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Betawatch: Shot Online Golf is hosting its first beta test (May 26, 2017)

Golf! It’s technically a sport, but it’s mostly a waste of space and resources under the guise of one. Rather than actually wasting water, land, and time on a real golf course, why not play Shot Online Golf and get almost the same experience without any of the real waste? You can sign up for the game’s first closed beta now; the testing starts on May 31st. Of course, there’s always the vague possibility that the game secretly offers epic raid boss encounters, but let’s not leap to conclusions.

As for the rest of the beta news? Gaze below, friends.

  • Curious about the progress of OrbusVR’s most recent closed alpha? You don’t have to just be curious; you can just check out a recap and thoughts on the matter. There were only about 100 people in the testing, so you might need the recap.
  • The Worlds Adrift closed beta has arrived! No longer in alpha, you’re now testing in the second letter of the Greek alphabet! It’s meant to last about four months before an open beta for everyone, so get your testing in now.
  • Win That War is out in early access and offers a large-scale multiplayer RTS experience. Just remember which war you’re supposed to be winning, which should be fairly straightforward given the title.
  • The last big testing update for Albion Online has gone live, complete with revisions to several zones and the new Black Market feature. This one is named Hector, although politeness dictates you should refer to the update as “Mister Albion Online patch” unless it informs you that you can just call it Hector.
  • The alpha for Legends of Aria (which is Shards Online but also not Shards Online) has begun, so you can jump in and start experiencing what the game has to offer. Best of all, if you don’t like some of the rules, you can always change them.
  • Last but not least, Kritika Online is in closed beta. We have no more keys to give for the beta test, but you can still buy your way in if you’re so inclined.

Now, Mr. Bond, I expect you to go below and look at all of the other items in the list which are in testing. I also expect you to let us know if something slipped into a new test phase under our noses. And I wouldn’t mind if you let us know what you’re testing, if it’s not under NDA. Frankly, I don’t expect you to talk, but I wouldn’t mind it. It gets lonely out here.

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Worlds Adrift’s closed beta turnout exceeded studio expectations

Worlds Adrift’s closed beta kicked off earlier this week, and this would be one of those times to admit it’s gone a little too well. Bossa Studios was expecting a good response, hence the plan to run a staggered test in “limited batches” to help the team sort out “queuing problems, server instabilities, lost progress and other issues that large multiplayer games might suffer from at launch.” But it wasn’t expecting quite so many people playing all at once, which has resulted in queues and server issues anyway, so the team promises it’s hard at work on that.

More keys will be made available as the test continues. If you’re not in just yet, though, don’t fret; the game will be in closed testing all summer before the wipe and open beta soft launch, so there’s plenty of time for you to help break the servers!

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Enter to win a Legends of Aria alpha trial key from and MOP

Legends of Aria’s alpha launched yesterday, setting loose the new and more MMORPG-like vision for the game formerly known as Shards Online. While normally the only way into the game in its current stage is to buy a founder pack, Citadel has granted Massively OP a slew of keys to get our readers in for a trial of the game right now. Better still, there are no regional restrictions on the keys. Read on to enter to win!

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Legends of Aria’s alpha has begun, infusing the Shards Online sandbox with MMORPG

Back at PAX East, MMO players were startled but pleased at the revelation that Shards Online was getting a massive revamp as well as a new name: Legends of Aria. The key to the switcheroo is the shift from being “just” small-scale player-run shards to a full-scale MMORPG with a heavily expanded map hosted by the studio as well.

Today, after a few minor delays this spring and a combat overhaul, the game’s alpha is officially live.

“The land mass of the game has been increased by 10-fold, mounts have been added, combat reworked, the UI overhauled, archery has made it in the game, and so much more. 2 of the 8 new regions have been unveiled, with more to come as Alpha and Beta progress this summer. […] Basically, this gives fans of Shards Online what they’ve been asking for – a bigger, bolder, truly MMORPG version of the game.”

Citadel Studios has an interactive world map as well as a PvP killboard online if you just want to gawk, but you can actually play right now too with the purchase of a $40 founder pack.
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Planet Nomads launches early access today

Planet Nomads is officially launching into early access this morning on Steam. The sci-fi survival sandbox was originally slated for an April launch but missed that window, instead allowing the backers of its $140,000 2016 Kickstarter to play closed beta this past month.

“Living the nomadic life is full of danger,” developer Craneballs says. “And adventure, sure. But mostly danger.” The studio is touting the game’s colorful universe, “LEGO-style building on a large scale,” and an actual in-game goal for dedicated players: designing and flying a “spaceship capable of interplanetary travel.” Multiplayer was one of the “future features” mentioned during the Kickstarter; the Steam page says that multiplayer is one of the things it now means to consider “eventually” as the early access wears on.

When the game is live today, expect it to be on sale for 10% off for its base price of $30. We’ve got the early access trailer for your eyeballs down below, and you can check out our early stream of the game too!

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The Stream Team: A quick look at Kritika Online

Still not sure what to think about the upcoming Kritika Online? How about getting a look at the fast-paced game in action! Massively OP’s MJ is diving into the closed beta to show off the classes and the combat. At least with no character customization she only has to choose the class and the name. Wonder how long that will take her! Tune in live at 7:00 p.m. as MJ dives head first into…

What: Kritika Online.
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 7:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

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Path of Exile gives Ascendants a tune-up

Ascendants who feel as if they’re the neglected child of the Path of Exile family will be getting a special treat with this fall’s expansion. The Fall of Oriath is going to include a tune-up for this underperforming class to make it more desirable for those playing or thinking about playing an Ascendant build.

“The Ascendant (Scion Ascendancy) class will undergo some significant changes that focus on making the class more powerful and on-par with the other classes,” the studio said on the forums. We’ve done this by taking some of the more build-defining features from the other eighteen Ascendancy classes and incorporating them on the Ascendant tree.”

This means that most of the skill trees for the Ascendant have been reworked, offering all sorts of new build possibilities and combinations. No doubt, the community will be experimenting with optimal builds during the summer Patch 3.0 beta test.

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En Masse sends Kritika Online to closed beta today – come snag a beta key!

Happy closed beta day to Kritika Online! Joining today’s never-ending roster of launches and pre-launches is En Masse’s new action MMO, expected to run in a closed testing phase through June 13th.

“The nonstop action of Kritika Online will be on full display in this closed beta, as players select from 4 character types — the Warrior, the Gunmage, the Rogue, or the Reaper — and rampage through the lavish 3D worlds solo or with friends, defeating bad guys and super-sized level bosses using oversized blades, alchemical superguns, and dazzling acrobatics. In addition to Kritika Online’s over-the-top action, the closed beta gives players their first hands-on look at the game’s deep progression systems and story.”

The game will be free-to-play come its eventual launch but for now is accessible only through founder packs, the cheapest of which is currently on sale for $14.99, though you can put down up to $74.99 (again, it’s a sale) for even more perks. Orrrrrr you could grab a key right here! En Masse granted us a truckton of closed beta keys, so click the Mo button below (and prove you’re not a robot) to take one home yourself!

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Worlds Adrift’s closed beta has begun, founder packs are now on sale

Worlds Adrift’s closed beta has just begun, Bossa Studios just announced. “If you’ve played the game before, you’ll see that the world has been completely redesigned and improved with the very best new community created islands included for you to explore,” says the studio, reminding players that the newbie starting path and character creation have all been dramatically improved.

Three founder packs ranging from $34.99 to $64.99 are now available; all of them include closed beta access. The devs have previously noted that the closed beta will run in “limited batches” to help the team sort out “queuing problems, server instabilities, lost progress and other issues that large multiplayer games might suffer from at launch.” The staggered-entry beta is expected to last up to four months before transforming into an open beta for everyone, at which time Bossa will wipe the servers. “But beta players will be able to keep special items that will not be available again after the reset,” Bossa wrote earlier this year. “They’ll also get a bit of a headstart for being a part of the closed beta!”

Check out the brand-new cinematic trailer live today!

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Albion’s Hector update brings the Black Market, revised Hellgates, and revised Outlands

Hector is coming! That’s not a person’s name; it’s the name of an update in Albion Online, so you can spare yourself getting a cake ready and all of that. But there’s still a fair bit to do with the update, since Hector brings the introduction of the game’s Black Market as well as revised Hellgates and Outlands for players to explore. The Black Market allows you to sell items which will then be resold to enemies around the world as drops, so you can get rid of that unwanted sword and let someone else pick it up unexpectedly after fighting a beetle.

Outlands are seeing their harbors and cities removed (which means players will need to retrieve items stored there before the patch), replaced with portals that allow quick travel in and out. Resources and watchtowers are being tweaked to allow all players access to the region while maintaining a sense of danger. Hellgates, meanwhile, have a new map layout, new minions and mechanics, and new tiers of difficulty for various players. You’ll be able to try all of this yourself on June 7th, so make sure to grab items from the Outlands settlements before then.

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Secret World Legends: UI changes, blade combat, and City of the Sun God

The latest Secret World Legends dev stream dished out another serving of information as closed beta continues through the fourth phase. Along with showing off UI changes and combat with the blade, the team offered a number of other tidbits related to City of the Sun God, levels, dungeons, and more.

The UI had many adjustments, including simplifying player nameplates by removing faction, rank, and such (they are a part of the inspect system now). Folks who don’t like the obtrusive reticle will be happy to know that it can be changed to a dot as well as be moved to an over-the-shoulder view. More customization is in the works, including an option to make it disappear completely. First-person view has likewise been added.

Funcom also demonstrated combat using the blade with its specialization, spirit blade. On a related topic, players will also unlock a special capstone ability upon unlocking all weapon abilities; this capstone will increase in level for each additional weapon capstone that is unlocked.

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Marvel Heroes Omega soft launches on PlayStation 4 today

Console geeks assemble! It’s time to throw off the shackles of responsibility, hygiene, and relationships to devote yourself to a straight week or two of non-stop superhero action. It’s OK. We’ll write a permission slip for you that you can give to any concerned parties.

Marvel Heroes Omega, the streamlined console version of the PC MMO, is soft launching today for PlayStation 4. Well, technically it’s an open beta, but since the studio has promised that progress will not be wiped going forward, we’re calling it like we see it. Also, the team is not above taking your money at this point, so it feels like a release to us.

“To celebrate today’s open beta launch for PlayStation 4, all players can also look forward to receiving Daredevil, the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen, as a free playable character. To receive this gift, players must download and install Marvel Heroes Omega and download the free Daredevil pack via the PlayStation®Store on their PlayStation 4 console.”

Xbox One players are just going to have to do a Hulk sulk for a month and wait for their turn on June 20th. Meanwhile, PC players are twiddling their thumbs and waiting for next month’s anniversary event.

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Hands-on with En Masse action MMO Kritika Online ahead of closed beta

If you are a fan of action and anime, you might want to keep your eye on Kritika Online. Although this game has been out for years in Korea, it is just now making its way to the western market. En Masse, best known to MMO fans for its shepherding of the western version of TERA, is localizing and publishing this anime title, which will start letting players in to play the closed beta starting tomorrow, May 24th. In preparation of this closed beta launch, I had the opportunity to sit down and talk shop with Senior Product Manager Brian Knox. In between slicing and dicing bosses in a couple of dungeons, Knocks shared some tidbits of what players can expect in this new game. Along with that hands-on time with a mid-level character during the interview, I was able to log in and experience the game as a brand-new adventurer. Here’s how it all went down.

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