Betawatch: December 17 - 23, 2011

Betawatch (Dominus screenshot)
You wouldn't think that the week of Star Wars: The Old Republic's launch would be the ideal time to announce a game beta, but apparently several games wanted to get the word out before holiday vacations got underway all the same. Both DUST 514 and PlanetSide 2 began accepting closed beta applications this week, although the former is open only to EVE Online subscribers to start with. DragonSoul, currently in open beta, has announced it will be launching in early 2012, while Dominus pushed its December closed beta off until the new year for optimization reasons. Finally, Dawntide has moved from our open beta list to our closed beta list as its servers have gone offline for the next few months while the team focuses on a game-wide revamp.

Enjoy the full Betawatch roundup past the cut.

Open Beta Stage
MMOs that are in open beta -- sometimes permanently, if you take our meaning:
Closed Beta Stage
MMOs that are deep in closed beta and cloaked in some semblance of secrecy:

Betawatch is Massively's weekly report on the latest MMO alphas, betas, and games still meandering toward an official launch. From SWTOR to Toenail Clippings Online, it's covered here, complete with sign-up links so that you too can perform the unpaid quality-control work otherwise known as game testing. Drop us a comment if we've missed one!

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