Beta news has felt a little light on the ground this week after 2 or 3 weeks of major launches and new game announcements, however, that was all in my imagination as we’ve actually got quite a bit to share in Beta Data this week!
Let’s begin with the official launch of new free to play card game, Spellweaver. Available now on Steam, Spellweaver ties in common elements of modern card games into a game of deep strategy, created by a team of just 5 people over 4 years, and it’s looking pretty awesome. Interested? We currently have a giveaway running with Dream Reactor that grants you $15 worth of in game gold!
And amazing news for The Repopulation this week as Above and Beyond Technologies announced that the troubled sandbox MMORPG would be switching to the Unreal Engine, putting an end to its troubles with the Hero Engine. While it won’t be coming back online just yet as they will need to rebuild quite a bit of the game’s code, in the meantime, the studio will be releasing a survival game based in The Repopulation’s world which will form the basis for the MMORPG. This game is called Fragmented and is definitely worth keeping an eye on.
Many of you will have been eagerly awaiting the return of the Overwatch Beta, and thankfully, Blizzard revealed that their team-based shooter will make a return to online service on February 9th with a bunch of updates and fixes.
We actually brought up Titanfall 2 a couple of weeks ago when job listings were found on the studio’s careers page but we discovered this week that EA aims to launch the sequel before the end of March, 2017.
Fans of adorable sandbox MMOs may want to check out Islet Online which became available through Steam Early Access this week at a 20% discount. The game features a living ecosystem which is effected by the player’s actions as they explore the world and build.
Shroud of the Avatar revealed the date for the game’s final character wipe. On July 28th, Release 32 will be patched in and character data wiped, and from then on, all character information will remain persistent. So for anybody who may have been waiting for this point in Shroud of the Avatar’s development? This is the date to note. The game will still be in Early Access, but you will no longer need to worry about lost progress.
The big one for MMORPG fans this week was of course the launch date reveal for Black Desert Online. Due to launch March 3rd, players have until February 26th to secure their pre-order packs before those bonuses become unavailable. In addition, sign-ups are now open for the second and final Closed Beta test and name reservations will open February 9th.
And for those of you who love the idea of a battle royale-styled survival game, you may be interested to check out The Culling, a 16-player kill-or-be-killed game announced this week from Xaviant. The game will be arriving to PC through Steam Early Access on March 8th and it certainly looks intriguing.
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|
|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|
|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|
|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 February 21|
|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|
|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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