Welcome to Beta Data, where we get excited over increased system requirements and mystery games. But first, two of the biggest online games of 2016 are running beta events this weekend ahead of their early March launch dates.
People have been waiting for The Division for years and it became one of those games that many assumed just wouldn’t see the light of day for a long while. Yet here it is in open beta. You can play The Division this weekend on any platform (well.. WiiU players may be disappointed) for free and see whether or not it is the kind of game you want to buy into when it launches March 8th.
That is if you can balance it around Black Desert Online’s current beta test, which began yesterday. Daum also released a rather intriguingly voiced opening cinematic this past week which introduces the origins of the game’s story.
If that isn’t enough beta action for you for one weekend, Supernova are holding their final closed beta test this weekend. Starting today from 9am PST, this will be your last chance to earn unique in game rewards to take with you into the live game.
Blizzard updated the system requirements for World of Warcraft: Legion and the increase is pretty significant, as can be expected from a game that is constantly improving its graphics.
We also heard this week that BioWare are hiring for a new and unannounced IP. The person will need experience and knowledge of PC/console games with significant online elements, particularly in an MMO context. Of course, we have no clue what this game will be just yet, but we know that it will be an online multiplayer game.
Valiance Online have launched a new crowdfunding campaign this week to help with development costs and staff salaries, with the aim of making vast improvements to all aspects of the game and move to an alpha release on Steam.
Jagex announced the open beta for Chronicle: RuneScape Legends will be coming March 23rd, bring a while bunch of new features and improvements to the 3D card game.
And ASTA: The War of Tears and Wind at last announced their open beta date. Previously delayed to get localization right for players, ASTA will now be entering open beta on March 2nd.
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|
|Conan Exiles||Official Site||Open World Survival Game||In Development|
|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|
|Dead By Daylight||Official Site||Asymmetrical 4v1 Survival Horror|
|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|
|Fragmented||Official Site||Survival Action Shooter|
|Gloria Victis||Official Site||Medieval Sandbox MMORPG||Pre-Alpha|
|Greed Monger||Official Site||MMORPG||In Development|
|Heroes of Rune||Official Site||MOBA||Open Alpha|
|Hero’s Song||Official Site||2D Open World RPG|
|Ion||Official Site||Emergent Narrative Sci-Fi MMO|
|LawBreakers||Official Site||Team-Based Shooter|
|Livelock||Official Site||Co-Op Top-Down Shooter||In Development|
|Lost Ark||Official Site||Action MMORPG||Korean Focus Tests|
|Mage Faire Online||Official Site||Non-Combat Sandbox|
|Master X Master||Official Site||Action MOBA|
|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|
|Pumpkin Online||Official Site||Multiplayer Non-Combat Game||In Development|
|Revival||Official Site||Dark Fantasy Sandbox MMO||In Development|
|Riders of Icarus||Official Site||MMORPG|
|Rising Thunder||Official Site||Robot Fighting||Technical Alpha|
|Rokh||Official Site||Sci-Fi Survival||In Development|
|Sacrament||Official Site||Indie MMORPG||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|
|Battalion 1944||Kickstarter||WW2 Multiplayer Shooter||Ends March 3|
|Citadel of Sorcery||Open Donation||MMORPG|
|Crowfall||Open Donation||Strategy MMORPG|
|Dogma: Eternal Night||Pre-Order||Gothic Horror MMO|
|Dragon of Legends||Kickstarter||Online aRPG||Ends March 24|
|Gloria Victis||Open Donation||Medieval Sandbox MMORPG||Pre-Alpha|
|Identity||Open Donation||Modern-Day Open World MMO|
|Nova Blitz||Open Donation||Digital TCG|
|Overpower||Kickstarter||MOBA-Style MMOFPS||Ends February 19|
|Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen||Open Donation||Fantasy MMORPG|
|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|
|Valiance Online||Open Donation||Superhero MMORPG||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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