Betawatch: May 1st, 2015

    
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Still kicking!

So why isn’t Pathfinder Online attracting more players? Goblinworks CEO Ryan Dancey apparently feels that it’s a matter of the game’s fans not stumping for the game aggressively enough in places that aren’t focused around discussing the game. We should also mention that the game is rolling out plans for the next iteration of settlements, but that feels like he’s getting what he wants.

Other news from around the betaverse:

You want more? Well, why don’t you just jump on past the break to a huge long list of games in testing that we keep past the break every week. We’re predictable like that.

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 aimed for summer
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); first test ends May 3rd
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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ttyl
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ttyl

Anyone remember a recent article about “super difficult, group-based MMO”? Was pre-alpha IIRC? I can’t remember the name :(

Tethyss
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Tethyss

I couldn’t get into Pathfinder — too slow and rudimentary combat and graphics.  The quest system works pretty well.  It seemed you really needed to do a lot of leg work just to cast one spell (?).  Now they want to charge me to test their game more?  No thanks.  This game needs a lot of work if it wants to be competitive.

solipsis
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solipsis

SuppliesATK Ness199X  A penus is a combination between a penis and an anus :D

SuppliesATK
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SuppliesATK

Ness199X Penus Rising…

TarAndfeathers
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TarAndfeathers

Thats right, blame your fans.  Stay classy Pathfinder.  Stay classy.  What a stain this game is going to be on the IP.

karmamule
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karmamule

mallykbross I’m one of those people too.  I’m willing to cut some slack on the cruder-than-average graphics and such because they have some cool ideas on features, and their ideas to make a PVP world that isn’t just a ganker/griefer paradise show promise, but I’m just not going to pay a monthly subscription to help them develop and polish their game and systems.  Drop the monthly fee until formal release and I’d be happy to add one more player to their world.

Midgetsnowman
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Midgetsnowman

anmd to compound it even further..its a fucking pvp sandbox.

D’you know what the average D&D/Pathfinder/tabletop roleplayer wants?

They want quests. They want dungeons. They want cooperative high fantasy adventure along with their buddies, with some beers, mountain dews, and 3 am convenience store burrito runs. They want /strutured quests/ not fucking sandbox shit.

Midgetsnowman
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Midgetsnowman

I’d wager a guess, and thats cuz..I dunno. Outside the hardcore tabeltop Roleplaying crowd, the name Pathfinder means absofuckinglutely NOTHING in the greater sphere..plus being as the game isnt out yet. those of us only tangentially interested because of D&D aint gonna pony cash up to look?

Thats problem one. The CEO seems to think Pathfinder is some super-ultra well known name. It isnt. Outside the hardcore D&D crowd, its barely even known

Nanulak
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Nanulak

Pathfinder online must think everyone out there is an idiot.  Just pay an open ended subscription just to help them test the game.  That is just dumb.

Ness199X
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Ness199X

Man, Venus Rising (I can’t type that without laughing) has been on these posts for what seems like 2 years now. Other than the initial ‘ITS AN MMO WITH SEEEEEEX” posts ages ago I have heard nothing else about it, anyone know more?