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Massively Overpowered’s Betawatch feature chronicles the adventures and misadventures of MMOs in various stages of testing. You might also be interested in Make My MMO, which focuses on crowdfunded games in particular. [Follow this feature’s RSS feed]

Betawatch: The Repopulation changes hands (January 20, 2017)

The good news for fans of The Repopulation is that the game is coming back online. The bad news is… well, it’s completely changed hands, with Idea Fabrik (owners of the Hero Engine) taking the game and making it their own. Will it be as good as it could have been? Will it release and be stable? We just don’t know right now. But it’s coming back. The owners are also starting just by bringing the alpha back online, lest you expect a whole new game out of the gate.

And there’s more beta news! Oh, boy, is there ever more beta news.

And yes, there’s a list, and it’s just below. Did we miss something in there? Let us know down in the comments. Do you want to share your opinions on this week’s beta news? Do so in the comments. Sharing feelings about betas? That’s what the comment section is for, folks, don’t let us stop you.

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Betawatch: Project Gorgon gears up with high-level content (January 13, 2017)

Is it fair to call Project Gorgon a spiritual successor to Asheron’s Call? I’m going to go with yes, which means that this year is the year for the game to launch. And that’s the goal, too; the game is adding in more levels and more high-level content for players to explore before the launch later this year. Let’s go gaga for Gorgon, yes?

Of course, there’s other beta news too. But that one deserved a header nod. Everyone else can sit here in list format, like so:

Did we get a list past the break? We did! It may contain a whole bunch of betas, or it might contain the ingredient list for almond-and-cranberry scones. If it’s the betas, do let us know if something is missing or inaccurate down in the comments; if it’s the scones thing, just cook some nice scones for your friends and family.

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Betawatch: Crowfall claims 2017 (January 6, 2017)

Here we are, in 2017! It seems a lot like 2016 and things are still kind of awful. On the bright side, David Bowie hasn’t died again. Also, Crowfall has proudly proclaimed that this will be its year. So far, the year has consisted of answering player questions and passing a crowdfunding goal, but it probably will include more than that. The year is young.

Other beta news? Yes, there’s been a little bit while developers get back from the holidays.

Of course, there’s a list down below. Same list as last year, really, we haven’t had enough time for any huge shakeups. If something is on there which ought not to be, though, please do let us know down in the comments.

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Betawatch: Hero’s Song abruptly stops the music (December 30, 2017)

This kill-happy year of 2016 has claimed a lot of lives, and the last week has also killed another game. Hero’s Song has been unceremoniously cancelled, with the studio shutting down and a call for all backers to collect refunds for any money invested. This may not have been unexpected news when it failed to succeed at either of its crowdfunding pushes, but it’s still sad news.

Meanwhile, whilst the rest of the world was quietly recuperating, some other interesting tidbits of beta news did come out this week:

And that wraps up our betas for the year. Of course, there’s still a list down below, and you can let us know if something switched test phases without us noticing… but for now, we’re just going to wait until 2017. You know, in two days. Here’s hoping for good news.

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Betawatch: Revelation Online does the beta warp again (December 23, 2016)

It was bound to happen. No, really, it was; we were told that Revelation Online would head into its second round of closed testing, and behold, it did exactly that. It also has some additional localization, which means that it might reveal more details about it sstory to those who play over the holidays.

Beyond that, there is a surprising amount of beta news as we head into a holiday weekend when everyone is off on a cloud of eggnog and sweaters. What sort of news? Look below, dear readers!

That’s a lot of stuff, but there’s even more stuff down in the list below, games still in closed or open testing. See something on there which should not be? Let us know in the comments! (Just give us a few days. We’ve got eggnog and sweaters to deal with.)

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Betawatch: Guardians of Ember starts heading into head starts (December 16, 2016)

First, Guardians of Ember had a headstart period for early access. Then, it actually hit early access. So it was even earlier access there. Hyper-early access. Maximum access. Of course, given that the game ran into some server troubles rather promptly, it may be up for debate how much early access was actually possible.

This week’s list of beta news, by contrast, is not in early access. It’s actually in delayed access, because we’re rounding up some notable stuff you might have missed. Case in point?

  • The fifth alpha version for ECO has gone live, complete with expanded support for climate and ecosystem, global temperature changes, and so forth. It also added foxes to the ecosystem, so that’s solid gold right there. (I like foxes.)
  • Speaking of fifth alphas (and how often is that a segue that gets to be used?), Worlds Adrift has brought in some new people for its fifth alpha test. It’s an expansion! Of the team. Not the game. It’s too early to expand the game; it hasn’t launched yet.
  • Global closed beta for Life is Feudal kicked off this past week with a small core of people who had bought into the testing and a pool of selected testers. It’s also working on horse-drawn carriages. That’s not connected to anything else; it’s just worth noticing.
  • Although it’s been a short month for Shroud of the Avatar, the game did manage to get another release out of the door this month! One last iteration of polish before the new year rolls around, you know how it is.
  • Last but not least, it turns out Camelot Unchained is going to integrate Discord right into the game, thus meaning that you have one fewer chat program you’ll need to load up when you play the game. Or you’ll have to flag yourself as invisible to avoid talking with people. Don’t judge me.

And that’s all that… wait, you want more? Ugh, fine, have a whole list of stuff that’s in testing just below. You know, like we do every week. It’s always possible we may have missed something important, though, so please let us know down in the comments if we did. That’s helpful!

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Betawatch: Ashes of Creation shows up out of nowhere (December 9, 2016)

Man, how can I not notice this? Out of nowhere we first hear about Ashes of Creation, then we did a little interview asking about what in the world it was supposed to be. We also got a bit more of a look at the game. There are no beta dates or anything just yet, but still… it kind of came out of nowhere. That’s sort of awesome.

Other beta news did come in this week, yes. Some of it might even more to you! But we had to give that a top nod. Other news can be listed below, as follows:

About the list past the break where we have everything in testing listed: it’s still there. That’s all there is to be said. Of course, we might have overlooked something, so feel free to let us know about it in the comments. Alternatively, you could link funny YouTube videos. That won’t improve the list, but we like ’em.

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Betawatch: These are the dates of our lives (December 2, 2016)

I never wanted to be writing about betas for a living, you know. I wanted to be a novelist (once I realized that “combination scientist/race-car driver” was not an actual job). But sometimes these weeks provide you with some interesting contrasts. On the one hand, the biggest news this week was that ARK: Survival Evolved is landing on PlayStation 4 on December 6th as its testing continues before its full “launch.” Everything else was just a series of dates… but what dates they were.

And it only seems fair to note some non-date news, while we’re here:

Whew! Those were some dates. But we’ve got more stuff in testing in the list down below, so by all means, check that stuff out. And let us know if something jumped categories without us noticing, if you would be so kind.

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Betawatch: The unexpected drama of Project Genom (November 25, 2016)

Sometimes, stories are just so weird that you can’t help but find them fascinating. Take the unexpected removal of Project Genom from the Steam store. The former lead programmer claimed that he was given no contracts and functionally scammed out of assets and work; the studio claimed he never signed a contract and turned out substandard work. It’s one of those weird stories of conflicting hearsay that you know you’ll never really know the truth about, even with the promise that the game will be getting back on Steam soon.

It’s a quiet holiday week for most of us, but that doesn’t mean other beta news didn’t happen. For example:

While you’re enjoying a plate of Thanksgiving leftovers, why not take the time to peruse our list of games just below? Lots of games are in testing, after all. Of course, some of them may have advanced to another testing stage without us noticing, so feel free to let us know about that down in the comments.

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Betawatch: Cloud Pirates is ready for the next round of testing (November 18, 2016)

Are you ready to steal a whole lot of clouds in Cloud Pirates? (If that’s not the fictional background, please don’t tell me, I like this version.) The next test is rolling around on November 23rd, and if you weren’t aware, we’ve got some keys. Or at least, we do as of this writing. Maybe they’re gone now! Why not grab one to check?

Elsewhere in the betaverse:

Tune in next week for shocking revelations that will change the beta world forever! Or just another round of tests. Hey, you can always dive into the full list of tests just below, there might be even more stuff in there (albeit stuff that’s less than shocking). Did something open up a cash shop without us noticing or fully launch when we haven’t noticed it? Let us know in the comments.

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Betawatch: Hero’s Song enters early access (November 11, 2016)

The crowdfunding campaigns for Hero’s Song might have run short of their goals, but that didn’t stop the game from reaching a state of playability. Seriously, the game hit early access on Steam this week. You can access it right now. Early, if you will. You get the idea.

And yes, there was other beta stuff going on this week. Let’s look at it, shall we?

You know we also have our list of games just below for everyone who likes to follow all of the betas going on. At least, the ones we know of are down there. Did we miss something, either a game shuffling into a launch state or a game that’s testing without us catching it? Do let us know down in the comments, we greatly appreciate it.

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Betawatch: Revelation Online lands in closed beta (November 4, 2016)

After a week’s delay, Revelation Online has arrived in closed beta. It even has a snazzy trailer to go along with it, which is cool. If you get tired of the content in the beta, you might be playing it a little too aggressively, but you can take heart in the fact that there’s also more content just around the bend in its native home. So that’s all good.

Oh, and there is indeed more news. Yes, this has been a busy time for betas. In no particular order:

Was there anything else? Oh, right, the list! There’s the list below with games that are currently in testing, and if some of those have slipped in a full cash shop without us noticing we’d appreciate you letting us know. That’d be cool of you.

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Betawatch: Revelation Online stays unrevealed a little longer (October 28, 2016)

Oh Revelation Online, won’t you stay just a little bit longer? Wait, no, you can’t stay; you haven’t even arrived yet. Your closed beta was delayed until November 3rd, after all. Of course, you also gave everyone eagerly awaiting that closed beta compensation in the form of nine days of premium game time for founder’s pack owners, so that’s pretty great. And you showed off some more dungeons for beta, so that’s cool.

Fortunately, that’s the only delay-tacular news this week. Heck, most of the beta news is downright positive!

  • Did you buy into the early access tier for Hero’s Song on its second crowdfunding campaign? Good news, then, as alpha access starts on Monday, with early access planned for sometime in early November.
  • Tuebor is making plans to move out of early access and into launch, thus satisfying the hordes of people who eagerly await being able to play a game named by Latin verb conjugation. Or just those interested in the “MMO-light” game for actual mechanical reasons.
  • When will ladies be available to play in Gloria Victis? Soon. The game did just overhaul its animations, so perhaps that’s a teaser of sorts.
  • Mu Legend has entered its global closed beta, allowing everyone eager for new hack-and-slash action who’s in the beta to take part. If you’re more about smash-and-crush action, there’s probably something in there for you, too. The point is that things are dealt with violently.
  • Villagers & Heroes is out of beta on Android devices. You can just, like, download and play it right now. Please do, in fact, Bree would like the company. (She’s a fan, you see.)
  • Do you want Tree of Savior to be playable on your mobile device? Because that’s a thing that’s happening. It looks like it’s going to be much the same as the PC version, only… well, mobile. So you can bring it everywhere.

Yeah, yeah, there’s a list of games in testing down below. We all knew that was coming. Of course, there’s always the vague possibility that something in there slipped its way into launch before we noticed, so if you see something, let us know. We really appreciate it.

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