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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: AdventureQuest 3D hits open beta (October 21, 2016)

You don’t have to go questing for an adventure in AdventureQuest 3D. Wait… hold on. I’m sorry, that’s exactly what you do in the game. It’s right there in the title. Boy, do I look dumb. Yes, after a very brief delay, the game is now in open beta, so you can go questing for adventure as you wish all over the place.

But it’s not just adventuring and quests this week; there’s other beta news out and about. Isn’t that something?

Is that enough for you? Aw, heck, we’ll give you a full list of games currently in testing just below all the same, but don’t tell anyone. Or do tell everyone, we won’t stop you. Let us know if something hopped test phases without our noticing, that happens every so often.

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Betawatch: RIFT delays while Albion extends beta testing (October 14, 2016)

This week in MMO beta news, RIFT announced a delay for the beta of its upcoming Starfall Prophecy expansion, first to next week, now indefinitely. “It’s not ready to welcome hordes of players yet,” the studio’s Linda “Brasse” Carlson told our commenters yesterday. “We want the focus and feedback to be on content and features, not tech issues, and I think our fellow players prefer to wait for a good experience.” Trion has promised to announce a new date when it has one.

Here’s what else happened on the testing front this week:

  • Revelation Online announced its first round of closed beta will begin October 25th. Don’t have a key? Make sure you enter one of our giveaways!
  • Albion Online has delayed its launch and extended its ongoing beta deep into 2017, frustrating fans.
  • Star Citizen brought its A game to CitizenCon — its alpha game, that is. (Squadron 42 can’t say the same, as it’s now been delayed into 2017.)
  • Cloud Pirates, the Allods Online-inspired dirigible MOBA, enters its closed beta test next week.
  • Chronicles of Elyria explained how players will earn spendable points for, among other things, helping to test the game.
  • Lineage II: Revolution — that’s a mobile MMO — abruptly canceled its beta test. We assume the game’s launch won’t be November as planned.
  • Project Genom landed on Steam early access.

And as always, here’s our list of games in various test phases around the MMO universe. Is there something missing or something that slipped live without our noticing? Let us know!

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Betawatch: Valiance Online moves into alpha (October 7, 2016)

When City of Heroes closed, fans moved on to many places, one of which was the “Plan Z” category of games that were meant to make spiritual sequels. Valiance Online is one such game, and it has announced both its launch business model and its upcoming alpha. Congratulations to the team on that one!

Of course, that was hardly the only bit of test-based news this week. Don’t believe me? Why not have a peek at some more stories, then?

  • The open beta for AdventureQuest 3D is kicking off on October 18th. Mostly. Some platforms will get it before others. That’s still open beta, but it makes sense to hedge bets, sort of.
  • Trion announced that RIFT’s Starfall Prophecy expansion will enter open beta on October 13th.
  • Bless Online is starting its closed beta! In Russia. Not here. Put down the pitchforks.
  • Wild Terra is wilding (yes, I know, that’s not a verb) its way on to Steam on December 1st, complete with PvP and skill revamps before then. There’s nothing to indicate that this will include adding giant robots to the game, but there’s nothing to indicate it won’t, either.
  • SamuTale is in closed alpha and just added an update full of horses. How many horses? All the horses. And you should stay on those horses because otherwise roving bands of horse death will descend on them. I wish that was a joke.
  • Eco‘s next alpha update is being bumped to October 24th to finish refining everything and accurately modeling the interplay of biomes. So you’ll have to wait a little while longer on that.
  • It’s also the first anniversary of Armored Warfare‘s open beta, which… well, it seems like that’s the point when you’d just call it “launch,” but be that as it may. There are events to accompany that, because of course there are.

And as always, there’s a list of games below covering the stuff that’s in various test phases around the MMO universe. Is there something missing that should be there, or something that quietly shifted phases without us noticing? Let us know down in the comments.

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Betawatch: Chronicles of Elyria begins the search for more money (September 30, 2016)

Good news, fans of Chronicles of Elyria! You can now give the developers more of your money via the game’s web store, which is good for them, as they need another cool three million to finish the game. No refunds. The negative reaction to this was apparently quite surprising to studio founder Jeromy Walsh.

But hey, that’s just a game that will hope to one day be in beta, right? Let’s move on to other beta news.

  • Looking for some action involving hacking and slashing? It’s always hacking and slashing, never cutting and stabbing or smashing and crushing. That’s a bit odd, isn’t it? Sign up for the MU Legends beta and you can discuss that whilst violent-verbing and synonymous-violent-verbing your way through things.
  • Survival sandbox ROKH has delayed its testing plans slightly to January 2017 instead of this year, citing the unusual depth of the game’s systems making development slower than expected. Maybe that’s exactly it! We’re not testing it, so we don’t know.
  • Osiris: New Dawn is in early access right now, so if you can content yourself with a survival sandbox that’s set on an alien world instead of Mars, you can probably deal with the loss.
  • What’s the deal with the world behind The Exiled? Who was even exiled? Was it you? You’ll find out, as the game now has a lore team hired on to help guide its development.
  • Oh, and that Amazon game announcement happened, and it was pretty awesome. That’s something to note.

Hark! There are more games down in the test list below. Have some of them gone into open beta with a functional cash shop without telling us? Why, let us know about those scamps, we don’t let them stay on the list. Games with non-functional cash shops are another story.

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Betawatch: Eternal Crusade hits launch (September 23, 2016)

You know, it’s kind of weird to think that Eternal Crusade has actually launched. It seemed as if it would forever be in testing, but now it’s released. As for future support and further improvement, well, only time will tell. Hope springs eternal and all of that, yes? It’s not alone in the launch field either, as Heroes & Generals has also made the jump to full-on launch.

Gosh, are we done with betas? I mean, it has been a pretty quiet week otherwise, but there’s still some stuff happening.

While we’ve lost some titles to launches, the list of betas continues down below, as it always has. See something with an inaccurate status listing? Let us know about it in the comments! It’s good for us to know..

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Betawatch: H1Z1 rolls back launch plans (September 16, 2016)

Half of H1Z1 was supposed to be launching on September 20th, but much like the game’s console plans that has been rolled backwards. The developers are keeping King of the Kill in early access for a bit longer, although the game will still receive a very large update on September 20th. When will the game actually launch now? Who knows?

Moving on to other beta news from the week:

And you know there’s a whole list down below full of games in testing or remarkably test-like states. Do let us know if something in there slipped between phases without letting us know, will you? Usually it’s some rascally localized free-to-play game that quietly launched without saying anything, those lovable scamps.

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Betawatch: Dual Universe hits the Kickstarter circuit (September 9, 2016)

This week, Dual Universe started its Kickstarter, and – oh, you’ve already got your checkbook out. Great, it’s half a million for this one. Oh, and it’s going to have a subscription business model, just if that affects your betting odds.

Meanwhile, most of this week’s beta news centered around stuff leaving beta testing. No, really! Just keep reading.

Do we even have a list left below? Of course we do, don’t be silly. Let us know if something on that list managed to slip into a launch or launch-ish state down below in the comments, though. We can’t promise we’ll agree with you, but we can promise that we’ll think of you as very attractive for at least four minutes.

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Betawatch: WoW Legion launches (September 2, 2016)

Boy, it feels like we’ve been waiting for this for a whole year, doesn’t it? World of Warcraft: Legion launched this past week, putting an end to a lengthy major patch drought and also sending everyone out on an island vacation. Or something. There definitely are islands, that much is a certainty. Our impressions are available in three parts covering the opening moments, the order halls and artifacts, and the leveling experience.

Is that not enough news for you? Well, let’s cover some other beta news, then. Come along!

There’s also our usual list just below, complete with games that didn’t make it into actual launch or whatever this week. If something has arguably already launched, i.e. a free-to-play game with no more wipes and a functional cash shop, do let us know if we missed it in the comments. If you have thoughts about a beta you’re playing, let us know that in the comments, too. Actually, let us know if you saw a cool dog on the way to work today. We’re not picky..

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Betawatch: Star Citizen gets persistent (August 26, 2016)

Depending on your definitions, Star Citizen is already pretty persistent. For example, it’s already persistently crowdfunding, persistently putting out new ships for the price of a used car, and persistently drawing accusations of “scam” from people who don’t know what scams are. But its persistent universe got some love with the most recent gameplay trailer. Yes, there’s actually a game in there beneath all of the debates. It also passed another crowdfunding milestone, but as mentioned, that’s persistent.

Other beta news? Aw, shucks, why not. You earned it.

And there’s a list! A list of games in testing. It’s right down below. Let us know if something snuck a cash shop in without us noticing what was happening, or just share your thoughts on a current beta you’re enjoying. If you’d like to argue the fine points of terminology instead, we can’t really stop you, but it might not be a fun Friday.

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Betawatch: Das Tal becomes The Exiled (August 19, 2016)

There’s a certain risk involved in changing your game’s name after people have already gotten used to a name. After all, people might not know about your new name and just keep asking about what happened to the old name, never knowing what happened. On that note, it’s important to make it clear that The Exiled is the game formerly known as Das Tal, so if you’re wondering what ever happened with the latter… that’s what. It changed names.

Most of the beta world was a little quiet this week on account of Gamescom, but there’s still some interesting stuff to chew upon. Behold!

As always, there’s a list of games down below. Check it out! Let us know if something slipped into a different testing phase without us noticing! Tell us how great our new shirts look! We spent a lot of money on those.

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Betawatch: Worlds Adrift gets big money (August 12, 2016)

Money, as we all know, makes the world go round. Even when that world is adrift, as in the appropriately named Worlds Adrift. In other words, it’s a good thing that the game’s gotten a nice big infusion of cash to the tune of one million dollars. The team also showed off the process of making a ship to float through the sky, so that’s also awesome.

And what about the rest of the beta environment? Oh, it did stuff. Here’s a sampler of that stuff:

  • Eternal Crusade is promising to offer details on its MMO mechanics. Not now, no, but the developers will reveal them. They’re coming, really. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.
  • The beta for Lazarus has begun, and the game is already providing an unusual tweak to its gameplay model – it’s a roguelike multiplayer game that sets back the clock every week, meaning that you can always expect a certain degree of resetting. Whether that sounds interesting or horrible is up to you.
  • Twin Saga is in its closed beta, with launch planned for later this month. The game’s voices are still in Japanese, but you can turn on subtitles if you want to understand the story. Or you can leave them off and assume the story is better than it may actually be. I like to imagine that everyone is talking about Proust.
  • Lineage Eternal has plans for another beta test in November. Its beta cycle, at least, appears to be… lengthy. Yes, the joke was obvious.
  • Last but not least, the Dark and Light reboot is on its way, and it’s technically classless. Mechanically, that is. How classy the actual game is comes down to the players.

Of course, there is also a list of things in beta testing down below. See something missing, or something that ought to be removed or added? Let us know in the comments, and we’ll debate about it internally while making jokes about games. They’re not good jokes, you don’t want to see them.

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Betawatch: Elder Scrolls Legends opens up (August 5, 2016)

If you’ve been waiting for something a bit more scroll-happy before jumping on the virtual card game train, you’ll be happy to know that Elder Scrolls Legends has passed from the forbidding desert of closed beta into the verdant fields of open beta. Seriously, you can jump in and start playing the game right now if you’d like. It’s the newest card game for people who would rather play a card game without quite so many actual cards.

Other beta news? No, there’s none. By which we of course mean “yes, there’s quite a bit.”

And, naturally, there’s that full list down below. See something that switched modes unexpectedly and has a full cash shop running? Argue that something counts as launch? Just like posting about betas with no NDA in place? All of that is welcome down in the comments.

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Betawatch: Shroud of the Avatar is proudly persistent (July 29, 2016)

Let’s make something clear: Shroud of the Avatar has not launched, it’s just handled its final server wipe and will now be persistent moving forward. Which is different from launch because the developers say so. It was a pretty big deal when it happened, considering that the developers also ran a big telethon at the same time. There’s also a land “rush” of sorts, but if you didn’t buy in at a big tier ages ago, it’ll probably be a while before you need to worry about that.

Elsewhere in the beta world, there was… well, testing. You know.

This is just a sampling of stuff that’s in testing, of course; there are more titles in the list we keep down below. If something dropped in a cash shop without letting us know or surreptitiously changed test phases, please, do let us know about it down in the comments.

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