Betawatch: Shroud of the Avatar launches for real (March 30, 2018)
Did it happen? Are the rumors true? Yes, my friends, Shroud of the Avatar is actually launched now. The game has launched. Which probably means very little for the people who are already playing and have been during the 66 million years of early access, or the people who are not playing for whatever reason. But it launched!
And as long as we’re talking about 66 million years, let’s kick off our list of other beta news!
- Why is that number relevant? Well, it’s the approximate date of the extinction event that wiped out the dinosaurs 66 million years ago. But they came back in pixel form with PixARK, which is now available in early access! So you can start playing that now and maybe explore 300 islands.
- If you want to definitely explore 300 islands, get yourself over to Worlds Adrift, which is adding that number of player-made islands to the game. That’s a lot! It’s less than two million, though.
- There are over two million people who have registered accounts for Star Citizen, although how many of those are people with multiple accounts is both unclear and probably not relevant. It’s not like you can’t make an account without being a backer.
- You’re going to need to back Project Gorgon to keep playing soon, though, as its free universal access is ending soon. Of course, you have had years to get in on that free testing. You had plenty of time to pick up gear with all sorts of silly stats on it.
- But you cannot pick up silly stat gear in Chronicles of Elyria, which will make sure that you have to very seriously slowly add and remove multiple layers of very serious protective gear when you wish to change clothes. It’s serious business.
Equally serious business is our list of games in testing just below, which contains the best information we have at the moment about the test state of various titles. Is something a little off? Please, let us know down in the comments so we can test it out. We appreciate it; the rumors to that effect are true.
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
Ashes of Creation: Backer alpha zero
Bless Online: Early access starts in May
Boundless: Donor alpha
Camelot Unchained: Backer alpha, beta on July 4th
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
Dual Universe: Pre-alpha
ECO: Early access
Edengrad: Early access
Eleven: Closed alpha
Ever, Jane: Open beta
Gloria Victis: Early access on Steam
Global Adventures: Closed beta
Just Survive: Paid early access
Legends of Aria: Closed beta
Life is Feudal: Early access
Line of Defense: Early access, removed from Steam
OrbusVR: Early access
Osiris: New Dawn: Early access
Pathfinder Online: Subscription “early enrollment”
PixARK: Early access
Project Genom: Closed alpha
Project Gorgon: Early access beta
SamuTale: Closed alpha
Sea of Thieves: Closed beta
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: Early access alpha
TUG: Early access alpha, possibly abandoned
Valiance Online: Alpha
Wild Terra: Steam early access
Wild West Online: Early access alpha
Worlds Adrift: Closed beta