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Betawatch: November 29 - December 5, 2014

Bree Royce, @nbrianna
December 5, 2014
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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?We've also purged the heck out of the Betawatch list after the cut thanks in large part to the eagle-eyed observations of Massively reader greaterdivinity. A number of games, including Archlord 2, Argo Online, Eclipse War Online, Face of Mankind, Legend of Silkroad, Legion of Heroes, Margonem, Strife, and Taikodom, have departed or moved around in our list due to changes in their open beta status (most of them soft launches, but some of them, like Argo, have simply disappeared from the internet... again). Many thanks to greaterdivinity!



MMOs in testing
Massively considers an MMO to be in open testing if it has free and public signups as well as plans for a server wipe before its official launch. We consider an MMO to be in closed testing if it features either future test signups or an ongoing private test phase that cannot immediately and freely be accessed by the general public. Some are restricted by NDAs. We will include early access and crowdfunded MMOs whose tests we deem legitimate. Self-described "open beta" MMOs that have soft-launched with functioning real-money cash shops, have lingered in development stasis an excessive length of time, have no chance of launching in the west, or have limited interest for our readership will not be listed. We realize this is confusing, but the old alpha/beta/launch paradigm is long since over.

Albion Online (Sandbox Interactive): Announcement, Signup (alpha)
Auto Club Revolution (Eutechnyx): Announcement, Signup (closed beta)
Beasts of Prey (Octagon): Announcement, Early Access (early access alpha)
Black Desert (Pearl Abyss): Announcement (Korean closed beta; OB begins Dec 17)
Camelot Unchained (CSE): Announcement (backer pre-alpha)
Das Tal (Fairytale Distillery): Announcement, Signup (alpha)
DayZ (Bohemia Interactive): Announcement, Signup (early access)
Dungeon Fighter Online (Neople): Announcement, Signup (closed test reopens March 2015)
Earthrise: First Impact (SilentFuture): Announcement, Signup (alpha but still alive)
Echo of Soul (Aeria): Announcement, Signup
Elite: Dangerous (Frontier): Announcement, Early Access (gamma 1 for backers)
Gloria Victis (Black Eye): Announcement (donor alpha)
Heroes of the Storm (Blizzard): Announcement, Signup (closed testing, cash shop active)
HEX (HEX Entertainment): Announcement, Signup (unofficial open beta)
Kingdom Online (NTT Game): Announcement (closed beta)
Landmark (SOE): Announcement, Signup (paid closed beta, cash shop active)
Line of Defense (3000AD): Announcement, Signup (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
Otherland (Drago): Announcement, Signup (taking signups)
Pathfinder Online (Goblinworks): Announcement (paid "early enrollment" alpha delayed)
Project Gorgon (Project Gorgon): Signup (free, open testing)
Shadowrun Online (Cliffhanger): Announcement (Steam early access)
Shards Online (Citadel Studios): Announcement (pre-alpha)
Shroud of the Avatar (Portalarium): Announcement (Steam early access)
Skyforge (Obsidian): Announcement, Signup (technical beta weekends)
SkySaga (Radiant Worlds): Announcement, Signup (closed alpha)
Star Citizen (Cloud Imperium): Announcement (backer pre-alpha dogfighting module)
Starlite (Project Whitecard): Announcement, Signup (fka Astronaut: Moon, Mars, and Beyond)
The Repopulation (Above and Beyond): Announcement, Signup
Tribal Wars 2 (Innogames): Announcement, Signup (open testing)
TUG (Nerd Kingdom): Announcement, Signup (Steam early access)
Valiance Online (SilverHelm): Announcement (alpha stress testing)
Venus Rising (FoxySoft): Announcement (in internal alpha; adult MMO/NSFW)

Betawatch is Massively's weekly report on the latest MMO alphas, betas, and other games still meandering toward an official launch. From Albion to Valiance, 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.









































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