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Betawatch: November 15 - 21, 2014

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Betawatch - Lineage Eternal
Lineage Eternal wowed G-Star attendees with the news that it will beta in 2015 and hit its worldwide simultaneous launch in 2016. What else is new in the land of MMO testing? The complete Betawatch roundup is below.

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Betawatch: November 8 - 14, 2014

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EverQuest
World of Warcraft's Warlords of Draenor launched this week, departing the halls of Betawatch. What else is new in the world of MMO testing? Our complete Betawatch roundup is below.

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Betawatch: November 1 - 7, 2014

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Trove
Trove departs the Betawatch list this week, having soft-launched with an open beta destined to go unwiped. Heroes of the Storm will head to closed beta on January 13th. And Blizzard announced Overwatch, a team-based online shooter that'll hit beta in 2015. What else is new in the world of MMO testing?
  • The Repopulation lowered its alpha access pledge prices from $100 to $25.
  • Elite: Dangerous will be emerging from beta and launching on December 16th.
  • Skyforge's first technical beta weekend begins November 13th.
  • MMOTCG HEX dropped its beta key requirement, so it's in open beta, but the studio says it's not in open beta. So yeah.
  • Dawngate announced a sunset while it was still in beta.
  • Korean MMO Echo of Soul immigrates to North America and Europe next year. Beta signups are live.
  • Gigantic will greatly expand its alpha test this fall.
  • Star Citizen passed $60 million in fundraising.
  • Watch two hours of in-beta Civilization Online unfold.
  • Indie MMOFPS Hunternet was revealed; it's currently in alpha.
  • The international version of Journey to the West enters closed beta tomorrow on November 8th.
  • Kingdom Rift began open alpha on November 3rd.
The complete Betawatch roundup is below.

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Betawatch: October 25 - 31, 2014

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Elite
Elite: Dangerous' beta 3 went live this week with bug fixes and new features like player-driven interdiction, asteroid mining, and philanthropy missions. What else is new in the land of MMO testing? Read on for the complete Betawatch roundup.

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Betawatch: October 18 - 24, 2014

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Camelot Unchained - Betawatch
Camelot Unchained ran a pre-alpha test for backers this past weekend, allowing players to test out character creation and PvP. What else is new in the realm of MMO testing?
  • Justin test-drove Lord of the Ring's Online's in-testing Beorning race/class.
  • Trove has a fully open, no-wipe, everyone-welcome beta test running this weekend.
  • World of Warcraft previewed the creatures of Gorgrond, a zone in the upcoming Warlords of Draenor.
  • The Repopulation discussed its plans for healers and combat medics.
  • Shroud of the Avatar's Release 11 preps players for its Steam debut.
  • MJ pondered what "beta" means for Landmark and what backers' obligations to the game really are.
  • Life is Feudal sold 100,000 copies of its survival MMO in its first month on Steam early access.
  • EverQuest Next devs discussed playable Ogres and Dwarves.
  • Goblinworks defended the FFA PvP design of Pathfinder Online, currently in alpha.
Read on for our complete Betawatch roundup.

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Betawatch: October 11 - 17, 2014

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Landmark
This week, Landmark introduced lava. Also new gear, appearance slots, a better UI, and a zillion other tweaks. But lava.

What else is new in the realm of MMO testing? The complete Betawatch roundup is below.

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Betawatch: October 4 - 10, 2014

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The Crew
This week, The Crew's launch date was delayed until to December 2nd, ensuring a longer closed beta for the driving MMO. What else is new in the world of MMO testing? Read on for our complete Betawatch roundup.

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Betawatch: September 27 - October 3, 2014

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RIFT
The formal launch of RIFT's Nightmare Tide expansion has been delayed by two weeks, so that means it'll be keeping us company here in Betawatch for two more weeks! What else is new in the world of MMO testing? The complete Betawatch roundup lies below.

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Betawatch: September 20 - 26, 2014

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Trove
Trion Worlds ended Trove's alpha yesterday... and soft-launched its paid beta (complete with a brand-new class) in its place. Beta, mind you, will not be wiped again, but you've still got to pony up for a starter pack of one flavor or another to access it. What else is new in the land of MMO testing this week? Read on for the complete Betawatch roundup.

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Betawatch: September 13 - 19, 2014

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EQ
This week, classic EverQuest began the beta test for Darkened Sea, its 21st expansion. You read that number correctly! What else is new in the land of MMO testing? The full Betawatch roundup is below.

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Betawatch: September 6 - 12, 2014

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ArcheAge
We say farewell to ArcheAge this week as it emerges from open beta into its head start period. What else is new in the land of MMO testing? The complete Betawatch roundup lies ahead.

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Betawatch: August 30 - September 5, 2014

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AA
ArcheAge's open beta, undaunted by what our community has dubbed e-hooligans and their DDoSing ways, officially began yesterday. The official launch is slated for September 16th. What else is new in the land of MMO testing? The complete Betawatch roundup is below.

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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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