Betawatch: October 6 - 12, 2012

I am a leaf on the wind.  Watch me soar.  And probably break my legs when I land.
When it rains, it pours, but when it doesn't rain, there's a distinct lack of... rain-like substance. After last week's beta onslaught, this week has been far more quiet, with only the semi-MMO-related shooter District 187 entering into open beta.

Of course, that doesn't mean that this week was devoid of betas altogether, with several still running nicely and the upcoming RaiderZ hosting an open stress test for the weekend. Not to mention that this past week saw the annual GDC Online conference, which meant several opportunities to check out titles currently in beta in slightly more detail. So there's still some fine testing afoot if you need it. There's just not a lot of changes.

Of course, if you missed last week, you're probably still unsure of what's in testing and what falls under the dreaded "soft launch" category. (It's assumed that category is dreaded.) So take a look past the jump for our full list, and if we've missed anything, let us know down in the comments!

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.

Knight Age (Joymax): Announcement, Signup
KULTAN: The World Beyond (Bigpoint): Announcement, Signup
Otherland (gamigo): Announcement, Signup, /r/ (intermittent OB weekends beginning 8/31/2012)
(Travian): Announcement, Signup, /r/
Soul Captor (Gamania): Announcement, Signup
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Online (CyberTime Systems): Announcement, Signup, /r/ (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)
Age of Wushu (Snail Games): Announcement, Signup (US; launching 5/3/2013)
ArcheAge (XL GAMES): Announcement, /r/ (CBT5; Korean-only)
ArchlordX: The Chronicles (Webzen): Announcement, Signup
Black Prophecy Tactics: Nexus Conflict (Gamigo): Announcement, Signup
Born to Fire
(Aeria): Announcement, Signup
Bounty Hounds Online
(Wicked Interactive): Announcement, Signup
City of Steam (Mechanist): Announcement, Signup, /r/ (CB coming in November)
Dawntide (Working as Intended): Announcement, Signup, /r/ (development on hiatus)
Dota 2 (Valve): Announcement, Signup, /r/
Dragon Born (KoramGame): Announcement, Signup
Dragon Crusade (Aeria): Announcement, Signup
Dragon Knights (Aeria): Announcement, Signup
DUST 514
(CCP Games): Announcement, Signup, /r/ (PlayStation Plus beta began 8/21/2012)
End of Nations (Trion): Announcement, Signup, /r/ (final BWE 10/4/2012)
Firefall (Red 5 Studios): Announcement, Signup, /r/
Forge (Dark Vale): Announcement, Signup
Glitch (Tiny Speck): Announcement, Signup, /r/ (back in beta)
Grecca (Banbox): Announcement, Signup (in "open" alpha)
Grimlands (gamigo): Announcement, Signup
Guns of Icarus (Muse Games): Announcement, Signup, /r/ (launching 10/29/2012)
Lime Odyssey (Aeria Games): Announcement, Signup
Line of Defense (3000AD): Announcement, Signup
Living After War (Alaplaya): Announcement, Signup
LotRO: Riders of Rohan (Turbine): Announcement, Signup, /r/ (launching 10/15/2012)
Maestia (Gravity Interactive): Announcement, Signup
Marvel Heroes (Gazillion): Announcement, Signup (CB begins 10/1/2012)
MechWarrior Online
(Piranha): Announcement, Signup, /r/
Origins of Malu (Burning Dog): Announcement
Path of Exile (Grinding Gear Games): Announcement, Signup, /r/
Pirate101 (KingsIsle): Announcement, Signup, /r/ (launching in early October)
PlanetSide 2 (SOE): Announcement, Signup, /r/
RaiderZ (PWE): Announcement, Signup, /r/ (open beta 10/24/2012)
Renaissance Heroes (ChangYou): Announcement, Signup, /r/
RIFT: Storm Legion (Trion Worlds): Announcement, /r/
Salem (Paradox Interactive): Announcement, Signup, /r/
SmashMuck Champions (Kis Studios): Announcement, Signup, /r/
SMITE (Hi-Rez): Announcement, Signup, /r/
Star Conflict (Star Gem): Announcement, Signup, /r/
Starlight Story (Aeria): Announcement, Signup
(Project Whitecard): Announcement, Signup (fka Astronaut: Moon, Mars, and Beyond)
(Namaste): Announcement, Signup (in "open" alpha)
Taikodom (Gamersfirst): Announcement, Signup
Tamer Saga (PopAce): Announcement, Signup
The Missing Ink (RedBedlam): Announcement, Signup
The Mummy Online (Bigpoint): Announcement, Signup
The Repopulation (Above and Beyond): Announcement, Signup, /r/
The War Z (Hammerpoint): Announcement, Signup
Traveller AR (Ingz): Announcement, Signup (beta on hold)
UFO Online (gamigo): Announcement, Signup
Universal Monsters Online (Bigpoint): Announcement, Signup
Venus Rising (FoxySoft): Announcement (fka Orgia Romanus; adult MMO, possibly NSFW)
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, /r/ (fka World of Planes)
World of Warplanes ( Announcement, Signup, /r/
Xulu Universe (Xulu): Announcement, Signup (in alpha)

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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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