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]

Here’s how to access Pantheon’s July beta test for free, courtesy of Visionary Realms

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Pantheon's big announcement this week - that it's officially launching into early access in December after years of testing and crowdfunding - was accompanied...
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Betawatch: Throne & Liberty preps for open beta on July 18

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After significant delays, Throne & Liberty is heading into open beta on July 18th, and there's a whole rundown of how players can take...

Legend of Ares, a PvP MMO from the mid-2000s, will relaunch next month

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Legend of Ares probably isn't an MMORPG that any of you remember. It was a PvP-centric MMO from the mid-2000s that failed to gain...

Multiplayer dungeon crawler Dungeonborne launches into early access next week

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We want to welcome to the site another new title today, Dungeonborne, as it sits on the cusp of its early access launch next...

‘The era of the big raid has returned,’ superhero MMORPG Ship of Heroes declares

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If you're tuning into Ship of Heroes for the raiding scene, Heroic Games aims to support your playstyle, as it's made abundantly clear in...
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Bitcraft explains the precise mechanics of starting and maintaining an Empire

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A SCENE UNFOLDING IN BITCRAFT POST-LAUNCH: Exemplar: "Good people of this settlement, I am Exemplar, your emperor!" Costello: "Well I didn't vote for you." Exemplar: "I -...

Pax Dei devs talk communication, transparency, updates, and… horses?

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Mainframe Industries has released a long post on both social media and Discord explaining to Pax Dei fans just what's going on with the...

Star Citizen showcases alpha 3.24’s Blockade Runner event and delayed cargo freight gameplay

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Star Citizen looks to be spooling up its hype drives for the sci-fi sandbox's next alpha build, starting off with this week's Inside Star...

Corepunk coming to early access on November 26th, still requires ‘significant polishing in all directions’

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Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen isn't the only MMO that surprised us this week with an early access release announcement. After years of troubled...

Echoes of Elysium’s ‘airship survival loop is nearly complete as a playable experience’

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Loric Games' multiplayer airship survivalbox Echoes of Elysium continues development - and continues teasing that development - in its latest dev blog, which this...

Team-based PvP FPS Concord preps beta test for this weekend

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Last month the team vs. team FPS world was introduced to a new arrival in the form of Concord, a 5v5 shooter from developer...

Bellwright’s latest patch brings FSR support and another lengthy list of fixes and adjustments

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The co-op survivalbox of Bellwright has once again elected to use its latest patch release to crush some more of the game's bugs and...

Guild Wars 2’s Janthir Wilds Kodan are basically cute environmentalist bears

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Before today, I might've said that nobody loves talking about bears as much as our writers, who keep penning articles about cool MMO bears,...

Raph Koster lays out the (first) four pillars of design for his sandbox MMORPG Stars Reach

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I have some good news and bad news. The bad news is that Raph Koster's Stars Reach is probably a good long while away...

Wayfinder preps a huge quality-of-life patch as it journeys toward 1.0

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How many launches is Airship Syndicate's Wayfinder going to get in its lifetime? We had the early access release last year, the Echoes re-launch...

Crowdfunded MMORPG Pantheon Rise of the Fallen is launching early access in December

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Who had this one on the ol' 2024 bingo card? Pantheon is gunning for an ambitious early access launch in December - yes, that...

Fractured will release next patch ahead of July 24 new server and full game launch

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The deal has been altered; pray Dynamight Studios doesn't alter it further. Only this time the alteration will be a welcome one to fans...

Star Citizen readies a returning community helping event, preps cargo updates and new event for alpha 3.24

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Star Citizen is always looking toward a future of things to do and that throughline continues in the game's usual weekly update post, which...

New World has delayed its Aeternum console closed beta two weeks to July 25

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When Amazon first announced the Aeternum reboot and console port for New World, it noted that it would be rolling out beta testing all...

NetEase’s post-apoc survival MMO Once Human is live – and already tearing up Steam

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NetEase has been extremely busy the last few years, cranking out games and picking up studios to make more for what it apparently thinks...

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