Betawatch: Chronicles of Elyria hit with sizable layoffs (January 19, 2018)
So it looks like things are not all roses and light behind the scenes for Chronicles of Elyria, as the studio has apparently let several of its team members go. How many? We don’t have an exact number, just a knowledge that the team had apparently doubled in sized and is now notably reduced. Here’s hoping for the best for the people affected by the layoffs.
Other beta news? Perhaps even happier news? Sure thing. We can do that.
- If you missed it, we heard from Camelot Unchained that beta one is finally on its way hastened by a big investment in the development studio helmed by Mark Jacobs. So that is decidedly happier news.
- Early access has started for the MMO side of Life is Feudal! Also happy news if you were hoping for that project to move further along in development.
- Oh yes, Hyper Universe has launched! So that’s another game out of the beta waters and into the launch waters, that’s good news too.
- Would you like to play a lady in Gloria Victis? That’s being prepared now, and the game has already added in treasure hunting. Good news, you can soon represent 50% of humanity in the game!
- Ironsight is… er. We’re looking for something here that isn’t a synonym for “taking aim” here. Ironsight is moving in the direction of beta. Good news, and we managed to avoid that synonym.
- And last but certainly not least, MU Ignition is set to launch on January 23rd after a very brief time in beta. If you like browser-based MMOs, that is good news. Probably.
We can’t promise that our list below is all good news. It’s a list. It organizes entries in list format. But you can still take a look at it, and if something on that list is inaccurate, you can let us know and we can fix it. Is that good news? Maybe!
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: Open beta
Boundless: Donor alpha
Camelot Unchained: Backer alpha
Children of Ur: Open alpha
Citadel: Forged with Fire: Early access
Closers: Closed beta
Crowfall: Backer pre-alpha
Cube World: Closed alpha
Dauntless: Closed beta
Dark and Light: Early access
DayZ: Early access
Divergence Online: Alpha
Edengrad: Early access
Eleven: Closed alpha
Ever, Jane: Open beta
Gloria Victis: Early access on Steam
Global Adventures: Closed beta
H1Z1: Paid early access
Just Survive: Paid early access
Legends of Aria: Final alpha, formerly known as Shards Online; closed beta on January 15th
Life is Feudal: Early access
Line of Defense: Early access, removed from Steam
OrbusVR: Early access
Osiris: New Dawn: Early access
Pathfinder Online: Subscription “early enrollment”
Project Genom: Closed alpha
Project Gorgon: Free, open testing
SamuTale: Closed alpha
Sea of Thieves: Closed beta on January 24th
Star Citizen: Backer alpha
Stash: Backer alpha
The Black Death: Early access alpha
The Culling: Early access testing
The Exiled: Early access; formerly Das Tal
The Repopulation: Closed alpha
TUG: Steam early access alpha
Valiance Online: Alpha testing
Wild Buster: Limited alpha testing
Wild Terra: Steam early access
Wild West Online: Early access alpha
Worlds Adrift: Closed beta