Yay, Diablo IV has an open beta where you can test your ability to wait in a server queue to play the game! But it’s all worth it to maybe play Diablo II again (but, like, not the remastered version of it). You can even get someone else to take care of your house chores while you wait in the queue. And Blizzard has improved a lot since the lawsuits broke out about two years ago, so… oh, wait, no it hasn’t. But everyone’s showing up to play the game and pre-order it anyway. The Aristocrats!
Last week I had hoped for a happy Betawatch and I’m already disappointed. Let’s move on to other beta news.
- The next Wayfinder closed beta is arriving in April, so you can sign up now if you want to dive in with gusto.
- Ship of Heroes is planning to launch this year and it’s gearing up on Steam, so that’s reason to be excited! Let’s see how it plays out.
- BitCraft has another pre-alpha planned for March 31st. It’s never good seeing something called a “pre-alpha” but we’ll give it a pass this time.
- Last and possibly least, Mad World is promising to reveal its launch date next week. It has prepared to complete the preparation for completion.
All right, next Betawatch will be cheerful. Please. I am begging you, industry. Until then, all I can do is hope that looking through the list of games in testing down below brings you joy. It no longer brings joy to me, but if you notice something listed in there that has jumped test phases, your kind notification would bring joy. I’m going to go sit in the tub without turning on the water.
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, nor will games that are NFT/blockchain scams; we also do not list expansions, with occasional exceptions.
Aero Tales Online: Early access
Arcane Waters: Early access
Age of Water: Beta
Ashes of Creation: Alpha two in planning
Blue Protocol: Japanese testing
Book of Travels: Early access
Camelot Unchained: Closed beta
Chronicles of Elyria: Pre-alpha, again
Cinderstone Online: Closed beta
City of Titans: Alpha
Coreborn: Nations of the Ultracore: Alpha on March 2
Corepunk: Closed alpha
Craftopia: Early access
The Crew Motorfest: Closed testing
The Cycle: Closed beta
Dark and Light: Early access
Darkbind: Closed beta
Diablo IV: Open beta
ECO: Early access
Eleven: Closed alpha
Fractured Online: Back in closed development, early access aiming for March
Frozen Flame: Early access
Galahad 3093: Early access
Ilysia: Alpha two
Inferna: Early access
Kurtzpel: Closed beta
Last Oasis: Early access
Noah’s Heart: Beta
Mad World: Beta
Osiris: New Dawn: Open beta
Outlaws of the Old West: Early access
Palia: Closed alpha
Pantheon: Backer pre-alpha, monthly alpha tests planned for 2023
Past Fate: Closed alpha
Project Genom: Closed alpha, servers offline for restructuring with SpatialOS
Project Gorgon: Early access beta
Prosperous Universe: Early access
SamuTale: Closed alpha
Shadow’s Kiss: Early access
Ship of Heroes: Beta testing
Skull and Bones: Closed alpha
Skydome: Closed beta
Star Citizen: Backer alpha
Starbase: Early access open alpha
The Adventurer’s Domain Online: Early access
Throne and Liberty: Korean closed beta
V Rising: Early access
Valiance Online: Closed beta
The Wagadu Chronicles: Alpha two
Waven: Open alpha
Wayfinder: Closed beta