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Last Week on Massively: Draenor drops

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This post originally appeared on Massively from Editor-in-Chief Brianna Royce. 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 story last week, you've come to the right post.

Blizzard has frustrated players with its penchant for wide content gaps between World of Warcraft expansions, but this week, the Warlords of Draenor closed beta finally got underway, suggesting it might make its December deadline after all. The studio also slashed prices on the current version of WoW, revealed new character models, previewed a new zone, and was helped along by a friendly Pandaren player.

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Last Week on Massively: Keeping sand in the sandbox

This post originally appeared on Massively from Editor-in-Chief Brianna Royce. 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 story last week, you've come to the right post.

This week, Trion Worlds declared that the long-awaited western version of MMORPG ArcheAge will launch later this year with some sand in its sandbox. The original 1.0 patch, criticized for dumbing down the game, was previously deployed to Korean players but will be passed over in favor of the 1.2 update, sure to make sandbox fans on this side of the ocean happy.

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Last Week on Massively: Massively's E3 roundup

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Last Week on Massively: CCP rides the emotional roller coaster

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This post originally appeared on Massively from Jef Reahard. 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 story last week, you've come to the right post.

CCP and its supporters took a roller coaster ride this week, from the high of EVE Online's Kronos expansion release to the low of the company's latest brush with layoffs. As if that wasn't enough, a former World of Darkness dev spilled his guts to The Guardian, calling into question CCP's executive decision-making as well as the company's ability to make a successful title after EVE.

Oh yeah, and WildStar launched.

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Last Week on Massively: On your marks, get set, WildStar!

Too bad WildStar isn't as fun as this screenshot
This post originally appeared on Massively from Jef Reahard. 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 story last week, you've come to the right post.

WildStar's headstart kicked off this weekend, and apart from the DDoS attacks, all appears to be going... exactly as most AAA launches go. Some people are irate, some people don't care, and some people are too busy forgoing sleep in favor of playing. Prior to the early access period, Carbine dangled some account security incentives, released an official server list, and unveiled the final pre-launch trailer.

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Last Week on Massively: WildStar's looming headstart

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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.

In the lead up to WildStar's May 31st headstart launch, the Carbine team this week implemented an enormous patch for the ongoing intermittent beta test and made amends for its recent name reservation troubles. Massively's all set for the launch too; most recently we interrogated the raid team on our podcast and suggested ways to prepare for the themepark's arrival.

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Last Week on Massively: NCsoft's dueling MMORPGs

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This post originally appeared on Massively from Editor-in-Chief Brianna Royce. 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 story last week, you've come to the right post.

In spite of name reservation system struggles and subsequent compensation for players, NCsoft's upcoming MMORPG WildStar surged onward into its final open beta phase this weekend, emphasizing its raid design and business model. Massively's podcast even hosted Carbine's Creative Director Chad "Pappylicious" Moore for a Q&A.

Meanwhile, players of NCsoft's Guild Wars 2 will be treated to a fresh festival and the start of the rebuilding of Lion's Arch after its destruction during the last living story campaign.

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Last Week on Massively: WildStar open beta has arrived

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This post originally appeared on Massively from Editor-in-Chief Brianna Royce. 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 story last week, you've come to the right post.

WildStar kicked off its open beta this past week, posting a trailer, name reservation details, and its philosophy on the sub model. We celebrated the beta by polling you on your class choice and debating the game's merits in the lead-up to launch. Stay tuned to the Massively Speaking podcast over the next month as we'll have Carbine guests on the show to talk about the game!

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Last Week on Massively: The highlights from EVE Fanfest 2014

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This post originally appeared on Massively from Editor-in-Chief Brianna Royce. 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 story last week, you've come to the right post.

CCP Games rocked the MMO world this week at EVE Fanfest by first announcing a PC-bound replacement for PS3's DUST 514 (though DUST will apparently live on) and then nixing EVE Online's long-running semi-annual expansion cycle in favor of smaller, more frequent updates. Massively's Brendan Drain was on hand to bring us the highlights from the event:
CCP responds to DUST 514 fans' rage over Project Legion
EVE's Kronos expansion is an industrial revolution
Project Legion brings DUST 514 to the PC
EVE Valkyrie demos gameplay, features Battlestar Galactica's Katee Sackhoff
Economy talk highlights PLEX prices and reveals titan production statistics
CCP formally dedicates EVE Online monument to internet spaceships

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Last Week on Massively: ArcheAge's buy-to-beta

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This post originally appeared on Massively from Editor-in-Chief Brianna Royce. 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 story last week, you've come to the right post.

This week, Trion Worlds revealed ArcheAge's glider mechanics, hinted at a June closed beta, and oh yeah, announced that early access for the hybrid free-to-play sandbox is not going to come cheaply. Founder packs run from $49.99 to $149.99 and include perks ranging from gametime to credits to armor. If you can't wait for launch and don't want to fight through Russian servers, that high-end pack is your guaranteed in.

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Last Week on Massively: The end of the World of Darkness

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This post originally appeared on Massively from Editor-in-Chief Brianna Royce. 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 story last week, you've come to the right post.

Early this week, CCP announced it had canceled World of Darkness, a hardcore Vampire: The Masquerade sandbox that had been languishing in development since 2008. A pre-production video was shown at 2013's EVE Fanfest, but layoffs slammed the studio last December.

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Last Week on Massively: The Elder Scrolls Online's PC launch

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This post originally appeared on Massively from Editor-in-Chief Brianna Royce. 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 story last week, you've come to the right post.

After a few pre-launch hiccups, ZeniMax's Elder Scrolls Online MMO formally launched on PC this week. We celebrated with a five-part launch week diary, a guide to exploration, two livestreams, and a month-long Choose My Adventure series in which you'll boss us through playing the game.

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Last Week on Massively: The Elder Scrolls Online's pre-launch is here

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This post originally appeared on Massively from Editor-in-Chief Brianna Royce. 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 story last week, you've come to the right post.

What do you get when The Elder Scrolls Online launches its early access period, Landmark moves into closed beta, and WildStar hosts another beta weekend, all competing with the behemoth known as Diablo III: Reaper of Souls? MMO drama! If you're not quite in ESO's early access just yet, make sure to check out our ESO columnist Larry Everett's livestream from earlier today, and then read on for a look at all of this week's top MMO stories.

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Last Week on Massively: WildStar's pre-ESO deluge

This post originally appeared on Massively from Editor-in-Chief Brianna Royce. 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 story last week, you've come to the right post.

WildStar's been busy this week, opening up pre-orders along with a brand-new website and yet another weekend beta test. Massively celebrated with a look at character creation tricks, a hands-on with the game's PvP matches, and a list of reasons to look forward to the game's launch in June.

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