Betawatch: Pantheon promises its next alpha this month while looking for investments

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There are problems on display right now for Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen. This is upsetting to type, of course, but the late Brad McQuaid’s next big project is apparently knee-deep in restructuring to allow more rapid development and looking for investors, while also promising its next alpha test starting up this month. These are perhaps not great signs for the game in terms of time to release and financial viability, though we’re all crossing our fingers that Visionary Realms can pull out a win.

Other beta news? Of course, of course:

What, you expected some sort of running joke? This is Betawatch, not the nonsense peddled by the slattern writing What Are You Playing every week. No, here we will very calmly descend to see our full listing of games in testing just below, with appreciated hat tips for anyone who lets us know about games that slipped into new test phases or ought to be removed 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
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
Frozen Flame: Closed beta
Gloria Victis: Early access on Steam
Hearthstone Battleground Mode: Open beta
Inferna: Early access
Kurtzpel: Closed beta
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, launch on October 13th
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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Since the pandemic, ANY company without a huge backing, businesses, etc, are getting phased out. It’s a huge weeding out process of anything that wasn’t actually stable to begin with. The plus side, were getting a huge purge of meager kick starter games that wasn’t ever going to make it, this pandemic kinda stress tested alot of companies. The sad news, pantheon was part of this purge fighting to survive and that looked like such a good game :/ unless your a huge huge company to sink money into the fallout then your not going to make it unless an eccentric millionaire invests into you. I had crazy high hopes for pantheon and sad to see they wasn’t hanging on more stable financial grounds. The pandemic has deff sped up and stressed financially what a company can handle. Sad day for anyone looking for a modern day everquest. I cry with you folks. If I had the money id fully eccentric back pantheon.


I think only a very misguided person or group would invest money into P:ROTF now. Just about the only thing this project had going for it was the founder, and now that vision is gone, and whatever that gave the project is also gone.

Despite all the happy talk by the remaining staff, any thought that the original design will remain on track can be forgotten. If past developers have shown us anything, it is that they don’t give a hoot about what was done before, they want to put their own stamp on things.

This one is done and done, I believe.

Bruno Brito

If they have things already designed? No. Too much to change directions now. IF the game is still on a conceptual state? Sure.


If they didn’t have happy talk then future investors wouldn’t invest. I bet 85%, that their over the massively struggling and might even sun set the project. It’s bad when a company is publicly searching for investors. I’m really…sad about all of this.


Their own fault. They probably would have gotten more backers if they didn’t hardcode and restart, and actually had a playable slice out there for people to get hyped over.

Without that and instead only having just 6 years of text about the game, there’s no way they’ll get more people buying in.