Betawatch: New World promises lots of content in its November test

Wait, where's my axe?! COME ON

People seem to have generally been rather pleased with the New World preview event this month, huh? It’s winding down today, but the promise made is that feedback is not just being heard but actively taken into account, and there should be a lot more content in the game for its next preview event in November. That’s only a couple of months away; you can evaluate the reality of it then.

Other beta news this week feels a bit less positive. What do I mean? Well…

So it turns out that news was pretty positive after all! It’s so nice to finish this surprisingly happy instead of depressed, isn’t it? Let’s carry that energy on down through the list below, and you can give us a happy tip of the hat if something has been missed in said list 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
Book of Travels: Closed beta
Camelot Unchained: Closed beta one
Children of Ur: Open alpha, further development merged with Eleven
Craftopia: Early access
Crowfall: Closed beta
Crucible: Closed beta
Cube World: Closed beta since September 23rd
Dauntless: Open beta
Dark and Light: Early access
Dual Universe: Beta
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
Hearthstone Battleground Mode: Open beta
Inferna: Early access
Life is Feudal: Early access
Line of Defense: Early access, removed from Steam
Magic: Legends: Closed alpha 2; beta testing in 2020
Mortal Online 2: Closed alpha
New World: Closed testing, launch pushed to 2021
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
Wild Terra 2: Intermittent beta
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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Wait.. I thought Pathfinder Online imploded. They’re still around and developing the game? Huh. TIL.


Don’t waste your time checking it out.

Adam Russell

Move it up to early October. I got another beta starting in November.

Bruno Brito

They’ll crunch the fuck out of their employees to get that content, won’t they?


It could end up doing an ESO – that was pretty widely panned in its early iterations. Depends how committed they are to putting long term effort into it.

Loyal Patron
Christopher Angeles

I can really see this happening. Amazon has the resources to do so. I have high hopes that New World will fall somewhere along the level of ESO, FFXIV, Black Desert and GW2.

Adam Russell

Needs deeper dungeons.

Kickstarter Donor

I played about 40 hours in the preview.

It looks nice, and exploring and gathering is fun.

Questing is Box Opening Simulator 2020. Gold Quests at least have some interesting story but faction quests and town board quests are terrible.

It’s a good base of a game but needs A LOT of work. Not sure 1 year will do that tbh. Also, it has bugger all endgame. What is the endgame loop with no dungeons or raids? PvP and the wars are a joke.

In it’s current state, I have the feeling you could a get few hundred hours out of it but then what?


You’re incredibly generous. I played the preview, put about 14 hours in and felt like i’d seen everything the game had to offer. The ‘kill 10 rats’ quests are literally the only thing in there, there’s no story and combat is so awkward. After you’ve seen the mechanics involved, there was nothing that made me feel ‘i have to log in again’, and that was it.


“New World promises lots of content in its November test”

yeah sure! no man’s sky also promised that and what did we get in the en….. oh wait.


New World:

So far, it sounds like all the content is pretty much bog-standard old school (not in a good way) quests and stunted NPCs & Story.

Time will tell, of course, but not buying unless there is something truly unique and different in this game.


That’s a fair assessment but once you get in and play it’s much more fun, interesting, different, and addicting than it appears on paper. The only reason I didn’t play more was due to frustrations and imbalance issues with combat which will be addressed anyway.


I logged off today at 4pm EST, and I’ve been sitting here staring at my Steam catalogue not wanting to play anything else but more New World. This title has seriously gotten me, hook, line and sinker. The environments and sound effects are stunning. I really hope they flesh out the lore some more since I’m not a PVP’er.


I got in and played, I didn’t see anything different, interesting or addicting. Addicting to what, exactly? Chopping of trees? Running back and forth for hours because this game lacks fast travelling or mounts? This game is bare bones, it might become great but it’s NOT at this point.

Bruno Brito

Depend on what you consider addicting. I uninstalled the game 2 days ago.

It’s too shallow to warrant a almost 40gb diskspace.

Jon Wax

Standards are low these days