Betawatch: Anthem has begun to sing

    
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Hooray, or something?

It’d be nice to say that nothing in beta can stay there, but that would be a lie. There are lots of games that stay in beta basically forever. But Anthem is not one of them, as today marks its proper launch date and means that everyone gets to do the fly-and-shoot-in-a-robot-suit dance. First impressions will be shared later, as you do.

Other beta news? Not quite as noteworthy as a major launch, perhaps, but there’s news!

Now, let’s all gather around the fire and enjoy a hearty meal of betas in list format. If anything on there should not be on the list, let us know down in the comments.

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; 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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Buchi Buci

..a Nickelback song.

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Dankey Kang

I swear Videogames these days are just one disappointment after another.

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Danny Smith

“Anthem has begun to sing”
“but..but its just fart noises and an out of tune trombone as a guy bashes two pans together”
“Thats the power of the Anthem”
“and what about the guy in a suit behind you, massaging the barrel of a gun and whispering about ‘the mythic bog demands new blood tribute’ then?”
“P-pls buy our game”

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Fenrir Wolf

Wait, comment away instead of join the discussion? I’m confused. When did that happen?

Bloody autism, I’m distracted by thinking about that, now.

Um… Yes! I know! Did anyone see the brilliant Polygon video on Anthem? It brings to mind a point I had about Sunset Overdrive when that launched. It’s not strange enough to appeal to the people who enjoy more niche titles, but it’s too strange to appeal to the mainstream.

Anthem’s mech suits strike me as that, a little bit. They’re so digitigrade! This leads to an unusual dissonance, though, because from the ankles up most of them (except certain ranger and colossi loadouts) look perfectly human. This is the Tali-is-a-human-under-the-mask scenario again. BioWare, stop doing that.

I recall how fans were all theorising how the quarians were shark-like in nature due to certain biological factors we’d gleaned of their nature leading up to that point.

The thing is that they’ve kind of gone and done it again. The robots aren’t as odd and compelling as those in Titanfall, but they’re not just CoDBlOps fellahs, either. They have one, tiny distinct feature, then they’re very generic aside from that.

I don’t know what to make of that. Is that a tiny twinge of awareness of how safe games are selling less so they tried to up the sex appeal to niche gamers by… providing their robots with digitigrade legs???

I dunno, I mean… I have trouble parsing BioWare at the best of times. Well, I have trouble parsing BioWare’s fans at the best of times, too. Complaints of space magicks, you say? Were we even playing the same series of games? Mass effect fields are pure space magic in all that they are and do. They might as well’ve called them magic effect fields.

That they wrap ships and people in magical pillows to allow them to vault over great distances or teleport-punch baddies.

Seriously, Mass Effect’s been space magic since day one. Hour one. Second one.

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Weilan

I could not follow what you were ob about. All I managed to get out of it, was that Anthem’s mechs looked generic, but then again – didn’t…

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rafael12104

I got it. Heh. I’m either one of those weirdly fickle ME fans mentioned OR I just have too much time on my hands. LOL!

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rafael12104

So, I love this post. But where to start?

“join the discussion” was sorely missed. Heh.

The Anthem suits? Hmm. The only javelin that I feel causes dissonance is the Ranger. Why? Because when I’m flying around blowing shit up in a Ranger I feel like Ironman. Even the weapon load outs are Ironmanish, missiles, grenade launcher, machine guns etc. But the kicker is the look as you mention and the flight. Your ability to bank, hover and dive is so good that I’m ready for my cutscene with Dr. Strange to explain why and how Tony Stark is in Anthem. Heh.

As for Mass Effect fan weirdness? Heh. I’m one of those who took part in the arguments. Looking back, I think I was possessed by a Prothean. But now, I just miss the innocence of those days. I wish that all we had to argue about was space magic.