Betawatch: June 5th, 2015

It's about time.

It’s always nice when a game finally launches after a seeming eternal beta. Assuming it doesn’t, you know, die shortly thereafter. Trove is the latest “hasn’t that already launched” title to go into a full launch, and we wish it well, even if it’s not pulling the launch trigger until July 9th.

What else happened this week? Oh, you know, stuff.

Like we always do it, there’s a whole list of other titles just below. Did something slip into release or functional release without us noticing? Tip us off 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 and Japanese open beta
Cabal II: Closed beta (NA); first test ends May 3rd
Camelot Unchained: Backer alpha
Das Tal: Kickstarter, Alpha expected in 2015
DayZ: Early access
Divergence Online: Alpha
Dungeon Fighter Online: Open testing
Earthrise: First Impact: Alpha but still alive
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
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, launching Q4 2015
Tree of Life: Paid early access
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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Sadly, here’s the reality of it:
1) The name “Blizzard” gets all sorts of coverage by association thanks to WoW.
2) This site runs on ads, which rely on page clicks.   The popularity of #1 is what brings the clicks.  
3) Overwatch is the scrapped remnants of Titan, an MMOFPS that was supposed to be like Destiny.   Technically following those scraps is following an MMO.


“It is really fair to cover Overwatch here? It’s not in closed testing
and is in internal testing at best.  Really consider ‘still in
development pre-testing phase’.”
I agree


So this site covers lobby shooters as well? Cool beans.


It is really fair to cover Overwatch here? It’s not in closed testing and is in internal testing at best.  Really consider ‘still in development pre-testing phase’.  

SkySaga is super fun.   At least the engine is far, far, FAR more stable than TUG is currently.   Although I’ve come across my first “Adventure Troll”, who decided to steal all the loot drops of a Skeleton King I was kite-killing with my bow and mallet+shield rotate combo.  All that work in the fight and I lost out on a Dark Heart as well as few other things.  Irks me the wrong way!

I’ve yet to figure out how to make my home island not a frozen land of cold suck. Would much rather have a jungle biome than the tundra one I’m stuck with.    Making the best of it by reconstructing the old castle ruins that are there.