The MMO Round-Up / Aug 8

The MMO Round-up captures the genre’s most notable happenings of the week in easy to consume, bite-sized portions.

Worry not, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm is still set for a 2010 release date.

Aika announced an event where players can receive prizes by playing at least an hour a day.

City of Heroes released a trailer for Nova Praetoria and the Underground, two new zones for the game.

One of Guild Wars 2’s designers, Curtis Johnson, wrote an interesting article addressing the issue of personality in the game.

APB’s Human Avatar project, designed to show off the game’s character customization, is finally finished and features “Josh the Free Runner”.

Blizzard set to patrol WoW, starting with Moon Guard’s Goldshire, to peg players for harassment and erotic role playing.

Guild Wars is looking to get some planned server downtime, as the game’s devs announced that the servers will temporarily shut down for a 24-hour maintenance period starting 12:01 AM PST on August 10th.

Everquest Next was announced at Faire Fest as the next title for the the Everquest series.

Details for Everquest II’s Destiny of Velious were also revealed at this year’s Faire Fest.

LucasArts revealed new playable species for Star Wars: The Old Republic, which includes the debut of the Sith Pureblood class. Get excited.

EverQuest’s famed 51/50 server is set to merge with the Tunare server on September 6th.

Stacks-heaps, even-of information on DC Universe Online were given out at this year’s Fan Faire. Sony Online Entertainment was also kind enough to post video footage of the entire panel.

New developer diary released on the visual and mechanical aspects of City of Heroes as well as the games new Going Rogue expansion.

Starting August 9th at 10 AM PDT, old Star Trek Online players who haven’t quite jumped on the game’s second season are being asked to come back with the promise of new Klingon content, minigames, and more.

EVE Online’s infamous deep safe spots are set to be nerfed and dealt with come August 10th.

A recent blog post was made on, featuring Bobby Stein, lead writer for Guild Wars 2, elaborating on the dialogue of the game.