Betawatch: September 18th, 2015

Finally, the trifecta is complete.

After a lengthy testing period, World of Warships has finally left port. That means that has finally succeeded in getting all of the possible vehicle-based World War II vehicle games into a launch state, because World of Space Fighters is anachronistic and World of War Bicycles would attract very few players. Also, it means we bid farewell to the game on the list below.

Other beta stuff happened this week, too! More than we can list in full, but we can hit some highlights just the same.

  • Fangold is asking for potential players to sign up for alpha and beta testing; it’s also hosting a stream on September 22nd at 10 p.m. EDT to show off an early build of the game and perhaps clarify whether it’s said “fang-old” or “fan-gold.”
  • Saga of Lucimia is making itself available in Mac and Linux builds for its stress test tomorrow; the game is also planning on letting more backers in for the stress testing.
  • Hyper Universe Online is something of a side-scrolling MOBA-ish game with what appear to be thinly-veiled Power Rangers? There’s a preview available, regardless.
  • Eternal Crusade has indeed kicked off its hopefully less-than-eternal alpha, with the game’s Twitter account tracking as various batches of invitations have been sent out.

As always, there’s also that aforementioned list just past the break. Let us know if we missed something! We appreciate it.

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; we also do not list expansions.

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
Crowfall: Backer pre-alpha
Das Tal: Alpha expected in 2015
DayZ: Early access
Devilian: Alpha testing
Divergence Online: Alpha
Dungeon Fighter Online: Open testing
Earthrise: First Impact: Alpha but still alive
Eleven: Closed alpha
Eternal Crusade: First closed alpha starts 9/14
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: Early access
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)

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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