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]

Star Citizen talks Invictus Launch Week, new planets, and body dragging mechanics

It's another week and that means another episode of Star Citizen's video digest series. This week, we get a closer look at...
When the lights go down in the city.

World of Warcraft previews the Shadowlands hub of Oribos

When World of Warcraft opens the gates to the land of the dead in Shadowlands, players are going to need a place to...

Life Beyond adds construction, renames its planet, and temporarily ends PvP in its latest update

In-development survival sandbox Life Beyond has made a couple of big strides in its latest update, not the least of which is...

Black Desert spin-off Shadow Arena has just hopped into Steam early access

If Crucible isn't cutting it for you, Shadow Arena would definitely like to have a go at your time right about now. The...

Legends of Aria’s Point Release 10 is bringing frosty environments, new items, and new systems

Things are going to get chilly for Legends of Aria players. Point Release 10 is opening up the Frozen Tundra region, and with...

Pantheon shares its progress for May, promises to be close to its next round of pre-alpha testing

The developers of Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen are pretty excited about their progress so far. More specifically, producer Benjamin Dean is, as...

Steampunkish Elyon proposes ‘massive’ Korean beta test this summer

If you cast your mind back a couple of years, you might recall that steampunk MMO fans were hanging their hopes on the then-newly...

Wurm Online shows off its graphical overhaul work

Things in Wurm Online are getting a whole lot prettier soon. The devs have posted a variety of looks at the sandbox's...

Crowfall outlines the 11 classes of its current alpha

The classes of Crowfall might certainly sound fantastical -- Champion, Confessor, Duelist -- but at the brass tacks level, they're really just the...
You may recognize this design from your own tabletop history. Or something like it.

Fractured will have another open playtest starting on May 26

If you missed your previous chance to check out the world of Fractured, you've got yourself another shot. The devs are

Corepunk talks about monster camps and delays its next gameplay video debut

The more I think about it, the more I realize that the heroes of MMOs can be the rudest people imaginable. Consider the poor...

Project Gorgon’s next update, ‘a couple weeks away,’ will let you breed your pets

Leave it to Project Gorgon not to stop at merely allowing players to own pets but to breed them as well. The indie...

Ship of Heroes is enthusiastic about Unreal Engine 5 – but practical implementation is a long way off

Last week, Epic dropped a bunch of news and a headline-grabbing video showcasing Unreal 5. While a lot of the ensuing discussion centered...

Everland is a sprite-based social MMO about logging in and hanging out with friends

If you're looking for a 16-bit-styled MMO that's less about being an adventuring murder hobo and more about just hanging out with others, then...

Shroud of the Avatar has made a female shopkeeper outfit and it is very proud of itself

Do you play a lady in Shroud of the Avatar? Does that lady own a shop? Have you ever wanted to make that...

Mortal Online 2 writes an FAQ and lays out an alpha development roadmap

How are things going in the open sandbox alpha world of Mortal Online 2? It's hard to really say, since we're not entrenched...

Book of Travels’ beta already boasts over 400 events

The adorably small and painterly Book of Travels has an adorably geeky and personable development team, if this week's Q&A video is any...

Ashes of Creation shows off pre-alpha footage starring a curious mage and some strange ruins

Wandering around the realm of Ashes of Creation, you're likely going to run in to some interesting sights. Take, for example, the

Fight or Kite: Surveying Crowfall’s new Frostweaver class and interface updates

I’ve been itching to get back in and play some Crowfall, and with the War of the Gods update I've got a...

Camelot Unchained looks back at the progress of its previous 90-day plan and outlines goals for the next 90 days

It appears that City State Entertainment really is keen on that 90-day plan thing. Mark Jacobs has recently penned a dev blog...

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