Betawatch - GW2
This week, we learned that Lord of the Rings Online's Riders of Rohan beta has officially kicked off, though mounted combat isn't quite in yet. But if Hobbits aren't your thing, why not check out End of Nations' first beta weekend, which begins today? You could also sign up for Sevencore's beta for another dash of F2P sci-fi; the test kicks off August 9th.

Betawatch also says farewell to Drakensang Online, which has just celebrated its end of beta events with a new continent and trailer.

Finally, Guild Wars 2 fans will this weekend embark on the final beta event, enjoying the Asura and Sylvari races and starting zones, a live gem store, and a brand-new PvP map.

The complete Betawatch roundup is tucked behind 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
KULTAN: The World Beyond (Bigpoint): Announcement, Signup
Remanum (Travian): Announcement, Signup
Soul Captor (Gamania): 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
Born to Fire (Aeria): Announcement, Signup
Bounty Hounds Online
(Wicked Interactive): Announcement, Signup
City of Steam (Mechanist): Announcement, Signup
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
Eligium (Frogster): Announcement, Signup
End of Nations (Trion): Announcement, Signup (first beta event 7/20/2012)
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
Knight Age (Joymax): 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 (summer beta)
RaiderZ (PWE): Announcement, Signup (closed beta 8/8/2012)
Renaissance Heroes (ChangYou): Announcement, Signup
RIFT: Storm Legion (Trion Worlds): Announcement
Salem (Paradox Interactive): Announcement, Signup
Sevencore (gPotato): Announcement, Signup (beta 8/9/2012)
SmashMuck Champions (Kis Studios): Announcement, Signup
SMITE (Hi-Rez): Announcement, Signup
Star Conflict (Star Gem): Announcement, Signup
Storybricks (Namaste): Announcement, Signup (in "open" alpha)
Taikodom (Gamersfirst): Announcement, Signup (closed beta in August)
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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A look at Guild Wars 2's Sylvari cinematic