If you had fond memories of Sevencore
during its brief original run, you'll be happy to know that the game is getting a new lease on life
via Ignited Games. Whether or not it will go better than the game's first go-round remains to be seen, but the beta is set to last until January 13th of next year.
Otherwise, it's been a quiet week for betas, almost as if some major holiday took place over the week. War Thunder expanded its Ground Forces beta
for more players, and Black Desert plans on adding a new region
during its next beta test. It's region-locked, for the record.
Oh yeah, and we also have that full list of games in testing just past the break as we always do, in case none of the above stories meets with your particular tastes. As always, let us know if something added an active cash shop without our noticing or otherwise switched beta phases.
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
(Ignited Games): Announcement
(beta until 1/13/14)
(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; it also qualifies if the testing is limited to purchasers.
(Aeria Games): Announcement
(Bohemia Interactive): Announcement
(access is for early purchasers on Steam)
Earthrise: First Impact
, Early Access Purchase
End of Nations
(in "open" alpha)
(Blizzard Entertainment): Announcement
(open beta coming in 2014, invites to everyone who signs up by January 7th, 2014)
League of Angels
LEGO Minifigures Online
(launching summer 2014)
(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)
(S2 Games): Announcement
The Elder Scrolls Online
(Above and Beyond): Announcement
(Nerd Kingdom): Announcement
(fka Orgia Romanus; adult MMO, possibly NSFW)
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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!