This week Beta Data says a fond farewell to Blade & Soul as it heads out of head start and straight into launch, at last. Now anybody in the West can download and play a fully localized Blade & Soul for free!
Meanwhile, those awaiting Black Desert Online will be pleased to hear that the second Closed Beta got itself a release date of February 18th, while you wait, why not play around with the character creator tool which they released for free. In addition, Daum gave everybody a hunk of “feedback on feedback” from the first Closed Beta over on the official Black Desert forums. This includes information, at last, about how the game’s cash shop will work in the Western release, as well as feedback on PvP penalties.
If you’ve been eagerly awaiting the return of the Overwatch Beta, sorry to say that you’ll be waiting a little while longer as it has been delayed until at least February. It’s not all bad news, though, as this does mean that Blizzard get more time to work on tweaks and new features, including a progression system and an all new game mode with new maps created especially for it.
Paladins, however, should see new features much sooner. Some time today, in fact, as in a recent livestream, Hi-Rez revealed Ultimate abilities, beacons, new game modes, and a few other things, set to go live in the game’s Beta January 22nd.
Just in case you’re curious about Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade’s move to Steam Early Access, you can have a read of this F.A.Q. from Senior Producer Nathan Richardsson.
Also available as of this week is the Gigantic Beta 2.0, bringing EU servers, a progression system, cross-platform play, 24/7 server access, and lots more!
If you’re more in the market for a new sandbox MMO, you may be interested in Titan Siege which entered Open Beta this week.
And we also heard of a few new games, this week! So get these on your radars, folk. Perhaps the biggest new game of the MMO community this week is John Smedley’s new game, Hero’s Song. Now on Kickstarter, this is a 2D open world rogue-like fantasy game with a ton of charm. They’ve even got in fantasy giant Pat Rothfuss and popular Twitch streamer CohhCarnage to help make the world as awesome as it can be!
If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, perhaps Overpower will. A class-based medieval shooter MMO with MOBA-like combat. Also on Kickstarter, this game shows a lot of promise.
Or you could check out Trinium Wars, a new sci-fi MMORPG that will be coming to Steam Early Access on February 17th.
Perhaps The Black Death catches your eye with its medieval world under threat by plague that you must survive within as a blacksmith, a knight, or a trader. There’s quite the variety for you to take a look at this week!
Notice anything missing? Get in touch and we’ll take a look!
Pre-Alpha and Alpha
Games in Pre-Alpha and Alpha are games in early testing, and are often under an NDA and require keys to access.
|AdventureQuest 3D||Official Site||3D MMORPG|
|Atlas Reactor||Official Site||Arena RTS|
|Beyond the Destiny||Official Site||Sci-Fi MMORPG|
|Blitzkrieg 3||Official Site||MMORTS|
|Camelot Unchained||Official Site||Fantasy MMORPG||Paid Alpha|
|Chronicles of Elyria||Official Site||Sandbox MMORPG|
|Crossout||Official Site||Post-Apocalyptic Vehicle Combat||Alpha|
|Crowfall||Official Site||Strategy MMORPG||Pre-Alpha|
|Cube World||Official Site||Voxel Sandbox|
|Das Tal||Official Site||PvP Sandbox MMO||Alpha, Open Donation|
|Dogma: Eternal Night||Official Site||Gothic Horror MMO||Project Dogmat|
|Eco||Official Site||Global Survival Game||Starts November 23|
|Eleven||Official Site||Non-combat Web MMO||Glitch-revival|
|Escape From Tarkov||Official Site||Military MMO|
|EVE Valkyrie||Official Site||Virtual Reality Sci-fi Shooter||Pre-Alpha|
|Fangold||Official Site||Digital TCG|
|For Honor||Official Site||Competitive Melee Fighting||Pre-Alpha|
|Gloria Victis||Official Site||Medieval Sandbox MMORPG||Pre-Alpha|
|Heroes of Rune||Official Site||MOBA||Open Alpha|
|Ion||Official Site||Emergent Narrative Sci-Fi MMO|
|LawBreakers||Official Site||Team-Based Shooter|
|Lost Ark||Official Site||Action MMORPG||Korean Focus Tests|
|Mage Faire Online||Official Site||Non-Combat Sandbox|
|Moving Hazard||Official Site||Team-Based Shooter|
|Ninelives||Official Site||Open World Adventure RPG||Open Alpha|
|No Man’s Sky||Official Site||Procedurally Generated Sandbox||Pre-Alpha|
|Nova Blitz||Official Site||Digital TCG||Alpha|
|Project Genom||Official Site||Sci-Fi Shooter|
|Project Gorgon||Official Site||Fantasy MMORPG||Alpha|
|Psypher||Official Site||Digital TCG|
|Revival||Official Site||Dark Fantasy Sandbox MMO||In Development|
|Rising Thunder||Official Site||Robot Fighting||Technical Alpha|
|Rokh||Official Site||Sci-Fi Survival||In Development|
|Saga of Lucimia||Official Site||Sandbox MMORPG||Pre-Alpha|
|Sea of Thieves||Official Site||Pirate Adventure MMO|
|SkySaga||Official Site||Voxel Sandbox|
|Stash||Official Site||Multiplayer Turn-Based RPG||Backer Alpha|
|The Black Death||Official Site||Medieval Survival MMO|
|The Elder Scrolls: Legends||Official Site||Multiplayer Card Game|
|The SKIES||Official Site||Post-Apocalyptic MMO||Limited Alpha|
|The World of Akria||Official Site||2D Sandbox MMO||Playable Now|
|Time of Dragons||Official Site||Action Shooter|
|Valiance Online||Official Site||Superhero MMO|
|Wizard Online||Official Site||VR MMORPG|
|World of Warcraft: Legion||Official Site||MMORPG||Expansion|
Games that are in Early Access tend to require a purchase and/or access to Steam. Anybody can access games in Early Access but builds tends to be unstable as they are still under development.
MMOs in Closed Beta are those which require a key to participate in, typically for a limited number of people and occurring prior to an Open Beta testing phase.
Open Beta is the phase in which anybody can take part at no cost, with no key required. These days, Open Beta tests tend to be a soft launch with no wipe.
MMO and MOBA related crowdfunding events taking place through Kickstarter, IndieGoGo, or open donations through a game’s website.
|AlterVerse||Open Donation||VR Sandbox|
|Citadel of Sorcery||Open Donation||MMORPG|
|Crowfall||Open Donation||Strategy MMORPG|
|Dogma: Eternal Night||Pre-Order||Gothic Horror MMO|
|Eternal Relics||Kickstarter||Fantasy MMORPG||Ends February 11|
|Gloria Victis||Open Donation||Medieval Sandbox MMORPG||Pre-Alpha|
|Hero’s Song||Kickstarter||2D Open World RPG||Ends February 18|
|Identity||Open Donation||Modern-Day Open World MMO|
|Morbus||Kickstarter||Multiplayer Survival Game||Ends January 31|
|Nova Blitz||Open Donation||Digital TCG|
|Overpower||Kickstarter||MOBA-Style MMOFPS||Ends February 19|
|Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen||Open Donation||Fantasy MMORPG|
|Planet Nomads||Kickstarter||Survival Sci-Fi Sandbox||Ends February 18|
|Realm Zero||Open Donation||Fantasy MMORPG|
|Space Chronicles||Kickstarter||Sci-Fi Browser MMORPG||Ends March 9|
|Star Citizen||Open Donation||Space Simulator MMO|
|The Realm: Reawakened||GoFundMe||Re-released Classic MMO||Ongoing|
We often have keys and items to give away that either offer access to a game in testing, or grant rewards in games still in testing. These will be listed here.
|Clash of Avatars Newbie Packs||Giveaway|
|Eternal Dream Gift Pack Giveaway||Giveaway|
|One Piece Online: Supreme Pirates (German/Spanish)||Giveaway|
|World of Fishing Shop Voucher Giveaway||Giveaway|
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