Betawatch: July 20 - 26, 2013

It'll probably be all right.
Depending on whom you talk to, ArcheAge is either an upcoming sandbox game, the one true game that will convince everyone that sandboxes are the best thing ever (and we mean it this time), or a worse game than whatever pet game you're championing at the time. Whatever category you fall under, you can probably agree that it's taking its sweet time to get here, so fans should be happy that there's a status report available for all those waiting patiently (or not-so-patiently).

Not a great deal has been happening in the beta space otherwise. The Phoenix Project is aiming at a September Kickstarter pitch, which should be welcome news to former City of Heroes players. Aeria Games has opened signups for testing F.E.A.R. Online, which follows the time-honored tradition of taking an existing franchise and adding "online" to the title. And of course, there's our usual list of games in testing just past the break, as you do. It's a time-honored tradition.

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
Eternal Saga (R2Games): Announcement, Signup
Firefall (Red 5 Studios): Announcement, Signup, /r/
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
World of Warplanes (Wargaming.net): Announcement, Signup, /r/

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.

Bounty Hounds Online (Wicked Interactive): Announcement, Signup
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/
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (Square-Enix): Announcement, Signup (launching 8/27/13)
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/
Venus Rising (FoxySoft): Announcement (fka Orgia Romanus; adult MMO, possibly NSFW)
Warface (Crytek/Trion Worlds): Announcement, Signup
WildStar (Carbine/NCsoft): Announcement, Signup

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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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