Betawatch: World of Warcraft Classic wraps up its beta testing early

    
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Oink.

We hope you feel that your testing experiences in World of Warcraft: Classic have sufficiently reminded you of what the classic game felt like, because the game’s beta testing is ending early on July 12th. There will still be stress testing, but the constant test access will be gone, and you’ll be back to playing the game’s retail version. Or just not logging in again until August, that would make sense as well.

Meanwhile, the holiday made for a light beta week, but there’s still some irons in the fire, so to speak.

That sure was some news! You can also check out our full list of games in beta just below, and let us know in the comments if something skipped test phases without us noticing. Seriously, we appreciate that diligence.

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
Astellia: Closed beta
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
WoW Classic: Closed beta

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 launch, even if they appear to have set up a permanent residence in a shed called early access.

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IronSalamander8 .

I jumped into the classic stress test briefly but didn’t stay long. Done all that years ago anyway. It worked fine as far as I could tell but it wasn’t very true to launch as I didn’t get stuck in the ‘loot and scoot’ that plagued it when it went live in ’04. :P

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Ironwu

It seems that many are so used to the phony ‘Beta’ tests that have been shoveled out that the true purpose of a real beta test has been forgotten, and how they are really conducted.

The Classic WoW Beta Test has not “…ended early…” at all. It has ended because the developers have the information they were needing. Thousands of bug reports and many people commenting on the game and how it felt.

This was a real beta test. Not some gimmick to get people playing in an unfinished early release product that was actually launched and wore the ‘Beta’ name to give the developers cover for releasing an unfinished product.

Sorry if you did not get access to the Classic WoW Beta Test. But that is the nature of Blizzard’s real beta tests; they are small and closed. It was the real deal, and is ending right on schedule.

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Akagi

You are 120% correct. I didn’t get into the beta tests, but I don’t mind either as I didn’t want to spoil myself before August 27th.

Many people treat Beta tests as a means to play a game early, but it’s not their fault, it’s the industry’s fault, because there are a lot of games, especially from Asia that have been online for years and they are being brought here and they do the “CBT”, “OBT” and then “Official Release” for a game that has already been fully released that it leads people to think that CBT is just a way to play the game first. I’ve also played many Asian MMOs in CBT and never bothered to provide feedback for two reasons:

1. The game has already left the development stages many years ago, why should I bother providing feedback for a completed game?
2. These Asian games don’t care for feedback, they just do what they want/have planned and just pretend like they care what people want.

A perfect example for my 2nd point is MapleStory2 in May 2018. It was when the CBT took place. I got a key and played, immediately I noticed that the control scheme for mouse and keyboard. The game has top-down controls, but they are really stiff and makes it hard to move your character and cast skills while trying to stay most efficient and alive. I made a thorough post on the forums about how the controls can be improved. The game released publicly in October the same year. (It was OBT, but that’s basically Official Release with those Asian trash games) I installed the game again to see the controls and found out that NOTHING was changed, my feedback was completely ignored. Now, more than one year later, the situation has not changed one bit – the controls for mouse and keyboard are the same garbage… and all people say (especially the fanboys) is “you should play this game with a conroller…” … then why the hell does the game support mouse and keyboard if I should be playing it with a controller? Makes no god damned sense.

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Mordyjuice

Those bastards, I just got Beta access for %$&* sake!

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Ironwu

Still have a week, Mordy. Long enough to get a feel for it all again. :)