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MMO Roundup: Last week on Massively

Sometimes you'd like to know that there are other MMOs out there, right? It's not all WoW, all the time! Our sister site Massively can provide you with everything you need to know about all of the other MMOs around: past, present and future.
Richard Garriott wins lawsuit against NCsoft
Over a year ago, Richard Garriott filed a lawsuit against his former employer, NCsoft. There was a lot of back and forth regarding who said what, but the crux of the suit was that Garriott claimed NCsoft terminated him, costing him millions, as he was forced to sell his stock options at a bad time. NCsoft claimed that the opposite was true: Garriott left voluntarily. Head on over to Massively for the nitty gritty on the court case.
EverQuest II jumps on the free-to-play bandwagon
Despite assurances as recently as last month that EverQuest II wouldn't be going free-to-play, Sony Online Entertainment recently announced that the game is doing just that ... sort of. EverQuest II Extended is slated for a beta launch on August 17th, and features a separate server set providing all of the game's original content via the insanely popular F2P business model.
The Old Republic's Sin City has been announced: Nar Shaddaa
What happens in Nar Shaddaa stays in Nar Shaddaa. How many unique locations can you fit in one one game? Well, according to the developers at BioWare, one more. Star Wars: The Old Republic is now up to 14 planets with the addition of this center for the criminal underworld.
Hulkageddon III ends with an estimated 288 billion ISK in damage
Much to the dismay of miners everywhere, EVE Online's infamous Hulkageddon event made a return earlier this month. In this irregularly-scheduled fan-run event, ruthless pilots compete to kill as many mining barges as possible within a short period of time. After converting the ISK total to US Dollars via EVE's PLEX system, the damages at the end of the event neared $17,000.
Guild Wars 2 level cap confirmed at 80
It's been a huge question for months: What will be the level cap for Guild Wars 2? Eager fans have grabbed onto every piece of information looking for clues over time, and now Isaiah "Izzy" Cartwright, Guild Wars 2 game designer, confirmed it: the level cap will be 80. However, there will be no leveling curve in Guild Wars 2, dragging out those final levels. Level 79 will take just as long to conquer as level 1 did.
New LEGO Universe trailer highlights building
With the LEGO Universe release date just a few months away, information on the game is coming at a faster pace. We've gotten game news on everything from pets to factions to character creation, and this latest LEGO Universe trailer takes us back to the basics with a look at building.
Wall Street Journal examines SOE's and Turbine's switch to free-to-play
The growing trend toward the free-to-play business model in the MMO industry has caught the attention of the Wall Street Journal. The feature story in the paper's weekly Digital Media section is entitled "First, Give Away the Game," and focuses heavily on some of the recent free-to-play announcements from high-profile MMO developers.

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