Betawatch: PlanetSide Arena hits early access to a resounding shrug

    
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The early access for PlanetSide Arena has begun after the game showed off its weaponry. And the results? Players agree that it is definitely… present! You can load it on your computer. If you want, you could probably even play it. That is not exactly a good reaction for a new game in early access, no.

Other news? Sure, let’s go with other beta news.

  • The headstart access for Astellia Online has begun ahead of its launch on September 27th. Of course, this particular headstart is only for people who purchase the most expensive pack… and for those not suffering from any sort of launcher issue, which does not include me. (EDIT: That problem has since been resolved, hooray!)
  • Happy crowdfunding anniversary from Chronicles of Elyria! What’s the best way to celebrate that anniversary? More crowdfunding, it seems.
  • Closed beta for Cube World is actually happening on September 23rd. Really! It is! That’s an actual thing that’s happening. This game’s development has been a real rollercoaster ride.
  • Last but not least, the Ashes of Creation battle royale mode is being sent into early access on September 24th, now being billed as a prequel to the MMO instead of… whatever it was supposed to be before, we occasionally lost track. At one point it may have been a coffee shop AU.

Life is hilarious! The list below is not, however, simply recounting the games which are currently in testing. If you see something that is on the list which should be listed differently (or not at all), it is not meant as a hilarious joke but is instead an oversight which you may feel free to correct us on. We appreciate 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
Arcfall: Pre-alpha
Ashes of Creation: Alpha one phase one; Apocalypse early access in September
Astellia: Headstart – launches on September 27th
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, launch on October 11th
Crowfall: Backer pre-alpha
Cube World: Closed alpha, closed beta on September 23rd
Dauntless: Open beta
Dark and Light: Early access
Divergence Online: Alpha
Dual Universe: Alpha
ECO: Early access
Edengrad: Early access
Eleven: Closed alpha
Eternal Magic: Closed beta
Ever, Jane: Open beta
Kurtzpel: Closed beta
Gloria Victis: Early access on Steam
Global Adventures: Closed beta
Guardians of Ember: Open beta
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: Open beta
Outlaws of the Old West: Early access
Pantheon: Backer pre-alpha
Pathfinder Online: Subscription “early enrollment”
PlanetSide Arena: 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

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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wieland

Daybreak pissed off so many people in the last 4 years.
Seeing those player numbers, Just survive was shut down with that low numbers.
On the other side, Z1BR still runs with less than that.

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Bruno Brito

Oh yes, the resounding shrug.

The warcry of chronicle mediocrity, right in the middle of the resounding success and the spectacular failure.

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