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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: WoW Legion takes a holiday break (December 18th, 2015)

If you’re really in love with the current PvP experience in World of Warcraft… oh, whom am I kidding? Pretty much no one is happy with it. If you are happy with it, though, you might be less happy to know that the whole thing is being smashed to bits with the next expansion. And when will you get to test that out yourself? Not over the holidays, that’s for sure! You’ll need to find other things to occupy your time, such as perhaps some other beta testing stuff.

There is other beta testing stuff, of course. There always is.

And of course, there’s that whole list down below. Missed something? Why not let us know in the comments?

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Betawatch: Albion Online celebrates the season and its backers (December 11, 2015)

Who loves Albion Online? The game is clearly doing something right enough to celebrate 60,000 founders backing the game in its current beta test; that’s no small number. Maybe it’s the fact that the developers are already rolling out holiday events despite the beta testing, thus allowing people who just can’t stop testing this game a chance to get in on the usual gaming-based festivities despite the fact that launch is not yet here.

I guess we really ought to discuss more beta news, yes? Why not?

Wow. After that last one, I’m too depressed to go on. Tell you what – check out our full list of games down below, let us know if something jumped testing phases without us noticing. A whole year! What the heck was 2015 even about.

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Betawatch: Star Citizen’s universe expands (December 4, 2015)

The universe of Star Citizen is getting a bit bigger with the addition of 50,000 testers to its persistent universe. It also has a brand-new trailer if you want to see people getting out of spaceships and faffing about in space suits, which seems like the prelude to the most ridiculous installment of Grand Theft Auto ever. No one ever said you had to be a good citizen of the stars, right? (Dibs on that idea, incidentally.)

Other beta news? Ah, sure, why not?

Do we still have a list of games down below? Oh, yes indeed we do. Let us know if something has hopped test phases without us noticing in the comments!

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Betawatch: The Repopulation’s downtime risk is real (November 27, 2015)

If you wanted to point to an MMO doing everything right when it comes to Kickstarter, The Repopulation would be a fine pick. Unfortunately, the game is in a tight spot due to the licensing agreements with its engine, and that situation is getting worse rather than better. When your game is talking about contingency plans, it’s a safe bet that things are going south.

While a lot of studios have been quiet for the past few days due to holidays, there has been other beta news just the same:

And, of course, there’s our usual buffet of list items just below. See something that jumped from testing to launch, or from closed testing to open testing? Let us know down in the comments, if you would be so kind.

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Betawatch: Devilian steps up its PvP game for its fourth closed beta test (November 20, 2015)

How strong is Devilian‘s PvP game? Really, it’s hard to say, but it’s being stepped up for the game’s fourth closed test. That closed test is running now, so you can let us know if the stepping was sufficiently upward. Perhaps it’s more of a lateral PvP game move. Hard to be sure.

Other beta news? Oh, you’d better believe it.

And don’t you know it, there are other games in various stages of testing, so we toss a whole bunch of stuff in a list. Did we miss something? Well, darn it, let us know in the comments and we’ll sacrifice a goat as an act of contrition. Or celebration. We’re big on sacrificing goats, really.

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Betawatch: Indefinite delays hit Bless Online (November 13th, 2015)

There is basically no situation wherein an indefinite delay is a good thing for a game. Bless Online is getting hit with one at the moment, as the game is currently undergoing major revisions to nine key areas. Hopefully that indefinite delay doesn’t turn into a permanent delay; the game hasn’t yet had a chance to launch a localized edition with wildly divisive choices blamed on the localization team.

Other news in the beta world this week, as always:

And yes, there’s more stuff in beta testing in the full list down below, which you may enter at your leisure. Everything’s about entries these days. On that note, if there’s an issue with one of the entries below – like something that swapped test phases without us noticing – let us know down in the comments.

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Betawatch: Asta hops to the west (November 6, 2015)

It’s interesting to watch the progress of Asta as a title. The game shut down rather quickly in its native country, but it has entered its first closed beta in the US and is hoping to do better this time around. That’s a bit of an odd pedigree, yes.

Hey, we’re deep in the throes of a convention this weekend, but there hasn’t been a whole lot of hard dates for betas. But there’s still new beta stuff going on this past week.

Oh, yes, and there is that whole long list just past the break for those who want even more stuff to watch for. Let us know if something skipped phases, launched, or… well, in one case, unexpectedly changed its name without us noticing. Seriously, who does that?

Check them out, and let us know if something has changed without us noticing. It happens from time to time.

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Betawatch: Closed beta explosion (October 30, 2015)

It’s a week of games entering closed beta. That is the joke here, if you want to call it a joke. Front and center, of course, is the long-awaited Overwatch beta, which you can join by… well, hoping. If you aren’t in it at this point, you’ll just kind of have to wait and hope that you get added in a subsequent wave. But there’s even more stuff going on in beta-land this week than that.

And what about all of those other games that we talk about every week? Well, they’re still in the list below here, as always. Check them out, and let us know if something has changed without us noticing. It happens from time to time.

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Betawatch: Black Desert takes the spotlight by storm (October 23, 2015)

If you are all a-flutter for news about Black Desert, this week has been kind to you. Super kind, even. A preview of the game’s upcoming Awakening system was made available for fans, its demo will debut in Paris next week, and there’s even super-important information about how you can up your odds of getting into the game’s testing. Once it’s finally here, you too can camp a boss for 10 hours just to deliver an eight-minute clip of video, because who doesn’t think that sounds like a fun ride?

Meanwhile, if you’re not even the slightest bit interested in Black Desert, there’s still other beta stuff going on from the week.

  • Wild Terra is opening up for a free-for-all beta test running until October 26th, if you want to jump into a harsh world that will force you to struggle if you want to survive.
  • Self-proclaimed hardcore Russian MMO Sphere 3 is aiming for an open beta, if you want to jump into a harsh world that will force you to struggle if you want to survive. Chiefly against other players.
  • Devilian entered its first closed beta in what I assume is some degree of harshness. Survival, etc. You know.
  • A whopping 120 quests have been added to Otherland. That’s three times 40, and as we all know, 40 is as many as four 10s. And that’s harsh.
  • Sword Coast Legends has launched, allowing you to jump into a harsh world blah blah blah. Except it’s probably a world created by your friends, so you know whose fault it is.

There was, of course, more stuff going on, but there’s only so much space in these introductions, gentle readers. Perhaps you’d like to check out our customary list past the break? And if we missed something, of course, you can let us know about it in the comments.

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Betawatch: Overwatch opens up, Black Desert pinpoints release (October 16th, 2015)

It’s a big news duel in the beta sphere this week. Overwatch announced that it will be entering beta on October 27th with a limited testing pool and periodic open events. Black Desert, meanwhile, is launching on this side of the pond in early 2016 with a buy-to-play business model; while it’s not yet in beta here, that’s still of sharp interest to those who have been waiting for, well, exactly that announcement.

And was there more stuff? Oh, yes indeed there was.

Oh, and we do have our usual list just down below. Something slipped our notice? Well, then, let us know about that in the comments!

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Betawatch: Camelot Unchained begins beta next year (October 9, 2015)

The good news is that Camelot Unchained will indeed be hitting the shores of the land of betas. The bad news? It’s not going to be until next year, presumably before the end of the winter. Hopefully you weren’t planning to do that, like, this weekend.

Other beta news that arrived at our doorstep coated in slime and precious stones:

Oh, and there is a long list of titles just past the break, some of which you might not be aware of. Did something swap testing states without our noticing? Let us know in the comments!

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Betawatch: October 2nd, 2015

Bad news for fans of elegant turns on the dance floor and all of the delicious accompanying politics that Ever, Jane promised – the game’s beta is being slightly delayed. Not massively so, but it turns out that the end of September was a bit too ambitious. The closed beta transition is now planned for sometime this month.

Other news in which betas did or did not go off as planned:

And of course, the usual suspects beneath this particular preamble. If something skipped phases or so forth in the list below, please, do let us know.

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Betawatch: September 25th, 2015

I really hope your plans for the immediate future didn’t include playing the full retail release for Sword Coast Legends, because the game’s launch has been delayed for a second time until October 20th. That’s the bad news; the good news is that the game is indeed still holding its early access period as promised, so you’ll at least get to set foot in the game this weekend.

And yes, the rest of the beta world moves on. For example!

Do we have a list of other games just down below? We sure do, and we sure appreciate you letting us know if we missed something important.

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