Betawatch: Asta hops to the west (November 6, 2015)

There we go again.

It’s interesting to watch the progress of Asta as a title. The game shut down rather quickly in its native country, but it has entered its first closed beta in the US and is hoping to do better this time around. That’s a bit of an odd pedigree, yes.

Hey, we’re deep in the throes of a convention this weekend, but there hasn’t been a whole lot of hard dates for betas. But there’s still new beta stuff going on this past week.

Oh, yes, and there is that whole long list just past the break for those who want even more stuff to watch for. Let us know if something skipped phases, launched, or… well, in one case, unexpectedly changed its name without us noticing. Seriously, who does that?

Check them out, and let us know if something has changed without us noticing. It happens from time to time.

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: Closed beta starts November 23rd
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, North American alpha testing, release in early 2016
Blade & Soul: Closed beta
Boundless: Donor alpha
Camelot Unchained: Backer alpha
Crowfall: Backer pre-alpha
Das Tal: Alpha expected in 2015
DayZ: Early access
Devilian: Closed beta
Divergence Online: Alpha
Dungeon Fighter Online: Open testing
Earthrise: First Impact: Alpha testing; no recent updates on development
Eleven: Closed alpha
Eternal Crusade: First wave of closed alpha
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
Origins of Malu: Combat module in early access
Otherland: Early access
Overwatch: 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
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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MetaDune Sorry, wasn’t that obvious to me. :D


krieglich MetaDune Hounddog74 Eh my response was to and not you….


Hounddog74 Personally I don’t give a damn about themepark-MMOs anymore, I’m done with it. I play the few I grew into, like SWTOR and TESO, but I won’t start a new, in the end they’re all the same boring shit, no matter how low or high the quality is. All my hopes lie in games like Project Gorgon or SotA.


MetaDune Hounddog74 I talk about releases in the west, otherwise the comparism with Asta would make no sense at all.


Hounddog74 krieglich BD was release at like 2014? Most mmos have like a couple of years under their belt to makecontent though BD devs seem like they want to focus on OwPvP then PvE which is a bit of a turn off for me.



Black Desert is horrible, though. It’s the best looking MMO I’ve seen in forever, but it’s like a super model, amazing to look at but totally shallow and vapid. There is literally nothing to do at cap PvE wise and games like Archeage, as bad as it is, are far superior for PvP. I honestly have no clue what the developers of the game are thinking, it’s a game designed to pull people in with looks and nothing else. I had huge hopes for the game and what it used to be but in it’s current incarnation it’s probably the most disappointing MMO I’ve played in years, if not ever.


Quality is in the eye of the beholder: I have not once been able to get any of NCsoft’s”flagship” grade titles to run without frame rate drops, camera glitches, and random crashes due to memory leaks and generaly shoddy game optimization (excluding the Guild Wars titles).
I would rather play a small, “low quality” title than the newest “titanic” grade title that pissed away so much money on being “epic” that it has to take a shortcut through a field of iceburgs with its QA to turn a profit.


krieglich Xijit Its OK, no one is forcing you to play it. If it doesn’t bring in the numbers, then it will silently disappear like the other fail mmos.

Could be a lot worse considering its webzen


Xijit Yeah, that tits-and-ass-issue from the upcoming games is something I don’t like at all, especially when classes are genderlocked. But I don’t see either why we should waste our time with low quality games like Asta.


I’m enjoying it.
Just a medium paced, medium quality, tab target, throw back title that doesn’t rely on titts & ass to keep people playing.