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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Skyforge begins second closed beta on March 24th

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If the first week-long test of Skyforge just whetted your appetite, you'll be able to get a second helping very soon. The game is...

Origins of Malu begins early access on March 20th with PvP only

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Origins of Malu will be launching its early access program this Friday, March 20th, with a buy-to-play hybrid model. The indie sandbox will initially...

Crowfall hires former CCP exec as new community manager

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Crowfall continues to add experienced industry veterans to its team, as ArtCraft announced today that it has hired Valerie Massey to be the new...

Landmark is abolishing claim upkeep

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Landmark landowners who are weary of mining copper to keep their claims will soon earn a reprieve. While today's hotfix disables the ability to...

Pathfinder Online adding leadership ranks and vaults with version 6

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Next week, Pathfinder Online will continue its alpha rollout with the early enrollment version 6 patch. The team posted a features overview yesterday to...

Crowfall eyes artifacts and relics as a new stretch goal

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With eight days left in its Kickstarter campaign, Crowfall is pushing hard for last-minute stretch goal milestones. In addition to mounts and caravans if...

Line of Defense reevaluates F2P plans after shaky free weekend test

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Following a tumultuous free play weekend, Line of Defense creator Derek Smart said that the game may or may not go forward with a...

Landmark will have just one more character wipe

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Ever since players learned Landmark will definitely have another character wipe, we've all been very eager to know all the details. Those details are now in:...
Shroud of the Avatar

Shroud of the Avatar tops $6 million in crowdfunding

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Shroud of the Avatar has amassed over $6 million in crowdfunding along with over 150,000 backers according to the tracker widget on the fantasy...

Sex and horror will mix in Revival

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Revival is definitely aiming for a mature rating, as the horror MMO is also hinting that sex will be a part of the game....
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H1Z1’s senior designer maps out the next 12 months

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H1Z1 senior game designer Adam Clegg hosts Daybreak's latest dev spotlight video. Clegg, who works mainly on world design, fields a number of community-generated...
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Star Citizen posts weapon design blog, music featurette, and more

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Cloud Imperium dropped a whole bunch of Star Citizen news updates this weekend, including a video featurette on composer Pedro Camacho, another week of...

Betawatch: March 13, 2015

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Albion Online posted an infographic celebrating its winter alpha and dished on its upcoming summer alpha, which will include a major revision of the...
Pantheon

Pantheon devs release part two of lengthy audiocast

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The Pantheon devs got together for a roundtable podcast on February 28th, and they released the second part of the audio clip yesterday. Creative...

Camelot Unchained’s latest newsletter discusses decay, training

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Camelot Unchained's February (yes, February) newsletter has arrived with apologies from the team; it was working on that whole alpha launch thing. While CSE touches...

Crowfall walks you through the life of your character

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Today Crowfall treated its fans to a whopper of a dev diary detailing the path of progression that a character will take from a...

EverQuest Next ditches lore and general discussion forums

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Assuming that there will be a wealth of lore and backstory in EverQuest Next, you won't be finding out about it on the official...

Mage Faire Online conjures a conflict-free creative playground

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Had enough of combat in MMOs? Are you looking to express yourself... magically? Then you might want to take a peek at Mage Faire...

TUG alpha patch adds traps, slingshot, and storage

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It's safe to say that you'll be accumulating a lot of materials and gear in the indie sandbox TUG, so storage is of a...

Crowfall devs: ‘We see crafters as a full-time playstyle’

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Crowfall's Kickstarter campaign has crossed the 12,000 backer mark and hit yet another stretch goal. This means that the team will be giving an All-Father...

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