Betawatch: Torchlight Frontiers’ stress test, Lost Ark’s wild popularity


Torchlight Frontiers’ alpha stress test kicked off today; PWE is begging y’all to come stress test the servers. Except literally nobody I know got in, even people who applied ages ago, which seems a little weird? Anyhoo. Get in there and wreck some stuff. The rest of us will be scrutinizing the business model plan.

Torchlight Frontiers Closed Alpha starts November 16 and we need as many of you as possible there Day 1 to test every aspect of the Torchlight Frontiers experience. We are looking for feedback and tuning for things like gameplay balance, horizontal progression, loot economy, Forts, multiplayer mechanics, and anything else you come upon while carving your way through hordes of monsters. Most of all, we need YOU, our most hardcore of the hardcore to put our servers through their paces. Melt them down to their very cores until nothing remains but blistered silicon. Make sure our ancestors whisper in hushed tones about the day the Torchlight Frontiers servers fell – and rose again stronger than we could ever imagine.”

Course, that wasn’t the only beta-ish thing happening this week.

  • Lost Ark hit open beta in Korea and is already reportedly ridiculously popular, with hundreds of thousands of players and long queues.
  • Fallout 76 finally emerged from beta. At least on paper.
  • Social art-curation MMO Occupy White Walls hits joined the hallowed halls of Steam’s early access program.
  • Niantic put up what appears to be a testing signup for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.
  • Early access MMO Project Gorgon now has a free demo.
  • Legends of Aria mapped out its plans for housing… that you can rent to other humans peoples.
  • Star Citizen pushed out the latest iteration of its alpha to more folks – including non-backers next week during the free-fly.
  • Camelot Unchained got its 64-bit client up and running. Now to get it to us!
  • New World teased the crap out of its alpha map as testing continues.
  • Astroneer made plans to leave early access and launch next year.
  • Valiance Online is making efforts to up its communication.

Did we miss anything? We probably missed something. There’s a lotta games out there, you know. And now, for the regular lineup of MMO-type thingies in some phase of testing that we’re keeping an eye on.

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
Arcfall: Pre-alpha
Ashes of Creation: Alpha one
Bless Online: Early access open beta
Camelot Unchained: Closed beta (one)
Children of Ur: Open alpha
Citadel: Forged with Fire: Early access
Crowfall: Backer pre-alpha
Cube World: Closed alpha
Dauntless: Open beta
Dark and Light: Early access
DayZ: Early access
Divergence Online: Alpha
Dual Universe: Pre-alpha
ECO: Early access
Edengrad: Early access
Eleven: Closed alpha
Ever, Jane: Open beta
Fallout 76: Beta in October
Gloria Victis: Early access on Steam
Global Adventures: Closed beta
Legends of Aria: Closed beta
Life is Feudal: Early access
Line of Defense: Early access, removed from Steam
Occupy White Walls: Early access
OrbusVR: Early access beta
Osiris: New Dawn: Early access
Pantheon: Backer pre-alpha
Pathfinder Online: Subscription “early enrollment”
PixARK: Early access
Project Genom: Closed alpha
Project Gorgon: Early access beta
Rend: Early access
SamuTale: Closed alpha
Star Citizen: Backer alpha
The Black Death: Early access alpha
The Cycle: Alpha
The Repopulation: Early access alpha
Torchlight Frontiers: Closed alpha
Valiance Online: Alpha
Wild Terra: Steam early access
Worlds Adrift: Early access

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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Hi Bree. Maybe you see some of my comments once and a while. You don’t really know me, but you could say you sort of know a bit of me :P I got in the Torchlight Frontiers Alpha. So there you sort of kind of know someone!

I didn’t apply until like 4-5 days ago and I got in. Though it could be that they are trying to spread the demographics around a bit, I don’t know really. It sounded like it was a stress test they wanted as many people as possible for.

Anyway the gameplay itself is definitely Torchlight and it’s definitely a blast. Once this thing is done testing and out, I’m going to be having a lot of fun there for sure. The gameplay is really smooth and nice for an alpha and very much a Torchlight game.

Yes, there are some issues here and there, no alpha is perfect, but it’s really a very great game already.

I’ll have to go look closer at the NDA and see exactly what we’re able to talk about outside of the test, so I can’t really say a lot yet other than I’m really having a lot of fun.

It’s definitely for feedback, testing, and server stress right now more than playing, but still I’m having a great time there. This definitely is a Torchlight game in feel so far just with other people running around :D There are some things I’d still add but I’ll get into that within the feedback groups and hope they get in.


Bless Online: early access open beta
Well, I guess someone doesn’t read the other articles posted here…


The popularity of Lost Ark kindles my hopes that it will come here sooner rather than later. They’ve been up to 350k concurrent players from what I’ve seen recently. That’s massive!


Lost Ark looks like a lot of fun from the streams I’ve watched. In Korea, some people are calling Koreablo. I’ll look forward to it coming to the west.