Betawatch: Ghost Recon Frontline announces abrupt and indefinite beta delay

    
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Sidelined!

Remember Ghost Recon Frontline? The answer is either “no” or “yes, and I hate it,” based around general reaction to Ubisoft’s abruptly announced battle royale game. Following people dunking on the very concept of this particular title, Ubisoft has just as abruptly announced that its beta test would be delayed an indefinite length of time. So… yeah, this one might not have a future.

Other beta news is here, and most of it is notably less abrupt (abrupt is a fun word; I will not explain myself):

And now we’re abruptly stopping our list of recaps for this week’s beta news to remind you that we’ve got a full list of games in testing just below. Of course, sometimes games surprise us by abruptly shifting into a de facto release, so if you could let us know about any such cases you notice down in the comments, we’d 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
Book of Travels: Early access
Camelot Unchained: Closed beta one
Children of Ur: Open alpha, further development merged with Eleven
Chronicles of Elyria: Pre-alpha, again
Cinderstone Online: Closed Beta
City of Titans: Alpha
Corepunk: Closed alpha
Craftopia: Early access
The Cycle: Closed beta
Dauntless: Open beta
Dark and Light: Early access
Dreamworld: Pre-alpha?
Dual Universe: Paid beta
ECO: Early access
Eleven: Closed alpha
Elyon: Closed beta, launch on October 20th
Embers Adrift: Closed alpha
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 beta
Occupy White Walls: Early access
Osiris: New Dawn: Open beta
Outlaws of the Old West: Early access
Pantheon: Backer pre-alpha
Project Genom: Closed alpha, servers offline for restructuring with SpatialOS
Project Gorgon: Early access beta
Prosperous Universe: Early access
Ravendawn: Alpha
Rise Online: Open alpha
SamuTale: Closed alpha
Ship of Heroes: Beta testing
Skydome: Closed beta
Star Citizen: Backer alpha
Starbase: Early access open alpha
Temtem: Early access
The Black Death: Early access alpha
The Cycle: Closed alpha
The Repopulation: Early access alpha
TitanReach: Development reactivated
Valiance Online: Closed beta
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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Drunk3nShaman

Someone at UBISOFT please go back and play GRAW and GRAW 2. and then give us GRAW 3.
Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter on the F-ing 360 was great! UBISOFT and EA are really dropping the ball. 2042 is so buggy I wont play till 2023 and no Splinter Cell or Bad Company 3 in sight. Far cry 6 is dope.
Vanguard single player looks really interesting, have not finished a COD single player since Black Ops.
To much focus on games as service.

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Leo

I hope that means the Ghost Recon game is dead. They created a more unique battle royal that flopped and now seemed to just think stapling on the Ghost Recon name would work this time. There are other franchises they could have used that would have fit better if nothing else.

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rk70534

Listening to local people shouting online (who always appear a bigger group of people than they actually are) isn’t any healthier than just following the latest gaming fancy in the rearguard…

Ubisoft seems to have chosen the worst of both worlds – but even more worse, they don’t seem to trust in their own game when the usual backlash was enough to cause this.

Which, more than any storm in an online teacup, tells the game is in trouble even before launching.