Betawatch: August 16 - 22, 2014

This building is really taking shape!
Who doesn't want more building shapes? Landmark players can look forward to more shapes to use in their structures, including cones and pyramids. Meanwhile, ArcheAge testers can explore the game again in another closed beta event starting today and running until August 27th.

Not your cup of tea? Maybe The Crew is more your speed? You can pre-order for a closed beta key, as well as picking up some discounts if you pre-order through GMG or GameFly. That beta starts up on August 25th. Rising Generals also hit closed beta testing, so if you'd prefer to take a more strategic approach to your combat, that's an option.

Wait, none of that is what you're looking for? Huh. Well, then, maybe you should just jump on past the cut into our full list of betas, where you can find several other options. As always, if something's missed our notice, let us know in the comments!

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 or that have lingered in development stasis an excessive length of time will not be listed.

Archlord 2 (Webzen): Announcement, Signup
Black Gold (Snail Games): Announcement, Signup
Face of Mankind (Nexeon): Signup
Legend of Silkroad (JC Planet): Announcement, Signup
Margonem (Garmory): Signup
Project Gorgon (Project Gorgon): Signup
Taikodom (Gamersfirst): Announcement, Signup
Wakfu (Ankama): 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 (closed beta)
Argo Online (Games-Masters): Announcement, Signup (closed beta)
Auto Club Revolution (Eutechnyx): Announcement, Signup (closed beta)
Beasts of Prey (Octagon): Announcement, Early Access (alpha)
Black Desert (Pearl Abyss): Announcement (Korean closed beta)
Das Tal (Fairytale Distillery): Announcement, Signup (alpha)
DayZ (Bohemia Interactive): Announcement, Signup (Steam early access)
Destiny (Bungie): Announcement, Signup (launching Sept 9)
Dungeon Fighter Online (Neople): Announcement, Signup (alpha)
Earthrise: First Impact (SilentFuture): Announcement, Signup
Eclipse War Online (Playwith Interactive): Announcement, Signup
Elite: Dangerous (Frontier): Announcement, Early Access (premium beta 1)
Gloria Victis (Black Eye): Announcement (donor alpha)
Heroes of the Storm (Blizzard): Announcement, Signup (technical alpha)
HEX (HEX Entertainment): Announcement, Signup (closed beta)
Kingdom Online (NTT Game): Signup (closed beta through July 30)
Landmark (SOE): Announcement, Signup (paid closed beta)
Legion of Heroes (Nexon): Announcement, Signup (closed beta)
Line of Defense (3000AD): Announcement, Signup (July Steam early access)
MyDream (MyDream): Announcement (closed testing open to donors)
Nosgoth (Square Enix): Signup (closed beta)
Oort Online (Wonderstruck): Announcement (donor alpha)
Origins of Malu (Burning Dog): Announcement
Pathfinder Online (Goblinworks): Announcement (donor alpha)
Shadowrun Online (Cliffhanger): Announcement (Steam early access)
Shards Online (Citadel Studios): Announcement (pre-alpha)
Shroud of the Avatar (Portalarium): Announcement (in donor testing)
Star Citizen (Cloud Imperium): Announcement (backer pre-alpha dogfighting module)
Starlite (Project Whitecard): Announcement, Signup (fka Astronaut: Moon, Mars, and Beyond)
Strife (S2 Games): Announcement, Signup
The Crew (Ubisoft): Announcement, Signup (launching November 11)
The Repopulation (Above and Beyond): Announcement, Signup, /r/
Tribal Wars 2 (Innogames): Announcement, Signup (closed beta)
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 (closed beta, releasing 11/13/14)

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.