Betawatch: March 16 - 22, 2013

This is actually a lot like Boston right now.
Warframe has opened its doors for everyone, and it's even added some new toys for anyone who decides to check it out. If you'd prefer to test something in your browser instead of downloading a client, you can get that too; just sign up for for the closed testing of Eldevin.

Of course, the eyes of most gamers are turned to Boston for this year's PAX East convention. Not that this has stopped some games from testing away, as Defiance has kicked off its final testing weekend before launch, and Neverwinter is running another weekend as well. DUST 514 players are also getting some love, as a new event is running for both the shooter and EVE Online.

Finally, we're sad to retire Grimlands from Betawatch this week, as gamigo has ceased development on the title.

There's a lot more going on in the beta space, as always. You can find a whole lot more games in the list past the break. Feel free to let us know if we missed anything.

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.

Broken Realm (R2Games): Announcement, Signup
DK Online (Aeria): Announcement, Signup
DUST 514 (CCP Games): Announcement, Signup, /r/
Ragnarok Online 2 (Asiasoft Online): Announcement (region limited)
Salem (Paradox Interactive): Announcement, Signup, /r/
SmashMuck Champions (Kis Studios): Announcement, Signup, /r/
SMITE (Hi-Rez): Announcement, Signup, /r/
Soul Captor (Gamania): Announcement, Signup
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Online (CyberTime Systems): Announcement, Signup, /r/ (Russian-only)
Taikodom (Gamersfirst): Announcement, Signup
War Thunder (Gaijin): Announcement, Signup, /r/ (fka World of Planes)
Warframe (Digital Extremes): Announcment, Signup

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)
Aurora World (GBE Games): 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/ (running periodic beta events)
Dawntide (Working as Intended): Announcement, Signup, /r/ (development on hiatus)
Darkfall Unholy Wars (Aventurine): Announcement (only accessible to purchasers)
Defiance (Trion Worlds): Signup (final beta weekend 3/22/13, launching 4/2/13)
Dota 2 (Valve): Announcement, Signup, /r/
Dragon Born (KoramGame): Announcement, Signup
Dragon Crusade (Aeria): Announcement, Signup
Dragon Knights (Aeria): Announcement, Signup
Dragon's Prophet (Sony Online Entertainment): Announcement, Signup
Earthrise: First Impact (SilentFuture): Announcement, Signup (testing starts "soon")
Eldevin (Hunted Cow Studios): Announcement, Signup
End of Nations (Trion): Announcement, Signup, /r/ (beta on hold)
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (Square-Enix): Announcement, Signup
Firefall (Red 5 Studios): Announcement, Signup, /r/
Grecca (Banbox): Announcement, Signup (in "open" alpha)
Ingress (Google): Announcement, Signup
Legend of Edda: Vengeance (GamesCampus): 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
Neverwinter (Cryptic/Perfect World Entertainment): Announcement, Signup (running periodic closed weekends)
Origins of Malu (Burning Dog): Announcement (testing begins 3/30/13)
Otherland (gamigo): Announcement, Signup, /r/ (intermittent OB weekends)
Renaissance Heroes (ChangYou): Announcement, Signup, /r/
Scarlet Blade (Aeria Games): Announcement, Signup
Star Conflict (Star Gem): Announcement, Signup, /r/
Starlight Story (Aeria): Announcement, Signup
Starlite
(Project Whitecard): Announcement, Signup (fka Astronaut: Moon, Mars, and Beyond)
Tamer Saga (PopAce): Announcement, Signup
The Aurora World (Aurora Interactive): Announcement (open beta starts March 28)
The Elder Scrolls Online (Zenimax): Announcement, Signup (beta start at the end of March)
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
Warface (Crytek/Trion Worlds): Announcement, Signup
World Alpha (World Alpha): Announcement, Signup
World of Warplanes (Wargaming.net): Announcement, Signup, /r/
Xulu Universe (Xulu): Announcement, Signup (testing on hiatus)

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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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