Betawatch: July 31st, 2015

    
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I’m not going to pretend to fully understand why people are super excited about Tree of Savior, but I’m still very happy that the people who are super excited about it are seeing forward motion with its first English beta test on August 4th. Seriously, that’s great news; Phantasy Star Online 2 fans have been waiting for that much news since the game was announced, and that doesn’t seem to be happening.

Other beta news? Oh, yes.

And yes, folks, there’s a list of games below! There always is. Plus, we’d love to know if a game slipped into a different testing phase but we missed it; let us know 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: Founder alpha in progress
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
Camelot Unchained: Backer alpha
Das Tal: 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”
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
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: Pre-alpha testing
Venus Rising: Internal alpha (adult/NSFW)
World of Warships: Open 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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Aglethe
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dongs No More Tears
Well, it’s developed by Capcom in house, and outside of a few of their franchises like Monster Hunter they get most of their sales from international markets. So if it does come to the west it would presumably be Capcom running it themselves here as well. 
Though this is their first (not quite a) MMO, so they might choose to partner with someone else for a global release I guess, but I can’t think of many MMO publishers at this point here in the west that wouldn’t just make things worse, heh. :/

Kinson
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Kinson

Oh, I understand entirely what you said. I was reacting to you calling Skyforge an iteration upon WoW. They’re not even close.

eLdritchMD
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eLdritchMD

Kinson “I’m not going to pretend to fully understand why people are super excited about http://massivelyop.com/tag/tree-of-savior, …”

first sentence :P

Sigbjorn
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Sigbjorn

Let’s see. Why is Tree of Savior appealing?

1. Gorgeous, hand-drawn art.
2. The spiritual sequel to Ragnarok Online (IIRC?).
3. I spent too much time playing Secret of Mana as a kid.

I think that about covers it.

Kinson
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Kinson

Wut?

eLdritchMD
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eLdritchMD

You don’t have to understand it Eliot. Just like I don’t understand how people get excited about Skyforge, Wildstar or any of the other billionth iteration upon WoW…

dongs
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dongs

No More Tears This game looks so good, I really hope someone manages to pick this up and bring it over for us…

Apollyon
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Apollyon

No More Tears JUst watched the video and it looks so good! It wasn’t even on my radar but I’m definitely going to keep an eye on this. Massively post more on this game!

Liandreth
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Liandreth

Ok, so yeah, don’t ask me how I know… ok ok, I got an email. Venus Rising is now in beta. They updated their webpage to show this and also to have a release date of 2015 instead of 2014 now.

No More Tears
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No More Tears

Wow, you guys finally mentioned Dragon’s Dogma Online. There isn’t much hope at the moment that it’ll come to the Uncivilized World, but Dragon Quest 9 supposedly has “no plans” for a localization, which is pretty much bunk. Maybe if more attention is drawn to Dragon’s Dogma, more consideration will be made to bring it here too.
Skill shots and grappling in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FP9Ji8GEXbo
Dragon’s Dogma also exists as a PS3 game, if you still have a PS3. For its flaws, it’s still an eminently playable RPG classic with a barely-tangible Japanese touch to it. Combat encounters tend to be more deliberate and skillful, and less like the chaotic button-mashing encounters of Skyforge or GW2. Swinging a greatsword has tremendous weight and impact and will easily send your foes flying, and magic-users have significant chant times, but give you a sense of wielding real power:

I signed up for the upcoming open beta, but I’m getting a 403 when even attempting to download the installer. IP block? Damnit, Japan… At any rate, Capcom is the company behind Dragon’s Dogma, and they’ve more open about localizing games for the West, although no MMOs yet.