Betawatch: August 14th, 2015

I guess I could connect with my mother here, if I cared?

We all thought that Otherland was dead due to something as silly as a very long silence and the complete failure of its development studio. Turns out that it is still a thing, and it’s even launching on Early Access soon! I’m not sure if this necessarily holds up all that well, though. In 1996, when the first book was published, the idea of a world constantly connected to online spaces was new and different. That is no longer the World of Tomorrow, that is the World of Right The Hell Now.

Other beta news? Well, there’s not a lot, but there’s some.

And, you know, there’s that whole list just past the break of games in testing. Let us know in the comments if we missed something!

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: Summer alpha over, closed beta en route
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, early access starts 8/26
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
Tree of Savior: English beta testing events
Tribal Wars 2: Open testing
TUG: Steam early access alpha
Valiance Online: Pre-alpha testing
Venus Rising: Closed beta (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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Yes, but it really didn’t feel original or new (arguably from my perspective, it didn’t even feel inspired) when we had already has Gibson, Sterling, et al. to go with.


paragonlostinspace I didn’t say that Williams was the first to think about it or envision it; he just had a vision of it in the very near future based on technology and trends that didn’t exist when Sterling and Gibson were busy creating an entire genre.  And in 1996, those visions of the future still seemed surreal and unusual rather than prosaic.


Greaterdivinity Me?  Snarky?  That’s never happened before.


Silverbourne Cindy_Adorkly Go outside? ………………………………………. LOLOLOLOL. Or not. :p


. In 1996, when the first book was published, the idea of a world constantly connected to online spaces was new and different. That is no longer the World of Tomorrow, that is the World of Right The Hell Now.  -Eliot

 Bruce Sterling, William Gibson and others might beg to differ by quite a few years.

No More Tears
No More Tears

As someone who recently bought Shadowrun Chronicles… I think it might be out of Early Access now. I guess that shows how much people have been paying attention to it, eh?
Not quite as good as Shadowrun Returns, but it’s decent and I suppose it does have an edge in its multiplayer aspect.


I was watching some videos on Otherland and I was actually taken aback on how great it looks. Also someone streamed character creation and the intro, and….. The story is pretty much the books. Soooo yeah I’m quite excited all of a sudden.


And yet it’s the truth.  The necessary truth.   “Not test, but we are”.  “We’re technically still testing, but subscription required”.   “We planed to give you huge maps, but not really.” and…
“Cows, glorious cows!
Hot armor and uttered.
While we’re in the mood —
Warm milk for custard!”


Such sass, Eliot : P