Yes, The Elder Scrolls Online
fans, another set of beta invitations has gone out
, making for a large number of very happy fans. ArcheAge
fans, by contrast, are probably extremely unhappy
. Unless they're in Russia
, which is apparently higher priority for release than over here. This is why we can't have nice things.
Speaking of games that seem to outright refuse
to launch over here, we learned Blade & Soul
is doing quite well in its Chinese beta. The good news is that open beta is launching on the 28th
and will feature no IP locks; the bad news is that it will obviously be in Chinese, which may be quite a hurdle for anyone not fluent.
Other than that? Oh, you know, the usual list of tests past the break. Let us know if something crept into open testing or added a cash shop without our noticing!
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 "open beta" MMOs that have soft-launched with functioning real-money cash shops will not be listed.
Blood and Jade
(Project Gorgon): Signup
(Kis Studios): Announcement
(early access on Steam now
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. This still qualifies even if the test does feature an active cash shop so long as the signups are restricted.
Earthrise: First Impact
(Hunted Cow Studios): Announcement
(launching November 30th)
End of Nations
(in "open" alpha)
(Blizzard Entertainment): Announcement
Hero of the Obelisk
(GBE Games): Signup
LEGO Minifigures Online
(beta to start in early November)
(Aeria Games): Announcement
Line of Defense
Origins of Malu
(Burning Dog): Announcement
(development in limbo, possibly canceled)
(Project Whitecard): Announcement
(fka Astronaut: Moon, Mars, and Beyond)
The Elder Scrolls Online
(Above and Beyond): Announcement
(Nerd Kingdom): Announcement
(fka Orgia Romanus; adult MMO, possibly NSFW)
(Crytek/Trion Worlds): Announcement
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Betawatch is Massively's weekly report on the latest MMO alphas, betas, and other games still meandering toward an official launch. From ArcheAge to World of Warplanes, 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!