Don’t get too comfortable, because the real war is about to begin. Right now, Escape from Tarkov’s development team is in the final stage of preparations for the upcoming open beta test.
While there’s no announced date for the open beta test, the team did say that it should be coming in the early part of 2018, perhaps within the month. To make sure that the beta will be as smooth as possible and able to handle the influx of many more testers, Escape from Tarkov ran a New Year event over the holidays to stress test the servers. The team said that the event topped previous population records and greatly increased the game’s presence on Twitch.
“We were able to perform a quality and quantity assessment of the required server base expansion in different regions. New servers are already being ordered to ensure the minimum matching wait time,” the team wrote. “Soon after the next patch we’ll be able to determine a precise open beta start date.”
Let’s start with something that you probably already ascertained: Wild West Online is being delayed. It delayed its early access alpha, and that delay leads rather naturally into a delay for for full early access into 2018. But the good news for those who aren’t fond of free-for-all PvP is that the game appears to be moving to a factional PvP system instead of a free-for-all. So less like the hypothetical wild west and more like the actual wild west as it existed in history, then.
Meanwhile, the beta band plays on.
That got a bit sad toward the end, didn’t it? Let’s see if we can’t ameliorate that with a nice shiny list just below. Let us know about the tests you’re taking part in down in the comments, or just let us know if something has soft launched without us noticing it.
Did you think Christmas came too early this year? One of my hobbies was already rolling out Valentine’s Day hoopla in August, so I feel you. Escape from Tarkov, however, has already moved on to New Year’s. We’ll let this one slide, however, since the game is focused on its open beta launch, so the New Year’s event is really a stress test that kicks off on December 28th and is intended to attract people who’ve never tested before. “Seven-day access to the game will be granted to a part of the players, who will be picked randomly among the total number of subscribers, with bias for those who have been registered earlier,” says the team.
Previous beta testers (and preorder purchasers, of course) will also pick up a pair of week-long access keys to hand out to their mates.
So what’s on the horizon for the game?
What happens when you take a city full of trigger-happy mercs and toss in even more weapons and instruments of destruction? Escape from Tarkov is finding out this week thanks to a “major” update that introduced 70 new items, more communication commands, better optimization, improved starter gear, and advanced weapon handling.
Not stopping to even take a brief break, the dev team is barreling to bigger and better things: “The next important stage in project development will start with the open beta, which is scheduled for launch at the end of 2017. By that time, the game will be expanded with new game mechanics, improvements of existing ones, more optimizations of graphics and network components, as well as additional game content, including new weapons and locations. Also, in the coming months, we plan to localize the game into new languages, including German, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese (Simplified), Polish, Czech, Portuguese, Japanese, and Korean.”
Hey, you. Yeah, you, dude leeching candy from the bucket you bought “for the neighborhood kids.” And you, lady still trying to decide between “Princess Leia” and “lazy zombie” for your costume (go Leia, duh). Put all that aside and get into some MMOs instead! Halloween is only one night in real life, but in MMORPGs, it goes on for days or even weeks. Some studios will probably even forget to turn it off! Others will let you run around with a flaming pumpkin head mask for all eternity!
Here’s what we’re looking at this year for Halloween across the MMORPG verse.
Escape from Tarkov is heading into closed beta testing this weekend, complete with a trailer, so now’s your chance to jump in if you bought one of the founder packages. Is there more beta news? Of course there is.
- Early access for Citadel: Forged with Fire has already begun. (Forging with fire is good, fire is used for forging stuff.) This is despite having a slightly rough beta weekend, so caveat emptor and so forth.
- Did you remember that Lawbreakers was entering open beta today? Because it’s totally happening. The game launches on August 8th, so you’ve only got a little time to try it out before the launch. (See, the title has a double-meaning based on anti-gravity antics and breaking of the law of gravity. I think.)
- Guess what else has opened up? That’s right, OrbusVR has entered open alpha testing today, so everyone with a VR headset and time to test out the game’s interface can log in and go. (The title probably has something to do with orbs. And… VR, that one’s obvious.)
- Feeling left out of the party in Worlds Adrift? Good news is that there are more founders packs available now, so you can get in and go. Happy times! (There are… things drifting, I suppose. Worlds, presumably.)
- Last but certainly not least, Valiance Online has started its investor alpha today (and reminds us all that “valiance” is a pretty great superhero word, like “valor” or “virtue” or “paragon” or “uncanny”). So that’s moving along at a good clip.
Below this point, of course, we launch into the ever-lengthy list of games in current testing. Has something failed to be moved into the correct category? Please, do let us know down in the comments. Or just let us know about betas you’re enjoying.
Yes, it happened; Secret World Legends has launched for everyone, although it did have a bit of a problem with a whole lot of currency exploitation. If you’re on the fence about checking it out, you can take a look at MJ’s experience after a week, or you can take a look at Larry’s take on the title. Let’s see what happens next, yes?
Well, I know what happens next in this column: We go into a list. Let’s go down the list. It’s other beta news.
- Things got quiet for The Exiled for a while, but the developers are back on track and hard at work. That’s good, even if it does mean anyone hoping the game was a runaway success will be a touch disappointed.
- If you’ve got some interest in Transformers Online, it’s in open beta in China. It’s also very much like another title which rhymes with “Clover botch,” if that helps.
- The heart and soul of Crowfall is the campaign system, and the game is ramping up to test it. That’s really the core of the game right there, if it needs to be said, so it will be very interesting to see how that testing goes.
- Beta testing for Escape from Tarkov will start next month, although we don’t yet know when in July that’s taking place. Before the end, presumably.
- Last but not least, action MMO title Kritika Online has moved into open beta, so you can try that out for yourself if you have a need for some smash-happy action.
We’ve also got some more list for you down below, listing a whole bunch of other titles currently in various test phases. Of course, sometimes titles manage to slip from our notice, or they wind up soft-launching without us being aware of it. So please, let us know if that happened in the comments, all right? Thanks.
Enough of this alpha business — it’s time for Escape from Tarkov to grow up and join the beta club. The team announced this week that starting some time in July, the multiplayer shooter will transition into its closed beta program.
“The closed beta will be available to owners of all pre-order editions, regardless of the purchase date,” the team posted. “On this stage, we will introduce major performance optimizations, several new features, and plenty of new content: the new Shoreline location, new weapon parts and modifications, new loot items, a new trader and much more.”
Some of the features of which this statement alludes to includes an insurance system, economic balancing, the MP5 submachine gun, optimization, a new version of Unity, weapon customization parts, and chat channels. The closed beta will cover four locations in total.
Some people seem to want the apocalypse to happen because they have a really sweet underground bunker that is ready for a test drive. For the rest of us, the closest we might get is Escape From Tarkov’s new Hideouts, which will at least entertain us with the fantasy of our own shelter while the world crumbles around us.
The team announced its player housing system last week, saying, “Our characters need some place to settle down to gain strength, store supplies, stash discovered gear and weapons. In other words, regroup before setting out to achieve the main goal of the game.”
Players will move into an abandoned bomb shelter and work to rebuild it into a functional underground headquarters. There are 13 modules that can be constructed, from bathrooms to medical facilities, and each will bestow a special bonus on characters.
A follow-up Q&A post cleared up some of the finer details about this newly announced system.
The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!
This week we have stories and videos from Pokemon Go, DCUO, Portal Knights, Escape from Tarkov, Final Fantasy XI, LOTRO, World of Tanks, Star Trek Online, Armored Warfare, Tree of Savior, Path of Exile, and Worlds Adrift, all waiting for you after the break!
If you were hoping that Secret World Legends was essentially just The Secret World, well, you were wrong. You were told that you were wrong when it was announced, but the first round of leaks have been coming out of the beta, and they paint a very different picture of the game. Of course, it’s still early enough in testing that fans are cautioned not to see anything therein as final, so… take all of that with a grain of salt, naturally.
And yes, there is other beta news! That’s not a secret. It’s a known fact.
- Crowfall is offering players the option to customize skill loadouts. That’s new and it’s a real thing, unlike the development team’s recent round of answers for things which do not currently exist.
- The Morrowind expansion for The Elder Scrolls Online has a closed beta on the game’s test servers. Essentially, you can only be invited to test the expansion content, but everyone gets to test the patch itself. It’s a bit odd.
- If you want some drops in Albion Online, you’re going to need to make them yourself. Yes, there are plans for a system to ensure that even drops are made by players. Also a bit odd, but sort of cool.
- There are two factions in Escape from Tarkov, but there’s also a third… well, not a faction, per se, but scavengers can run around and screw things up for everyone regardless of affiliation.
- The latest update for Worlds Adrift doesn’t just make the game flow better, it makes it taste better. Metaphorically, anyhow. If you lick the part of your hard drive where the game is stored, you… actually, just don’t do that. Don’t even think about that.
- Last but not least, Edengrad has launched into Early Access. That’s not odd at all! Just straightforward.
You know what comes next: I mention that there’s a list of games in testing below, I implore you to let us know if something jumped test phases, I sit and cry with four pounds of crispy bacon. I don’t actually eat the bacon, I just cry next to it. Also, I’m hoping by this point you’ve stopped reading. The best secrets are out in plain sight.
While Escape from Tarkov is ostensibly a two-faction game, it turns out that there’s a third option available to those who don’t want to play nice with others. In the multiplayer shooter’s newest alpha patch, players can now decide to fight as a “Scav,” a third-party scavenger who is out for him or herself.
“Playing as a Scav is like playing the game without rules,” the devs explained, “one where the players can experience quite different gameplay with a focus on reckless abandon. The Scav player is spawned together with AI Scavs. Scav tactics change up the overall style of raid gameplay, and in most cases, complicating the lives of BEAR and USEC players, while also fighting amongst themselves.”
Check out the short gameplay video after the break!
As Life is Feudal bears down toward its launch window of “late 2017,” it has a new ally to help with getting the word out about this medieval sandbox.
Bitbox Studio announced yesterday that it signed a deal with gaming public relations firm Reverb Communications to assist with the promotion of the MMO. This move should help the already-popular title to expand its audience and prime the MMORPG for a strong launch.
According to the press release, Reverb “will be managing media, streamer, and influencer outreach for the game.” Some of Reverb’s other clients include ARK and Escape from Tarkov. You don’t need a PR firm to get you excited, of course. Perhaps checking out these new screenshots might do the trick all on their own?
Source: Press release