Betawatch: Crowfall’s alpha is actually kind of a beta but also mostly an alpha


Apparently, Crowfall’s current test state is “technically” a beta. Technically. As the person who maintains this list, splitting hairs like this technically annoys me. It also actually annoys me. You can’t call something “technically” a beta while still promising an actual beta date! You know this! You clearly know this or you wouldn’t be calling it just “technically” a beta! You are mangling the already loose terminology we have! Who taught you to be like this?!

Well, now I’m good and angry. Let’s move on to other beta news for anger!

Gosh, that was cathartic. I am experiencing catharsis. This is great! I actually feel very relaxed now. Here, let’s all settle in to calmly take a look at the list just below, how about that? It seems nice! And if something is inaccurately listed, you don’t need to get mad, you can just tell us in the comments. Chill.

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 testing in May; Apocalypse early access has ended
Book of Travels: Closed beta
Camelot Unchained: Closed beta one
Children of Ur: Open alpha, further development merged with Eleven
Crowfall: Backer alpha
Cube World: Closed beta since September 23rd
Dauntless: Open beta
Dark and Light: Early access
Dual Universe: Alpha
ECO: Early access
Eleven: Closed alpha
Elyon: Korean beta (fka Ascent Infinite Realm)
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
Mortal Online 2: Closed alpha
New World: Beta in July, launch in August 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”
Population Zero: Early access
Project Genom: Closed alpha, servers offline for restructuring with SpatialOS
Project Gorgon: Early access beta
Prosperous Universe: Early access
Saga of Lucimia: Closed alpha
SamuTale: Closed alpha
Ship of Heroes: Alpha
Star Citizen: Backer alpha
Temtem: Early access
The Black Death: Early access alpha
The Cycle: Alpha, weekly test cycle
The Repopulation: Early access alpha
Torchlight III: Early access
Valiance Online: Alpha
Zenith: 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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Its a bit funny but also this collumn is technically an Alphawatch(due to the ratio of games staying in apha and never advancing till released in EA)

To the point, I dont know how they judge a game to be a Beta anymore. It used to be in the long past when a game was in bug hunting and polishing phase(with all or most of content planned on launch already on it) but also we mostly didnt even get info till a game reached Beta


Crowfall was officially announced in January 2015. The studio raised around 12 M dollars back then to begin development. Thus, I suppose if you are in general agreement that it between 5 to 7 years to create a great mmo/throne wars style game, then we might expect sometime after January 2022 for at least a full fledged closed/open beta. If bugs are squashed then one might expect a commercial release in 4th quarter of 2022?

Hmm, do mmo’s actually release “commercially” any longer?


Apparently we have just accepted the notion that it’s ok to sell incomplete games because “dEveLopMeNt nEveR eNdS”. It blows my mind, honestly.

Our community is so thirsty for the next big thing, that perfect game to rule all other games, that we just flock to somebody’s pipe dream and throw money at them without any reservation.


And mostly nobody gives two craps about this game anymore. The developers took so long, they lost all of their fanbase. When it releases, nobody will even remember it and it will almost be treated as a game that came out of nowhere. xD

Dankey Kang

It’ll come and go like a fart in the wind. I watched the peon’s impressions video and it was just depressing, especially when you consider how long this game has been in development for.