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Betawatch: February 22 - 28, 2014

Eliot Lefebvre

Yes, it's true: Infinite Crisis does not sport an infinite closed beta, as it's opening the doors on March 14th for everyone. The Elder Scrolls Online is also running another testing weekend, which everyone can freely talk about now that the NDA is no longer in place. The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot has also moved into open testing, allowing everyone to quest forcefully for loot of the most epic variety. (Presumably. It might be a farming sim, who knows.)

It's also been a week of closed testing news first and foremost, though. Black Gold Online is prepping for its first closed test, Nosgoth has entered closed testing, and Guild Wars 2 is starting off the test process in China while retaining its current business model. So everyone wins in the testing arena after all.

Aside from that, we've got our usual list past the break. And feel free to let us know if something slipped in a cash shop without us knowing down in the comments; it's appreciated, always.

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.

Margonem (Garmory): Signup
Project Gorgon (Project Gorgon): Signup
SmashMuck Champions (Kis Studios): Announcement, Signup, /r/ (early access on Steam now)
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. This still qualifies even if the test does feature an active cash shop so long as the signups are restricted; it also qualifies if the testing is limited to purchasers.

Black Gold Online (Snail Games): Announcement, Signup (alpha "test drive" starting 3/20/14)
DayZ (Bohemia Interactive): Announcement, Signup (access is for early purchasers on Steam)
Earthrise: First Impact (SilentFuture): Announcement, Signup
Eclipse War Online (Playwith Interactive): Announcement, Signup (from February 25th to March 11th)
Elite: Dangerous (Frontier): Announcement, Early Access Purchase
End of Nations (Trion): Announcement, Signup, /r/ (development in limbo, possibly cancelled)
EverQuest Next Landmark (Sony Online Entertainment): Announcement, Signup (in paid alpha)
Face of Mankind (Nexeon): Signup
Infinite Crisis (Turbine): Announcement, Signup (open beta on 3/14/14)
League of Angels (GTArcade): Announcement, Signup
LEGO Minifigures Online (Funcom): Announcement, Signup (launching summer 2014)
Line of Defense (3000AD): Announcement, Signup
Origins of Malu (Burning Dog): Announcement
Starlite (Project Whitecard): Announcement, Signup (fka Astronaut: Moon, Mars, and Beyond)
Strife (S2 Games): Announcement, Signup
The Elder Scrolls Online (Zenimax): Announcement, Signup (launches 4/4/14)
The Repopulation (Above and Beyond): Announcement, Signup, /r/
TUG (Nerd Kingdom): Announcement, Signup
Venus Rising (FoxySoft): Announcement (fka Orgia Romanus; adult MMO, possibly NSFW)
WildStar (Carbine/NCsoft): Announcement, Signup

Testing Notes
Just a quick set of notes this week; since readers are probably wondering, Betawatch isn't going anywhere. Next week it'll be back in the hands of our own Brianna Royce, but it will continue as it always has. So keep letting us know what you think in the comments and offering us your feedback!

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 link.

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