At the time I write this, we do not yet know who will get into the first test phase for World of Warcraft’s upcoming expansion, Shadowlands. I suspect a lot of people want to be invited. Yes, some people are quite loudly done with the game at this point after the current expansion felt like a clown car crashing into a fireworks factory, but a lot of people either want to see if the expansion is a disaster or an improvement and others are just still eager for something new to play. There’s a sense of covetous interest.
This is not new. Even though there are many alphas and betas out there that are very much in early development, we frequently love getting a chance to peek at these games before they’re released. And while these things are also professional obligations for me, the amount of joy I felt when getting to test WildStar or Star Wars: The Old Republic ahead of public release was substantial. So what’s the most coveted MMO alpha/beta you got into, preferably outside of the various Kickstarter projects you can just buy access for?