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]

Whatever happened to Maguss, Spiral Knights, and Empyrion?

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It's time to find out Whatever Happened To a couple of MMOs that have somehow managed to slip off our radars and need to...

Conan Exiles’ new PTS build adds more landmass to Siptah, a spider god religion, and combat updates

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I'll be honest with you all, I sort of figured that Conan Exiles already had a spider god-based religion in it, but apparently it...

Star Citizen promises that some ‘highly requested new features’ will be added to its roadmap this week

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Are you ready to watch some new goalposts move around? Or are you ready for some new features to be iterated upon? There really...

Diablo II Resurrected is beginning its technical alpha this week

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Arguably the most interesting news to come outta BlizzConline earlier this year was confirmation that Diablo II is getting a fully remastered version dubbed...

Dual Universe has finally admitted JC Baillie is no longer running Novaquark, but it’s mum about who is

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This piece has been updated at the end; the original is as follows. The Dual Universe community has been churning over the last couple of...

Star Citizen talks about future plans for player-based ship refuel and repair

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As it stands now, filling up the tank and repairing the damage of your internet starship in Star Citizen is an automated matter, but...

Shadow’s Kiss plans a Steam early access launch this summer, ends test builds due to lack of patcher support

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Talk about rising from the dead: Shadow's Kiss, the vampire-filled horror MMO that we last looked towards in a Whatever Happened To post in...

Phantasy Star Online 2 teases bosses, concept art, and character races for New Genesis

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Most of the news about Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis has either come from the game's official site or from the Rappy.commu Twitter...

Steampunk MMO Noah’s Heart aims for a summer 2021 beta

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Last summer we delivered to you many precisely crafted words regarding Noah's Heart, a steampunk mobile MMO being developed by Archosaur Games, which is...

Book of Travels previews the different means of transport in the game

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While Book of Travels is about walking around the world to discover things, that doesn't mean that world isn't without modes of transportation. Several...

Valheim can now be played in VR thanks to a modder

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Bless the modder community, making games we enjoy even better. That could certainly be said for the VHVR mod, which lets players of Valheim...
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Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen discusses tweaks to health, mana, loot, and enemy DPS, shares a video of class abilities

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A recent livestream from Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen had a lot to say, and none of it was associated with NFT minting. Instead,...

City of Titans releases Mac avatar builder, improved menu system

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The big spring release has arrived for City of Titans, and while the metropolis' boundaries remain closed to players, this patch represents another stride...

Make My MMO: Elite’s Odyssey is a beautiful mess

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This week in crowdfunded MMOs, our own Stick and Rudder columnist Chris got his paws all over Elite Dangerous' Odyssey alpha this week, finding...
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Betawatch: Pantheon aims high for alpha test and hits low with NFTs

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Ah, Pantheon, you're aiming high for your still-undated alpha test! That's a really good thing. It's why we're rooting for you as a scrappy...

The Soapbox: How Magic Legends went wrong with the Dimir Assassin class

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Cryptic and Perfect World Entertainment are known for their love of lockboxes as a monetization strategy. Therefore it was not wholly surprising when Magic:...

Dual Universe delays its missions system, opens tutorial portal

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The March newsletter for Dual Universe is out, containing a wrap-up of how this space sandbox fared over the course of the month. Update...

Stick and Rudder: Shaky space legs and promising potential in Elite Dangerous’ Odyssey alpha phase one

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Yep. This certainly was an alpha test. For those who are curious, yes, I bought my way in to the Elite Dangerous Odyssey alpha, as did...

Chronicles of Elyria team hopes to avoid the ‘one-man economy’ pitfall

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At this point, it's anyone's guess what's actually going on over with Chronicles of Elyria and its supposed single-player spin-off. But hey, the blog...

Playable Worlds’ Raph Koster on the player-driven economies at the heart of virtual worlds

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Playable Worlds' Raph Koster is back with another blog post that serves as a tip-off for what kind of MMORPG he and his team...

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