Betawatch: February 1 - 7, 2014

I am sure you're not surprised by which one I picked as a header.
Wow. All right. So it's been a quiet year for betas so far. Then EverQuest Next Landmark goes into testing and promptly drops its NDA, resulting in a lot of updates about the game. And today The Elder Scrolls Online finally lifted its NDA in the smallest fashion possible for the press, which resulted in another flood of stuff talking about the game's first few levels. (Although our readers still can't really talk about it, sadly.)

So, yes. Not such a quiet week this time around.

There are still other games in testing, of course, and we have them along with our testing notes just past the break. As always, if we overlooked something such as a game shifting into another phase of testing, please, let us know about it down in the comments so we can correct that as soon as we confirm it. Three or four games could have launched this week without getting noticed, really; somehow we managed to overlook the fact that Face of Mankind hit closed beta testing (with open beta in the near future).

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.

Blood and Jade (R2Games): Announcement, Signup
Inferno Legend (Changyou): Announcement, Signup
Margonem (Garmory): Signup
Project Gorgon (Project Gorgon): Signup
Sevencore (Ignited Games): Announcement, Signup
SmashMuck Champions (Kis Studios): Announcement, Signup, /r/ (early access on Steam now)
Taikodom (Gamersfirst): Announcement, Signup
UFO Online (gamigo): 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. This still qualifies even if the test does feature an active cash shop so long as the signups are restricted; it also qualifies if the testing is limited to purchasers.

DayZ (Bohemia Interactive): Announcement, Signup (access is for early purchasers on Steam)
Earthrise: First Impact (SilentFuture): Announcement, Signup
Elite: Dangerous (Frontier): Announcement, Early Access Purchase
End of Nations (Trion): Announcement, Signup, /r/
EverQuest Next Landmark (Sony Online Entertainment): Announcement, Signup (in paid alpha)
Face of Mankind (Nexeon): Signup
Infinite Crisis (Turbine): Announcement, Signup
League of Angels (GTArcade): Announcement, Signup
LEGO Minifigures Online (Funcom): Announcement, Signup (launching summer 2014)
Lime Odyssey (Aeria Games): Announcement, Signup
Line of Defense (3000AD): Announcement, Signup
MU Rebirth (Webzen): Announcement, Signup
Origins of Malu (Burning Dog): Announcement
Starlite (Project Whitecard): Announcement, Signup (fka Astronaut: Moon, Mars, and Beyond)
Strife (S2 Games): Announcement, Signup
The Elder Scrolls Online (Zenimax): Announcement, Signup (launches 4/4/14)
The Repopulation (Above and Beyond): Announcement, Signup, /r/
TUG (Nerd Kingdom): Announcement, Signup
Venus Rising (FoxySoft): Announcement (fka Orgia Romanus; adult MMO, possibly NSFW)
WildStar (Carbine/NCsoft): Announcement, Signup

Testing Notes
This week, we've got a question by longtime reader Vexia: So, is anything really happening on the Lime Odyssey front?

The answer is yes, but none of it is good, unfortunately. Lime Odyssey was on track for localization and release in America, but the last update on the official site was in June of last year. The official word on the forums was that the game was being taken back in-house for more adjustments and that it would be put on the back burner whilst Arcane Saga was being localized and brought out.

Unfortunately, that update was back in September, and since then the forums have been almost completely silent. The usual policy is to leave games like that on the list if the official word is still "this is happening" for a while, but since the game itself is shutting down in Korea on the 20th, it's going to be cut by then if there's no more official word.

Short version: It's probably not happening.

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, and many thanks to Steven Eyerman for the Subreddit links!

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