Betawatch: June 23 - 29, 2012

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This week, Betawatch says farewell to The Secret World, which launched its headstart program this morning and will open the floodgates to everyone on July 3rd. We've also secured a launch date for Guild Wars 2 (August 28th); the final beta event will be the weekend of July 20th. And sandbox fans can look forward to The Repopulation, which has just begun alpha testing.

This was a week of beta teases from some of the other games we're awaiting. We had a look at City of Steam's alpha, Firefall announced half a million beta registrations, Cryptic's lifetime subbers are set to receive Neverwinter beta access, SOE chronicled how PlanetSide 2's beta access will shake out, and Phantasy Star Online 2 fans can brush up on their Japanese and jump into that title's open beta.

Finally, CCP promised DUST 514 beta invites to players who purchase a special booster pack. The shooter's first beta weekend began yesterday.

Immerse yourself in the full Betawatch roundup beyond the break.

Open testing phase
Massively considers a game to be in open testing if it has open, public signups and plans for a server wipe before its official launch. Self-described "open beta" MMOs that have soft-launched with functioning real-money cash shops will not be listed.

Blade & Soul (NCsoft): Announcement (Korean-only; launching there in July)
Divina (Gamania): Announcement, Signup
Drakensang Online (Bigpoint): Announcement, Signup
KULTAN: The World Beyond (Bigpoint): Announcement, Signup
Phantasy Star Online 2 (Sega): Announcement (Japanese-only)
Remanum (Travian): Announcement, Signup
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Online (CyberTime Systems): Announcement, Signup (Russian-only)

Closed testing phase
We consider an MMO to be in closed testing if it features either future test signups or an ongoing semi-private beta/alpha that cannot immediately and freely be accessed by the general public. Some are restricted by NDAs.

Age of Wulin (gPotato): Announcement, Signup (Asia, EU)
ArcheAge (XL GAMES): Announcement (Korean signups only)
ArchlordX: The Chronicles (Webzen): Announcement, Signup
Bounty Hounds Online (Wicked Interactive): Announcement, Signup
C9 (Webzen): Announcement (open beta 6/30; launch 7/11/2012)
City of Steam (Mechanist): Announcement, Signup (alpha in July 2012)
Dawntide (Working as Intended): Announcement, Signup (development on hiatus)
Dragon Born (KoramGame): Announcement, Signup
Dragon Crusade (Aeria): Announcement, Signup
Dragon Knights (Aeria): Announcement, Signup
DUST 514
(CCP Games): Announcement, Signup (first beta event 6/28/2012)
Eligium (Frogster): Announcement, Signup
End of Nations (Trion): Announcement, Signup
Firefall (Red 5 Studios): Announcement, Signup
Glitch (Tiny Speck): Announcement, Signup (back in beta; no new players accepted)
Grecca (Banbox): Announcement, Signup (in "open" alpha)
Grimlands (gamigo): Announcement, Signup
Guild Wars 2 (ArenaNet): Announcement (launching 8/28/2012; final BWE 7/20 to 7/22)
Guns of Icarus (Muse Games): Announcement, Signup
Lime Odyssey (Aeria Games): Announcement, Signup
Line of Defense (3000AD): Announcement, Signup
Living After War (Alaplaya): Announcement, Signup
Maestia (Gravity Interactive): Announcement, Signup
MechWarrior Online (Piranha): Announcement, Signup (early access starts 8/7/2012)
Origins of Malu (Burning Dog): Announcement (beta coming 9/30/2012)
Otherland (gamigo): Announcement, Signup
Path of Exile
(Grinding Gear Games): Announcement, Signup (open beta in August)
Pirate101 (KingsIsle): Announcement, Signup
PlanetSide 2 (SOE): Announcement, Signup
RaiderZ (PWE): Announcement, Signup (open beta 7/5/2012)
Renaissance Heroes (ChangYou): Announcement, Signup
RIFT: Storm Legion (Trion Worlds): Announcement
Salem (Paradox Interactive): Announcement, Signup
SmashMuck Champions (Kis Studios): Announcement, Signup
Soul Captor (Gamania): Announcement, Signup
Star Conflict (Star Gem): Announcement, Signup
Storybricks (Namaste): Announcement, Signup (in "open" alpha)
Tamer Saga (PopAce): Announcement, Signup
The Missing Ink (RedBedlam): Announcement, Signup
The Mummy Online (Bigpoint): Announcement, Signup
The Repopulation (Above and Beyond): Announcement, Signup
Traveller AR (Ingz): Announcement, Signup (beta on hold)
UFO Online (gamigo): Announcement, Signup
Universal Monsters Online (Bigpoint): Announcement, Signup
Waren Story
(Aeria): Announcement, Signup
WindSlayer 2 (Ignited Games): Announcement (beta closed down until fall 2012)
World Alpha (World Alpha): Announcement, Signup
War Thunder (Gaijin): Announcement, Signup (fka World of Planes)
World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria (Blizzard): Announcement, Signup
World of Warplanes (Wargaming.net): Announcement, Signup

Betawatch is Massively's weekly report on the latest MMO alphas, betas, and other games still meandering toward an official launch. From ArcheAge to World of Warplanes, 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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