Alphas & Betas

MMOs in various stages of testing and crowdfunding, playable and… not. Don’t forget to follow our Betawatch and Make My MMO columns for a weekly rundown. [Follow this category’s RSS feed]

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Fractured Online awakens the guardians of nature with its latest update adding Primal Forms

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For too long - meaning "since the early access stage of Fractured Online began" in this case - Wildfolk have had to deal with...

A year after major layoffs, Book of Travels is ‘back to full capacity’ ahead of price hike

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Remember a year ago when Book of Travels studio Might and Delight let go almost a third of its dev team following the tepid...

Interview: Warhaven’s game director on combat, inspiration, and the future of the game

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Warhaven caught my attention with its epic medieval battles featuring hand-to-hand combat and fantastic graphics. It's an upcoming game that recently had an open...

Valheim’s Mistlands update is live with new magic, weapons, allies, and enemies

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Valheim was one of the bright stars of 2021, and though it's still deep in early access even in 2022, Coffee Stain and Iron...

Atlas’ Season 11 adds a winter event, new buildings, cow carts, and a new grid editor features

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Season 11 for the early access pirating survivalbox Atlas is officially underway, and it's bringing a whole bunch of different things for players of...

Chimeraland’s December 8 update adds the continent of Northmount and a friendly hedgehog pet

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The world of Chimeraland is going to expand this Thursday, December 8th, in a pretty significant way. The survivalbox's Twitter account has been full...

Monsters & Memories preps for a friends and family playtest, hopes to ‘invite the broader community’ soon

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Monsters & Memories, the indie MMORPG from Niche Worlds Cult, has made its regular monthly check-in to recount progress made on development in November,...

Make My MMO: Crowfall’s sunset and Elite’s update 14

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Crowfall went offline this week, possibly for the last time, as new owner Monumental pulled the game back into development without a clear plan,...

Ashes of Creation previews alpha two’s cleric and day/night cycle in new video

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Whether you draw your power from the heavens or like to look up at them as they loom overhead in the sky, the latest...

Steampunk survival Nightingale wraps up second closed alpha test, confirms fishing is coming

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As Nightingale studio Inflexion Games prepares to break for the holiday, it released an end-of-year video summing up the recent Closed Alpha 2 test...

The Stream Team: Peering through the beta Mistlands of Valheim

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Many seasons have come and gone since Massively OP's MJ last delved into Valheim as she awaited new content. Flowers bloomed, the sun scorched,...
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Betawatch: Dysterra springs ahead to launch and falls back due to cheating

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Good work, Dysterra! It can be a rocky road to launch, even to early access launch, but you braved the difficult path and oh,...

Star Citizen talks about refining its internal build creation process and the Polaris interior

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Star Citizen is talking tools again! The first half of the game's weekly video digest is all about improving internal builds as the devs...

Mad World continues to tease videos, but all we want is a launch notice

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If we were to give out an end-of-the-year award to the most delayed MMO, well, Mad World's not going to take the crown away...

Guild Wars 2 kicks off its sixth WvW world restructuring beta today

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The long and winding road for WvW beta testing in Guild Wars 2 is taking yet another turn this year as promised. The game's...

Cinderstone Online’s latest closed beta update adds new story chapters, new classes, and new maps

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Do you remember Cinderstone Online? Long-time readers might recall that this cutesy 2.5-D MMORPG started life as Fioresia Online, offering housing, farming, castle management...

‘Cozy co-op farm sim’ Fae Farm lists a spring 2023 launch window on Nintendo Switch site and social media

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This past September we were all invited to the "magical and cozy co-op farm sim" Fae Farm, a new game from Dauntless developer Phoenix...

Starship Troopers Extermination is a 12-player co-op FPS that lets players do their part against the bugs

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The only good bug is a dead bug, and the best way to make those bugs dead is to squad up with other players...
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Osiris New Dawn finishes up its story mode in latest experimental branch update

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Every story has to end some time, and so too has the one being told by survival sandbox Osiris: New Dawn. The game's latest...
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Warhammer 40K Darktide works on server stability, balance, and its crafting system

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The world is less than a week away from the co-op multiplayer shooter Warhammer 40K: Darktide making its full release, but before then the...

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