Betawatch: WoW Legion takes a holiday break (December 18th, 2015)

We chill.

If you’re really in love with the current PvP experience in World of Warcraft… oh, whom am I kidding? Pretty much no one is happy with it. If you are happy with it, though, you might be less happy to know that the whole thing is being smashed to bits with the next expansion. And when will you get to test that out yourself? Not over the holidays, that’s for sure! You’ll need to find other things to occupy your time, such as perhaps some other beta testing stuff.

There is other beta testing stuff, of course. There always is.

And of course, there’s that whole list down below. Missed something? Why not 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; we also do not list expansions.

Albion Online: Closed beta
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 closed beta, release in early 2016
Blade & Soul: Closed beta
Boundless: Donor alpha
Camelot Unchained: Backer alpha
Chronicles: Runescape Legends: Closed beta
Crowfall: Backer pre-alpha
Das Tal: Alpha expected in 2015
DayZ: Early access
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: Closed beta
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, originally launching Q4 2015 but possibly delayed
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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Filur Oh Fable, I feel like that is another game that should probably stay as a single player game rather than multiplayer.


Got lucky and made it into the BDO beta.
Early days of course, but i sure like what i’m seeing so far.


You probably should go over this list at some point. Shadowrun Chronicles is launched by now, and your entry speaks of April. April 2015.


“While on stage at the Legion preview panel, Ion Hazzikostas let drop that the beta will be released in the “weeks” after”

Instead, there’s an alpha with a tiny invited population…. that’s going offline until after the new year.

Oh Blizzard…


SallyBowls1 Come on, Sally, you made me do a double-take to make sure that I had actually included it on the beta list. I didn’t realize you just meant the preamble. Not cool!

For the record, I’d tell you that Blade & Soul is probably better overall, but a game loses a lot of points with me with gender-locked classes.


Fable Legends is maybe to far from MMO but to me not more than e.g. Diablo 3.
Fable Legends is in closed beta and open beta have recently been moved to spring 2016.


The article that Eliot put up a couple of hours ago was on B&S but then this one mentions BDO but not B&S.  I hope I can someday differentiate the two.  I know one is clearly better – the commenters tell me so; it’s just commenters don’t agree on which one it is.