Betawatch: April 12 - 18, 2014

Betawatch
This week, Trion expanded Trove's "adventurer" supporter tier, which costs $20, to include instant access to the game's ongoing alpha test. What else is new in the world of MMO betas this round?
  • Shards posted a survey for hopeful alpha test candidates (thanks, Siphaed!).
  • WildStar showed off new body customization options in its latest round of beta.
  • Face of Mankind's open beta begins... today!
  • Swordsman joins our list with its closed beta signups.
  • Archlord 2 opened its closed beta registration earlier this week.
  • Landmark implemented a major building patch for its beta.
  • We streamed Origins of Malu's alpha with the developer team.
  • Icarus Online's Korean open beta got a video preview.
  • HEX announced its closed beta will begin on April 23rd.
  • Monkey King Online soft-launched into open beta.
  • CasinoRPG, which does call itself an MMORPG, officially moved from beta to launch on April 16th.
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.

Face of Mankind (Nexeon): Signup
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)
Archlord 2 (Webzen): Announcement, Signup (closed beta)
Argo Online (Games-Masters): Announcement, Signup (closed beta)
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)
Gloria Victis (Black Eye): Announcement (donor alpha)
Heroes of the Storm (Blizzard): Announcement, Signup (technical alpha)
HEX (HEX Entertainment): Announcement, Signup (closed beta 4/23)
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
Swordsman (PWE): Signup (closed beta)
The Repopulation (Above and Beyond): Announcement, Signup, /r/
Transformers Universe (Jagex): Announcement, Signup
Trove (Trion): Announcement (donor alpha)
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.