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Betawatch: August 23 - 29, 2014

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Landmark
This week, SOE injected a limited version of combat into its really-truly-still-a-beta Landmark sandbox. Massively's MJ Guthrie streamed and wrote about her initial experiences with the system. What else is new in the land of MMO testing? The complete Betawatch roundup awaits.

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Betawatch: August 16 - 22, 2014

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This building is really taking shape!
Who doesn't want more building shapes? Landmark players can look forward to more shapes to use in their structures, including cones and pyramids. Meanwhile, ArcheAge testers can explore the game again in another closed beta event starting today and running until August 27th.

Not your cup of tea? Maybe The Crew is more your speed? You can pre-order for a closed beta key, as well as picking up some discounts if you pre-order through GMG or GameFly. That beta starts up on August 25th. Rising Generals also hit closed beta testing, so if you'd prefer to take a more strategic approach to your combat, that's an option.

Wait, none of that is what you're looking for? Huh. Well, then, maybe you should just jump on past the cut into our full list of betas, where you can find several other options. As always, if something's missed our notice, let us know in the comments!

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Betawatch: August 9 - 15, 2014

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Rolling back in like I'm running this.
Start your engines because it's time to drive. Online. The Crew is gearing up for its second closed beta test on August 25th, World of Speed is kicking off its closed beta sometime in Q4 2014, and Armored Warfare starts its beta in Q1 of 2015. Skyforge is also starting its closed beta in Q4 2014, but we're relatively certain you can't drive anything in that game, so keep that in mind as you determine which game deserves your playtime.

Meanwhile, Demon Crusade has entered open beta, ArcheAge is adding servers for its next round of beta testing, and the relaunched Wakfu also entered the open arena. We've also received confirmation that combat is being added to Landmark on August 27th for those of you who have built enough and want to get down to killing. For our full list of games in testing, skip on past the break, and if you notice something that we missed, let us know down in the comments.

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Betawatch: August 2 - 8, 2014

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Landmark
After a few delays, Landmark's beta launched a massive patch introducing guilds as well as glass and ice voxels. For those still stumbling around in the game trying to learn which tool does what, Massively's own MJ Guthrie put together a helpful Landmark building guide. What else is new in the land of MMO betas?
  • ArcheAge will run another closed beta event next weekend.
  • The Crew has plans for a second round of closed beta beginning August 25.
  • Elite: Dangerous is hard at work on its second premium beta phase.
  • Das Tal ended its early alpha tests and is now hoping to be greenlighted on Steam.
  • Tree of Savior delayed its closed beta; it won't be this summer after all.
  • Next week, we'll finally learn when Warlords of Draenor is launching.
  • Demon Crusade launched its second beta earlier this week.
  • Finally, we've updated our Shards Online listing with the game's new website.
The complete Betawatch roundup follows.

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Betawatch: July 26 - August 1, 2014

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Firefall
Both Firefall and Swordsman officially launched this week, ending their tenures on the Betawatch list and landing on hard drives everywhere. What else is new in the land of MMO testing? The complete Betawatch roundup follows.

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Betawatch: July 19 - 25, 2014

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Destiny
Destiny's beta opened its doors to everyone this week... as long as you have a PS3, Xbox Live Gold, or a PlayStation Plus subscription, that is. What else is new in the world of MMO testing? The full Betawatch roundup is below.

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Betawatch: July 12 - 18, 2014

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ArcheAge
ArcheAge officially dropped into closed beta mode this week; according to Trion Worlds, the beta saw over a million sign-ups, with so many logins that the team was forced to open new beta servers on short notice. What else is new in the world of MMO testing? The complete Betawatch roundup follows.

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Betawatch: July 5 - 11, 2014

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ArcheAge
ArcheAge dazzled MMORPG players this week with the announcement that its closed beta will kick off on July 17th. What else is new in the world of MMO testing? The complete Betawatch roundup for the week of July 5th to 11th is below.

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Betawatch: June 28 - July 4, 2014

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ArcheAge
This week, Trion Worlds explained the reasoning behind ArcheAge's closed beta delay; sandbox fans must now wait until mid-July for the anticipated closed beta events. What else is new in the world of MMO betas? The complete Betawatch roundup awaits.

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Betawatch: June 21 - 27, 2014

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Pathfinder
This week, sandbox hopeful Pathfinder Online kicked off a pay-to-play alpha for its Kickstarter donors and folks who bought access through the game's website. What else is new in the world of MMO betas? The complete Betawatch roundup is below.

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Betawatch: June 14 - June 20, 2014

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LEGO Minifigures Online
Funcom's LEGO Minifigures Online launched into open beta earlier this week, hoping players will stay a bit longer than they did in the last LEGO MMO. What else is new in the land of betas this week? Enjoy the complete Betawatch roundup below.

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Betawatch: June 7 - 13, 2014

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SOTA
In-testing MMO Shroud of the Avatar raised eyebrows this week with an update that retooled pledge tiers to arguably give crowdfunders considerable sandbox advantages in return for piles of money. What else is new in the land of MMO testing? The full Betawatch roundup awaits!

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Betawatch: May 31 - June 6, 2014

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Shards
Remember Argo Online? Oh yeah, we do too, and this week it transitioned into open beta. ArchLord 2 is also eyeing a beta before the month is out. Shards Online, meanwhile, is taking on all comers for a free preview weekend even though the fantasy sandbox isn't even in alpha! What else is happening in MMO beta news this week? Well, we're glad you asked!

The Repopulation improved its combat abilities
We played some of Black Gold's ongoing beta
Trove added the Fae Trickster class
Swordsman got a new gameplay trailer
Firefall kept on keeping on

Click past the cut for the full Betawatch roundup.

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Betawatch: May 24 - 30, 2014

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ArcheAge
ArcheAge's alpha is so popular that Trion had to upgrade its hardware to support "the massive number of Archeum Founders." Yes, I know, this is Betawatch and not Alphawatch, but since alpha is the new beta it seemed like an appropriate story to mention. But that's not all that is happening this week in MMO beta news. Click past the cut for the full Betawatch roundup.

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Betawatch: May 17 - 23, 2014

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Destiny
Bungie announced this week that its console MMOFPS Destiny is open for pre-order and pre-loading on the PS3 and PS4. Pre-order players will earn beta access come July. What else is new in the world of MMO beta testing?
  • WildStar is keeping its open beta live intermittently until the headstart begins.
  • Legend of Silkroad entered open beta this week.
  • Star Citizen's single-player Arena Commander module is officially launching May 29th.
  • MapleStory 2's Korean closed beta is expected to begin later this year.
  • Newly announced MOBA Arena of Fate plans an early access period for PC players this summer.
Journey on for the complete Betawatch roundup!

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