- Landmark formally moved from alpha to closed beta.
- WildStar kicked off a bonus beta weekend this morning.
- Shroud of the Avatar launched into Release 4 for backers.
- Albion entered alpha testing.
- Epic Space Online is hosting a "paid to play" beta weekend.
- Age of Ascent will run another open alpha playtest tomorrow.
- World of Tanks Blitz rumbled its way into closed beta.
- Oh yeah, and some game called The Elder Scrolls Online is about to emerge from beta forever...
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.
Margonem (Garmory): Signup
Project Gorgon (Project Gorgon): Signup
SmashMuck Champions (Kis Studios): Announcement, Signup, /r/ (early access on Steam)
Taikodom (Gamersfirst): Announcement, Signup
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. Games qualify even if the testing is limited to backers or pre-purchasers and if has an active cash shop as long as the signups are restricted.
Albion Online (Sandbox Interactive): Announcement, Signup (alpha)
Black Desert (Pearl Abyss): Announcement (Korean closed beta, second test starts 4/4)
Black Gold (Snail Games): Announcement, Signup (alpha)
DayZ (Bohemia Interactive): Announcement, Signup (Steam early access)
Earthrise: First Impact (SilentFuture): Announcement, Signup
Eclipse War Online (Playwith Interactive): Announcement, Signup (from 2/25 to 3/11)
Elite: Dangerous (Frontier): Announcement, Early Access Purchase (third alpha in March)
Face of Mankind (Nexeon): Signup (signups temporarily closed in the lead up to open beta)
Heroes of the Storm (Blizzard): Announcement, Signup (technical alpha)
Landmark (SOE): Announcement, Signup (paid closed beta)
LEGO Minifigures Online (Funcom): Announcement, Signup (launching summer 2014)
Line of Defense (3000AD): Announcement, Signup
MyDream (MyDream): Announcement (closed testing open to donors)
Nosgoth (Square Enix): Signup
Origins of Malu (Burning Dog): Announcement
Shadowrun Online (Cliffhanger): Announcement (Steam early access March 31st)
Shroud of the Avatar (Portalarium): Announcement (in donor testing)
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)
The Repopulation (Above and Beyond): Announcement, Signup, /r/
Transformers Universe (Jagex): Announcement, Signup
TUG (Nerd Kingdom): Announcement, Signup (Steam early access)
Venus Rising (FoxySoft): Announcement (fka Orgia Romanus; adult MMO, possibly NSFW)
WildStar (Carbine/NCsoft): Announcement, Signup (launching 6/3)
Betawatch is Massively's weekly report on the latest MMO alphas, betas, and other games still meandering toward an official launch. From ArcheAge to WildStar, 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.