Betawatch: Atlas delays alpha a week, Division 2 hits tech alpha

    
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Huh.

Studio Wildcard, you… er… wild cards. Yeah, that seems right. You announced the big surprise splash of Atlas, and then you delay the launch from when it was supposed to happen this week. Until next week. This may be the new way to handle launch dates, just keep delaying by a week until you hit the launch day. Optimistic scheduling, we’ll call it!

Further beta news does not involve any further one-week delays… that we know of. If you spot one in here, you are eligible for a pat on the back.

  • Ship of Heroes is running a login test! A boring but necessary one, to boot! Certainly fans of necessary boredom will be thrilled to pieces. No, I don’t know who would be a fan of necessary boredom, but they probably helped design EverQuest.
  • Hey, so it turns out you shouldn’t break the NDA for a game in beta while playing on a platform owned by the company behind the game! So you broke Anthem’s NDA, and now all of your games are gone! That seems… harsh? Probably.
  • The pre-alpha testing for Pantheon is winding down, which could result in a discussion of how meaningless terms like “pre-alpha” really are with an acknowledgement that we really need different lines to draw for these games now. Which I think we just had here.
  • Prosperous Universe is now in early access! Speaking of those terms that go back and forth… aw, heck, we’re not having another early access debate, are we? Not this week, please.
  • The first technical alpha for The Division 2 is running this weekend, which means an alpha testing the game’s technical side rather than an alpha involving a lot of wiggly hand gestures and “technically this is an alpha.”
  • Last but not least, the text-based MUD Starmourn is hitting its open beta on Saturday. Just because it’s an older genre doesn’t mean it’s dead! There’s always more to be made.

Ah, what better time to start beta testing than now, when a whole lot of people want to head off for winter breaks and holidays? We’ve still got our full list of games in testing down below, and we do still appreciate those of you who let us know anything that should be skipped over to another category or outright removed. (You sneaky “beta” titles with your full cash shops and no wipes, you.)

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
Anthem: Alpha
Arcfall: Pre-alpha
Ashes of Creation: Alpha one
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
Division 2: Alpha
Dual Universe: Alpha
ECO: Early access
Edengrad: Early access
Eleven: Closed alpha
Ever, Jane: Open beta
Gloria Victis: Early access on Steam
Global Adventures: Closed beta
Legends of Aria: Early access
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
Prosperous Universe: Early access
Rend: Early access
SamuTale: Closed alpha
Ship of Heroes: Pre-alpha
Star Citizen: Backer alpha
Starmourn: Open beta
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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