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Betawatch: December 13 - 19, 2014

Bree Royce, @nbrianna
December 19, 2014
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Elite: Dangerous formally launched this week, departing our Betawatch (Gammawatch?) list and flying free into the wilds of the MMO jungle. What else is new in the land of MMO testing?
  • Landmark's closed beta launched PvE combat this week; SOE says it will shift full-time to working on EverQuest Next in early 2015.
  • Shroud of the Avatar's devs spoke to us about its community and development process.
  • Black Desert officially launched into open beta in Korea.
  • Sandvox SkySaga began its alpha phase for UK players.
  • Skyforge launched a beta contest and demoed two classes.
  • Cabal II's closed beta is taking signups; the first focus test is slated for this weekend.
  • Valiance Online kicked off a Steam Greenlight campaign. It's currently in pre-alpha stress testing.
  • Space strategy MMO AD2460 leaves testing and launches on December 29th.
  • MapleStory 2 will begin closed beta signups in Korea next week.
  • Albion Online's winter test begins January 26th.
  • Rainbow Saga softlaunched into open beta.
  • MMORTS Siegelord's closed beta began this week as well.
Read on for the complete Betawatch list.



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; winter alpha begins Jan 26)
Auto Club Revolution (Eutechnyx): Announcement, Signup (closed beta)
Beasts of Prey (Octagon): Announcement, Early Access (early access alpha)
Black Desert (Pearl Abyss): Announcement (Korean open beta)
Cabal II (ESTsoft): Announcement, Signup (closed beta)
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
Eleven (Eleven Giants): Announcement (closed alpha)
Gloria Victis (Black Eye): Announcement (donor alpha)
H1Z1 (SOE): Announcement (early access Jan 15)
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 (UK 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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