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Landmark's beta is getting PvE in 10 days! Because it's actually a beta! What else is new in the world of MMO testing? Black Desert rolls into Korean open beta on December 17th. We had a looksee at Elite: Dangerous' gamma 1 build. Elder Scrolls Online has apparently further delayed the launch...

December 5th 2014 at 8:00pm 0 Comments
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Above and Beyond has published The Repopulation's end-of-November report, and it's a doozy. The studio discusses the embiggening of its alpha thus far and the addition of new servers to handle the load. The devs have also been working on housing and city locations, a new character versioning system...

December 3rd 2014 at 11:00am 0 Comments
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Blogger Werit has an exclusive Q&A with Above and Beyond, the team behind upcoming sci-fi sandbox The Repopulation. In it, the developers discuss dynamic missions, which are intended to provide "purpose" to players who crave it rather than to serve as the core means of advancement through the s...

November 19th 2014 at 1:00pm 0 Comments
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Trove departs the Betawatch list this week, having soft-launched with an open beta destined to go unwiped. Heroes of the Storm will head to closed beta on January 13th. And Blizzard announced Overwatch, a team-based online shooter that'll hit beta in 2015. What else is new in the world of MMO testi...

November 7th 2014 at 8:00pm 0 Comments
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I'm cautiously optimistic about indie sci-fi sandbox The Repopulation. Most of said optimism stems from people I trust comparing it favorably to the late great Star Wars: Galaxies. I haven't played it myself, though, on account of a full gaming plate and an increasing reluctance to throw money at p...

November 5th 2014 at 4:00pm 0 Comments
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Crowdfunded sci-fi sandbox The Repopulation has today announced a change to its pledge packages that should increase the number of backers -- and testers. The new packages cost $50 and $25; the $50 version grants immediate test access, while the $25 edition will sweep buyers into the alpha starting...

November 4th 2014 at 1:30pm 0 Comments
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The Repopulation's end-of-October report has arrived, and in it, Above and Beyond outlines the significant improvements made to the sandbox over the last month. Of note, player shops and vendors were added, along with a slew of enhancements to the player housing and city systems, like remote shoppi...

November 3rd 2014 at 10:30am 0 Comments
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Camelot Unchained ran a pre-alpha test for backers this past weekend, allowing players to test out character creation and PvP. What else is new in the realm of MMO testing? Justin test-drove Lord of the Ring's Online's in-testing Beorning race/class. Trove has a fully open, no-wipe, everyone-we...

October 24th 2014 at 8:00pm 0 Comments
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Sandbox healers, listen up! The Repopulation released a new featurette this week titled Healing and You. "Gone is the idea of an unengaged, rear-guard healer with zero choice," the diary explains, before mentioning a new healing ability set, First Aid ability enhancements, and some "support and da...

October 23rd 2014 at 4:00pm 0 Comments
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This week, The Crew's launch date was delayed until to December 2nd, ensuring a longer closed beta for the driving MMO. What else is new in the world of MMO testing? Lord of the Rings Online unloaded update 15 on test server denizens; it includes a new class and ventures into Gondor. RIFT's Nig...

October 10th 2014 at 8:00pm 0 Comments
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In what its devs are calling a "very busy month," The Repopulation pushed out three major patches in September, not to mention another one this past week. Above and Beyond says is all being done to fill out the game: "We've been pushing hard to get our experimental tweaks and additions out of the w...

October 5th 2014 at 2:00pm 0 Comments
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We say farewell to ArcheAge this week as it emerges from open beta into its head start period. What else is new in the land of MMO testing? Valiance Online has launched its pre-alpha (thanks, JustAnotherNate). Legend of the Condor Heroes is set to launch open beta on September 25th. Pathfinder...

September 12th 2014 at 9:00pm 0 Comments