Welcome back to another look at all the MMO beta happenings of the week! I’ve stashed Eliot in the brig so that I can take over Betawatch and do some extra work on Friday! Wait, I’m not really sure I’m doing griefing right. Anyway, here’s what’s up.
- Defiance 2050 is hunting for beta testers! Make sure you’re all signed up.
- TERA formally launched on consoles, bringing an end to its beta.
- Soulworker likewise moved from soft launch to full launch.
- Made of money? A big chunk of cash will get you into Pantheon’s pre-alpha next month.
- We got our hands on Conan Exiles’ launch build (and loved it).
- Ashes of Creation is targeting fourth quarter 2018 for its alpha one launch.
- Camelot Unchained is testing, testing, testing.
- Crowfall is now in 5.5 pre-alpha, having introduced a new map and lady centaurs.
- Arcfall may still be in pre-alpha, but now it’s also free-to-play.
- Star Citizen rolled out 3.1 and then 3.1.1, but then rolled back to just 3.1 because bugs.
- And Occupy White Walls was the bright star of the week, offering alpha testers the chance to play around in an MMO art gallery.
The teaser week for Crowfall is over, and it turns out the tease was all about decoupling races and classes altogether. No longer will all centaurs belong to the same archetype! Make a centaur everything! Of course, you could conceivably play races other than centaur, but why would you do that? You wouldn’t. You can prove you wouldn’t when the open beta arrives by the end of the year.
We’d like to end there, but the fact of the matter is that we’ve got to talk about things other than centaurs this week. For example, the other items on our list here.
And that’s everything. Unless you count all of the other games we have down below in various stages of testing. You can let us know if one of those games jumped into a later test phase in the comments; it’d be silly, really, but it happens all the time.
Craving some old school challenge in your MMORPG diet? You might want to try a helping of Arcfall, a game that’s an intentional throwback to the Ultima Online era and that also just arrived on Steam early access.
This pre-alpha build has a rather long feature list implemented already, including open-world housing, a player economy, farming, full loot on death, PvE zones, five regions to explore, and a classless skill-based character system. There are many other features in the works, such as guilds, PvP, dungeons, ships, player-owned islands, and the wider world.
Arcfall is notable for its graphical style, which is reminiscent of Albion Online and RuneScape rather than the over-the-shoulder perspective seen in most MMORPGs. The team behind this indie MMO is only starting to get the word out about the title, so for all intents and purposes this is the public debut of the title.
Early access is expected to last for most of the year, followed by a beta in late 2017. Until May 23rd, Arcfall is 30% off on Steam at just $14. After that it returns to its base price of $20.
Remember when Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen bombed pretty badly on Kickstarter? The good news for fans is that the day when that happened is in the past in every way; the game just completed another round of funding, and now it’s on very stable financial footing with its 15-person team. To celebrate, it made a class so cool only the head developer can play it. If you thought that naming your own avatar a lord and the dominant force in an entire game world would be the apex of nerdy self-insertion, you were apparently wrong.
Other beta news does not, however, include quite so much stuff to have a smile and a giggle about. It’s mostly just news. See, we’ll show you.
- Another public test is taking place for MechWarrior Online’s skill tree system, and don’t worry if you don’t understand the revamp just yet. The announcement goes into extensive detail.
- The first OrbusVR test wrapped up, and there’s a lengthy discussion of how, exactly, everything went. There was good, there was bad, there were lessons learned. Everyone laughed as the test closed off with a joke. Probably.
- If you’re still waiting for Bless Online to start testing over here, the Russian testing was shut down and shelved “indefinitely” for revisions. That is not what might be considered a good result.
- Valiance Online is quietly keeping its head down, working hard, and also upping backer rewards. For some reason we think about superhero games this time of year, who knows why.
- Speaking of superhero games, who wants to completely separate powers from their effects for custom visual flair? Because City of Titans will let you do exactly that.
- Last but not least, sandbox MMO Arcfall has showed up out of nowhere to jump into early access, although it doesn’t appear to actually be up for purchase just yet. The important thing is that it’s going to be.
And, yes, there’s a list down below. There’s always a list. Let us know if something’s missing, jumped phases, or whatever. We appreciate it!
I’m always wary nowadays when a game bills itself as a massively multiplayer sandbox gaming world, especially one that says it’s akin to “old school RPG games with modern quality,” but Arcfall appears to deserve the label.
The new MMO is currently listed on Steam as an early access title still in pre-alpha, but it isn’t formally launched or buyable just yet. Developer Neojac says it’s a “social” game, with open world non-instanced housing, a player-driven economy, crafting and farming, mounts, banking, resource harvesting, a classless skill-based progression system, and an incomplete map. Guilds, factions, dungeons, ships, player islands, and PvP (to complement the full-loot death) are still on the way, though there are apparently PvE-only zones too.
Early access is expected to last “the better part of this year,” with beta by the end of 2017. Founder packs are available on the official site; Neojac says that early buyers can access the game through that portal while Steam’s rollout continues.
Neojac should sound familiar to hardcore MMO fans; that’s the studio building MMO Neo’s Land on the Atavism platform, also of its own design. Neo’s Land’s last public update was in December of last year.