Betawatch: There’s factions in them there hills of Wild West Online (December 8, 2017)
Let’s start with something that you probably already ascertained: Wild West Online is being delayed. It delayed its early access alpha, and that delay leads rather naturally into a delay for for full early access into 2018. But the good news for those who aren’t fond of free-for-all PvP is that the game appears to be moving to a factional PvP system instead of a free-for-all. So less like the hypothetical wild west and more like the actual wild west as it existed in history, then.
Meanwhile, the beta band plays on.
- You may have forgotten about Escape from Tarkov, but it hasn’t forgotten about you; it wants you to come take part in a big stress test before open beta in 2018.
- Those of you with VR headsets are probably looking forward to OrbusVR. It even has a whole early access trailer now. Fun for the headset-wearing family!
- The holidays are a time for togetherness, which will hopefully bleed through into holiday testing for Saga of Lucimia. See, the joke there is that you have to group for everything in the game. So hopefully you will want to be together. Do you get the subtle humor here? We can explain more.
- The first console beta test for Monster Hunter World is arriving this weekend. This holiday, get your parents the gift of a make-believe monster you killed. What? It’s not like a mug with your picture on it is actually more thoughtful.
- Last but not least, Conan Exiles is going to cost more for consoles! But don’t worry, there’s good news, some PC launch features are getting cut! Hey, wait a second, that’s not good news. Never mind.
That got a bit sad toward the end, didn’t it? Let’s see if we can’t ameliorate that with a nice shiny list just below. Let us know about the tests you’re taking part in down in the comments, or just let us know if something has soft launched without us noticing it.
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
Boundless: Donor alpha
Camelot Unchained: Backer alpha
Children of Ur: Open alpha
Citadel: Forged with Fire: Early access
Closers: Closed beta
Crowfall: Backer pre-alpha
Cube World: Closed alpha
Dauntless: Closed beta
Dark and Light: Early access
DayZ: Early access
Divergence Online: Alpha
Edengrad: Early access
Eleven: Closed alpha
Ever, Jane: Open beta
Gloria Victis: Early access on Steam
H1Z1: King of the Kill: Paid early access
Just Survive: Paid early access
Legends of Aria: Final alpha, formerly known as Shards Online
Life is Feudal: Open beta
Line of Defense: Early access, removed from Steam
OrbusVR: Closed beta events
Origins of Malu: Development moving forward on battleground experience, MMO suspended
Osiris: New Dawn: Early access
Pathfinder Online: Subscription “early enrollment”
Project Genom: Closed alpha
Project Gorgon: Free, open testing
SamuTale: Closed alpha
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
TUG: Steam early access alpha
Valiance Online: Alpha testing
Wild Buster: Limited alpha testing
Wild Terra: Steam early access
Wild West Online: Early access alpha
Worlds Adrift: Closed beta