Betawatch: February 20, 2015

    
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What do you get when you combine the the quirkiness of Glitch or Wakfu with the voxelboxiness of Trove? That’d be SkySaga, the UK sandvox that’s finally opening its alpha doors to those of us in North America. Act quickly, though; the offer ends February 26th. What else is new in the land on MMO testing?

Our complete list of MMOs in testing is below.

As always, we consider an MMO to be in open testing if it features free, public signups and will server wipe prior to launch. An MMO is marked in closed testing if it’s running a private test phase that cannot freely be accessed by the general public; it’s usually under NDA as well. Early access and crowdfunded MMOs whose tests we deem legitimate will be included. So-called “open beta” soft-launch MMOs with cash shops, no sign of launch in the west, or limited interest for our readers will not be listed.

Albion Online: Alpha phases running intermittently this winter
Auto Club Revolution: Closed beta
Beasts of Prey: Early access alpha
Black Desert: Korean open beta
Cabal II: Closed beta
Camelot Unchained: Backer pre-alpha
Das Tal: Alpha
DayZ: Early access
Divergence Online: Alpha
Dungeon Fighter Online: Closed testing reopens March 2015
Earthrise: First Impact: Alpha but still alive
Echo of Soul: Beta
Eleven: Closed alpha
Ever, Jane: In testing; 2016 anticipated release
Eternal Crusade: Early access begins fall 2015
Gloria Victis: Donor alpha
H1Z1: Paid early access
Heroes of the Storm: Paid closed beta
HEX: Unofficial open beta
Kingdom Online: Closed beta
Landmark: Paid closed beta, cash shop active
Life is Feudal: Early access beta
Line of Defense: Early access
MyDream: Closed testing open to donors
Nosgoth: Open beta
Oort Online: Donor alpha
Origins of Malu: In the midst of a do-over
Otherland: Closed beta
Pathfinder Online: Subscription “early enrollment”
PlanetSide 2: PS4 beta
Project Gorgon: Free, open testing, just like the old days
Shadowrun Online: Steam early access
Shards Online: Pre-alpha
Shroud of the Avatar: Steam early access, backer testing
Skyforge: Ongoing technical beta weekends
SkySaga: Ongoing NA and UK alpha events
Star Citizen: Backer pre-alpha
Stash: Backer alpha
The Repopulation: Early access/backer alpha
Tribal Wars 2: Open testing
TUG: Steam early access
Valiance Online: Alpha stress testing
Venus Rising: Internal alpha (adult/NSFW)

Yes, MMO gamers, you too can perform the unpaid quality-control work otherwise known as game testing! Check out Massively Overpowered’s Betawatch every week for a run-down of MMOs that are still on the road to reality.
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CistaCista
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InappropriateInnuendo CistaCista Someone may correct me, but I believe Origins of Malu was shut down for some time and now they are trying a reboot for it in 2015. In this new iteration of the game there have been no public testing – there was some announced for the old version in 2012 but i think it all went poof then. To list it here as currently in beta testing is misleading IMO and I won’t have the urge to look at this list again when I know that games that are not in any testing fase are on it.

InappropriateInnuendo
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CistaCista I don’t know about Ever, Jane. But I know that Origins of Malu has had time limited tests and do have some tests that are very small.

Megus
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MesaSage Megus I just don’t agree with you that’s all. :)

MesaSage
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Megus I know you have a job to do, but honestly my comments were mild compared to the feedback yet to come for your game. There were so many obviously bad design decisions within the first 30 minutes of playing the game that I mostly just shook my head.

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breetoplay Yeah, I was looking forward to it also.  They made some unfortunate design decisions.  This may find a market, I’m just not sure who it will be.

CistaCista
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breetoplay CistaCista But that’s not what I meant at all. I am fine with games charging money. I am just saying that some of the games are not available for testing. In other words, how did anyone from the general public gain access to Ever, Jane?

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While there are a few games on here that I’m looking forward to
trying, there are a lot more that just make me want to slap people round the face with the sharp end of a spear.

Cabal
II – For me, this is fueled by the love of Nation Wars in the original
game, it was however a big grindfest. Get entry
items > Grind dungeon > Get items > Sell items > repeat. The big big redeeming quality of the original game is how good the armour and skills look, along side how the combo system requires you to time your skills properly to achieve maximum damage.

Eternal 
Crusade – I love the Warhammer universe… but i have doubts about any
new WH games that release, not to mention attempting to make it an MMO.

H1Z1 – This game has potential, and is probably the most polished of the zombie survival games, as i don’t believe any of them have actually ever been finished. My community ran with about 10-15 players and dominated a server for about 2-3 weeks which was great fun.

HotS – Well, i tried this and love it, it takes the unnecesary parts of MOBA/ARTS has to offer and lets you concentrate on the fun and more interesting aspect, team fights. The map mechanics work well and help force the teams into the battles. Not only that, but Blizzard are pulling from ALL their IP’s as seen by the vikings recently shown.

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Vexia ManastuUtakata breetoplay MesaSage 
I like that! Where do I /kickstart? <3

Vexia
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Vexia

ManastuUtakata Vexia breetoplay MesaSage Pink Pigtails Online has entered its first testing phase. :P

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breetoplay

Megus breetoplay MesaSage That doesn’t sound nearly as awful. Someone built a Glitch app that did that (basically, a hot-or-not for Glitch avatars) which was actually funny and showed off how clever people were at designing unique characters.
Thanks for the link!