The Latest MMO Alpha and Beta News
For our first week of October, we have two exciting new additions to our game list as well as many updates that made us impatient to see the updates roll out, with new content, features, or even a new stage of a game. Check out below the latest news from the MMO Alpha and Beta world to find out what’s been going on since last Friday!
I’d like to start this week’s news with isometric mech shooter MMO Antraxx, who just launched its Kickstarter campaign this week in order to give the game the final push needed to fully go live and become an established title. Its development has been going on for years and its creators are seeking to bring players a unique universe that keeps evolving. And, as you can see from their campaign, the team has a clear outline of the vision as well as breakdown of their plans, and has already built a strong community around the game that they keep in close touch with. We recommend checking out their campaign if you’re as passionate as we are about the idea of a beautiful old-school mech shooter that you can share with the rest of the world.
Another new title joining our list this week is Creativerse! Creativerse is a multiplayer voxel sandbox with cute character design and colorful landscapes. The game is in early access on Steam, however it is free-to-play and intends to remain so, rejecting the pay-to-play or pay-to-win models. However, “Pro” bundles are of course still available for players who might like to improve their game experience, featuring advantages such as bigger inventory and customization tools. http://store.steampowered.com/app/280790
It seems that Bless Online is slowly making its way westwards, and although it’s not quite all the way here yet, signs are encouraging! We got wind of Bless Online beginning closed beta in Russia on October 25 via Steparu. The Russian publisher for Bless Online is 101XP, who advised players to stay tuned for more information about the closed beta test schedule and ways to obtain keys.
Superhero MMO Valiance Online has published an update on its preparation to move from pre-alpha to alpha. Features being worked on at the moment include version three of the character generator, more organization and staging of content for the public alpha, as well as a new updated website and an online comic to better present the game to current and future players. All the attention and care is going into the preparation of the alpha release, since it will also be the version to launch on Steam early access. Last but not least, we have official confirmation that Valiance Online will be free-to-play at launch! Any rewards earned before the transition to Steam will remain exclusive to the donors who earned them as they will be replaced with launch packs and premium account perks for players interested in getting additional perks and bonuses in-game.
After it successfully completed two rounds of crowdfunding on Kickstarter about a year ago, we lost track of turn-based MMORPG Stash. However, it’s on Steam early access as of this week! The $15 early access entry fee will not only usher you into the game but also award premium currency and mystery bonus items in-game. Stash is an MMO with turn-based grid combat, highly customizable housing and a tabletop art style that is loosely based on Threshold, a MUD from the same developer.
The Black Death rolled out its latest update, which added two new professions as well as a revamped skill tree UI and the wellness system, which helps players keep better track of their health. The new professions are the Knight and the Outlaw. While the first is bound to an honor code and the only class able to equip plate armor and heavy weaponry, the latter is a rogue whose aim is to steal, counterfeit and pose as other professions, disrupting other players’ game in the process of doing so.
The Fig campaign for Wastelands 3 is live with the very first gameplay video too! We know you are excited about this game since it was already 73% funded, with over 9000 backers only 10 hours after the campaign launched, so if you haven’t checked it out yet, head over to their page for more details. Wastelands 3 will be released simultaneously to Windows, Mac, Linux, PS4 and Xbox One.
Star Citizen has a new concept ship, the RSI Polaris, that will be available from October 9 for the introductory price of $750. I’m not sure what else exactly to say about it so I’ll just leave that there.
SamuTale’s closed alpha added a new but arguably indispensable feature in its latest update: horses. Players can now choose their own from a horse vendor but careful, they will need all the conditions to remain alive and healthy while their owners are offline. So players will need to take into account food as well as enclosures, as others can either steal or kill the horse, or it might starve if it goes unfed.
Eco announced delaying its alpha 5 release to October 24. This update focuses on ecosystems and biomes shifting over time, the small delay being necessary to polish the ecosystem mechanics that make all of this happen.
Sandbox MMO Wild Terra has announced its early access start date to be December 1 and has also posted a brief Q&A to give more background information into the choice of going for early access. While release of the full game is scheduled for the end of 2017, there is a long list of features that the devs would like to implement or improve before as they will continue working on content during the early access period. Examples include PvP, private servers, more diversity in skills, items and creatures or new constructions. http://store.steampowered.com/app/500710
A new multiplatform open world game is coming soon for fans of adventure and stunts. Ubisoft has launched the application process for closed beta testing for Steep. Steep is an open world experience set in the Alps and Alaska where players will use skis, snowboards, wingsuits and paragliders to achieve insane stunts and epic wipeouts. The game is scheduled for release on December 2, and closed alpha testing will soon begin for PC, Playstation 4 and Xbox One.
The Exiled (formerly known as Das Tal) has announced that from now on, the game lore would be handled by the Talespinners, a team of two writers that will take the existing bits and pieces and expand on it in a way that fits the game universe.
That about does it for this week’s MMO Alpha and Beta List. 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, are often under an NDA and require keys to access.
|Absolver||Official Site||Online Combat RPG||Launches 2017|
|Battalion 1944||Official Site||WW2 Multiplayer Shooter|
|Battlegrounds||Official Site||Battle Royale Survival|
|Becoming Preta||Official Site||Hack and Slash MORPG|
|Blackroom||Official Site||FPS||Coming Soon|
|Bless||Official Site||MMORPG||Coming Soon|
|Blitzkrieg 3||Official Site||MMORTS|
|Breakaway||Official Site||Mythological sport brawler||Taking sign-ups for alpha|
|Camelot Unchained||Official Site||Fantasy MMORPG||Beta 2016|
|Children of Ur||Official Site||Non-Combat Sandbox||Glitch-revival|
|Chronicles of Elyria||Official Site||Sandbox MMORPG|
|Conan Exiles||Official Site||Open World Survival Game||Early Access January 2017|
|Crowfall||Official Site||Strategy MMORPG||Alpha|
|Cube World||Official Site||Voxel Sandbox|
|Dark and Light||Official Site||Sandbox MMORPG||Launches Late 2016|
|Days of War||Official Site||Competitive WWII Shooter||Coming to Steam in 2016|
|Dogma: Eternal Night||Official Site||Gothic Horror MMO||Project Dogmat|
|Dragon of Legends||Official Site||Online aRPG|
|Dual Universe||Official Site||Sci-Fi MMORPG||Alpha scheduled for 2017|
|Durango||Official Site||Mobile Dinosaur Survival|
|Eco||Official Site||Global Survival Game|
|Eleven||Official Site||Non-combat Web MMO||Glitch-revival|
|Empyrion Online||Official Site||MMORPG|
|Escape From Tarkov||Official Site||Military MMO|
|Exile Online||Official Site||Dystopian Cyberpunk MMO||In Development|
|Exidium Corp||Official Site||Sci-Fi Sandbox|
|Fable Fortune||Official Site||Digital TCG||Registration for Closed Beta possible|
|Fangold||Official Site||Digital TCG|
|For Honor||Official Site||Competitive Melee Fighting||Game launches February 14, 2017. Closed Alpha during September 15-18 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.|
|Forsaken Legends||Official Site||MMORPG|
|Gwent||Official Site||Witcher-based CCG||Closed Beta starts October 25|
|Heroes of Dire||Official Site||Turn-Based Strategy MMO||Closed Beta coming soon|
|Heroes of Rune||Official Site||MOBA||Open Alpha|
|Hero’s Song||Official Site||2D Open World RPG||In Development|
|Ion||Official Site||Emergent Narrative Sci-Fi MMO|
|LawBreakers||Official Site||Team-Based Shooter||Signups for the next part of Alpha are live|
|Lineage Eternal||Official Site||Action MMORPG||Beta in November|
|Lost Ark||Official Site||Action MMORPG||Korean CBT August|
|Mage Faire Online||Official Site||Non-Combat Sandbox|
|Master X Master||Official Site||Action MOBA|
|Mirage: Arcane Warfare||Official Site||Magic-based Multiplayer FPS||Beta Fall 2016|
|New Dawn||Official Site||Survival Sandbox|
|New World||Official Site||Sandbox MMORPG||In development|
|Ninelives||Official Site||Open World Adventure RPG||Open Alpha|
|Nova Blitz||Official Site||Digital TCG||Open Alpha|
|Project Genom||Official Site||Sci-Fi Shooter||Early Access 2016|
|Project Gorgon||Official Site||Fantasy MMORPG||Alpha|
|Psypher||Official Site||Digital TCG|
|Pumpkin Online||Official Site||Multiplayer Non-Combat Game||Beta Early 2017|
|Quake Champions||Official Site||Shooter|
|Rebel Horizons||Official Site||Sci-Fi MMO||In Development|
|Revelation Online||Official Site||MMORPG||Closed Beta Fall 2016|
|Rokh||Official Site||Sci-Fi Survival||In Development, early access January 2017|
|Sacrament||Official Site||Indie MMORPG||In Development|
|Saga of Lucimia||Official Site||Sandbox MMORPG||Launch December 2017|
|SamuTale||Official Site||Sandbox MMO|
|Sea of Thieves||Official Site||Pirate Adventure MMO||Early 2017|
|SkySaga||Official Site||Voxel Sandbox|
|SoulWorker||Official Site||Anime Action MMORPG||Coming Soon|
|The Exiled||Official Site||PvP Sandbox MMO||Alpha, Open Donation. Formerly known as Das Tal.|
|The Wild Eight||Official Site||Co-Op Survival||Launches Fall 2016|
|Time of Dragons||Official Site||Action Shooter|
|Titanfall 2||Official Site||Sci-Fi Shooter||Launch October 28|
|Traverse||Official Site||Voxel MMO|
|Valiance Online||Official Site||Superhero MMO||Open pre-alpha|
|Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III||Official Site||RTS||Launch 2017|
|Wizard Online||Official Site||VR MMORPG|
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.
|AdventureQuest 3D||Official Site||3D MMORPG|
|Albion Online||Official Site||Medieval Sandbox MMORPG||Founder’s Pack|
|Arena of Fate||Official Site||MOBA||OBT 2016|
|Battlecry||Official Site||Team Based Action|
|Cardfight!! Online||Official Site||CCG|
|Darkfall: Rise of Agon||Official Site||PvP MMORPG|
|Erectus the Game||Official Site||Browser Strategy MMO|
|Halo Wars 2||Official Site||RTS||Launch February 17, 2017|
|Lazarus||Official Site||MMO Roguelike|
|MU Legend||Official Site||MU Online sequel||Closed Beta starts October 25|
|One Tower||Official Site||Micro MOBA|
|Shattered Skies||Official Site||Open World Survival Shooter|
|Soul Master||Official Site||RTS/RPG Blend|
|Steep||Official Site||Open World Action Sports Game|
|Total War: Arena||Official Site||MOBA||Temporarily Offline|
|Tree of Life||Official Site||Sandbox MMORPG|
|Twin Saga||Official Site||Fantasy Anime MMORPG|
|World of Speed||Official Site||Racing MMO|
Open Beta is the phase in which everybody can take part at no cost, with no key required. These days, Open Beta tests tend to be a soft launch with no wipe.
|Armored Warfare||Official Site||Vehicle Combat Shooter|
|Atlas Reactor||Official Site||Arena RTS|
|BattleSouls||Official Site||MOBA||Available on Steam|
|Brawlhalla||Official Site||2D Platform Brawler|
|Centuries: New World Empires||Official Site||Online Strategy Game|
|Crush Online||Official Site||PvP MMO/MOBA|
|Deadbreed||Official Site||Spooky Themed MOBA||Free-to-Play|
|Ever, Jane||Official Site||Jane Austen MMORPG||2016|
|Evolve||Official Site||4v1 Shooter||Stage 2|
|First Assault||Official Site||Tactical Shooter||Ghost in the Shell Online|
|Galactic Junk League||Official Site||Tactical sandbox building and skill-based multiplayer shooter|
|Grimm: Dark Legacy||Official Site||Survival MMO||Launching 2016|
|Paladins||Official Site||Team-Based Shooter|
|Paragon||Official Site||MOBA||Open Beta August 16th|
|PigBang||Official Site||Mobile MOBA|
|Orcs Must Die! Unchained||Official Site||Team Based Action|
|Riders of Icarus||Official Site||MMORPG|
|SNOW||Official Site||Skiing MMO|
|Supernova||Official Site||Sci-fi MOBA|
|The Elder Scrolls: Legends||Official Site||Multiplayer Card Game|
|Titan Siege||Official Site||MMORPG|
MMO and MOBA related crowdfunding events taking place through Kickstarter, IndieGoGo, or open donations through a game’s website.
|Antraxx||Kickstarter||Isometric Mech Shooter MMO||Ends November 1|
|Chronicles of Elyria||Online store||Fantasy sandbox MMO||Store launches October 3|
|Citadel of Sorcery||Open Donation||MMORPG|
|Crowfall||Open Donation||Strategy MMORPG|
|Diabotical||Kickstarter||Multiplayer Arena FPS||Successfully funded, updates about closed beta to follow|
|Dual Universe||Campaign||Sci-Fi MMORPG|
|Gloria Victis||Open Donation||Medieval Sandbox MMORPG|
|Guardians of Ember||IndieGoGo||Fantasy action MMORPG||Only a few days left, early access starts end October|
|Hero’s Song||Campaign||2D Open World RPG||In Development|
|Identity||Open Donation||Modern-Day Open World MMO|
|Nova Blitz||Open Donation||Digital TCG|
|Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen||Open Donation||Fantasy MMORPG|
|Realm Zero||Open Donation||Fantasy MMORPG|
|Shadow’s Kiss||Patreon||Vampire-themed Adult MMORPG|
|Star Citizen||Open Donation||Space Simulator MMO|
|Valiance Online||Open Donation||Superhero MMORPG|
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 and of course we add these to our MMO Alpha and Beta list.
|Erectus the Game Closed Beta Key||Giveaway|
|Empire: Revenant Beta Gift Pack||Giveaway|
|Dragonbone Dynasty Open Beta Gift Pack||Giveaway|
|Crystal Saga II Open Beta Gift Pack||Giveaway|
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