Betawatch: Pathfinder Online isn’t dead yet (March 24, 2017)
You could be forgiven for kind of thinking that Pathfinder Online was dead in the water, but it turns out that there’s still hope. A surprise announcement stated that the game is moving forward once more, that it’s going to be finished, and that there’s reason to be hopeful from here on out. So if you’re a big fan of the game or what the designers originally promised, don’t give up just yet!
Other beta news this week was… well, let’s face it, it was weird. What do I mean? See for yourself.
- Chronicles of Elyria limited how many monarchs at the $10,000 backer level can rule over its lands, which is fine in and of itself (a $10,000 price tag is rather limiting to start with) except there are already more monarchs than lands. Clarifying the process didn’t exactly mollify those already upset.
- Master x Master managed to ignite controversy around its next beta test dates by adding Statesman to the game. That was… there’s no good analogy there. NCsoft also showed off two other characters, but Statesman kind of dominated perception.
- Now that The Repopulation is back online, the team is hard at work getting all old backers back online with the game… and fixing an apparent slew of bugs that have to be addressed before any further patches. Whoops!
- Ever, Jane has added in horseback riding and carriages. That’s all. That’s just cool; we need some stories that are unambiguously good news.
- A big patch for Conan Exiles has corresponded to a building and structure wipe on the official servers to compensate for exploits. Private servers are not obligated to join in. Which would be more brutal if not for the fact that the game is in early access, after all…
See what I mean, though? It’s been a weird week. Perhaps you can feel a bit better about the week by checking on the list just below, which has all sorts of games on it. Of course, some of them may have crept into a different test status without our notice, which is also weird, so please let us know in the comments if you spy that.
As always, we consider an MMO to be in open testing if it features free, public signups and will server wipe prior to launch. An MMO is marked in closed testing if it’s running a private test phase that cannot freely be accessed by the general public; it’s usually under NDA as well. Early access and crowdfunded MMOs whose tests we deem legitimate will be included. So-called “open beta” soft-launch MMOs with cash shops, no sign of launch in the west, or limited interest for our readers will not be listed; we also do not list expansions, with occasional exceptions.
AdventureQuest 3D: Open beta
Albion Online: Closed beta, launching July 17th
Boundless: Donor alpha
Camelot Unchained: Backer alpha
Children of Ur: Open alpha
Cloud Pirates: Early access
Crossout: Closed beta
Crowfall: Backer pre-alpha
Cube World: Closed alpha
DayZ: Early access
Divergence Online: Alpha
Eleven: Closed alpha
Ever, Jane: Open beta
Fragmented: Early access
Gigantic: Open beta
Gloria Victis: Early Access on Steam
H1Z1: Paid early access, split into two games
HEX: Unofficial open beta
LawBreakers: Closed beta weekend coming in March
Legends of Aria: Alpha, formerly known as Shards Online
Life is Feudal: Closed beta
Line of Defense: Early access, removed from Steam
Master x Master: Alpha test
Mu Legend: Closed beta
MyDream: Closed testing open to donors
Origins of Malu: Development moving forward on battleground experience, MMO suspended
Osiris: New Dawn: Early access
Paladins: Closed beta
Paragon: Open beta
Pathfinder Online: Subscription “early enrollment”
Project Genom: Closed alpha
Project Gorgon: Free, open testing
SamuTale: Closed alpha
SkySaga: Ongoing NA and UK alpha events
Star Citizen: Backer alpha
Stash: Backer alpha
The Black Death: Early access alpha
The Culling: Early access testing
The Exiled: Early access; formerly Das Tal
The Repopulation: Alpha resumes March 12th
Tree of Life: Open beta
Tribal Wars 2: Open testing
TUG: Steam early access alpha
Valiance Online: Alpha testing
Wild Terra: Steam early access
Worlds Adrift: Early access planned for Q1 2017