Betawatch: New World will return to testing and a launch after all

Betawatch: New World will return to testing and a launch after all

I freely admit that I thought we had already heard the last we would ever hear about New World and that it had been banished to the land of wind and ghosts. Thankfully, that’s not the case at all! The game has officially been given a launch window of May 2020! That’s a few months away, but the most important thing is that it is definitely still happening. Whew.

Other beta news did happen this week, too!

Now go in peace, children, and perhaps scour the list below to see if any of the items listed therein catch your eye. If they catch your eye because they jumped test phases or if the lack of something catches your eye, well, you can tell us about that 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 phase one; Apocalypse early access
Bless Unleashed: Open beta
Camelot Unchained: Closed beta one
Children of Ur: Open alpha, further development merged with Eleven
Chronicles of Elyria: Pre-alpha
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
Hearthstone Battleground Mode: Open beta
Life is Feudal: Early access
Line of Defense: Early access, removed from Steam
Magic: Legends: Beta testing in 2020
New World: CBT in April 2020, launching May 2020
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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Bet that launch date came as a complete surprise to half the dev team. At least.

Gnomeland Security
Gnomeland Security

Got this email

Kickstarter Donor

Same, pretty awesome

Rick Mills

Ditto – Have to admire it!

Adam Russell

Surprised that NW can launch in such a short time, after major revamp. Beta not even begun yet afaik.


Agreed. It’s kind of strange that we went from a one zone, shallow mechanics alpha to a launch date in 6 months. Not per-ordering this. Going to see how the reveal rolls out as we get closer, if not wait until after it’s gone live to get in if it’s got good feedback.

Jo Watt

Yea. Last experience with this game was… wow this needs a lot of work and probably a few more years of development before we see anything good. Dead silent months later… oh hey guys… release in 6 months. O.o