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Betawatch: August 2 - 8, 2014

Betas, Launches, MMO Industry, New Titles, News Items, Betawatch, Miscellaneous, Crowdfunding

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

World of Warcraft, Betas, Events (Real-World), MMO Industry, New Titles, News Items, Betawatch, Miscellaneous, Crowdfunding, Destiny, Shroud of the Avatar, Pathfinder Online, Landmark

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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Betawatch: May 10 - 16, 2014

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WildStar
WildStar's open beta has not been without complications this week as the promised guild and character name reservation system suffered numerous outages, resulting in apologies and compensation for affected pre-order players. What else is new in the land of MMO betas? Enjoy the full Betawatch roundup below!

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Betawatch: May 3 - 9, 2014

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wildStar
WildStar officially entered open beta yesterday, upping its level cap and unveiling a new trailer. What else is new in the land of MMO betas?
  • Landmark patched oceans into its ongoing founder beta.
  • Like dinosaurs? Good. Survival MMO The Stomping Land hits Steam early access later this month.
  • Destiny rather casually announced that its beta is coming in July.
  • Heroes & Generals updated with the most massive patch its open beta has seen to date.
  • World of Warcraft took us on a tour of a Warlords of Draenor zone.
  • Elite: Dangerous clarified the timeline for its alpha and premium beta phases.
  • The Repopulation likewise posted its alpha schedule.
  • Shards Online started a mysterious countdown. [Thanks, Aimee!]
Read on for the complete Betawatch roundup!

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Betawatch: April 26 - May 2, 2014

Betas, Business Models, Events (Real-World), MMO Industry, News Items, Massively Meta, Betawatch, Miscellaneous, Crowdfunding

Landmark
This week, SOE's sandbox Landmark rolled out its development plans for the next four months of beta, including tidbits on the crafting upgrade, loot, death, and combat. What else is new in the land of MMO betas? Read on for the complete Betawatch roundup!

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