Betawatch: The Division 2 barrels toward open beta

Nice and apolitical, huh?

It’s almost time for everyone to do the hip new dance that’s sweeping the nation with the arrival of The Division 2. Assuming, of course, “dance” in this context means something very different from the usual meaning of “dance.” Regardless, the game is kicking off its open beta starting on March 1st, so you can start… learning your dance moves? That one got away from me.

Oh, well. Let’s see what else is going down in the beta world for those who can’t wait that long.

Darn it, why did I end on that fifth note instead of keeping the list to four items? That was just silly. We’ll have to deal with that sorrow with the list of games in testing down below. As always, feedback is welcome if we accidentally listed something that has slipped into release or another testing stage without us catching it.

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: Pre-order beta
Arcfall: Pre-alpha
Ashes of Creation: Alpha one; battle royale spinoff holding test weekends
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: Open beta on March 1st
Dual Universe: Alpha
ECO: Early access
Edengrad: Early access
Eleven: Closed alpha
Ever, Jane: Open beta
Kurtzpel: Closed 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, servers offline for restructuring with SpatialOS
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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I watched Angry Joe’s play though on The Division 2. And said that while the dystopian setting would be great for a sci-fi type game, the generic aspect of “humans vs. humans” that Division has makes for rather uninspiring ‘boss’ fights and an overall lack of combat variety. The setting would do 1,000x better in an alien or zombie or whatever type game setting.

Like, the tech is there and we’re at the day and age were Crysis 2 could totally be made into an MMORPG. That seemed far more …compelling take on “big city apocalypse” local. Could always wish for Half-Life Online… ;P