Betawatch: World of Warcraft Classic’s beta testing has officially begun again

One last round.

If you tested World of Warcraft back before it launched, this week’s surprise launch of the World of Warcraft: Classic beta test might spark uses of that Jumanji “what year is it” meme. Yes, it’s in testing now, you can play the game’s classic offering, and our first impressions say that the classic version is… what it says it is on the tin. Moving on to list format!

As you can tell, this is why we rarely write this column ahead of lunch, because we wind up thinking about burritos. Even when we don’t actually want burritos. Burrito your way on down to the comments below if you want to burrito up more beta news, and let us know if something switched test phases without us catching it in the comment. Then, order a warm, spicy burrito.

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 phase one
Bless Unleashed: Closed beta
Camelot Unchained: Closed beta one
Children of Ur: Open alpha, further development merged with Eleven
Chronicles of Elyria: Pre-alpha
Citadel: Forged with Fire: Early access
Crowfall: Backer pre-alpha
Cube World: Closed alpha
Dauntless: Open beta
Dark and Light: Early access
Divergence Online: Alpha
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
Guardians of Ember: Open beta
Legends of Aria: Early access
Life is Feudal: Early access
Line of Defense: Early access, removed from Steam
New World: Closed alpha
Occupy White Walls: Early access
Osiris: New Dawn: Early access
Outlaws of the Old West: 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
SamuTale: Closed alpha
Ship of Heroes: Alpha
Star Citizen: Backer alpha
The Black Death: Early access alpha
The Cycle: Alpha, weekly test cycle
The Repopulation: Early access alpha
Torchlight Frontiers: Closed alpha, no NDA
Valiance Online: Alpha
Worlds Adrift: Early access
WoW Classic: Beta

Yes, MMO gamers, you too can perform the unpaid quality-control work otherwise known as game testing while eating burritos! Check out Massively Overpowered’s Burritowatch every week for a run-down of MMOs that are still on the road to burritos.
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I remember a time when this list had only no more than 10 games at a time. And even then, they were legit not pay-to-test games. Boy have times changed….


ah yes, yes, those were the days weren’t they? Twas a time of fun n frivolity. No “alpha testing” for a price. There wasn’t early access anything! I miss those days when we had to wait, then the BIG day arrived and put aside our mundane lives to play that vaunted mmo we had dreamed of for so very long. :)