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]

VR MMO Zenith raises $10 million from investors, says ‘not much’ will change about development

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We've been a little skeptical about the long-term prospects of Zenith, but the virtual reality MMORPG has a better chance today of making it...

Soul Kingdoms is a self-described ‘MMO-lite’ offering battleground PvP ‘without the grind’

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What if MMORPG PvP battleground maps and modes were the entire game itself? That appears to be the overall summary of Soul Kingdoms, a...
Cows.

Craftopia patches up stability and performance for Xbox players with content arriving on September 30

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Xbox players are just like any other group of players insofar as they like their games to perform well, be free of bugs, and...

City of Titans’ lead gameplay designer on combat engine progress and other developments

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The developers of City of Titans are talking among themselves. That's not to say they're trying to be gossipy; they're sharing some internal interviews,...

Steam preloading for Amazon’s New World has begun

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MMO gamers, start your engines: You can now begin downloading New World on Steam ahead of the launch tomorrow. Amazon's been disapatching Steam codes...

TitanReach turns off its servers to enter a multi-month ‘private development’ cycle

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When we learned that TitanReach got fully funded by one person after it announced plans to suspend development, Square Root Studios co-founder Unravel noted that...

Overwatch shares reworkings of Bastion and Sombra coming to Overwatch 2

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This past weekend during the OWL finals, Blizzard's remaining Overwatch team dropped some big reveals for the team-based shooter's sequel. Specifically, it shared planned...

Ashes of Creation shows off new mounts, discusses node interactions, and previews new rendering tech

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Intrepid Studios' creative director Steven Sharif and community lead Margaret Krohn have once again come together for another Ashes of Creation development update livestream...

Ship of Heroes shares a postmortem for its summer beta and future development plans

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The summer beta test for Ship of Heroes has officially wrapped up, and it's time for the devs at Heroic Games to take stock...
oh the pain

Guild Wars 2’s WvW world restructuring beta ends early over to match-up issues

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It's been a long lead-up to a restructuring of Guild Wars 2's world-vs.-world system, but now it finally arrived. And then left just as...
In the DRAGON, the mighty DRAGON

Betawatch: Guild Wars 2 continues its End of Dragons beta events

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It's been many long moons since Guild Wars 2 was really in beta, and if you were here when that happened... well, you're me....

Star Citizen showcases ship dev progress, trip mines, new armors, drunken flight, and more

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This week's episode of Star Citizen's regular video series is described by creative content lead Jared Huckaby as "Oops! All Sprint Report." Which basically...

Playable Worlds’ Raph Koster on why avatars traipsing across the metaverse are a major tech challenge

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Virtual worlds... how the eff do they work? Playable Worlds' Raph Koster has an idea or two, and he's dishing them out in a...

Here’s how to join the beta test for BetaDwarf’s ‘friendshipping’ MMO Project F4E

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Earlier this year, we covered a new game then dubbed Project Haven, a "cooperative PvE MOBA where you play as tight-knit groups of heroes...

TitanReach’s angel investor says he funded it because the team is ‘passionate, hard working, and lucky’

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The latest weird chapter in the saga of TitanReach's development has been the game getting fully funded with no strings attached by a single...
This turned out super great here, guys.

Chronicles of Elyria’s subreddit reopens, promising ‘no more censorship from Soulbound Studios’

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Back in the middle of July this year, Chronicles of Elyria made the decision to shut down its subreddit, claiming a “torrent of abuse”...

Book of Travels will now hit early access on October 11: ‘Quality was our deadline’

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After multiple delays, Might and Delight has finally picked a new date for Book of Travels' early access: October 11th. "Quality was our deadline...

Here are the exact launch times for New World across the globe

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The launch is coming! The launch is coming! And while you run around like a chicken with its +4 head cut off, New World...

Conan Exiles brings patch 2.6’s NPC AI improvements and building piece pickup features to PTS

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The next patch for Conan Exiles is almost here, but first it has to go through some testing. What kind of testing, you might...
Huh. That... huh.

Shroud of the Avatar fixes loot imbalances and puts an end to slippery overworld maps

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There are a number of descriptors MMORPG devs would like to hear about their game world's maps. Things like "gorgeous," "lush," "expansive," or "interesting."...

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