Betawatch: November 3 - 9, 2012

Formerly known in its heart as Global Agenda: Brazil.
It hasn't been hard to get into Firefall's beta test as long as you know a friend who plays the game. If not, you're sort of out of luck... well, until today, when the game opens up for its first limited semi-open weekend event. If it's already too late for you, don't worry; there are two more in the pipeline. Meanwhile, space shooter Taikodom isn't fussing about with any limited events and has warped straight into a full open beta, giving everyone a chance to go nuts and shoot things with a spaceship.

There's also an open beta starting next week in Cabal 2 Online, but that's exclusively Korean, so the language barrier might be an issue for you.

The War Z has reshuffled some of its development priorities, MechWarrior Online, Forge, and PlanetSide 2 have all put out new videos (and the last released a major beta patch), and there's the usual assortment of other games humming along in testing. Check the list past the break for the full rundown, and let us know if we missed anything 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.

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)
MechWarrior Online (Piranha): Announcement, Signup, /r/
RaiderZ (PWE): Announcement, Signup, /r/
Remanum
(Travian): Announcement, Signup, /r/
RIFT: Storm Legion (Trion Worlds): Announcement, /r/
Soul Captor (Gamania): Announcement, Signup
Taikodom (Gamersfirst): 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/ (open beta events starting on 11/9, 11/30, and 12/7)
Forge (Dark Vale): Announcement, Signup
Grecca (Banbox): Announcement, Signup (in "open" alpha)
Grimlands (gamigo): 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
Marvel Heroes (Gazillion): Announcement, Signup
Origins of Malu (Burning Dog): Announcement
Path of Exile (Grinding Gear Games): Announcement, Signup, /r/ (open beta in December)
PlanetSide 2 (SOE): Announcement, Signup, /r/ (launching 11/20/12)
Renaissance Heroes (ChangYou): Announcement, Signup, /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)
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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