The first feedback will invariably be that this expansion is the worst thing Trion has done since the last thing.
It's official, ladies and gentlemen: You can talk about Storm Legion all you want without fear of an NDA breach. For RIFT players, this is obviously exciting news, and once the usual hate-filled threads about how awful the expansion will be have closed, you can look forward to all sorts of new tidbits.

But it's not all about RIFT this week. WorldAlpha has announced dates for its alpha and beta testing, with the first alpha weekend kicking off on the 26th. The testing sequence should run roughly every other week through the end of the year, giving fans plenty of time to start testing the game and making their voices heard. This might ameliorate any MechWarrior Online fans despondent over the open beta testing delay.

Not enough for you? RaiderZ is planning its open beta, Age of Wushu has extended its pre-order bonuses, and PlanetSide 2 has an official launch date. And there's a whole stew of other games in testing as you'll see just past the cut. Take a look, and if we've missed something, let us know down in the comments! Or just let us know what games you're looking forward to; that's also cool.

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.

Glitch (Tiny Speck): Announcement, Signup, /r/ (back in beta)
Knight Age (Joymax): Announcement, Signup
KULTAN: The World Beyond (Bigpoint): Announcement, Signup
Otherland (gamigo): Announcement, Signup, /r/ (intermittent OB weekends beginning 8/31/2012)
Remanum
(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
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
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/ (open beta in December)
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
Starlite
(Project Whitecard): Announcement, Signup (fka Astronaut: Moon, Mars, and Beyond)
Storybricks
(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 (Wargaming.net): 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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