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]

Warhammer 40,000 livestream talks Eldar faction, stealth

Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade’s third developer livestream spent a good amount of time talking about the Eldar and its sub-factions, although that’s not all that was discussed for this upcoming title. The team also revealed that there will be some form of stealth in the game, confirmed that friendly fire will be present, and said that more will be shown of the gameplay in the next few months.

Eternal Crusade is aiming for a fall release window for its early access. You can watch the livestream after the jump!

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The Repopulation’s silver early access package is now 15 bucks

If you’ve been curious about upcoming sci-fi sandbox The Repopulation’s ongoing early access alpha, there’s never been a cheaper time to buy in, literally, as Steam is offering the game’s silver package this week for $14.99.

The silver package includes early access, silver membership, a Repop token and name reservation; the gold package, on sale for $29.99, comes with gold membership and a one-day head start when the game formally launches.

Last Friday, Above and Beyond patched up The Repopulation with a massive combat overhaul to stats, buffs, skills, and even animations.

[Source: Steam]

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Glitch-revival MMO Eleven posts under-the-hood video

Are you keeping an eye on Eleven, one of the two Glitch revival projects that have received Tiny Speck’s blessing? It’s posted a new behind-the-scenes video this week, one that might be a little technical for someone who really just wants to log in and play, but it shows how the game’s platform structure injects dimension and interaction into the world.

The game opened its alpha to 13 testers in December, widening the base to 32 players in January.

The video is below. Stay tuned for this week’s Jukebox Heroes, in which Massively OP’s Justin Olivetti explores the recently released two-volume Glitch soundtrack.

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Camelot Unchained delays alpha, promises compensation

Bad news for those eagerly awaiting Camelot Unchained’s alpha: The team has run into a few snags that have prompted a much-dreaded delay. The upside? There will be compensation for those affected.

Mark Jacobs says that the team worked all day up to the alpha deadline to try to fix a crashing bug and database issue but couldn’t get it sorted out before the test was scheduled to start. “‘Faking it’ or simply extending our deadline by a few days is, quite frankly, unacceptable to us,” he posted to the community. “Thus, we are going to delay alpha while we track down the one major crashing issue and the new database issue.”

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Robocraft lets you build and fight your own bots

We’ve come so far from Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots as a society, haven’t we? Now we have games like Robocraft that allow us to make up our own brilliant technological inventions and then throw them at others in a cage match to the death.

Robocraft is currently accepting sign-ups for its alpha program. Players who get in will be able to construct land or air robots that can fight on other planets such as Mars. Currently, there are two game modes (capture the base and boss battle) with a third (megabots) on its way.

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Ascent arrives on Steam with a discount

The insanely ambitious Ascent: The Space Game may make a new friend or two this week with the space sim arrival on Steam Early Access. Even better for its future growth, the title is 10% off on the platform until March 6th, meaning that you can pick it up for $17.99.

Like most early access titles, Ascent is still missing many features, although the developer claims that there is an overwhelming amount to enjoy in the game already, including mining, harvesting, colonizing, politicking, constructing, and exploring. You can check out the new release trailer after the jump.

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Make My MMO: February 28, 2015

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, Crowfall basically blotted out the sun. The “throne war simulator” surpassed its $800,000 goal in a couple of days, and apart from that it also generated a ton of discussion both here on MassivelyOP and throughout the MMO blogosphere.

We’ve also entered the homestretch on our own Kickstarter. With six days to go, we’ve met our initial goal and secured a couple of months’ funding for our new web presence, so thank you for your support!

Click past the cut for rest of this week’s MMO crowdfunding roundup.

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Betawatch: February 27, 2015

Skyforge announced its upcoming closed beta schedule this week; expect the first round to begin on March 11th. You can ensure a spot in the test with (what else) a founder pack, which will set you back 20 to 70 bucks. What else is new in the world of MMO testing?

Our complete list of MMOs in testing is below.

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Black Desert reveals the Blader class

Black Desert just got a new class called the Blader, which Steparu describes as the “fastest playable character” in the game. Bladers wield a sword — duh — as well as a composite bow, and they’re also able to conjure some sort of spirit weapon called a Tiger Blade, which turns them into a dual-wield class.

Steparu also mentions endless attacks courtesy of delay-canceling skills as well as effective evasion, heavy damage, and a quick dash that instantly closes the distance on targets. Click past the cut to see a clip of the Blader in action.

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Today’s Repopulation patch makes ‘massive changes’ to combat

If you’re looking to test The Repopulation this morning, well, it’s going to be down for four to eight hours. That’s the bad news. The good news is that the extensive break is allowing the devs to apply the 15.1.1 patch, which features “massive changes to the combat system.”

Every skill in the game has been examined with an eye toward balance and improvement, with melee skills receiving the most upgrades. New stats have been introduced, while buffs and debuffs have been tweaked to be more reliable and “reduce the amount of chance in an encounter.”

Combat is also getting a visual upgrade, chiefly in regard to ranged weapon animations. Above & Beyond says that a melee animation pass is planned. 15.1.1 includes texture upgrades, too, as well as a healthy portion of other stuff that you’ll find in the official build notes.

[Source: 15.1.1. notes; thanks Crow and Grimjakk!]

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Crowfund: Crowfall easily passes its fundrasing goal

Call it Crowfund. In only a few short days, Crowfall has passed its $800,000 crowdfunding goal — and there looks to be no end in sight for how far this scrappy PvP title could go.

After a couple of months of build-up to the campaign, Crowfall shot out of the gate in its first day of seeking player donations. Within 10 hours, it had already cleared the halfway mark and began to sell out of the early bird (read: discounted) tiers.

Presumably, stretch goals will be next as the team looks to rack up as much capital as possible. ArtCraft said that once the campaign concludes, it will continue to ask for donations on the official site.

Keep up to date on Crowfall with our game overview, player poll, and a glimpse into the art and video of the game.

[Source: Kickstarter]

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Heavy Gear Assault brings robot battling to a wider world

Mech fighters now have another option for their online gaming pleasure, as a title called Heavy Gear Assault has been making its way through the testing rounds — and the e-sports circuit.

Heavy Gear Assault is an arena PvP game where players pilot giant robots who smash and shoot the circuits out of each other. It will feature MMO-ish elements such as an upgradable robot “gear,” player markets, and even the ability to hop out of your mech and explore as a human avatar. Ultimately, the team said that this may prove to be bigger than just a single arena: “Heavy Gear Assault will release in a series of modules, culminating with the launch of the Heavy Gear persistent universe with episodic single player warfare.”

Currently the game is in its second alpha program. Players who purchase a founder’s pack (which range from $40 to $100) can get into the current test.

[Source: Heavy Gear Assault, e-sports. Thanks to Gaius for the tip!]

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