The MMO Round-Up / Jan 9

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

The hype for Trion’s RIFT is building rapidly as the game approaches their launch date of March 1.

Turbine revealed that profits for Lord of the Rings Online tripled since going free-to-play.

RIFT took a shot at Blizzard’s World of Warcraft this week with the game’s recent commercial.

Trion is seeking out Xbox 360 programmers for their next project which appears to be a Sci-Fi MMO.

Another frivolous patent lawsuit pops up aiming its sights at Blizzard and Zynga.

The unlikely MMO World of Tanks hit the 1 millionth beta registration mark as well as a peak of 74,536 beta users playing at once.

The beta for Everquest II: Destiny of Velious is now in the full throws of testing.

The APB: Reloaded dev blog talked about network updates and client changes.

Dark Age of Camelot has its attention focused on the game’s RvR for the changes coming in 2011.

The Facebook game for Everquest II fans called Adventure League was announced this week.

The Korean patch notes for the Aion 2.5 update were translated this week and reveal a boat load of content updates.

Valve’s Gabe Newell recognized the innovation found in the MMO genre in a recent interview.

Trion challenged the MMO conventions in their most recent dev blog update.

Demonic live events are returning to the world of Dark Age of Camelot.

Scalable dungeons went live this week for Akia, dungeons now scale automatically bases on the party’s size.

The latest Fallen Earth state of the game address previewed many upcoming changes for the apocalyptic MMO.