Good news, Boss Key fans! After the studio pretty blatantly gave up on LawBreakers, it turned around and quickly launched its next project, a battle royale title dubbed Radical Heights. It sprang to life on Tuesday, and then it… sort of limped right after that. The numbers do look at least slightly better after the rest of the week, so hooray? Maybe?
Looking back, I started that paragraph with “good news.” I’m not sure why I did that.
Other beta news? Hey, sure.
Other beta titles? Oh, listed below, as we do. If you notice something jumped test phases without our noticing, do let us know down in the comments. We really appreciate it.
Welcome back to another look at all the MMO beta happenings of the week! I’ve stashed Eliot in the brig so that I can take over Betawatch and do some extra work on Friday! Wait, I’m not really sure I’m doing griefing right. Anyway, here’s what’s up.
- Defiance 2050 is hunting for beta testers! Make sure you’re all signed up.
- TERA formally launched on consoles, bringing an end to its beta.
- Soulworker likewise moved from soft launch to full launch.
- Made of money? A big chunk of cash will get you into Pantheon’s pre-alpha next month.
- We got our hands on Conan Exiles’ launch build (and loved it).
- Ashes of Creation is targeting fourth quarter 2018 for its alpha one launch.
- Camelot Unchained is testing, testing, testing.
- Crowfall is now in 5.5 pre-alpha, having introduced a new map and lady centaurs.
- Arcfall may still be in pre-alpha, but now it’s also free-to-play.
- Star Citizen rolled out 3.1 and then 3.1.1, but then rolled back to just 3.1 because bugs.
- And Occupy White Walls was the bright star of the week, offering alpha testers the chance to play around in an MMO art gallery.
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.
After all of the false starts, delays, and dearths of information, we finally know the truth this week. Bless Online is coming to early access in May, finally making its way over here. We even had a lengthy interview about the game’s development plans, so if you’ve been watching it for ages, you can find out more about it. And that includes no lockboxes, thankfully.
So let’s move on, shall we? There’s other beta news, and we’re dropping it right… here. After the end of these sentences.
And after all that getting, why not get yourself down to the list of games in testing below? If you got something we didn’t get, you can get in touch with us in the comments to get things back on track. Get the idea?
The first round of open beta testing for TERA on consoles went well. (According to the developers, at least.) What can be done to extend that warm fuzzy feeling? Why, doing it all over again, obviously. Although you won’t be allowed into this particular second round if you weren’t in the first round, we’re sorry to say. It’s standing room only.
Meanwhile, the magnificently quirky Project Gorgon has entered early access, so you can go buy it now. Unless you have some deep-seated fear of being turned into a cow or something.
Elsewhere in the beta universe… war was beginning.
You know what? We’re dropping the war thing to just let you know that there’s a list of games in testing below and you can let us know if we missed one or two important phase changes. Sometimes that happens when we’re in the trenches. The war against the onrushing tide of titles is never-ending.
Remember Wild West Online? The game made a lot of noise through early testing, but it went fairly quiet. Turns out the reason for that was a top-to-bottom revamp of the game’s client, so there have been a lot of changes in the current version of the game. Good news, though, that test version is almost ready for players to try.
More beta news? Sure thing, that’s what we usually do here. It’s a thing.
And yes, there is a list below with a whole lot of games in testing. Some of them might also be in “open beta” hiding no planned wipes and an open cash shop, and if you could let us know about that, we’d be grateful. You have to keep your eyes open for these things. They’re tricky.
After a lengthy wait, the first beta for Camelot Unchained is here at last! That’s what we’ll be saying in about a hundred days, because that beta doesn’t actually start until July 4th, but there’s a lot of work being done in the ramp-up for that beta. So now we have a bit of time to kill until then. Who’s up for Scrabble?
Meanwhile, we bid farewell to H1Z1, as the game… technically launched? It’s kind of ambiguous. We’ll go with a launch. Get out of here, H1Z1. Let’s get on with other beta news.
- The cel-shaded action of SoulWorker Online is now available in open beta. Now, you know how we feel about free-to-play titles in open beta, but the game is still slated for an actual hard launch date, so we’ll let this be. For now. We’re watching you.
- On the other hand, Legends of Aria might be slipping to a later date for its early access start, missing the original target of April. We’re also watching you, but with affection, we promise.
- European players who want in on the latest test for Conqueror’s Blade can register and take part. If you aren’t European, well… don’t do that, probably? It’s not for you.
- It’s been a while since we got a big update for Project Genom, huh? Well, here comes another big patch. Alert the people! The people who aren’t reading this, anyhow. We alerted you just now.
- Last but not least, if you’ve ever wanted to demand that your friends kneel in deference when you enter the room, Crowfall’s Vassal system has you covered. But don’t take my word for it, check out two videos on the design.
Below us, the list of games we have in testing can also kneel in deference. You, dear readers, can just look through the list at your leisure. Do let us know if something is on there that ought to be listed differently, though, or if there’s something else awry. We appreciate it.
Oh, the many antics of H1Z1 have brought us so much joy over the years. Remember when the game launched into paid early access that it never seemed to leave? And remember when it got split into two games to chase the success of its unexpectedly popular battle royale version? And remember when it lost 90% of its players since July once there were competitors for that gameplay style? Ah, memories. Well, that’s all of them. Given all of that, maybe it makes sense that the game is at least approaching launch now… probably.
Do we have other beta news this week? You bet your sweet bippy we do, and much of it has significantly less schadenfreude.
And, of course, there’s a whole list of games down below, games that are forever in testing and those that are just in testing for the moment. Is something on there that ought not be any longer? Do let us know so we can correct it. Or just share beta stories in the comments, that’d be cool too.
Remember Maguss, the Harry Potter-esque ARG everyone was buzzing around right up until Pokemon Go company Niantic said it was making Harry Potter: Wizards Unite? It’s just about to launch its open beta; you west coasters will want to wake up early on Saturday indeed to make the 8 a.m. EST starting time on Android and iOS. The game originally raised almost half a million dollars on Indiegogo, so its popularity seems assured!
What else happened in the world of MMO testing this week?
- Camelot Unchained finally has a beta date: the fourth of July. Fortunately, nothing else important happens on that day. Our interview all about how beta will work is pretty great if we do say so ourselves.
- Dead Maze officially launched! No more beta! Free at last!
- Villagers & Heroes seeks iOS beta testers ahead of its launch at the end of this month.
- Project Gorgon laid out the details of its upcoming Steam beta.
- Stardew Valley promised multiplayer beta this spring.
- Soulworker Online is inching ever closer to testing here; forums for NA and EU arrived this week.
- Ashes of Creation dazzled again with more footage of “alpha zero” gameplay.
- Staxel landed on our sandbox radar; it’s currently in early access.
- Bless Online is anticipating that when it starts, its early access open beta will run half a year.
We’ve tucked whole list of games temporarily and very much permanently in test stasis right on down below.
At long last, ECO has moved from alpha into beta and Early Access on Steam. Drop a little money on it and you can get into testing this blocky ecological simulation sandbox. Yes, it’s along the lines of Minecraft, but the goal here is simulating the influence you can have on ecological simulations. So you can insist to others that it’s educational and actually be right.
We’ve also had some other beta news this week, and as we do every week, we’ve assembled some highlights below in easy-to-read list format.
All of the questions above, I promise, were purely rhetorical. You don’t need to answer them down in the comments. You can, however, let us know if something is wrong with the list below where we keep all of our important beta news. You can also let us know about betas you’re involved in testing, or talk about this week’s stories, or whatever you so desire. We’re flexible that way.
When you think of DayZ these days, you probably don’t think of it as the nexus of the survival sandbox popularity rush any longer. It’s mostly in a historical context, in fact. But the game is supposedly heading out of early access this year, and the game is also setting its sights on expanding to further shores. Alongside the beta launch, the game is heading for Xbox Game Preview at some point this year, with PlayStation 4 support planned at some undetermined point in the future.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, commenters on the Xbox One subreddit have already started comparing the game unfavorably to later titles developed from the framework DayZ set down, with the game’s protracted testing period and lack of forward movement cited as key reasons to avoid the title when it does launch. Of course, there are still no firm dates for any of this, so there’s a lot of room for things to change.
Congratulations, Legends of Aria, we’re glad to see that you’re in closed beta now. It’s been a twisting road for this particular title, but we’re hopeful that the road ahead will be filled with fun and success. What? That was serious. There was no sarcasm in there. Seriously, it’s sometimes hard to tell.
Other beta news? Sure thing, buddy. Just for you.
- The cute, cuddly, and brutally difficult Tale of Toast will be entering early access this month. If you’d like to argue that it’s neither cute nor cuddly, we understand, art is subjective like that. If you’d like to argue that it’s not difficult, say that to its face.
- How do you play Project Genom? Where do you even start? There’s a video for that as the game’s development rolls on. So that’s helpful!
- Good news, Star Citizen fans, you can now subscribe in order to get access to the PTU forever! By popular demand, apparently. Now, be prepared to argue eternally over whether or not this optional subscription fee to a game that’s still early in its test cycle is really a subscription fee at all, and get ready for people willing to argue with you for hours until language no longer makes any sense.
- Speaking of spaceships, Dual Universe is blasting through some pre-alpha testing right now, and it’s got some news for the fans. Specifically, about territory control. Very important if you like to control territory.
Ah, it’s not really a new year until we’re arguing over spacecraft, is it? But don’t you worry, we’ve got our usual list down below, and we’re always interested to hear from you if something isn’t on there that should be, is on there that shouldn’t be, or should be on there and is on there but isn’t listed in the right test phase. Let us know down in the comments!
It was foretold, and then it happened. Sea of Thieves hit its closed beta this week with play anywhere functionality fully intact. The bad news is that beta hit back with some bugs, one of which has a workaround of requesting a refund and then re-purchasing the game. Hopefully extending the beta until January 31st provides a bit more time to fix these issues?
Ah, well. Let’s see if other games are navigating their betas decently. What have you got for us, magic list (it’s not actually magic)?
- Remember Rust? It’s leaving the comforting warm blanket of early access for launch on February 8th. You can decide for yourself if that’s because the game is ready for launch or if it’s just a matter of needing some new source for outrage after people got angry about no character creation.
- The closed beta for Closers ends on February 6th, bringing the game formally into the launch world. The only other thing I can add to this is that when I was trying to work up an extended song lyric spoof for this, I called it a “shoot-brawler,” which seems… apropos.
- The Repopulation has plans for 2018. Big plans, the biggest plans. It’s going to be so big, you’ll see. We would all like to see.
- The mobile client for Albion Online is currently in testing, which is pretty cool. It’s only on Apple devices, which may be less cool if Android devices are your mediums of choice, but it’s one before the other.
- Speaking of sandboxes where you kill other players, Darkfall: New Dawn is launching today out of beta. Let’s see how well this revival does!
- Last but not least, survival box SOS apparently has the official Snoop Dogg seal of approval as it heads into early access. Look, have him do the stream alongside his good friend Martha Stewart, and we’ll talk.
It’s nice to see that 2018 is both replete with beta news and with stories that are just plain weird (it’d be sad if we couldn’t call back to Steven Seagal on a boat, after all). So what about other beta stuff? We’ve got a list down below! Let us know if something on it is inaccurate, like a game that’s tacitly launched or something that we may have missed. It’s appreciated.