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Betawatch: April 12 - 18, 2014

por Lorrine Renwick (2019-08-22)


-text c-gray-1" >This week, Trion expanded Trove's "adventurer" supporter tier, which costs $20, to include instant access to the game's ongoing alpha test. What else is new in the world of MMO betas this round?
Shards posted a survey for hopeful alpha test candidates (thanks, Siphaed!).

WildStar showed off new body customization options in its latest round of beta.

Face of Mankind's open beta begins... today!

Swordsman joins our list with its closed beta signups.

Archlord 2 opened its closed beta registration earlier this week.

Landmark implemented a major building patch for its beta.

We streamed Origins of Malu's alpha with the developer team.

Icarus Online's Korean open beta got a video preview.

HEX announced its closed beta will begin on April 23rd.

Monkey King Online soft-launched into open beta.

CasinoRPG, which does call itself an MMORPG, officially moved from beta to launch on April 16th.
Read on for the complete Betawatch roundup!




Massively considers a game to be in open testing if it has open, public signups and plans for a server wipe before its official launch. Self-described " casino open beta" MMOs that have soft-launched with functioning real-money cash shops will not be listed.

Face of Mankind (Nexeon): Signup
Margonem (Garmory): Signup
Project Gorgon (Project Gorgon): Signup
SmashMuck Champions (Kis Studios): Announcement, Signup, /r/ (early access on Steam)
Taikodom (Gamersfirst): Announcement, Signup


We consider an MMO to be in closed testing if it features either future test signups or an ongoing semi-private beta/alpha that cannot immediately and freely be accessed by the general public. Some are restricted by NDAs. Games qualify even if the testing is limited to backers or pre-purchasers and if has an active cash shop as long as the signups are restricted.

Albion Online (Sandbox Interactive): Announcement, Signup (alpha)
ArcheAge (Trion): Announcement, Signup (alpha)
Archlord 2 (Webzen): Announcement, Signup (closed beta)
Argo Online (Games-Masters): Announcement, Signup (closed beta)
Black Desert (Pearl Abyss): Announcement (Korean closed beta, second test starts 4/22)
Black Gold (Snail Games): Announcement, Signup (alpha)
DayZ (Bohemia Interactive): Announcement, Signup (Steam early access)
Earthrise: First Impact (SilentFuture): Announcement, Signup
Eclipse War Online (Playwith Interactive): Announcement, Signup (from 2/25 to 3/11)
Elite: Dangerous (Frontier): Announcement, Early Access Purchase (premium beta)
Gloria Victis (Black Eye): Announcement (donor alpha)
Heroes of the Storm (Blizzard): Announcement, Signup (technical alpha)
HEX (HEX Entertainment): Announcement, Signup (closed beta 4/23)
Landmark (SOE): Announcement, Signup (paid closed beta)
LEGO Minifigures Online (Funcom): Announcement, Signup (launching summer 2014)
Line of Defense (3000AD): Announcement, Signup
MyDream (MyDream): Announcement (closed testing open to donors)
Nosgoth (Square Enix): Signup
Origins of Malu (Burning Dog): Announcement
Shadowrun Online (Cliffhanger): Announcement (in Steam early access)
Shroud of the Avatar (Portalarium): Announcement (in donor testing)
Starlite (Project Whitecard): Announcement, Signup (fka Astronaut: Moon, Mars, and Beyond)
Strife (S2 Games): Announcement, Signup
Swordsman (PWE): Signup (closed beta)
The Repopulation (Above and Beyond): Announcement, Signup, /r/
Transformers Universe (Jagex): Announcement, Signup
Trove (Trion): Announcement (donor alpha)
TUG (Nerd Kingdom): Announcement, Signup (Steam early access)
Venus Rising (FoxySoft): Announcement (in internal alpha; adult MMO/NSFW)
Warlords of Draenor (Blizzard): Announcement, Signup (in closed alpha)
WildStar (Carbine/NCsoft): Announcement, Signup (launching 6/3)

Betawatch is Massively's weekly report on the latest MMO alphas, betas, and other games still meandering toward an official launch. From ArcheAge to WildStar, it's covered here, complete with sign-up links so that you too can perform the unpaid quality-control work otherwise known as game testing. Drop us a comment if we've missed one, and many thanks to Steven Eyerman for the Subreddit links.