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]

Albion Online talks about its novel and community feedback patch

As the year wraps up, Albion Online continues to handle several irons in its alpha fire. One of these is release of

Take a tour of Star Citizen’s $10,000 club

Chances are that you and pretty much everyone you know won't be allowed in one part of Star Citizen: its Million Mile...
Well, it was nice of you to call.

Valiance Online releases screenshots and a promise of more to come

The team behind Valiance Online has been rather quiet lately, but a long string of silence was broken recently with a quartet...
I repent.

Hands-on: Blade & Soul’s early beta has solid mechanics, but not much else

I've had some time to think about Blade & Soul, and I'm still not sure exactly what I want to say about it....

SkySaga’s alpha gets into the spirit of the holidays

I was just remarking the other day how odd it is to me that so many early access and alpha games are taking the...
IMPASSIONED SHOUTING

Eternal Crusade outlines the balance of army compositions

The forces of Eternal Crusade should be evenly matched but not identical, but that poses a bit of a mechanical problem. In the...

Shroud of the Avatar beefs up story while adding agriculture and guild warfare

Shroud of the Avatar's Release 25 hit the digital streets today, taking the fantasy title one step closer to a launch (and no,...
Good work, great idea.

New Overwatch video explains progression systems and the two that didn’t work

Progression is a nice thing. Everyone likes the feeling of being better in some small way after playing a game for two hours. When...

The Division video shares player testimonies

Believe it or not, some players have actually gotten their hands on The Division, including those trying out the Xbox One alpha last...

WoW Legion aims to flatten the PvP gear curve

Last night, Blizzard posted a dev blog to explain just how World of Warcraft Legion plans to drive a wrecking ball...

Titan Siege starts beta testing tomorrow

For some PvP players, there is nothing quite like the struggle of a truly epic siege. Appealing to players who like a good army...

Star Citizen’s breathtaking procedurally generated planet system trailer

OK, Citizens. Put down your joysticks and listen up. Star Citizen's holiday hype trailer "From Pupil to Planet" has arrived and demands your...

Tree of Savior offers server choice to Oceania players

Tree of Savior players in Singapore and Malaysia have a serious, deadly, world-shattering choice to make. OK, it's not that dire, although it...

Hi-Rez announces $100K Paladins tourney

Paladins isn't officially launched yet, but Hi-Rez is already planning its competitive scene -- and its first tournament. On the official...

Worlds Adrift demos alpha progress

We might not have flying cars here in the year 2015, but we do have a game that's trying its hardest to create flying...
FEEL THE NOISE

WoW multibox reporter banned for ‘breaking TOS’ [Updated]

Here's an interesting tidbit: Did you know that killing one player in a PvP area in World of Warcraft can get you banned?...
All this and more dinosaurs besides.

ARK: Survival Evolved launches in preview status on Xbox One today

Ready to get your dinosaur survival antics on while playing from the comfort of your couch? ARK: Survival Evolved is making the console...
Going nowhere.

Black Desert’s first English closed beta starts today

The advent of Black Desert's first English-language closed beta test does not mean that the wait for the game is nearly over,...

Crowfall goes into depth about designing advancement systems

There's a new goofy (yet informative) video series happening over at Crowfall called Systems Chat. In it, the devs take time to explain...
I ruined just... all the things.

World of Warcraft’s Legion testing is taking a holiday break, too

We hope you weren't planning on playing any of the World of Warcraft: Legion alpha during your own holiday break (assuming you...

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