I can’t speak for anyone else, but whenever I see something advertising a stress test, I just shrug and say that I’ve already got mine at top level, no more needed. But that isn’t what Legends of Aria means by a stress test, nor is it what anyone else means. It means you can log in and play and try to strain the servers so the designers can avoid having them break on the real launch, as MMOs do. So… yes, you can go do that.
Other beta news has been in slightly scant supply, because it’s a holiday week and all. But we’ve still got some for you!
- Remember when Artifact was proud about letting you get nothing in the game for free? Yeah, it’s in closed beta and the cracks are already appearing in that foundation. Insert your favorite Bill Wurtz “how did this happen” clip here.
- If you’ve always wanted to check out Star Citizen but don’t want to plunk down $45 to do it, this weekend’s free-fly, which starts tonight, is for you.
- To the surprise of no one, Anthem has character customization. You can check that out now if you’re so inclined. We’re also told that it’s definitely happening in February, which may in fact be a lot to put on the back of the title if it doesn’t make it for February after all.
- Raiderz is not a new title, but the reboot of it is indeed new, and you can check out how that’s going now. It’s… well, rebooted. Like the original, but with new boots.
- The world of Valiance Online has been quiet for a while, but there’s an update on the game’s environments and icons now, and we’re being promised a longer update is on the way. Keep the faith, in other words.
- Last but not least, Rend is going to do better with its combat. The team behind the game is working on making fighting things just straight-up feel better. Who doesn’t like a better feel of fighting things? Other than pacifists.
If that’s not enough beta stuff for you over this holiday-ish weekend, perhaps you can fill your time with our list of games in testing down below. Anything that shouldn’t be there can be brought to our attention in the comments below, at which point we will send it to live with a nice farm family upstate.
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
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