Where has this week gone? I’m not sure whether it’s the post-Thanksgiving/beginning of December atmosphere, or something else entirely but it feels like it has gone by in a flash and before we knew it, a bunch of new games had left Beta phases for official launches. I’m not even kidding. We’ll begin with Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, the first Rainbow Six title to launch in 7 years, which launched on December 1st and has been receiving some pretty positive reviews.
On December 2nd, hardcore MMORPG Sphere 3: Enchanted World launched following a short run in Open Beta.
And on the same day, EVE Gunjack, announced earlier this year, launched for Samsung Gear VR, available now from the Oculus Store.
Following on December 3rd, Rooster Teeth’s hack n’ slash RWBY game, with up to 4 player co-op multiplayer, launched through Steam Early Access.
Devilian went ahead and launched into Open Beta, also on December 3rd. This will be running over this weekend, ending Sunday at 10pm (PST).
Elite: Dangerous launched the Beta for their Horizons expansion this week, also, bringing planetary landings to the already massive game.
Meanwhile, Black Desert Online are preparing for their upcoming Closed Beta test by opening up Beta sign-ups so go forth and sign up for that, or purchase a pre-order pack for guaranteed access, if that’s something you would be interested in.
Crowfall kicked off Alpha 1.1 with lots of improvements to their Hunger Dome, most notably color and textures have been added to the game world – no more gray boxes! Pre-Alpha 2.0 should be on the way early 2016.
Hi-Rez have introduced the first of (most probably) many new champions to the now-ongoing Paladins Beta. Evie, the Winter Witch.
You can now explore a whole new region known as the Wood Isle in Otherland, with 70 new quests and a bunch of other changes and fixes including combat improvements and a raised level cap.
And World of Warcraft’s Legion Alpha has invited a bunch more players this past week, introduced two new zones, and we’ve seen new models and images from the new expansion across the board. It’s a good time to be a WoW fan!
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.
|Atlas Reactor||Official Site||Arena RTS|
|Black Desert Online||Official Site||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|
|Das Tal||Official Site||PvP Sandbox MMORPG||Alpha, Open Donation|
|Divergence: Online||Official Site||Sandbox MMORPG|
|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|
|FORCED: Eternal Arenas||Official Site||Roguelike Deck-Building Game|
|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|
|Moonrise||Official Site||Mobile Multiplayer RPG||Shutting Down|
|Moving Hazard||Official Site||Team-Based Shooter|
|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|
|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 Elder Scrolls: Legends||Official Site||Multiplayer Card Game|
|The SKIES||Official Site||Post-Apocalyptic MMO||Limited Alpha|
|Time of Dragons||Official Site||Action Shooter|
|Valiance Online||Official Site||Superhero MMO|
|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.
|Arena: Cyber Evolution||Official Site||Sports MOBA|
|ARK: Survival Evolved||Official Site||Dinosaur Survival|
|Beasts of Prey||Official Site||Dinosaur MMOFPS|
|DayZ||Official Site||Zombie Survival|
|Deadbreed||Official Site||Spooky Themed MOBA||Free-to-Play|
|Descent: Underground||Official Site||Multiplayer Sci-Fi Shooter|
|Factions: Origins of Malu||Official Site||Fantasy Sandbox MMORPG|
|Games of Glory||Official Site||Shooter MOBA|
|Golden Rush||Official Site||4-Team MOBA||Free-to-Play|
|Grav||Official Site||Sci-Fi Sandbox MMO|
|Heavy Gear Assault||Official Site||MMO-ish PvP Arena|
|H1Z1||Official Site||Zombie Survival|
|Immune||Official Site||Post-Apocalyptic Sandbox|
|Line of Defense||Official Site||MMOFPS|
|MyDream||Official Site||Sandbox MMO|
|Novus Inceptio||Official Site||Sandbox Survival MMO|
|Offworld Trading Company||Official Site||RTS|
|Oort Online||Official Site||Voxel Sandbox MMO|
|Otherland||Official Site||Scifi Action MMORPG|
|Pathfinder Online||Official Site||Sandbox MMORPG|
|Reign of Kings||Official Site||Medieval Sandbox MMO|
|Robocraft||Official Site||Vehicle Combat Shooter||Free-to-Play|
|RPG MO||Official Site||Isometric Sandbox||Free-to-Play|
|Rust||Official Site||Survival MMO|
|RWBY: Grimm Eclipse||Official Site||Co-Op Hack n’ Slash|
|Savage Lands||Official Site||Multiplayer Survival|
|Shards Online||Official Site||Sandbox MMORPG|
|Shroud of the Avatar||Official Site||Fantasy MMORPG|
|Skara – The Blade Remains||Official Site||MOBA(ish)|
|Star Citizen||Official Site||Massively Spaceship Simulator|
|Starbound||Official Site||Scifi Sandbox Adventure|
|The Isle||Official Site||Dinosaur Survival|
|The Repopulation||Official Site||Scifi Sandbox MMORPG|
|Toxikk||Official Site||Arena FPS|
|Tree of Life||Official Site||Sandbox MMORPG|
|TUG||Official Site||Sandbox Survival|
|Utherous||Official Site||Fantasy Sandbox MMORPG|
|Warhammer 40K: Dark Nexus Arena||Official Site||MOBA|
|Warhammer 40K: Eternal Crusade||Official Site||Massive Combat RPG|
|Wild Terra||Official Site||Isometric Sandbox||Open Alpha|
|Xsyon||Official Site||Sandbox Apocalypse|
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.
|Adventure Guild||Kickstarter||Social Mobile MMORPG||Ends January 2|
|AdventureQuest 3D||Kickstarter||Cross-platform MMORPG||Ends January 1|
|AlterVerse||Open Donation||VR Sandbox|
|Citadel of Sorcery||Open Donation||MMORPG|
|Crowfall||Open Donation||Strategy MMORPG|
|Dogma: Eternal Night||Kickstarter||Sandbox MMORPG||Ends December 24|
|Gloria Victis||Open Donation||Medieval Sandbox MMORPG||Pre-Alpha|
|Identity||Open Donation||Modern-Day Open World MMO|
|Nova Blitz||Open Donation||Digital TCG|
|Pangaea||Kickstarter||Post-Apocalyptic Survival||Ends December 25|
|Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen||Open Donation||Fantasy MMORPG|
|Spatium||Kickstarter||Space Sandbox Survival MMO||Ends December 23|
|Star Citizen||Open Donation||Space Simulator MMO|
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.
|Star Trek Alien Domain Giveaway||Giveaway|
|Winterfrost Legacy Giveaway||Giveaway|
|World of Fishing Shop Voucher Giveaway||Giveaway|
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