Betawatch: April 24th, 2015

    
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Rather than languishing in beta for all eternity, Heroes of the Storm is launching on June 2nd! Sure, there will be no further wipes and the game goes into open testing on May 19th, but that’s not the same as launching. Why? I’m glad you asked!

Here are other testing news stories.

Oh, hey, we never did explain how an open test with no wipes and a cash shop is different from launch, did we? Check out our full testing list just past the break!

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
Ascent: The Space Game: Steam early access
Auto Club Revolution: Closed beta
Beasts of Prey: Early access alpha
Black Desert: Korean open beta
Cabal II: Closed beta (NA)
Camelot Unchained: Backer alpha
Das Tal: Alpha
DayZ: Early access
Divergence Online: Alpha
Dungeon Fighter Online: Open testing
Earthrise: First Impact: Alpha but still alive
Echo of Soul: Beta
Eleven: Closed alpha
Eternal Crusade: Early access begins fall 2015
EVE: Valkyrie: Pre-alpha registration for EVE and DUST players
Ever, Jane: In testing; 2016 anticipated release
Gloria Victis: Donor pre-alpha
H1Z1: Paid early access
Heroes of the Storm: Launching June 2
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: Combat module in early access
Otherland: Second closed beta
Pathfinder Online: Subscription “early enrollment”
PlanetSide 2: PS4 beta
Project Genom: Closed alpha
Project Gorgon: Free, open testing
Shadowrun Chronicles: Steam early access; launching in April
Shards Online: Pre-alpha
Shroud of the Avatar: Steam early access, backer testing
Skyforge: Closed beta #3 ongoing, open beta/launch this summer
SkySaga: Ongoing NA and UK alpha events
Star Citizen: Backer pre-alpha
Starriser: Taking beta signups
Stash: Backer alpha
The Repopulation: Early access/backer alpha
Tribal Wars 2: Open testing
TUG: Steam early access alpha
Valiance Online: Alpha stress testing
Venus Rising: Internal alpha (adult/NSFW)
World of Warships: Closed beta

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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AllenGuelas
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AllenGuelas

Echo of Soul has a CBT date of May 4th now

sdyaris
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sdyaris

Albion Online, its not winter anymore.

goldstariv
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goldstariv

_Ariel_ Same here.. Heroes of the Storm definitely got me back into the MOBA thing.. Trims just enough things I found silly about MOBA’s (like unshared xp, last hitting and that god awful pre-match lobby) but keeps it fun and exciting with the map rotations and secondary goals of each.

Not every map can be won the exact same way. And since you cant sit and argue about champ selections and lane choices, every party can have a different makeup leaving it to on the fly tactics to win..

Good stuff..

_Ariel_
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_Ariel_

I never got into the moba craze, tried but didn’t like league or dota 2. Being a longtime blizzard fan I decided to give heroes a shot, and ended up playing for hours.
I dunno what it is about blizzard but they have a way of presenting things to me in ways I can more easily understand, kinda like Forrest Gumps mother…they made something I didn’t like at all fun for me.

theKP
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theKP

As far as ESO is concerned, the beta is for both consoles, not just for PS4.

usagizero
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usagizero

“http://www.heroesofthestorm.com/: Paid closed beta”

does have an actual release date now though, but i am spacing on what it actually is.

A_Dad Supreme
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A_Dad Supreme

“Since everyone loves standing around and shouting about selling wares, there will be http://massivelyop.net/2015/04/21/life-is-feudal-video-dashes-hopes-for-player-shops/ in http://massivelyop.net/tag/life-is-feudal.”
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And with that comment, Eliot just made three new enemies…

Dystopiq
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Dystopiq

Skyforge should be CBT 3 not 2.