Oh, Crowfall, you’ve missed many a milestone for your planned test phases, but there’s good news. The next major patch is apparently when the developers consider the game to be in full alpha testing, and beta testing after that seems to be fully on track. Even more heartening is the fact that the next major patch is making the game much more MMO-flavored than its more limited tests before. Tasty.
Other beta news? Hey, sure!
- You can now buy Echo of Soul for one dollar until January 20th. I almost feel morally obligated to buy a one dollar game as a lark before my birthday.
- Legends of Runeterra, better known as “League of Legends tries to do Hearthstone” to the cynical crowd, is entering open beta on January 24th. (Yes, there are more mechanical differences than that. It’s called a joke.)
- Will we ever see Lost Ark over here? Who knows, but we do know that the game’s second season is removing gender locks and adding housing, so that’s a good sign.
- Content continues to move forward in Inferna, with added dungeons, combat balance, and the promise of a roadmap for 2020.
- Last but not least, Magic: Legends is still planned for testing and then PC launch this year, with console launch planned for 2021. Exact seasons are not yet known.
There. We good? Nah, we’ve still got a whole list of stuff just below for those of you with a hankering for a bit more beta stuff. We’ve cleared away some titles that appear to have fallen into an abyss of non-development, so if you notice something now missing or a title or two that itself should be banished to the same abyss, feel free to let us know 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
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
Dual Universe: Alpha
ECO: Early access
Eleven: Closed alpha
Ever, Jane: Open beta
Kurtzpel: Closed beta
Gloria Victis: Early access on Steam
Guardians of Ember: Open beta
Hearthstone Battleground Mode: Open beta
Inferna: Early access
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