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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Betawatch: Dual Universe is finally launching next month

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I know, I know, this column is called "Betawatch" and not "Launchwatch." That one isn't a thing. But it's still notable that after six...

Grounded introduces a shared worlds feature to make it easier for friends to play together

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Earlier this week in a MOP Up post we cast a light on Grounded, a survivalbox that tasks players with living in the wilds...

Glyph-Bound Kotodama is a multiplayer strategy monster battler available in early access

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Let's say that someone decided to take Final Fantasy Tactics, Pokemon, and Old School RuneScape, toss them into a pot, and stir the whole...

Nightingale’s new video series kicks off with a look at the inspiration and setting of its world

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At this point, it's becoming a given that Nightingale loves it some videos, and we're all being reminded of the fact with the debut...

Fractured Online provides a glimpse at the creation of a continent

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Fans of Fractured Online who are interested in the lands of the Wildfolk race or just like to see game dev happen before their...

Star Citizen details revamps and extra features coming to Kareah space station and Klescher prison

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Long-time players of Star Citizen are likely very familiar with the locations of Kareah and Klescher in Stanton, and while most of the devs...

Arkane says vampire looter shooter Redfall will be its ‘most ambitious game to date’

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Are you prepared to venture into an apocalyptic town where vampires have warped the very essence of reality? "Dude, I haven't even had my...

Diablo IV talks live-service content, seasonal structure, and monetization strategy

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Blizzard's latest Diablo IV dev blog has arrived this afternoon as the studio promises "ambitious" plans for the post-launch live-service game - and that...

Derek Smart promises Alganon is returning in the coming months, but in a staggered invite-only release

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Just yesterday we reported on fresh news out of the long-dormant Alganon, pointing out that the game's website came back online, while the game's...

Pantheon may delay its September pre-alpha, discusses early ‘hardcore oldschool gamer’ marketing

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MMORPG players have been waiting a long time for Pantheon, but testers might have to have to wait a bit longer: In this month's...

Nightingale talks up its aspirations to be a unique survivalbox and a ‘story engine’ for players

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You can't fault the gaslamp survival sandbox Nightingale from wanting to continue to keep player interest high, especially after the devs at Inflexion confirmed...

Past Fate enters open alpha on Steam after a brief authentication delay

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This reads like one of the most basic headlines in MOP history, but that's because the news really is as simple as that: The...

Grimdark MMO Mad World confirms 2022 launch as ‘permanent open beta,’ aims for a primary male audience

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Jandisoft's Mad World is looking more and more like a candidate for a 2022 release: Not only did we spot a new "winter 2022"...
All right, I'll give it to you. In many places.

Overwatch 2 brings cross-progression across multiple platforms

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It's kind of unpleasant how if you're enjoying Overwatch on your PC and want to also play on Nintendo Switch, you'll have to start...

Mad World adds test access to founder’s packs, shifts its launch window to sometime this winter

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It's been a hot minute since we peeked in on the development of multiplayer ARPG Mad World, so allow us a moment as we...

Fractured Online will wipe servers ahead of its September 15 early access launch

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If the fall games release schedule isn't really intriguing you so far, maybe this will help: Kickstarted sandbox MMORPG Fractured Online is planning its...

Kickstarted MMO Untamed Isles ‘goes into hiatus’ after devs lose funds thanks to crypto market

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Just last month we put a spotlight on Untamed Isles, a promising Pokemon-like MMO that raised $528,804 from a 2021 Kickstarter campaign. In fact,...

Star Citizen begins its Ship Showdown, promises a roadmap update and new mission feature details this week

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Fans of Star Citizen who have strong opinions about the game's various spaceships can now argue over the matter in the game's annual Ship...

Pantheon Rise of the Fallen discusses classes, promises next test is ‘soon,’ shows off a year’s worth of progress

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Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen has put together another developer livestream all about progress on classes and its world, and it once more offers...

Choose My Adventure: Making a house and making character progress in Chimeraland

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This week in Chimeraland was all about growth - not necessarily for my big round boy Chonkhonk but for my abode and for McFishy...

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