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Betawatch: March 15 - 21, 2014


SOE announced this week that EverQuest Next Landmark will leave alpha and enter closed beta on Wednesday, March 26th. Land rush incoming! What else is new in the world of MMO testing?
  • WildStar is hosting another beta weekend event and opened up preorders.
  • Black Desert ramps up its beta testing planning; it begins April 4th.
  • Black Gold's closed alpha has begun! If you complete Snail's survey, you've a chance to get in.
  • Shadowrun Online will launch on Steam's early access program on March 31st.
Our complete Betawatch roundup awaits.

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)
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.

Albion Online (Sandbox Interactive): Announcement, Signup (next alpha starts 3/24)
Black Desert (Pearl Abyss): Announcement (Korean closed beta, second test starts 4/4)
Black Gold (Snail Games): Announcement, Signup (alpha began 3/20)
DayZ (Bohemia Interactive): Announcement, Signup (Steam early access)
Earthrise: First Impact (SilentFuture): Announcement, Signup
Eclipse War Online (Playwith Interactive): Announcement, Signup (from 2/25 to 3/11)
Elite: Dangerous (Frontier): Announcement, Early Access Purchase (third alpha in March)
EverQuest Next Landmark (Sony Online Entertainment): Announcement, Signup (paid closed beta 3/26)
Face of Mankind (Nexeon): Signup (signups temporarily closed in the lead up to open beta)
Heroes of the Storm (Blizzard): Announcement, Signup (technical alpha)
LEGO Minifigures Online (Funcom): Announcement, Signup (launching summer 2014)
Line of Defense (3000AD): Announcement, Signup
MyDream (MyDream): Announcement (closed testing open to donors)
Nosgoth (Square Enix): Signup
Origins of Malu (Burning Dog): Announcement
Shadowrun Online (Cliffhanger): Announcement (Steam early access March 31st)
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)
The Repopulation (Above and Beyond): Announcement, Signup, /r/
Transformers Universe (Jagex): Announcement, Signup
TUG (Nerd Kingdom): Announcement, Signup
Venus Rising (FoxySoft): Announcement (fka Orgia Romanus; adult MMO, possibly NSFW)
WildStar (Carbine/NCsoft): Announcement, Signup (launching 6/3)

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.

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