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]

Libraries and teleportation await for Ashes of Creation’s scientifically minded players

With an overview of its node system done, the Ashes of Creation team is going deeper to explain the different types of evolving...
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Atlas rolls out new public test server and ‘megapatch’ with multiple PvP and PvE modes

Wildcard's early access pirate MMO Atlas entered a new phase this past week: It's finally got a public test realm. "It’s here! Our Public...

Broke Protocol’s Repair and Rearm update adds vehicle repairing and fixed turrets

Life in the blocky sandbox world of Broke Protocol is about to get... well, maybe not easier exactly, but somewhat more convenient perhaps....

Check out Star Citizen’s new ‘environmental AI bounty hunting’ in action

It's still not really ready for primetime after some much-deserved delays, but Star Citizen's 3.5 alpha features a big chunk of content aimed...

Crowfall’s Illara campaign – and a wipe – arrives this week

One of the hallmarks of Crowfall is its cyclical campaigns that feature firm beginnings and endings before coming back in different forms. This...
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Chronicles of Elyria kicks off land selection starting on April 29

At long last, Chronicles of Elyria is ready to start a good old-fashioned land rush. Sort of, at least. It won't be in-game...

Interview: Astellia deep-dives its dungeon systems and Western tweaks

Incoming buy-to-play MMORPG Astellia has been a whirlwind in 2019 as Nexon and Barunson EA have prepared the game for release in the...

PAX East 2019: Elder Scrolls Online Elsweyr makes playing the bad guy feel very good

During this year's PAX East, freelance games journalist Sam Prell - you might remember him from his time at Joystiq and GamesRadar -...

Adventure Academy is an ‘educational massively multiplayer online game’ launching May 1

Adventure Academy is going to mystify the typical gamer: There are no dragons to fight and no lockboxes to fight over. But if...

Blizzard lays out its plans for PvP in World of Warcraft Classic, teases Rise of Azshara stream

Last month, Blizzard dished out the deets on how World of Warcraft: Classic's content will be divvied out in six discrete...

Pantheon devs discuss LFG tools, disposition, leveling up, and other design tenets

Back in March, Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen's Visionary Realms studio announced its plan to begin releasing roundtable videos that were formerly...

Outlaws of the Old West’s barbershop offers a cut and a shave for two bits

Not everyone is expertly skilled at the fine arts of character creation, a sad fact that results in more heartbreak every year than the...

Camelot Unchained continues to unleash hundreds of trebuchets in siege testing

The past few weeks in Camelot Unchained have been all about doing extremely violent things to an extremely pretty castle, and this past...

Fight or Kite: Falling in line with Crowfall

"Everyone group up! Keep the formation tight. Line up and do not let anyone through that door." We know that they have a siege weapon...

Make My MMO: Oath is the latest MMORPG to launch on Kickstarter

This week week in MMO crowdfunding, a new Kickstarter contender has entered the ring! The game is called Oath, and Ready-Up Studios is...

Novaquark’s JC Baillie talks about Dual Universe’s vision of the metaverse

Those who play online titles that act like a separate world like Second Life or VRChat are likely familiar with the concept of a...
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Betawatch: Ashes of Creation shares notes on nodes

The developers behind Ashes of Creation aren't about to let a little thing like delays prevent them from telling you a bunch...

Preregistration opens for Talion, Gamevil’s new mobile MMO

Mobile game publisher Gamevil has announced that its upcoming mobile MMO Talion is coming to the U.S. and Europe, and players can...

KurtzPel starts Americas early access this month, will be free-to-play

Fans of the upcoming anime MMO KurtzPel had to swallow a bitter spoonful of bad news last week as Kog recently announced that...

Star Citizen’s Chris Roberts dishes on alpha 3.5 and 3.6, including customization, multi-crew, and persistence

There is no Around the Verse this week, as folks tuned into Star Citizen already know - the studio announced last week that...

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