This week, Dual Universe started its Kickstarter, and – oh, you’ve already got your checkbook out. Great, it’s half a million for this one. Oh, and it’s going to have a subscription business model, just if that affects your betting odds.
Meanwhile, most of this week’s beta news centered around stuff leaving beta testing. No, really! Just keep reading.
- World of Fishing launched on Steam as a free-to-play title, thus allowing you to spend all of your time doing something that every MMO includes for no comprehensible reason. Seriously, what is with MMOs and fishing? Of all the things for every game to include, why is fishing more universal than housing or decent combat mechanics or character customization or anything else? But at least World of Fishing is up-front about it.
- The early access period for Otherland has ended, replaced with a full-on launch for the title. There are lots of jokes that could be made here, but most of them are spoilers for the novels. Go read those.
- Early access for Dark and Light has not started yet, but it’s intended to start this fall. Mark your calendar. Repeatedly, since “fall” isn’t a month, but mark them just the same.
- The team behind Revelation Online has revealed that the game does indeed feature PvE, if you were worried about it. Revelatory! It’s also taking appearance very seriously; you can make your own jokes about revealing yourself.
- Last but not least, Divergence Online has started a mid-testing Kickstarter campaign to add giant robots to the game. If you’ve been testing the game and thought that it really needs more giant robots, get out your checkbook once again.
Do we even have a list left below? Of course we do, don’t be silly. Let us know if something on that list managed to slip into a launch or launch-ish state down below in the comments, though. We can’t promise we’ll agree with you, but we can promise that we’ll think of you as very attractive for at least four minutes.
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, with occasional exceptions.
AdventureQuest 3D: Closed beta, open beta planned soon
Albion Online: Closed beta, final test starts August 1st
Boundless: Donor alpha
Camelot Unchained: Backer alpha
Children of Ur: Open alpha
Crossout: Closed beta
Crowfall: Backer pre-alpha
Cube World: Closed alpha
DayZ: Early access
Divergence Online: Alpha
Eleven: Closed alpha
Eternal Crusade: Early access play on Steam
Ever, Jane: Open beta
Fragmented: Closed backer beta
Gigantic: Closed beta
Gloria Victis: Early Access on Steam
H1Z1: Paid early access, split into two games, King of the Kill launches September 20th
HeroWarz: Closed beta
HEX: Unofficial open beta
LawBreakers: Closed alpha
Life is Feudal: Early access beta
Line of Defense: Early access, removed from Steam
Master x Master: Alpha test
MyDream: Closed testing open to donors
Origins of Malu: Development suspended
Paladins: Closed beta
Paragon: Open beta
Pathfinder Online: Subscription “early enrollment”
Project Genom: Closed alpha
Project Gorgon: Free, open testing
Shards Online: Pre-alpha
SkySaga: Ongoing NA and UK alpha events
Star Citizen: Backer alpha
Stash: Backer alpha
The Black Death: Early access alpha
The Culling: Early access testing
The Exiled: Ongoing alpha tests, summer alpha currently active; formerly Das Tal
The Repopulation: Alpha offline, moving to the Unreal engine, survival spinoff Fragmented in early access
Tree of Life: Open beta
Tribal Wars 2: Open testing
TUG: Steam early access alpha
Valiance Online: Pre-alpha testing