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]

Strategy space sim Pixel Starships starts early access alpha this month

If you're anything like some of us and you're a sucker for cutaway management games like FTL, Fallout Shelter, and Star Command, then you...

Player-scripted MMORTS Screeps is launching on August 12

Billing itself as "The world's first strategy sandbox MMO game for programmers," Screeps is heading out of beta next week when it officially...
So we're not going to be friends, is that it?

Das Tal blog details overhauls of skills, enemies, and further blogs

Development on Das Tal is moving right along, but from here on out fans will be hearing about it every other week rather...

Pathfinder publishes early enrollment version 10.1

GoblinWorks has released version 10.1 of Pathfinder Online's early enrollment, according to a company tweet this afternoon. The patch updates the...

Gamescom 2015: Guild Wars 2’s new mastery system details revealed

On the opening day of Gamescom 2015, I crept away from the buzzing hum and dazzling lights of the show floor to sit down with...

Order & Chaos 2: Redemption announced for mobile

"We thought we were saving the world, but we were all deceived." Mobile World of Warcraft clone Order & Chaos Online is getting...

The Mop Up: FEAR is dead edition

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we're deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some...
Make My MMO

Make My MMO: August 8, 2015

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, Project Gorgon continued to feel the Kickstarter love thanks to the realization of its $30,000 stretch goal....
Spread your wings and, well, glide.

Betawatch: August 7th, 2015

It's time for the first Guild Wars 2 expansion beta weekend! Technically, it's a public weekend, but the only parts of the...

Gamescom 2015: Gigantic announces August CBT start

Go go Gigantic beta! At Gamescom this week, the cell-shaded Gigantic announced that it will be ending its alpha test and
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Lineage Eternal should have two more tests this year

Thus far, Lineage Eternal has only had one focus group test, but NCsoft appears to be ramping up the game's test schedule...

Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns starts first public beta weekend

You won't need to head all the way out to Gamescom this week to see the latest and greatest in Guild Wars...

Shards Online: Proposing the ‘persistent online world’ game

Last week, our comments erupted over some game studios' haphazard use of the term "MMO" -- and how that overuse and misuse has possibly tainted the...

Crowfall’s guild structure allows for complex relationships

Guilds in PvP-oriented games are quite essential for one's continued survival, and Crowfall has put a lot of thought into what it's going...
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Camelot Unchained launches community modding effort

The team behind Camelot Unchained wants the game to have a solid, modifiable interface. That's a commendable goal, but it's also something that's...
What're you doing here?

Black Desert’s western community manager is interviewed, doesn’t say much

Are you interested in Black Desert? If so, a new interview with the game's western community manager might be worth a read. Or it...

EverQuesting: (Almost) everything we know about EverQuest Next

In a perfect world, we'd have the mana of EverQuest Next news raining down from the sky, enough to satiate our hunger for...

Gamescom 2015: Star Citizen’s Chris Roberts dismisses Derek Smart

Line of Defense's Derek Smart has made it quite clear what he thinks about Star Citizen and its creator, Chris...

Gamescom 2015: Guild Wars 2 confirms 2015 expansion launch

If you were worried that perhaps Guild Wars 2 was being a little too pokey with its Heart of Thorns testing and...

Civilization Online sums up its beta with a highlight trailer

Civilization Online's oddball building-sim-plus-PvP gameplay is highlighted in a new trailer that serves as a bookend for the Korean closed beta test.

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