Betawatch: May 8th, 2015

So long my honey, so long my baby, so long my ragtime gal.

This week, Landmark was consumed in a fiery explosion, by which we of course mean that it had a big old wipe. But it’s all right, because we also saw the new island shapes and they’re pretty keen. You can also jump in on designing elf buildings, if you want to.

What other strange events took place in the beta testing world this week?

Oh, and we also have a huge list of several titles past the break that are in testing as last we knew of it, which could mean very little because some of them like to creep into what could be practically called launch without telling us. Those little scamps! The full list is below, and if you notice one of said scamps is hanging out, do let us know down in the comments.

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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TawneyRoberts I wish Blade & Soul was on this list


Dystopiq zoward  …. And, I blew out most of the day.  Started directly from post-wipe this morning, killing mobs in Tier 3 caverns this afternoon so I can upgrade my Settler’s Pickaxe to Explorer’s.  Good times.


Skyforge god form customization options (players already ask for separate color selection rather than pre-defined color sets):


Hope that summer alpha for Albion starts soon.


Star Citizen also put out a long design document on the FPS module tonight as well since it’s anticipated release has been delayed. TLDR version  – No eta for release. It will be released when it’s ready.


Came to look for Blade & Soul, disappointed again, stuff you NCSoft :)

Werewolf Finds Dragon
Werewolf Finds Dragon

You update a lot, Massively! Hard to keep track of what I’ve commented on and haven’t.
Anyway, there’s a lot of sandbox MMOs, lately. That’s not for me. I’m autistic and I’m very prone to panic attacks, so throwing me into a PvP environment doesn’t get good results. I’d want to be openly happy for sandboxers that this seems to be their time, but it seems that the friendly rivalry goes on, so I have to do so in a veiled, teasing way. Not feeling up to it right now, though.
I’m happy with sandboxes, by and large, so long as they aren’t exploitative. They’re usually not my jam because the story and setting just aren’t there, this is something I lamented about in regards to indie MMOs lately. I can’t be invested in Generic Medieval Sandbox #9,721, or Generic Space Battles #3,820. I liked Gothic, though. I’m a huge fan of the Gothic series, so that has to count for something, right? I think mostly though that was because Gothic genuinely had an interesting setting, if hilariously bad translation.
It’s a shame that Piranha Bytes seem to be off their game now with this whole Risen thing, but I digress. Where was I?
Right, sandboxes. I’m hoping we’ll see more sandparks in the near future, I like those. They’ve the depth of setting and narrative that I’m personally attuned to, yet with so much more freedom than the usual linear, shopping list MMO has. In fact, I haven’t had a shopping list in ESO, it’s been weird. I’ve actually wanted to pick up a quest and complete it, because I’m revelling in the story. That’s what I want out of MMOs. I want to be invested that way.
I haven’t seen any MMOs post ESO doing that, though. I’m waiting for the next one that does, I suppose. I think the only other one in recent memory that I haven’t played to death (hi TSW) would be SWTOR. That might be a sandpark? I don’t know, I’ve not played it. Maybe I should just give up on my dreams of being a wookiee and bite the bullet, give it a go.
But anyway, yes, I’m happy sandboxers are spoilt for choice. I just lament how overpoweringly homogeneous they all are and wish it wasn’t so. Anyone else feel that way, or just me?


zoward Get in here son! I’m having a blast!


Looking forward to diving into Landmark again – it’s installing to the hard drive of my new gaming rig as I type this.  I burned out on it a while ago, but am excited for the new changes.  I’d gotten a ton of stuff via codes, contests, bones via SC cars, etc – I’m curious to see how those will manifest themselves with the new changes.