Good news, everyone! SMITE
is going to be launched in March of next year
! You might argue that it's kind of a silly distinction seeing as the game has been in open beta with a functional cash shop for quite some time now, but this is different because there will be a big tournament before the launch. Any previous tournaments don't count because of reasons.
In other news, Hero of the Obelisk entered its open beta yesterday
at a point when most of us were stuffing ourselves with far more food than we really needed. Defiance
is also opening up its public test server
, which doesn't really count as a standard beta but is still a thing.
Is that all? Well, you know, it's a holiday weekend, but we've still got our usual list of games in testing past the break. Let us know if a game on our list added a cash shop while we were eating a bunch of turkey, please.
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!