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]

Shroud of the Avatar

Shroud of the Avatar adds hi-fi art assets, unique book covers

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You can get Shroud of the Avatar on Steam for a 25 percent discount this week, according to Update of the Avatar #121. The...

Watch War of Genesis 4’s gameplay

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Here's another Korean beta to bring to your attention: War of Genesis 4: Spiral Genesis. No, we haven't played one through three, but we'll...
That beta testing steez.

Betawatch: April 17th, 2015

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Path of Exile has another big update on the way! It has fun new skills like Golems, Warcries, and Golemcries! Maybe not so much...

Crowfall delivers minotaur lore, Confessor sculpture

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Crowfall is delivering a two-for-one dev update today, starting with lore behind the Myrmidon. The Myrmidon is a minotaur that made it into the...

SkySaga explains the tech behind its good looks

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SkySaga's developers don't want you to automatically lump their title in with the rest of the voxel crowd based on it looks. A new...
That old saw.

Eternal Crusade updates players on design goals and founder packs

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The melee combat in Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade has gone through several revisions, and it's going to go through several more. The latest State...

Exclusive: Cabal II previews four launch dungeons

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Upcoming MMO Cabal II has previously showcased on Massively OP its fluid combat mechanics and RIFT-like Abysmo system that spawns random mini-dungeons in the open world....

How Crowfall will be built for around $6M

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How can Crowfall be made with less than $10 million in this day and age? That's the big question of the day that Executive...
Bears.

How Daybreak thwarts H1Z1 cheaters

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Getting screwed over by other players cheating in H1Z1 isn't a fun feeling, even though the game is still in early testing and has...

Skyforge preps third beta test for next week

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The beta events for Skyforge are flying fast and furious now, with the third test scheduled for next week. Allods Team announced today that...

Gloria Victis upgrades to Unity 5 engine

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Forget what you think you know of Gloria Victis' looks, as the devs announced that they've switched up the game engine to Unity 5....
It's just another FPS, yes. That was not a surprising development.

A first look at Ghost in the Shell Online in action

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Now that we know that Ghost in the Shell Online will definitely be coming to Western shores, there's all the reason in the world...

Forsaken World is getting a mobile edition

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Could we be on the verge of an MMO mobile gaming revolution? Several mobile versions of Asian MMOs are in the making, including Aion...
Stunning absolutely no one who's been following along, it's like people don't want MMOs to be jobs any longer.

Black Desert adjusts for ‘casual lite’ Korean market

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Every game changes during testing, but Black Desert seems to have changed even more significantly compared to its original vision from the fan standpoint. One...

El Somni Quas draws upon classic Ultima Online for an old-school MMO experience

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It's interesting to see how players who have grown up under the influence of certain MMOs are now making their own games drawing from...

H1Z1 adds grouping system and zombified players this month

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Your secret dream of becoming a zombie -- yeah, we read your diary -- will get a virtual assist from this month's H1Z1 updates....
I don't know what's going on in this picture and I honestly don't wish to.

Salem isn’t dead! It’s launching June 17th

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Salem might have slipped off of your radar over the past few years. It's a permadeath, open-PvP sandbox that fell into the perpetual beta trap....
We had a bet running that it would take longer.

Guild Wars 2’s Stronghold public beta is today; here’s a guide

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You can play Guild Wars 2's upcoming expansion PvP mode right now! The Stronghold public beta is today! And then it closes up shop...

Take part in a flying raid with Icarus Online

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Even if they share common lineage, MMOs must have a distinctive angle or face death by mediocrity. For the upcoming Icarus Online, that hook...
Prepare to be prepared!

How to get into Path of Exile’s Awakening beta

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So you want to test the next big update for Path of Exile? That's understandable; it's a big update that promises a whole lot...

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