Betawatch: Vessels, crows, and testing schedules for Crowfall (January 1, 2016)

    
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This week wasn’t just the end of a year, it was the start of a long string of news from Crowfall before testing resumes on January 6th. The game’s staff revealed the interlocking system of vessels and crows, allowing players to unlock skills and abilities at the account level rather than per character, and introducing all sorts of interesting possibilities with crafting characters. There were also reminders to get your 2015 founder’s packs before the end of the year, but that deadline is passed now.

And yes indeed, there was other beta news. Not much, though; most game studios were watching some movie or another and sleeping off holiday meals.

And, of course, there’s our list down below. See something we missed, let us know! We also have a movie to catch right now, you understand. It involves some awakening or another.

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, release in January 2016
Boundless: Donor alpha
Camelot Unchained: Backer alpha
Chronicles: Runescape Legends: Closed beta
Crowfall: Backer pre-alpha
Das Tal: Alpha previously 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
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: Alpha offline, currently on development hiatus
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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Samizdat
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Siphaed I see it more like EVE, where most of your capabilities come from the ship you’re flying. There’s pretty limited customization on the ships (and there was none for years until recently). Would be nice if we had a “true avatar” that was used in the Eternal Kingdoms and had more customization options though.

Siphaed
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Siphaed

One thing majorly bothered me about Crowfall’s recent reveal with the Crow and Vessel system: MMO character customization.  Basically their system of throwaway vessels also means throwing away character creation customization. Is there going to be any customization at all, or will they all look like a handful of the same models for the same race?    That doesn’t feel like a persistent MMO at all.
   It would be like playing a MOBA such as LoL instead:   You’re always “The Summoner”, but the hero/champion you select is what you control to play, and put a bit of customization on it with one out of 5-10 preset skins.  In fact, their all-in-one system of skills/perks reminded me so much of the LoL skill trees and Rune books, which act in the same fashion.

Bluetouchpaper
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Bluetouchpaper

When I look at that list it makes me think how fallow 2016 and maybe 2017 might end up being in terms of new AAA releases . 

 I know a friend of mine keep raving about how good he thinks Albion will be . 

Star Citizen although moving forward seems to be doing so at a very slow pace and reading through the threads about it elsewhere there seem to be legitimate questions about how pay to win it will be and even if it will ever make it to release . ( I personally think it will but we are going to be looking at 2019 or even the early 2020’s ) 

Ever Quest Next seems to be little more than a twinkle in a developers eye at the moment . 

Sadly the Repopulation seems to be in real trouble and I wonder if it will ever see the light of day . 

Crowfall looks like it could be fun . Maybe a late 2017 release ? certainly not this coming year . 

I guess all that leaves this year unless there is some amazing indie game on that list that is really stunning is Blade and Soul and Black Desert . I think unless either of those really grab me it will mean I will be sticking with Rift and Lotro .

nshelton
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nshelton

Siphaed Zulika_Mi_Nam Haha, online creepy simulator

boredinBC
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boredinBC

Siphaed Zulika_Mi_Nam There’s also player housing….

Siphaed
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Siphaed

Zulika_Mi_Nam 
Isn’t that the porn simulator?

francis courant
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francis courant

Still a lot of things to improve and add to the Crowfall combat, but it’s slowly getting better!

Zulika_Mi_Nam
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Zulika_Mi_Nam

It looks like Repop is not the only ones on hold:
Venus Rising: DUE
TO HERO ENGINE DELAYS IN PUSHING GAMES LIVE, WE WILL NOT BE LAUNCHING
THIS YEAR.  WE HAVE NO IDEA IF OR WHEN THIS WILL BE RESOLOVED SO VENUS
RISING IS ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE