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Betawatch: Black Desert takes the spotlight by storm (October 23, 2015)

If you are all a-flutter for news about Black Desert, this week has been kind to you. Super kind, even. A preview of the game’s upcoming Awakening system was made available for fans, its demo will debut in Paris next week, and there’s even super-important information about how you can up your odds of getting into the game’s testing. Once it’s finally here, you too can camp a boss for 10 hours just to deliver an eight-minute clip of video, because who doesn’t think that sounds like a fun ride?

Meanwhile, if you’re not even the slightest bit interested in Black Desert, there’s still other beta stuff going on from the week.

  • Wild Terra is opening up for a free-for-all beta test running until October 26th, if you want to jump into a harsh world that will force you to struggle if you want to survive.
  • Self-proclaimed hardcore Russian MMO Sphere 3 is aiming for an open beta, if you want to jump into a harsh world that will force you to struggle if you want to survive. Chiefly against other players.
  • Devilian entered its first closed beta in what I assume is some degree of harshness. Survival, etc. You know.
  • A whopping 120 quests have been added to Otherland. That’s three times 40, and as we all know, 40 is as many as four 10s. And that’s harsh.
  • Sword Coast Legends has launched, allowing you to jump into a harsh world blah blah blah. Except it’s probably a world created by your friends, so you know whose fault it is.

There was, of course, more stuff going on, but there’s only so much space in these introductions, gentle readers. Perhaps you’d like to check out our customary list past the break? And if we missed something, of course, you can let us know about it in the comments.

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Betawatch: Overwatch opens up, Black Desert pinpoints release (October 16th, 2015)

It’s a big news duel in the beta sphere this week. Overwatch announced that it will be entering beta on October 27th with a limited testing pool and periodic open events. Black Desert, meanwhile, is launching on this side of the pond in early 2016 with a buy-to-play business model; while it’s not yet in beta here, that’s still of sharp interest to those who have been waiting for, well, exactly that announcement.

And was there more stuff? Oh, yes indeed there was.

Oh, and we do have our usual list just down below. Something slipped our notice? Well, then, let us know about that in the comments!

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Betawatch: Camelot Unchained begins beta next year (October 9, 2015)

The good news is that Camelot Unchained will indeed be hitting the shores of the land of betas. The bad news? It’s not going to be until next year, presumably before the end of the winter. Hopefully you weren’t planning to do that, like, this weekend.

Other beta news that arrived at our doorstep coated in slime and precious stones:

Oh, and there is a long list of titles just past the break, some of which you might not be aware of. Did something swap testing states without our noticing? Let us know in the comments!

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Betawatch: October 2nd, 2015

Bad news for fans of elegant turns on the dance floor and all of the delicious accompanying politics that Ever, Jane promised – the game’s beta is being slightly delayed. Not massively so, but it turns out that the end of September was a bit too ambitious. The closed beta transition is now planned for sometime this month.

Other news in which betas did or did not go off as planned:

And of course, the usual suspects beneath this particular preamble. If something skipped phases or so forth in the list below, please, do let us know.

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Betawatch: September 25th, 2015

I really hope your plans for the immediate future didn’t include playing the full retail release for Sword Coast Legends, because the game’s launch has been delayed for a second time until October 20th. That’s the bad news; the good news is that the game is indeed still holding its early access period as promised, so you’ll at least get to set foot in the game this weekend.

And yes, the rest of the beta world moves on. For example!

Do we have a list of other games just down below? We sure do, and we sure appreciate you letting us know if we missed something important.

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Betawatch: September 18th, 2015

After a lengthy testing period, World of Warships has finally left port. That means that has finally succeeded in getting all of the possible vehicle-based World War II vehicle games into a launch state, because World of Space Fighters is anachronistic and World of War Bicycles would attract very few players. Also, it means we bid farewell to the game on the list below.

Other beta stuff happened this week, too! More than we can list in full, but we can hit some highlights just the same.

  • Fangold is asking for potential players to sign up for alpha and beta testing; it’s also hosting a stream on September 22nd at 10 p.m. EDT to show off an early build of the game and perhaps clarify whether it’s said “fang-old” or “fan-gold.”
  • Saga of Lucimia is making itself available in Mac and Linux builds for its stress test tomorrow; the game is also planning on letting more backers in for the stress testing.
  • Hyper Universe Online is something of a side-scrolling MOBA-ish game with what appear to be thinly-veiled Power Rangers? There’s a preview available, regardless.
  • Eternal Crusade has indeed kicked off its hopefully less-than-eternal alpha, with the game’s Twitter account tracking as various batches of invitations have been sent out.

As always, there’s also that aforementioned list just past the break. Let us know if we missed something! We appreciate it.

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Betawatch: September 11th, 2015

How eternal were you planning on making your crusade? We ask chiefly because Eternal Crusade has announced that its closed alpha test will start on September 14th, albeit with most of the MMO-style features not yet available for testing. Still, testing is testing!

Otherwise, absolutely nothing happened. By which I mean several other things happened.

Are there more games in a list just below? What a silly question, the answer is always yes. If you noticed we missed something on the list, let us know in the comments while assuming a vast conspiracy theory meant to discredit your favorite game. It’s those snake people, guys, they control everything.

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Betawatch: September 4th, 2015

The pre-alpha testing for Crowfall has started, which is really great even if it’s mostly just people beating the snot out of one another whilst I complain about the very notion of “pre-alpha” as a test phase. Seriously, we have a term for when parts of the game are in an early test stage, that’s what an alpha is. You can also check out how the game has evolved and check out some community answers.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the testing community:

And as always, there’s our listing of games in testing down below. Notice something that we missed? Let us know in the comments!

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Betawatch: August 28th, 2015

Project Gorgon‘s latest run on Kickstarter is over, and it was a pretty big success for the title, hitting almost $75,000 in funding. That means the game is moving forward with improvements, and it also means that players are going to need to start paying money to get into the test client. Hey, it had to happen eventually.

So what other beta news do we have before this weekend’s convention?

Plus we’ve got our usual list of games just past the break. Did we miss something? Is another game further along than we know? Let us know down in Ye Olde Commente Sectionne.

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Betawatch: August 21st, 2015

Revival isn’t yet in closed beta or closed alpha or even really in pre-alpha, but it is letting players walk around the houses they bought as part of the game’s whole development funding model. Which is probably a good sign, since other news about Illfonic has been a bit less than positive.

Other beta news? You know it!

Oh, yes, and there is a whole list of games in testing past the break, don’t you know. Let us know in the comments if something slipped our notice!

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Betawatch: August 14th, 2015

We all thought that Otherland was dead due to something as silly as a very long silence and the complete failure of its development studio. Turns out that it is still a thing, and it’s even launching on Early Access soon! I’m not sure if this necessarily holds up all that well, though. In 1996, when the first book was published, the idea of a world constantly connected to online spaces was new and different. That is no longer the World of Tomorrow, that is the World of Right The Hell Now.

Other beta news? Well, there’s not a lot, but there’s some.

And, you know, there’s that whole list just past the break of games in testing. Let us know in the comments if we missed something!

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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 public that can actually get involved are those players who purchased the expansion, which is a bit on the closed side. Still, at least players can rest assured that the expansion will launch this year.

This week has mostly been dominated by the onslaught of news from Gamescom, but there’s still some beta testing news in the mix.

And lo, there is a longer list past the break! Check it out, see if something slipped through testing without us catching it, you know how it be.

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Betawatch: July 31st, 2015

I’m not going to pretend to fully understand why people are super excited about Tree of Savior, but I’m still very happy that the people who are super excited about it are seeing forward motion with its first English beta test on August 4th. Seriously, that’s great news; Phantasy Star Online 2 fans have been waiting for that much news since the game was announced, and that doesn’t seem to be happening.

Other beta news? Oh, yes.

And yes, folks, there’s a list of games below! There always is. Plus, we’d love to know if a game slipped into a different testing phase but we missed it; let us know in the comments.

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