Betawatch: Ashes of Creation aims to delist its pre-order packs

I'm fine. We're fine. This is fine. Everything's fine like wine.

The sheer mention that Ashes of Creation is going to stop selling pre-orders in some fashion is kind of astonishing. Like, that’s kind of the perpetual sales engine Kickstarted titles run on, right? But the developers have announced that they’ve got enough testers, and rather than flooding the game with people, they’d rather stop selling and see if they need more public testers moving forward. That’s a bit surprising! In a good way.

Meanwhile, did you remember that Diablo Immortal was technically in beta testing on PC? Because it did in fact officially launch (you’re thrilled, I’m sure). Palia moved to open beta, Dawnlands launched, Tales of Yore launched, and Warcraft Arclight Rumble changed its name, which is definitely going to improve people’s perception of that. All good here, we promise.

Does that sound like this was a big week? Because it was. We’ve even got more stuff going on below in our roundup of beta stories, and our list of games in testing has been updated with the latest events. Check it all out below, and if something slipped our notice amidst the week’s hustle and bustle, let us know down in the comments.

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 inĀ closed testing if it’s running a private test phase that cannot freely be accessed by the general public; it’s often 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. Finally, we’ll mark games “malingering” if they’ve been in a certain tier of development for a long time with no clear path to launch.

Open Testing Open testing
Closed Testing Closed testing
Paid Access Paid access
Legitimate MMORPG Legit MMORPG
Multiplayer Multiplayer
Malingering in Perpetual Testing Malingering

Paid AccessLegitimate MMOThe Adventurer’s Domain Online: Early access
Open TestingLegitimate MMOAero Tales Online: Early access
Paid AccessLegitimate MMOAge of Water: Paid closed beta
Closed TestingLegitimate MMOAnvil Empires: Intermittent alpha
Paid AccessLegitimate MMOArcane Waters: Early access
Open TestingLegitimate MMOMalingering in Perpetual TestingArcfall: Pre-alpha
Closed TestingMultiplayerARK 2: Closed testing
Paid AccessLegitimate MMOAshes of Creation: Alpha two in planning
Closed TestingMultiplayerAshfall: Closed beta
Closed TestingMultiplayerASKA: Closed beta
Paid AccessMultiplayerBattlebit: Early access
Closed TestingLegitimate MMOBellatores: Closed testing
Closed TestingLegitimate MMOBitcraft: Closed alpha incoming
Closed TestingLegitimate MMOBlue Protocol: Launching worldwide in 2024
Paid AccessMultiplayerBook of Travels: Early access
Paid AccessLegitimate MMOMalingering in Perpetual TestingCamelot Unchained: Closed beta
Paid AccessLegitimate MMOMalingering in Perpetual TestingChronicles of Elyria: Pre-alpha, again
Closed TestingLegitimate MMOChrono Odyssey: Closed testing
Closed TestingLegitimate MMOCinderstone Online: Closed beta
Paid AccessLegitimate MMOMalingering in Perpetual TestingCity of Titans: Alpha
Paid AccessLegitimate MMOCoreborn: Nations of the Ultracore: Early access
Closed TestingLegitimate MMOCorepunk: Closed alpha
Paid AccessMultiplayerCraftopia: Early access
Closed TestingMultiplayerThe Crew Motorfest: Closed testing
Paid AccessMultiplayerMalingering in Perpetual TestingDark and Darker: Paid early access,
Paid AccessLegitimate MMOMalingering in Perpetual Testing
Dark and Light: Early access (abandoned?)
Closed TestingLegitimate MMOMalingering in Perpetual Testing
Darkbind: Closed beta (probably abandoned?)
Closed TestingMultiplayerThe Day Before: Closed alpha (delay drama)
Closed TestingMultiplayerThe Division Heartland: Closed testing
Paid AccessLegitimate MMODreamworld: Pre-alpha
Closed TestingLegitimate MMO
Dune Awakening: Closed testing
Paid AccessMultiplayerMalingering in Perpetual TestingECO: Early access
Closed TestingLegitimate MMOMalingering in Perpetual Testing
Eleven: Closed alpha
Open TestingMultiplayer
Enlisted: Beta
Paid AccessMultiplayerEvercore Heroes: Paid testing
Closed TestingMultiplayerFae Farm: Closed testing (delayed)
Open TestingMultiplayerThe First Descendant: Beta in September
Paid AccessLegitimate MMOFractured Online: Paid beta access
Closed TestingMultiplayer
Fractured Veil: Back in closed development
Paid AccessMultiplayer
Frozen Flame: Early access
Closed TestingLegitimate MMO
Genfanad: Alpha
Closed TestingLegitimate MMO
Ilysia: Beta one delayed yet again
Open TestingLegitimate MMO
Inferna: Early access
Open TestingLegitimate MMO
Kurtzpel: Closed beta
Paid AccessLegitimate MMOMalingering in Perpetual TestingLast Oasis: Early access (abandoned?)
Closed TestingMultiplayer
Lost Skies: Closed testing
Closed TestingMultiplayerMonster Hunter Now: Closed beta
Closed TestingLegitimate MMOMonsters & Memories: Intermittent pre-alpha
Closed TestingLegitimate MMOMortal Exodus: Closed testing
Closed TestingMultiplayerMultiverse: Returned to closed testing
Closed Testing
MultiplayerNightingale: Ongoing closed events
Open TestingMultiplayerMalingering in Perpetual Testing
Noah’s Heart: Beta
Open TestingLegitimate MMO
Odd Giants: Alpha
Paid AccessMultiplayerMalingering in Perpetual TestingOutlaws of the Old West: Early access
Closed TestingMultiplayer
Palia: Open beta
Paid AccessLegitimate MMO
Pantheon: Intermittent backer alpha
Closed TestingLegitimate MMO
Past Fate: Open alpha weekend through July 31st
Closed TestingMultiplayer
Path of Exile 2: Beta June 2024
Closed TestingLegitimate MMO
Pax Dei: Closed alpha
Closed TestingLegitimate MMOPerfect New World: Closed beta
Open TestingLegitimate MMO
Pow Vista: Open beta (mobile)
Closed TestingMultiplayerProject F4E: Closed testing
Closed TestingMultiplayer
Project Genom: Closed alpha (servers offline, abandoned?)
Paid AccessLegitimate MMO
Project Gorgon: Early access beta
Closed TestingMultiplayer
Project Loki: Closed beta
Open TestingMultiplayerProject ST: Closed testing, open event ended
Open TestingMultiplayerProsperous Universe: Early access
Closed TestingMultiplayer
Return Alive: Closed beta
Open TestingLegitimate MMOReign of Guilds: Intermittent open beta
Paid AccessLegitimate MMOSamuTale: “Paid closed alpha early access” according to the developer, which is just early access, come on dude
Paid AccessLegitimate MMOMalingering in Perpetual Testing
Seed: Alpha (drama, crypto link and weird comms blockout?)
Paid AccessLegitimate MMO
Shadow’s Kiss: Early access (but read this first)
Closed TestingLegitimate MMO
Ship of Heroes: Beta testing
Closed TestingMultiplayerMalingering in Perpetual Testing
Skull and Bones: Closed alpha
Closed TestingMultiplayer
Spellcraft: Alpha
Paid AccessLegitimate MMOMalingering in Perpetual TestingStar Citizen: Backer alpha
Paid AccessMultiplayer
Starbase: Early access open alpha
Closed TestingLegitimate MMO
Tarisland: Beta
Closed TestingLegitimate MMOThrone & Liberty: Korean closed beta, western launch delayed into 2024
Paid AccessMultiplayer
Valheim: Early access
Paid AccessMultiplayerV Rising: Early access
Paid AccessLegitimate MMOMalingering in Perpetual Testing
Valiance Online: Closed beta
Closed TestingLegitimate MMO
The Wagadu Chronicles: Alpha two
Closed TestingMultiplayer
Warcraft Rumble: Soft launching, changed name, everything is fine
Open TestingLegitimate MMOWaven: Early access on August 16th
Closed TestingMultiplayer
Wayfinder: Early access on August 15th

We welcome additions and corrections to this list; send your info our way via tips!

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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