Venus Rising
Venus Rising's internal alpha officially kicked off this week, and we're sure you can't wait to log in and do... whatever it is people do in there. Take totally platonic baths, maybe. What else is new in the world of MMO betas this week?
  • Trion announced that ArcheAge is officially in alpha! The NDA's down, too.
  • WildStar unleased an enormous beta patch, complete with character customization improvements.
  • Elite: Dangerous' premium beta has begun for... premium... people.
  • Argo Online returned to beta testing yesterday.
  • The Crew announced a fall 2014 launch window.
  • EA MOBA Dawngate hopped into an open beta it's calling a community beta.
  • And sandbox Gloria Victis is now in alpha for donors.
Read on for the complete Betawatch roundup.

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.

Margonem (Garmory): Signup
Project Gorgon (Project Gorgon): Signup
SmashMuck Champions (Kis Studios): Announcement, Signup, /r/ (early access on Steam)
Taikodom (Gamersfirst): 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. 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)
ArcheAge (Trion): Announcement, Signup (alpha)
Argo Online (Games-Masters): Announcement, Signup (closed beta)
ARCHLORD 2 (Webzen): Announcement (closed beta begins in April)
Black Desert (Pearl Abyss): Announcement (Korean closed beta, second test starts 4/22)
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 (premium beta)
Face of Mankind (Nexeon): Signup (signups temporarily closed in the lead up to open beta)
Gloria Victis (Black Eye): Announcement (donor alpha)
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 (in Steam early access)
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 Repopulation (Above and Beyond): Announcement, Signup, /r/
Transformers Universe (Jagex): Announcement, Signup
TUG (Nerd Kingdom): Announcement, Signup (Steam early access)
Venus Rising (FoxySoft): Announcement (in internal alpha; adult MMO/NSFW)
Warlords of Draenor (Blizzard): Announcement, Signup (in closed alpha)
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.

This article was originally published on Massively.