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]

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...

Elite Dangerous touches on Odyssey alpha feedback regarding taxis, on-foot NPCs, and mission details

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With the alpha test of Elite: Dangerous Odyssey continuing to press forward, players of the expansion's test build have already provided a lot of...
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Here’s how Final Fantasy XIV players will access the game’s PlayStation 5 beta

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When the next major patch for Final Fantasy XIV arrives on April 13th, the open beta for the PlayStation 5 version starts as well. If...

Camelot Unchained showcases work on alchemy, movement, Ériu updates, and a video of the Verdant Forest

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With the month of April just beginning, there's a lot to look back on in terms of development progress made in March for Camelot...

Magic Legends doubles spell drop rate, gives a week of free battlepass XP

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Cryptic Studios is listening to -- and acting upon -- player feedback regarding Magic Legends following its recent soft launch. In the ARPG's second...

New World discusses the ‘vision’ behind its alpha dungeons

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"Expeditions" turns out to be a pretty popular concept right about now, but New World's might be a bit different from what you're expecting,...

Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen dates next pre-alpha test for next weekend, plans to talk balance and progression in April 1 livestream

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Today's Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen news is all about the near future. As in the next couple of weeks or so. For those...

The Wagadu Chronicles explores jungles, architecture, and more spirits in concept art, showcases new UI

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The developers of The Wagadu Chronicles MMORPG continue to churn out Kickstarter updates, and the latest one features another round of fabulous concept art...

Elyon preps western closed beta, opens registrations on English website overhaul

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Back in December, just as Elyon (fka Ascent Infinite Realm) was launching in Korea, we were left to get excited over the opening of...

Elite Dangerous patches in faster system map loading and several fixes for the Odyssey alpha

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With phase one of the Elite: Dangerous Odyssey alpha well underway, there have been a few more pressing matters that have cropped up that...
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Playable Worlds’ hiring page suggests Raph Koster’s upcoming MMO is a AAA sandbox

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We're assuming that we're destined to hear a lot more about Playable Worlds' incoming MMORPG in the near future, what with Raph Koster's promise...

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