Wow. All right. So it's been a quiet year for betas so far. Then EverQuest Next Landmark
goes into testing and promptly drops its NDA
, resulting in a lot
of updates about the game. And today The Elder Scrolls Online
finally lifted its NDA in the smallest fashion possible for the press, which resulted in another flood of stuff
talking about the game's first few levels. (Although our readers still can't really talk about it, sadly.)
So, yes. Not such a quiet week this time around.
There are still other games in testing, of course, and we have them along with our testing notes just past the break. As always, if we overlooked something such as a game shifting into another phase of testing, please, let us know about it down in the comments so we can correct that as soon as we confirm it. Three or four games could have launched this week without getting noticed, really; somehow we managed to overlook the fact that Face of Mankind
hit closed beta testing (with open beta in the near future).
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
(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.
(Bohemia Interactive): Announcement
(access is for early purchasers on Steam)
Earthrise: First Impact
, Early Access Purchase
End of Nations
EverQuest Next Landmark
(Sony Online Entertainment): Announcement
(in paid alpha)
Face of Mankind
League of Angels
LEGO Minifigures Online
(launching summer 2014)
(Aeria Games): Announcement
Line of Defense
Origins of Malu
(Burning Dog): Announcement
(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)
This week, we've got a question by longtime reader Vexia: So, is anything really happening on the Lime Odyssey front?
The answer is yes, but none of it is good, unfortunately. Lime Odyssey
was on track for localization and release in America, but the last update on the official site was in June of last year. The official word on the forums was that the game was being taken back in-house for more adjustments and that it would be put on the back burner whilst Arcane Saga
was being localized and brought out.
Unfortunately, that update was back in September, and since then the forums have been almost completely silent. The usual policy is to leave games like that on the list if the official word is still "this is happening" for a while, but since the game itself is shutting down in Korea on the 20th
, it's going to be cut by then if there's no more official word.
Short version: It's probably not happening.
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, and many thanks to Steven Eyerman for the Subreddit links!