Betawatch: We want us some Palia


Palia! It exists! We got a whole preview for it, and it looks wonderful, and people will not stop telling us about it and we want it. We all want it. I want it. You want it. Everyone on staff wants it. (Note: Anyone who is reading this and does not want it, you don’t need to tell us about it in the comments. We’re good. Everyone else wants it.) It can’t happen soon enough; it looks gorgeous.

Other beta news? If we have to.

Whew! See anything you want in there? Maybe you’ll see something you want down in the list we have below. As always, let us know if something slipped into another test phase without us noticing; we always appreciate it!

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
Blankos Block Party: Early access
Bless Unleashed (PC): Closed beta
Book of Travels: Closed beta
Camelot Unchained: Closed beta one
Children of Ur: Open alpha, further development merged with Eleven
Chronicles of Elyria: Pre-alpha, again
City of Titans: Alpha
Craftopia: Early access
Crowfall: Closed beta, launches July 9th
Dauntless: Open beta
Dark and Light: Early access
Dreamworld: Pre-alpha?
Dual Universe: Paid beta
ECO: Early access
Eleven: Closed alpha
Elyon: Closed beta
Enlisted: Beta
Fractured: Alpha
Frozen Flame: Closed beta
Gloria Victis: Beta (early access) on Steam
Inferna: Early access
Kurtzpel: Closed beta
Line of Defense: Early access, removed from Steam
Mortal Online 2: Closed alpha
New World: Closed testing, launch planned for 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”
Phantasy Star Online 2 New Genesis: Closed beta
Project Genom: Closed alpha, servers offline for restructuring with SpatialOS
Project Gorgon: Early access beta
Prosperous Universe: Early access
Rise Online: Open alpha
Saga of Lucimia: Closed alpha
SamuTale: Closed alpha
Ship of Heroes: Alpha
Skydome: Closed beta
Star Citizen: Backer alpha
Swords of Legends Online: Beta
Temtem: Early access
The Black Death: Early access alpha
The Cycle: Closed alpha
The Repopulation: Early access alpha
Valiance Online: Alpha
Wild Terra 2: Early access
Zenith: Pre-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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Calien McCarthy

I do not get the Palia hype. Don’t get me wrong, I love farming sims like Stardew Valley and the like, but one thing I have never, ever thought about the genre was “this would be a good MMO”.

The new Animal Crossing already has the ability to visit other players islands. What more are people expecting from this with no focus on combat? Like, would I need five people mining in tandem to get rare materials? Really and truly, I do not see the appeal of an MMO version of these games.

Nana Hachi

I hope it is a subscription based game without an ingame shop. Those were nice times… Ingame shops take away so much from games, it is sad.

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John Buczek

This is my biggest suggestion for the Devs/Publisher. PLEASE make it subscription with no Cash Shop.

Bruno Brito

I think this is a recipe for failure, but eh.

Danny Smith

Its honestly been pretty funny to see people go “but it looks just like chores!” as they do things like pay monthly rent to farm anima from world quests or repeat the same dozen instanced fights for months on end. Its like the mmo boomer meme but for real. Like i don’t like the Sims but i know its been making a lot of money for a long time for a good reason. The idea has legs the question is how do they keep longterm retention. Thats the make or break.

Sarah Cushaway

If you’re referring to me, no; I don’t play any MMOs currently because I’m sick of chore lists and lack of adventure in these games. Including this one that seems to be an MMO version of Animal Crossing–even my kid got bored of that one because she said it reminded her of having to do chores around the house to earn her allowance.

That’s not a game–that’s just industry training for the tedium of adulthood. It’s not fun.

Nice try though.


A successful try.

Danny Smith

No i’m not. I mean there are people who heard ‘focus not on combat’ and went into nuclear meltdown because they only want WoW rebound games and nothing else.

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Stormsong Minstrel

When I read about Palia, it was – “Well, it is finally for me!”. If they manage to launch game and make it quality f2p – I must be there, in this warm and [looks like] inviting enviroment.


I’m the exact opposite. If they make it F2P, I’m not even remotely interested. They need to make money somehow. If they sell ‘convenience’, you can be very sure that inconvenience is the core mechanic of the game. If it’s ‘cosmetics only’, it invalidates the regular cosmetics.

No good can ever come from ingames stores.

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edit: sorry caps


Who doesnt want paella? XD

Bryan Correll

Paella for all!

Sarah Cushaway

Eh, I’m not sold on it. I’m getting heavy “chore simulator” from the previews and everything I’ve read. I get some people like a constant chore list and grind to build their farm and whatever, but I’ve no personal desire to play “Animal Crossing but with cute humans and an MMO”, either.

Would just like a solid open world PVE-oriented game WITH options to do stuff like farm and level via crafting, rather than either themepark tedium or chore-list grinder tedium.

Have to wait and see but eh, so far I’m not real keen on it.

Bruno Brito

Honest question, what are you looking in a MMO then?

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Paila is interesting but… the details were very thin. Despite my vow to never get excited about a MMO before the 1st patch I’m intrigued. Time will tell.

Bruno Brito

Well, it’s pre-alpha so i’m ok with little details. The overall concept seems solid, and that’s enough for me.