Betawatch: June 22 - 28, 2013

Why this isn't in every game baffles me.
This week has been pretty quiet for games going into or leaving beta, but EverQuest has started testing its Heart of Fear update, which apparently involves players riding on giant disembodied hands used as mounts. So that makes everything bright and wonderful within the world again because you can't say that isn't hopelessly awesome.

Beyond that, MU Rebirth is allowing signups for its closed test. Arena of Heroes has opened up for everyone who enjoys cross-platform MOBA play. Firefall is readying the last bit of its pre-open beta, WildStar is teasing us with patch notes, and Final Fantasy XIV is getting more beta teasers. It's a pretty normal week, in other words.

But there's also a huge list of games past the cut! Is that normal? Yes, yes it is, even if it might be missing a few games that we've removed (like Broken Realm, The Mummy Online, Lunaria Story, Scarlet Blade, Smite, Aurora World, Born to Fire, Dragon Crusade, Living After War, Maestia, Traveller AR, and Xulu Universe) for various reasons. Take a look for more games in testing, and if you notice something that's crept into launch without calling it that, by all means let us know 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.

Anno Online (Ubisoft): Announcement, Signup
City of Steam (Mechanist): Announcement, Signup, /r/
DK Online (Aeria): Announcement, Signup
Dragon's Prophet (Sony Online Entertainment): Announcement, Signup
Heroes & Generals (Reto-Moto): Signup
Salem (Paradox Interactive): Announcement, Signup, /r/
SmashMuck Champions (Kis Studios): Announcement, Signup, /r/
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Online (CyberTime Systems): Announcement, Signup, /r/ (Russian-only)
Taikodom (Gamersfirst): Announcement, Signup
The Missing Ink (RedBedlam): Announcement, Signup
UFO Online (gamigo): Announcement, Signup
Universal Monsters Online (Bigpoint): Announcement, Signup
World Alpha (World Alpha): Announcement, 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)
Bounty Hounds Online (Wicked Interactive): Announcement, Signup
Dota 2 (Valve): Announcement, Signup, /r/
Dragon Born (KoramGame): 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 (launching 8/27/13)
Firefall (Red 5 Studios): Announcement, Signup, /r/ (open beta starts 7/9/13)
Grecca (Banbox): Announcement, Signup (in "open" alpha)
Infinite Crisis (Turbine): Announcement, Signup
Ingress (Google): Announcement, Signup
Legend of Edda: Vengeance (GamesCampus): Signup
Lime Odyssey (Aeria Games): Announcement, Signup
Line of Defense (3000AD): Announcement, Signup
MU Rebirth (Webzen): Announcement, Signup
Origins of Malu (Burning Dog): Announcement
Otherland (gamigo): Announcement, Signup, /r/ (development in limbo, possibly canceled)
Renaissance Heroes (ChangYou): Announcement, Signup, /r/
Starlight Story (Aeria): Announcement, Signup
Starlite (Project Whitecard): Announcement, Signup (fka Astronaut: Moon, Mars, and Beyond)
The Elder Scrolls Online (Zenimax): Announcement, Signup
The Repopulation (Above and Beyond): Announcement, Signup, /r/
The War Z (Hammerpoint): Announcement, Signup
Venus Rising (FoxySoft): Announcement (fka Orgia Romanus; adult MMO, possibly NSFW)
Warface (Crytek/Trion Worlds): Announcement, Signup
WildStar (Carbine/NCsoft): Announcement, Signup
World of Warplanes ( Announcement, Signup, /r/ (open beta 7/2/13)

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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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