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 are 10 key differences between original vanilla WoW and WoW Classic

It is probably important to realize that no matter how carefully Blizzard developers recreate the early days of World of Warcraft for WoW...
Details, details.

The Repopulation updates players on LODs and inventory following water damage

Unfortunately enough for the developers currently in charge of The Repopulation, the universe was not happy with keeping the game's player-facing updates humming along...
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Elder Scrolls Online’s Elsweyr early access has begun as players grumble over the cash shop

We're just two weeks out from the official launch of Elsweyr in The Elder Scrolls Online, complete with new zone, new Necro class,...

A side-by-side comparison of World of Warcraft’s graphics in Classic and Battle for Azeroth

Computers get faster and better with time. Graphics that require a decent GPU in 2011 can be displayed at much higher resolution in 2019...

Ship of Heroes is hoping to roll out its character creation beta in July

Ship of Heroes may be the youngest City of Heroes spiritual successor, but it's also the most likely to hit beta first:...

The Survivalist: What ever happened to the smaller survival sandbox MMOs?

With big name survival games getting ignored developmentally, you have to wonder what's been going on with the smaller titles. After all, we've got...

Make My MMO: Star Citizen’s monthly studio report for… April

This week in MMO crowdfunding, we're in the back half of May now, and you know what that means: a rather belated studio report...

MMOs You’ve Never Heard Of: Dark Domain, Habbo Hotel, Project Eternal, Stein.world, Zezenia, LaTale W

Welcome back to another quick roundup of MMOs and MMO-adjacent titles you've never heard of (or have totally forgotten about!). We've got a...

City of Titans’ primer gets you up to speed on this superhero MMO

With City of Titans picking up development steam, the team figured that this would be an opportune time to put out a...
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Betawatch: World of Warcraft Classic’s beta testing has officially begun again

If you tested World of Warcraft back before it launched, this week's surprise launch of the World of Warcraft: Classic beta test might...

Survival sandbox roundup: War of Rights, DayZ, Conan Exiles, Astroneer, Atlas, and Ark

It's Friday, and you know what that means: A solid week of MMORPG news has pushed a whole bunch of survival sandbox news off...

The Elder Scrolls: Blades focuses on player feedback and its place at E3 this year

Apparently, Bethesda wants to talk to players about its mobile game The Elder Scrolls: Blades that was launched to early access last...
Tiptoe through the something-or-other.

Crowfall and Albion Online are both running big PvP events this weekend

Fans of large-scale MMORPG PvP will find themselves torn over just where to draw their swords this weekend, as two prominent PvP MMOs have...

Exclusive dev diary: Destiny’s Sword explores mental health as MMO gameplay

Back at PAX East this year, our own Eliot Lefebvre checked out a weird and wonderful new MMORPG called Destiny's Sword. It's...

Star Citizen deep-dives development and rewards, promises more info on 3.5.1 ‘soon’

We hope you really wanted to dig down into the guts of Star Citizen this week because on the latest Inside Star...

Dual Universe update introduces barter and talent systems

Novaquark's Dual Universe may still be in alpha testing, but the sci-fi title took one giant leap forward this month in becoming a...
Up on melancholy hill.

Citadel: Forged with Fire adds in dynamic weather and mastery levels

Say, remember Citadel: Forged with Fire? Gosh, we haven't heard about that one in a while, how's the game doing? Well, we can't...
None of my salesmen has ever sold a car.

Population Zero outlines the basics of arming yourself with weapons

If you're going to survive in Population Zero, you'll need weapons. Fortunately, it looks like the most basic varieties of weapons won't be...

Nexon announces new crossplatform multiplayer shooter Rocket Arena, with closed beta in May

So this Nexon game came a bit out of nowhere this week: It's called Rocket Arena, and it's essentially a slick multiplayer shooter...

Hack and slash with a friend with Pagan Online’s two-player co-op

Most activities in MMOs are more fun with a friend, obviously, and the MMOARPG is most assuredly not an exception to that rule. With...

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