Betawatch: Atlas weathers its storms with strong player retention


Guess what? Atlas did in fact launch over the holiday season into its early access, and it immediately started weathering storms due to its rushed deployment. The developers have promised that things will improve in the new year, but due to those issues, players have packed up and… wait, the game has actually been boasting solid player retentionHuh.

Ah, well, let’s check out some other beta news.

The start of a new year, then! And while the new developments are trickling in as people get back to work, we still have our list of games in testing just below. If there’s something wrong with that list, please, go ahead and let us know down in the comments. We respect that.

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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Good on them. It wasn’t my cup of tea, but you can’t deny that people are having fun.


It’s almost like games journalists and youtubers can’t make people quit the games they enjoy.


More of a case of rolling around in the mud and shit of a dirty pigsty and not wanting to get out because, hey, at least it’s warm and you get used to the crap.

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I was super intrigued by Atlas until I read about all the pvp drama. I guess I’m really curious if that’s still a problem or not. I’m not about to invest money in a game where I can’t get off the island.

Weren’t they talking about private server capability at some point?

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They aren’t lying. As of right now on steamcharts 39K are playing it. 1000 better than it’s 30 day average.

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Atlas is a perfect example of many people willing to play a sandbox MMO with vast in-game world and capturable territories.
If only there was a company willing to create a less buggy version of it – there would undoubtedly be 100’s of 1000’s of players willing to play it, even with sub fee (if the game would be good enough). And I’d be one of them. Unfortunately I don’t see many companies trying to do that – Amazon’s New World could be something like that but from all the news it doesn’t sound like it would support a large enough number of players and I still have doubts about Star Citizen thing. Those 2 games could still turn out great so I guess I’ll just wait and see.


Yup, Atlas and the like would easily end up like H1Z1.