Remember when Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen bombed pretty badly on Kickstarter? The good news for fans is that the day when that happened is in the past in every way; the game just completed another round of funding, and now it’s on very stable financial footing with its 15-person team. To celebrate, it made a class so cool only the head developer can play it. If you thought that naming your own avatar a lord and the dominant force in an entire game world would be the apex of nerdy self-insertion, you were apparently wrong.
Other beta news does not, however, include quite so much stuff to have a smile and a giggle about. It’s mostly just news. See, we’ll show you.
- Another public test is taking place for MechWarrior Online’s skill tree system, and don’t worry if you don’t understand the revamp just yet. The announcement goes into extensive detail.
- The first OrbusVR test wrapped up, and there’s a lengthy discussion of how, exactly, everything went. There was good, there was bad, there were lessons learned. Everyone laughed as the test closed off with a joke. Probably.
- If you’re still waiting for Bless Online to start testing over here, the Russian testing was shut down and shelved “indefinitely” for revisions. That is not what might be considered a good result.
- Valiance Online is quietly keeping its head down, working hard, and also upping backer rewards. For some reason we think about superhero games this time of year, who knows why.
- Speaking of superhero games, who wants to completely separate powers from their effects for custom visual flair? Because City of Titans will let you do exactly that.
- Last but not least, sandbox MMO Arcfall has showed up out of nowhere to jump into early access, although it doesn’t appear to actually be up for purchase just yet. The important thing is that it’s going to be.
And, yes, there’s a list down below. There’s always a list. Let us know if something’s missing, jumped phases, or whatever. We appreciate it!
If you were curious about the Marvel Heroes Omega edition
out on PlayStation 4 but didn’t want to shell out for a founder pack to buy beta access to what will eventually be a free-to-play title, today’s giveaway is for you! We’ve got five founder codes for our readers. The giveaway, like the ongoing closed beta, is restricted to North America
. Read on to enter to win!
What’s going on with the Worlds Adrift testing? Since the launch of its 6.1 alpha play test two months ago, the Bossa Studios team has been hammering out bugs and new features — but it says it just needs a bit more time.
“There’s a few important features that aren’t quite done yet, [so] we’ve decided to delay the game,” Bossa’s Luke Williams explains. The most important feature is the character creator, but there are also updates coming for the world map, ship frame salvaging, bomb combat, gliders, and the “bottom storms” that help destroy the detritus of the gameworld.
Consequently, Bossa says, “We’re moving back the start of closed beta by just a matter of weeks, not months.”
is unleashing another round of closed beta testing for the MMO fork of Life is Feudal
, expected to run two weeks. Accompanying the beta announcement is a new trailer from the team going through the game’s laundry list of features, from crafting and weather to survival skills and a persistent world to territory and terraforming.
“While players may start their adventure in Life is Feudal: MMO alone, as they gather and craft supplies needed to make it to the next day, they will quickly meet up with others to form groups, then guilds, and finally work their way up to complete medieval societies and nation-states,” says the studio. “Life is Feudal: MMO is a realistic social experience, where the best way to thrive in the world is to work together and build a fully functioning society, where everyone has a place, from the most basic hunters and gatherers, to farmers, soldiers and civic leaders.”
Closed beta is available to peeps who pick up one of the early access packs, the cheapest of which is $39.99. We’ve got the trailer below — anyone jumping in?
There’s something a little hinky going on with Bless Online’s beta test over in Russia. MMO Examiner reports that 101XP was not pleased with the game, deciding to shut down the Russian beta servers and send it back to the devs for revisions.
According to a translation of the announcement: “Last year, we launched in Russia the anticipated MMORPG Bless. Players and the company has pinned high hopes on the game, which unfortunately did not materialize in full. After discussion with the developers, we have come to a decision to close the Russian-speaking servers May 25, 2017. The game will go into development for an indefinite period to return in the future in an improved form.”
Over the last week or so, ZeniMax Online Studios opened up parts of The Elder Scrolls Online’s Morrowind test servers to the press and public, allowing us to hop in and take a long and unfettered look at the developing expansion. In fact, that’s why I shied away from saying anything about the Elder Scrolls Online patch notes controversy — I’ve been buried in the real thing all week. Although I can now talk about the negative, I can also finally talk about the positive bits Morrowind has to offer.
I want to be fair about my analysis of ZOS’ depiction of the island of Vvardenfell and the Dark Elf culture, so I will have to put aside some of my nostalgic feels and take the experience for what it is: a solid entertaining MMORPG with a handful of flaws. I’m not going to pull any punches, but I should let you know that I really like this next chapter for ESO.
I’m not going to give everything away, but there is an interesting story involving a god, a priest, and a giant crab.
Live in the moment even more than usual, because when April 27th rolls around, Master X Master’s beta won’t be around to keep you entertained.
For the final week of the MOBA’s closed beta test, NCsoft has unlocked all of the masters for testers to test drive and abuse. Abuse? We meant “adore.” Adore. Not only will players have all 36 heroes at their fingertips, but ranked mode on the Titan Ruins map is turned on to test.
“For players still looking to get the exclusive CBT Taejin skin, good news, you now have another chance to get it before closed beta ends,” the studio said. “If you’re able to play and complete at least seven ranked Titan Ruins matches, you’ll be awarded with this exclusive skin, which will be awarded at the game’s official launch.”
Good news, The Elder Scrolls Online fans: Morrowind is now in beta testing! It’s in closed beta, so you probably don’t get to take part in it, but if you do, you still can’t tell us about it. You can, however, tell us about any and all funerals you are holding for your Templar. A moment of silence will be observed.
Other beta news? Aw, shucks, why not?
- The next Starfall Tactics test starts up on April 24th. It does not, in fact, feature any tactics based around falling stars, because physics does not work that way. Instead, it has character creation, limited progression, and a new ship class.
- Everyone gets a prize for participating in the SkySaga Alpha 10 test! You get a prize! And you get a prize! The prize is probably not a humpback whale, but you never know.
- The next round of testing for Life is Feudal‘s MMO side of things is starting on April 26th and should run for around 10 days. Clear your calendar for Wednesday, then.
- Project Gorgon is looking good these days. Seriously, the latest round of graphical updates makes it like that nerdy but shy girl from school who suddenly turned immensely hot, or something. You know your movie cliches, fill them in on your own time.
- Want to hunt some trolls in Saga of Lucimia in an early test version? That’s a thing that’s happening. No word yet on whether or not they’re actual in-game trolls or more general trolls, but make sure to designate someone as “torch-monkey” if you’re going out at night.
- Last but not least, the Marvel Heroes console version is starting its beta today, and it features local co-op. That’s unlikely to ever come to the PC version, although why you would need it is a different discussion altogether.
For those of you not delighted by the above stories (and those who are delighted), we also have a list just below. Isn’t that lovely? Let us know if there are errors within the list down in the comments. Or let us know what betas you’re playing and can be discussed without an NDA. Or let us know if you want to buy the Laser Prime redeco from the most recent Transformers box set. We have an extra.
Still waiting eagerly on the North American localization of Bless Online? Japanese players don’t have to wait. Japanese players get to take part in the game’s first localized closed beta on April 28th, although that doesn’t help people who don’t speak Japanese. Or maybe it does; we currently don’t know if the beta will have an IP block, so it’s possible that you can slip in and take part in the test despite not being Japanese.
Of course, you’ll still be faced with a game that isn’t translated into your language, but that’s the challenge you live with. The beta should be running until May 4th. Of course, there’s still no news to report on the NA localization, so perhaps slipping into the Japanese test and trying really hard to read that is actually a good idea. You’ve got about a week to learn the language. Study hard!
The closed beta for Marvel Heroes
Omega is now live in the US for PlayStation 4 owners, Gazillion
announced just a bit ago. A console launch had been long-anticipated by fans thanks to last year’s leaks and this winter’s poorly received streamlining update, but it was only just confirmed for PS4 a few weeks ago
This particular leg of the beta is available only until May 15th and only for players who buy in with one of the founder packs, which appear to start at
$39.99 $19.99 [cheaper packs have gone online since this post was published] and run up to $59.99 (the $99.99 bundles are for cash-shop currency). Longtime PC players will not be able to transfer characters and accounts to the new platform; that’s because Omega isn’t actually the same build. Indeed, it offers significantly fewer playable heroes as well as the recently announced local co-op mode. The studio has, however, promised that “PC support will continue.” Xbox One play is also on the way; Gaz has promised more details on the beta for that platform and the open beta for PS4 “soon.”
The launch trailer is below.
You know that when Dark Optimus Prime shows up, things just got real.
Tencent’s team brawler Transformers Online is adding the sinister version of the Autobots’ commander with its new round of closed beta testing. The next CBT is scheduled for May 18th in China and will not reset players’ progress in the game.
With Transformers Online’s limited multiplayer focus and its current status as a Chinese-only title, is it worth getting excited over it? Well, it’s still giant transforming robots beating the crap out of each other free from the hack thumb of Michael Bay, so we’re going to say “maybe!”
Check out the new closed beta trailer below!
Ah, trailer season is almost upon us, and The Elder Scrolls Online is inching closer today with its video of the Warden, the new class landing in the game when the Morrowind not-an-expansion expansion launches on June 6th.
“Revealing themselves to the world for the first time, Wardens possess a wide assortment of abilities to help defend the wilds and people of Tamriel. With the versatility to act as a damage dealer, a healer, or protector (or any combination in between) the Warden’s powerful and unique nature-based magic brings an entirely new element to ESO. The Warden can be fully customized based on your choices and your playstyle — summon the fearsome War Bear, encase yourself in rock-solid ice, or conjure healing plants from the soil.”
We’ve previously covered the Warden’s support, summon, and attack skills, and the closed beta began yesterday with all the expected fanfare of an expansion test locked behind an NDA. You’ll be rolling up on Seyda Neen in just seven weeks! Check out that gameplay trailer down below, then tell us: Are you creating a Warden in Morrowind? (I am!)
Get your “It’s happening!!!” gifs ready: ZeniMax announced this morning that the invites for The Elder Scrolls Online’s Morrowind beta are riding out on carrier pigeon today. When I tried to type “morning” just now, I typed “Morrowind” instead, complete with capitalization, if that tells you anything about the hype-o-meter for the expansion as we roll along toward June.
“This time we’re doing things a bit differently, and we will be holding a closed beta for ESO: Morrowind,” the studio told fans earlier this month. “While everyone will be able to help test the base game content on the PTS, any content included in ESO: Morrowind will be invite-only. In addition, everyone logging onto the PTS will be required to agree to a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) upon login.” Likewise, “participation in previous PTS cycles is a major factor” in whether you’re invited.
So hey, you probably won’t get in, but people who will leak everything on day one will because life is cruel and unfair that way. Not that there’s probably much left to leak, given how much the studio has put out already! Go sit by your inboxes and start refreshing for your invites.