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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.
No delays. No excuses. No mercy. Action MMO Kritika Online
is not slowing down in this final pre-launch period, moving into open beta today
as it prepares for its western release.
Just wait, there’s more! Kritika is filling its open beta with plenty of special events, including one for leveling, one for attendance, and one for PvP. Anyone interested in giving Kritika Online a try can sign up for an open beta spot on the website. Check out the open beta launch trailer below, but only if you’re strapped in to your seat!
One game enters the list and another leaves. Dark and Light has started its closed testing, although there’s a very small number of people currently invited to test the game, so you’re probably not on the list. Meanwhile, Master x Master has entered the shark-infested waters of launch, so it’s now as real as it gets. Hooray for changes on the list!
Boy, I’m so excited I’m just going to launch into several more list items. Come with me, will you?
- Luna Online is apparently in closed testing in Southeast Asia, so that’s good news for fans of the game, people who live in Southeast Asia, and people who want games with names similar to those of moths. I assume the crossover on that list is rather small, but you never know.
- Hyper Universe has entered closed beta; if you’ve forgotten about that one, it’s a MOBA but of the side-scrolling variety. Check out the Facebook page for keys and such.
- A big test update is coming to Project Genom next month. It’s… big, almost like a whole rewriting of the game’s focus. You’ll want to see it to believe it, apparently.
- The bad news is that the early access launch for Rend is being delayed; the good news is that it’s apparently being delayed for really cool and good reasons. You’ll have to take the developer’s word on that one.
- Gigantic is launching on July 20th, so you may want to mark your calendar for that. And you can test freely on the PC right now, too.
- Kritika Online is throwing into the open beta ring pretty soon; June 29th, to be specific. Founder’s pack holders get in a little bit earlier, though.
- Last but not least, Shot Online Golf has hit the closed beta scene. So, you know. Golf.
And there’s still a whole list down below! What fun. Let us know if something in there slipped phases without us noticing, all right? We really like lists, if you haven’t noticed.
Closed beta? That’s old news for the Kritika Online
crowd. Now it’s all about the open beta, which the devs just announced is starting on Thursday, June 29th
. Founders who splurged on one of the packs get in a couple of days early on the 27th as a perk for their purchase.
The open beta is important for Kritika, since it will effectively serve as the soft launch for the game (and no, there will be no wipes once the OBT begins). The “official” release is slated for later this summer.
The team posted a wrap-up of the beta in infographic form on the site, revealing that (among other stats) players collectively clocked in over 34 million hours of testing during the closed beta, with 7% of the population making it to level 65. Check it out after the jump!
En Masse’s action MMO Kritika Online
is deep in the midst of its closed beta as gamers test its four class types, progression systems, and storyline. How does it play? You can check out our impressions of the game so far
or our stream
… or you can grab a beta key from us, which not only gets you into the beta until June 13th but includes a mini catspaw minipet.
Click the Mo button below (and prove you’re not a robot) to take one home yourself!
First things first: You need to open this up
in your browser while you read this post. Trust us.
Be careful if you are playing Kritika Online’s closed beta this week, because the danger zone might just suck you in. The upcoming MMO is hosting a community challenge to encourage players to record their own runs and submit them for a possible leaderboard slot.
Those who earn a spot on the top 10 for danger zone scores by the end of the closed beta will be showered with glory — and also an intensely cute statue. Nothing says “hardcore expert” like a toy catgirl reaching for her beloved fishie. Maybe our own MJ will win it?
Disclaimer: The author of this post listened to Danger Zone on a loop until this was fully written and posted. It’s the lengths we go to in authenticity with our readership.
Golf! It’s technically a sport, but it’s mostly a waste of space and resources under the guise of one. Rather than actually wasting water, land, and time on a real golf course, why not play Shot Online Golf and get almost the same experience without any of the real waste? You can sign up for the game’s first closed beta now; the testing starts on May 31st. Of course, there’s always the vague possibility that the game secretly offers epic raid boss encounters, but let’s not leap to conclusions.
As for the rest of the beta news? Gaze below, friends.
- Curious about the progress of OrbusVR’s most recent closed alpha? You don’t have to just be curious; you can just check out a recap and thoughts on the matter. There were only about 100 people in the testing, so you might need the recap.
- The Worlds Adrift closed beta has arrived! No longer in alpha, you’re now testing in the second letter of the Greek alphabet! It’s meant to last about four months before an open beta for everyone, so get your testing in now.
- Win That War is out in early access and offers a large-scale multiplayer RTS experience. Just remember which war you’re supposed to be winning, which should be fairly straightforward given the title.
- The last big testing update for Albion Online has gone live, complete with revisions to several zones and the new Black Market feature. This one is named Hector, although politeness dictates you should refer to the update as “Mister Albion Online patch” unless it informs you that you can just call it Hector.
- The alpha for Legends of Aria (which is Shards Online but also not Shards Online) has begun, so you can jump in and start experiencing what the game has to offer. Best of all, if you don’t like some of the rules, you can always change them.
- Last but not least, Kritika Online is in closed beta. We have no more keys to give for the beta test, but you can still buy your way in if you’re so inclined.
Now, Mr. Bond, I expect you to go below and look at all of the other items in the list which are in testing. I also expect you to let us know if something slipped into a new test phase under our noses. And I wouldn’t mind if you let us know what you’re testing, if it’s not under NDA. Frankly, I don’t expect you to talk, but I wouldn’t mind it. It gets lonely out here.
Still not sure what to think about the upcoming Kritika Online
? How about getting a look at the fast-paced game in action! Massively OP’s MJ is diving into the closed beta to show off the classes and the combat. At least with no character customization she only has to choose the class and the name. Wonder how long that will take her! Tune in live at 7:00 p.m. as MJ dives head first into…
What: Kritika Online.
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 7:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017
Happy closed beta day to Kritika Online
! Joining today’s never-ending roster of launches and pre-launches is En Masse’s
new action MMO, expected to run in a closed testing phase through June 13th.
“The nonstop action of Kritika Online will be on full display in this closed beta, as players select from 4 character types — the Warrior, the Gunmage, the Rogue, or the Reaper — and rampage through the lavish 3D worlds solo or with friends, defeating bad guys and super-sized level bosses using oversized blades, alchemical superguns, and dazzling acrobatics. In addition to Kritika Online’s over-the-top action, the closed beta gives players their first hands-on look at the game’s deep progression systems and story.”
The game will be free-to-play come its eventual launch but for now is accessible only through founder packs, the cheapest of which is currently on sale for $14.99, though you can put down up to $74.99 (again, it’s a sale) for even more perks. Orrrrrr you could grab a key right here! En Masse granted us a truckton of closed beta keys, so click the Mo button below (and prove you’re not a robot) to take one home yourself!
If you are a fan of action and anime, you might want to keep your eye on Kritika Online
. Although this game has been out for years in Korea, it is just now making its way to the western market. En Masse, best known to MMO fans for its shepherding of the western version of TERA
, is localizing and publishing this anime title, which will start letting players in to play the closed beta starting tomorrow, May 24th. In preparation of this closed beta launch, I had the opportunity to sit down and talk shop with Senior Product Manager Brian Knox. In between slicing and dicing bosses in a couple of dungeons, Knocks shared some tidbits of what players can expect in this new game. Along with that hands-on time with a mid-level character during the interview, I was able to log in and experience the game as a brand-new adventurer. Here’s how it all went down.
Remember when Ashes of Creation showed up out of nowhere? We sure do, and now it’s hit Kickstarter. It’s also hitting stretch goals left and right after hitting its funding goal quite quickly. We’ve even got a pair of interviews about it, one regarding the game in general and the other covering its CEO’s business past and ambitions. So, yeah, that’s been the big thing this week.
That might be the big centerpiece story, but there are always more things going on in the beta sphere. Heck, a lot of them feel pretty meaty on their own. Check this out:
That’s it! Oh, except for all of the stuff on the list below. So that’s it for everything not on the list. Also, some of the stuff on the list. Look, just check out the list below and let us know if something slipped into a new test phase while we weren’t looking, all right?
Is Kritika Online
on your radar yet for 2017? You may need to revise that answer after today, as the cel-shaded anime MMO just launched its website
and announced the dates for its western closed beta test
Kritika Online is running its CBT from May 24th through June 13th, and players can either sign up for a chance at a key or secure one by purchasing one of the founder’s packs (which are, by extreme coincidence, discounted right now). “Those chosen to participate in the closed beta can get an early hands-on experience with Kritika Online’s fast-paced, combo-heavy action combat, streamlined quest system, and deep character progression,” the studio said.
En Masse Entertainment is handling the import of this Korean game, and it is promoting Kritika’s action gameplay as strongly as it does with TERA’s. Massively OP’s Eliot got his hands on Kritika Online at PAX East earlier this spring and deemed it “surprisingly fun.”
Check out the closed beta announcement trailer after the jump!