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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Legends of Aria sends players on a treasure hunt in its Relics of the Ancients event

The hunt will soon be on in Citadel Studios's moddable sandbox MMO Legends of Aria, which has just announced its upcoming Relic...
Show of hands, who saw this coming? Be honest.

Ashes of Creation is preparing a game director’s letter, fans infer that delays are incoming

It appears that all is not well behind the scenes of Ashes of Creation. Intrepid's Steven Sharif has made a few remarks on...

Torchlight Frontiers’ third closed alpha begins in March – with no more NDA

Torchlight Frontiers, the MMO that took our "most anticipated" award at the tail end of last year, is still plugging along in...

Anthem’s live-action video Conviction is serious business

BioWare's been teasing a new live-action short for Anthem all week, and it's finally dropped. It's called Conviction, and it's credited...
There are lots of other meanings for the term beta. Do not post them in the comments.

Black Desert Online is in open beta on the Xbox One through February 17

If you like your MMOs on consoles, your spirits black, your combat active, and your classes gender-locked, you should give Black Desert Online a...

Battle for divine favor in Crowfall’s Trials of the Gods campaign series

Now that Crowfall has had the time to do some campaign test-runs and make adjustments based on player feedback, thereby delaying sanctioned...
Someone hold the lamp up.

Saga of Lucimia developers are closing the game’s pre-order store as development enters its second stage

Remember the old story from The Onion about Starbucks beginning a sinister "phase two?" That's not at all what's happening with Stage Two...
Capital idea!

The Division 2 announces its open beta starting on March 1

Everything old is new again, and The Division 2 is following in the footsteps of its predecessor with the addition of an...
Mortal Online

Mortal Online devs say they’re building Mortal Online 2 and bringing existing lifers and wealth along

Sandbox MMO Mortal Online developer Star Vault made headlines last year for Mortal Royale, a battle royale that boasts a giant map...

Introducing AxE: Alliance vs Empire, Nexon’s next mobile MMO coming west

It used to be that the idea of playing an MMO on a phone was a pretty farfetched idea. Not so much anymore: Mobile...

Not So Massively: SMITE’s 6.1 update, RUST minicopters, World War Z’s launch date, and Battlerite’s F2P trailer

The Not So Massively games are piling up, so let's knock 'em out real quick here with the return of our old NSM...
We all live a yellow... er, spaceship.

Ship of Heroes updates players on leveling up, powersets to show off, and staffing

Leveling up feels easy enough in games; you get enough experience, there's a flash of light, your level goes up by one. But

Black Desert: Xbox One beta preload, market value doubling, goldseller crackdown, and Dark Rifts event

Usually Black Desert does its big drops on Wednesday, but we've already got a pile of BDO news growing that just can't wait. For...

Dual Universe studio Novaquark expands to Montreal with second studio

How big is Dual Universe? Big enough to need a second studio! While continuing to grow in Paris, Novaquark just announced that it...

The Daily Grind: Are you concerned about New World’s setting?

When New World was announced back in 2016, the MMO community went to work dissecting everything, from its PvP system to its...
apolitical

The Division 2 is getting a public beta but fails to match its predecessor’s streaming numbers

If you remember the lead-up to launch for The Division, you'll recall that the game sported a private beta followed by an open beta....

Camelot Unchained builds out Mages and clarifies how many people battlefields will host

Not even the Seattle snows this past weekend could put a damper on Camelot Unchained. As its latest dev letter notes, City...

PlanetSide Arena’s latest build comes to the closed beta test

A huge patch is coming to PlanetSide Arena's closed beta servers, and Daybreak is hoping that the changes therein will make this battle royale experience...

Make My MMO: You can’t launch people from catapults in Ashes of Creation, but you can attend a play in Shroud of the Avatar

This week week in MMO crowdfunding, Ashes of Creation posted up a sizable Q&A on Reddit, telling its community that it's still working...
Tiptoe through the something-or-other.

Crowfall delays sanctioned campaign, introduces new competitive campaigns

Crowfall's big news this week is either good or bad depending on your view: ArtCraft announced another delay in its testing phase, albeit...

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