich off an agonizing WoW grind
Blizzard to attend PAX Prime 2014

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