Betawatch: Dark and Light enters closed testing (June 23, 2017)

One game enters the list and another leaves. Dark and Light has started its closed testing, although there’s a very small number of people currently invited to test the game, so you’re probably not on the list. Meanwhile, Master x Master has entered the shark-infested waters of launch, so it’s now as real as it gets. Hooray for changes on the list!

Boy, I’m so excited I’m just going to launch into several more list items. Come with me, will you?

And there’s still a whole list down below! What fun. Let us know if something in there slipped phases without us noticing, all right? We really like lists, if you haven’t noticed.

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
Crowfall: Backer pre-alpha
Cube World: Closed alpha
Dark and Light: Closed beta
DayZ: Early access
Divergence Online: Alpha
Edengrad: Early access
Eleven: Closed alpha
Ever, Jane: Open beta
Fragmented: Early access
Gigantic: Open beta, launching on July 20th
Gloria Victis: Early Access on Steam
H1Z1: Paid early access, split into two games
HEX: Unofficial open beta
Kritika Online: Closed beta, open beta starts June 29th
LawBreakers: Beta June 28th, Launch August 8th
Legends of Aria: Alpha, formerly known as Shards Online
Life is Feudal: Closed beta
Line of Defense: Early access, removed from Steam
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
Sea of Thieves: Technical alpha
Secret World Legends: Closed beta, launching June 26th
SkySaga: Open beta soft launch approaching, date not yet announced
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: Closed alpha
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: Closed beta

Yes, MMO gamers, you too can perform the unpaid quality-control work otherwise known as game testing! Check out Massively Overpowered’s Betawatch every week for a run-down of MMOs that are still on the road to reality.
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mysecretid

Golf is such a thing for some folks.

My legions of cousins here in town all seem to adore golf — to the point that it probably says “Golf” in the religion section of their government forms.

I don’t claim to understand the appeal at all, but online golf-based games could find an audience.

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Malcolm Swoboda

We have DND couples night. I started with internal alarms when I heard one couple bring up starting to play golf and loving it. I’ve played it too but I’m REALLY not sure about being dragged into it (I’m kinda dragged into DND but at least I enjoy it).

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mysecretid

Couples nights in gaming can work, but they always make me nervous. If the couples start fighting, the drama quotient can get more than a bit toxic.

D&D nights can work (and yeah, I like the social joys of live co-op gaming with good people), and I’ve found that couples in crisis there tend to stop attending until they work out their stuff.

Unless they are the game hosts, or one of them is the game-runner, things can survive for everyone.

Golf? I confess, I’d have to be promised earnest affection and carnal joy by a preferred person to even consider playing golf.

I realize that some people love it madly, and more power to them, but I just don’t get it …

Be well!

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Malcolm Swoboda

We’ve done the nights for years, same campaign. Two couples are married, and us two are good. Different places host depending on circumstance.

The golf was just a thing that was brought up as a thing and I went oh no

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