Betawatch: Ashes of Creation un-cancels the Apocalypse, Magic the Gathering Arena leaves beta

    
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I'm fine. We're fine. This is fine. Everything's fine like wine.

What? Yes, we know that Ashes of Creation: Apocalypse was never cancelled, but it was a perfect chance to make a Pacific Rim reference. Besides, it was unavailable for a while, but now it’s back on Steam and elsewhere. Test as you will!

Meanwhile, we also bid farewell to Magic: The Gathering: Arena, which launched out of beta this week, and Astellia Online, which technically isn’t launching until after this column goes live but hey, let’s not split hairs. We also bid farewell to Eternal Magic, which is now in open beta and thus functionally into launch territory with the cash shop humming along.

And, just to wrap things up, a couple of quick bullet points to keep in mind:

And that’s the way it goes! We’ve also got our list below, so let us know what you’re playing down in the comments, or let us know if something jumped test phases. We always welcome the feedback.

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
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, alpha now expected in 2020
Cube World: Closed beta since 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
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 – back on hiatus
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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Sorenthaz

I think the funniest review I saw for Apocalypse was someone actually gave it a negative review because “it should be an MMO game mode”.

Who would’ve thought?