Alphas & Betas Category

MMOs in various stages of testing and crowdfunding, playable and… not. Don’t forget to follow our Betawatch and Make My MMO columns for a weekly rundown. [Follow this category’s RSS feed]

Grab a goodie bag for Mythic Glory as it launches into open beta

So here’s a new one for us to cover: R2Games’s Mythic Glory. It’s a “browser MMORPG set in a persistent online world, populated by thousands of players working together – or against each other – for ultimate world domination,” the studio says. “There’s a chaotic evil looming, and it’s up to players to save the realm from certain destruction. An expansive single player journey awaits, backed up by in-depth online social systems including guilds, world events, dungeons, boss rushes, and much more.”

If you’d like to take a look, good news: The game is moving from alpha to open beta today, and R2 has granted Massively OP keys for a bundle of goodies to pass along to you! The key will unlock a package including five gold ingots, two gold recruits, five level-two gem packs, and a mark of divinity, which ought to help you get started.

Click the Mo button below (and prove you’re not a robot) to grab one of these keys!

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Chronicles of Elyria confirms layoff rumors

Earlier today, we asked the Chronicles of Elyria team for a statement regarding a tip we’d received about layoffs and salary cutbacks at Soulbound, and presumably in response, the studio has published a fresh letter to the community addressing some of the rumors. Turns out they’re true, and the studio has indeed suffered a round of layoffs.

Jeromy “Caspian” Walsh explains that over the course of the last year, his team had “nearly doubled” in size, but that size was unsustainable, as the company was hoping to have secured a publisher or additional investment but hasn’t yet done so, necessitating the staff reduction.

“As a result of our change in focus, we adjusted our resources accordingly so as to be sustainable solely through sales from our online store,” he says. “Unfortunately this meant parting ways with a few of our team members. This was painful for all of us as we had developed a close bond with everyone in the studio, but it was a necessary action to move forward at the velocity and cost we need to succeed.”

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Star Trek Online offers free stuff for its eight-year anniversary

It can’t be right that Star Trek Online is really eight years old, can it? Eight full years of boldly going? The answer is that it hasn’t quite been eight years yet (the actual anniversary is February 2nd) but the team behind the game is already starting to celebrate by giving away stuff in the game’s store. For the first day, it was a set of different uniforms for everyone; claim them once and they’re yours forever for the low price of absolutely nothing.

Fans are advised to keep checking back every day to see all of the free offerings for the game’s anniversary event on a daily basis. Each item is available to claim for 24 hours and a new set rotates in daily at 1:00 p.m. EST through January 23rd, so be sure to catch up on your rewards and get some free stuff to celebrate eight years of history.

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The Stream Team: Launching into Life is Feudal: MMO’s early access launch

Early access for the Life is Feudal: Your Own version has been out a couple of years, but now the MMO has finally hit early access on Steam. That gives Massively OP’s MJ a great reason to launch in and see how things are going. Tune in live at 7:00 p.m. to check things out with her.

What: Life is Feudal: MMO
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 7:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

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MU Ignition is launching on January 23

Remember way back when MU Ignition first went into beta testing? You know, back in the wild days of early January? Because it’s launching on January 23rd, so there’s no time for reminiscing. There’s no time for anything. This is MU Ignition, we do everything at top speed and we may very well scream into a camera like an ad for the world’s worst energy drink while we do so. Intense!

The game is offering rewards for everyone who pre-registers for the game between now (January 16th) and January 22nd, as well as everyone who shares the game’s 18-second announcement trailer on Facebook. And it’s a browser-based game, so that means you won’t have to worry about downloading a client if you’re curious about trying it. At least you can’t lament the game lingering in beta forever, that’s something.

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Sea of Thieves talks about closed beta preparations and future plans

With the pre-orders going on, closed beta coming next week, and launch arriving in March, Sea of Thieves and its team has a lot to talk about in the first official Tales from the Tavern podcast this year.

A lot of late-2017 recapping kicks off the podcast, after which Rare segues into a talk about the closed beta. The studio hopes that players will talk it up, thanks to the lack of an NDA during the test, and it reminds testers that this doesn’t represent a full and complete build. The devs stressed that they are still hard at work trying to cram as much cool stuff into the game before launch and have plenty of post-launch ideas on the drawing room board.

Possible (but not confirmed) ideas for the future discussed included a fishing guild, more islands, a larger map, and adjustments to the social brig feature.

Are you eligible for the closed beta and raring (ahem) to go? Let us know in the comments what you want to get out of this limited test window!

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The Stream Team: Must play Paladins’ Moji!

From the first moment that two-headed dragon was revealed, Massively OP’s MJ knew she had to play Moji, Paladins’ newest champion. Today she finally gets to! Playing a Flank will be a bit new, but who could resist turning enemies into Scooby snacks? Top that off with riding in on her new primal prowler battlecat mount, and MJ is one happy camper. Join us live at 2:00 p.m. to check out this new champion and mount.

What: Paladins
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

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Ship of Heroes expands its dev team, updates gallery of new mission maps

Last week, Massively OP’s MJ Guthrie and our community were treated to an early preview of Ship of Heroes – specifically, two mission maps, one of which nobody had peeked at before – along with a detailed chat with the devs on the state of the game.

New information just since last week is the detail that Heroic Games has added “several” new employees to the dev team – chiefly coders, animators, graphics designers, and 3-D modelers. “Several of these colleagues joined us in Q3, but we’ve been racing to get so many things done that we kept putting this off,” CEO Casey McGeever writes. “But now we have the roster updated. Of course we are adding some additional members to the team shortly, so there will be another update in a few months.”

We’ve included our walkthrough as well as some clean screenshots of the zones we showed off down below.

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Lost in Crowfall’s alpha? There’s a video for that – three videos, in fact

If you’re a Crowfall backer currently logging into the game’s current test phase for the first time because you are too impatient to wait for the game’s delayed soft launch, you’re not alone. And if you’re lost and wandering around trying to figure out what the heck to do because the game has changed so much since its original Kickstarter design docs, you’re also not alone. ArtCraft has a plan, however.

“Although we have a wonderful How to Play page that we work to keep updated, often it gets overlooked, or people are too excited to jump into the game to read it,” says the studio today. “So we set about creating a series of tutorial videos that cover the main aspects of Crowfall. These videos are meant to be brief overviews that will get a new player started, but will still allow for discovery and theorycrafting as they delve deeper into each of these systems.”

Fun fact: You can actually watch the vids from inside the game lobby, so no need to exit out to look up what the hell is going on. The first three are down below, including the basic welcome vid, the harvesting vid, and the gear vid. Enjoy!

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Monster Hunter World demos Rotten Vale, Coral Highlands gameplay

Capcom is keeping the Monster Hunter World hype up this week with a series of videos on the title’s gameplay. Spoilers: It’s mostly about hunting and beating the crap out of huge monsters (or in many cases, getting the snot beat out of you instead). The two newest videos focus on play in two biomes, Rotten Vale and Coral Highlands, and let’s just say that you’re unlikely to mix up the two – or care when you’re lying on the ground bleeding out from the aforementioned monster attack.

The game is set to roll out to PlayStation 4 players in just 10 days following its last beta event; it won’t be out on PC until next fall. Massively OP’s Andrew Ross gave MHW’s PS4 weekend beta in December positive marks, noting its accessibility and streamlined gameplay.

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Cyberpunk 2077 could be coming to E3 with a playable demo and new trailer

Following a single “beep” of Twitter activity last week, CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077 holds the rapt attention of gamers across the world who are eager to see development on this long-awaited sci-fi game. They might not have to wait too, too long.

Polish game news site GRYOnline revealed that Cyberpunk 2077 will be coming to E3 in June with a playable demo and a new trailer. The information allegedly comes from two trusted but unnamed sources.

“We’ve recently learned that the Warsaw-based studio will fly to Los Angeles with a fully playable demo that will be available for journalists and other media representatives behind closed doors,” the site said. “Until CD Projekt Red officially announces that Cyberpunk 2077 will be shown during E3, there is absolutely no certainty that this will happen. However, we strongly believe that our sources are right.”

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Aeria’s online shooter Ironsight aims for open beta

It’s 2025. A megatsunami has caused massive damage all over the world, and resources have become limited. Instead of sharing and caring for each other, nation-states formed to battle over what’s left using near-future technologies.

Welcome to Ironsight. This is Aeria Games’ new multiplayer shooter, and you can experience it sooner than you think. Featuring PvE and PvP content, Ironsight equips players with cutting-edge weapons tech (including drones) and sends them across the globe.

Testers have already clocked around 5.37 years of /played time in the game so far, but this number should shoot on up when the open beta arrives on February 1st. Ten playable maps and over 100 weapon types are planned for the game. If you want to get in early to the OBT or secure some extras, there are player packs for sale starting at $20.

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