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Massively Overpowered’s Betawatch feature chronicles the adventures and misadventures of MMOs in various stages of testing. You might also be interested in Make My MMO, which focuses on crowdfunded games in particular. [Follow this feature’s RSS feed]

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Betawatch: Crucible has re-entered beta

Ah, Crucible, welcome back to the warm embrace of being in beta. Yes, after launching with something like a bellyflop, the game...
TECHNICALLY?!

Betawatch: Crowfall’s alpha is actually kind of a beta but also mostly an alpha

Apparently, Crowfall's current test state is "technically" a beta. Technically. As the person who maintains this list, splitting hairs like this technically...
Please look forward to it.

Betawatch: Torchlight III hits early access and early access hits back

So Torchlight III gave everyone a big surprise when it jumped into early access! It was, unfortunately, not the good kind of surprise....
I know how this one goes

Betawatch: New World aims for familiarity, Blue Protocol plans beta stream

For a game entitled New World, the upcoming title from Amazon sure does feel familiar if you're an MMO veteran. After all, the...
Great.

Betawatch: Magic Legends gears up for summer testing

There's something in the air that makes it feel as if Magic: Legends is getting ready for its first public testing phase. I don't...
Please look forward to it.

Betawatch: Torchlight III wraps up its closed testing

So it appears that Torchlight III has finished its round of closed testing! Great! And what happens next for the game? When is the...
Clothed descending a staircase.

Betawatch: Ship of Heroes likes Unreal Engine 5, but it doesn’t expect to use it soon

Sometimes, the biggest beta news can be admiring a new feature and then finding out why you're not getting it. Such is the lot...
And a real universe.

Betawatch: Dual Universe could go to consoles – but isn’t planning on it

You'd think an entire piece from the Dual Universe team about how the game wasn't planned for consoles and will still not be going...
Is anyone else there?

Betawatch: Population Zero’s early access is here

Yes, it's true, Population Zero marched its way into early access this past week. It then promptly apologized for how the...
It's a real laugh.

Betawatch: Chronicles of Elyria insists it’s totally still in development

So... about Chronicles of Elyria. Yes, it has laid off its entire staff and the studio founder announced that it was shuttering. But...
We do things for you! This is a thing.

Betawatch: Star Citizen gets a nice guide to everything not in its next alpha patch

So, the bad news for Star Citizen fans is that some features of its next major patch are being removed, and by "some"...
That arena is sure shadowy.

Betawatch: Shadow Arena’s final beta test is happening now

It's the final countdown! Wait... no, I'm sorry, it's not a countdown at all. It's the actual final beta test for Shadow Arena...
One last round.

Betawatch: WoW’s Shadowlands hits alpha, Virtuverse moves to public testing

Yes, after all the waiting, World of Warcraft: Shadowlands was announced to be going into alpha testing and then finally did so....
What the el. Yon. Elyon.

Betawatch: Ascent Infinite Realm rebranded to Elyon during beta

Rebranding is one of those things that always feels like a bigger deal than it might be but also easy to under-sell by accident....
That arena is sure shadowy.

Betawatch: Shadow Arena announces its final beta in April

Is there any arena more shadow-filled than Shadow Arena? It might need to change its name if there were, but you can evaluate...
You're here!

Betawatch: Phantasy Star Online 2’s open beta arrived

The world feels really strange right now, and Phantasy Star Online 2 is in open beta in North America right now. Are...
Blessed not be.

Betawatch: Bless Unleashed is, well, unleashed

Better luck this time, Bless Unleashed! We had a giveaway for your proper launch, which was yesterday, and we're really hoping you get...
So snipe.

Betawatch: Even MMO betas can be delayed over novel coronavirus concerns

No! No, my child, my hope, my sweet Blue Protocol, I want you to go through testing and come out here sooner! But...
Critters.

Betawatch: Temtem plans for this year and the next

You can be glib and accuse Temtem of basically being a slight variant of Pokémon, but you cannot accuse the developers of lacking ambition. Not...
TECHNICALLY?!

Betawatch: Crowfall hands out rewards, guides people in necromancy, and covers race disciplines

Darn it, Crowfall, could you be bothered to have a unifying theme this week? Look, it's good that you're giving out monthly rewards...

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