The Latest MMO Alpha and Beta News
This week’s edition was threatening to stay pretty calm on the alpha, beta, launches, or crowdfunding news front… until announcements just started pouring in after the weekend. Check out below the latest news from the MMO Alpha and Beta world to find out what’s been going on since last Friday!
- We have a new title joining our list today: SMASH+GRAB is a competitive, team-based, online fighter that just entered early access on Steam! SMASH+GRAB takes players into an underground world where gangs of the future fight each other for in a setting described as corporate urban dystopia by the press release. The game mixes melee and ranged third-person fighting and as a gang leader, each player leads their own group of five characters, in addition to being part of a group of players fighting against others.
- Amazon Game Studio has finally announced the projects being developed and one of them is a sandbox MMORPG called New World! We will keep an eye out for updates on this title, but the announcement gave significantly more details on Breakaway, the game that had been teased all along, which is described as a “mythological sport brawler”, aka a four-player third-person MOBA kind of game. It is already possible to sign-up for alpha testing for Breakaway, and you can find out more information about the reveal on VentureBeat.
- As announced earlier this week, MU Legend is starting closed beta testing in less than a month, on October 25. Interested players can register on the official website for a chance to participate.
- Osiris : New Dawn has just launched in early access on Steam and we’ve been hearing nothing but good things so far! If you’re looking for a title offering a multiplayer survival experience in an alien world, we recommend having a look at this title.
- Similarly-themed sandbox survival game set on Mars, Rokh, is no longer launching in early access this month as planned and will instead arrive in January 2017.
- After having a huge success with its open beta, Paladins announced going into eSports as Hi-Rez is organizing a tournament worth $150k. The Paladins Invitational will take place during the Hi-Rez Expo event, January 5-8 2017. Furthermore, we just learned today that players can register for a chance to take part in the Paladins console version closed beta! On a different note, if you have been affected by our email registration issues during the past week and were unable to get your Paladins Operative Skye skin, we are holding a second round of this giveaway to thank everyone for their patience and to give players another chance to obtain this exclusive skin. You can find the extended Skye Operative skin giveaway right over here.
- Although not in crowdfunding as such anymore, Chronicles of Elyria will be continuing its efforts to raise additional funding, as Soulbound Studios has announced that it still needs $2-3M in order to complete the game.This announcement worried or surprised a lot of backers and sparked a debate on the exact manner in which this additional funding would be provided, along with the news that the game’s Online Store, which is launching October 3, will have a no refund policy. More details and explanations on this can be found on the official website post regarding the Online Store and includes information from a past Reddit AMA devs did while the campaign was still running. This interview by MassivelyOP with Soulbound Studios CEO Jeromy Walsh also includes a more recent statement on this subject.
- CCG Elder Scrolls : Legends now has Starter Packs available for purchase. Each Starter Pack includes 10 packs of cards with one Legendary guaranteed and 3 premium alternative art cards. Players can purchase one Starter Pack per account for $4.99. By doing so, players will also be granted an in-game title: The Founder.
- GamersNexus released a couple of very lengthy interviews with Chris Roberts, covering Star Citizen features, launch, evolution, and the MMO’s ambition to be “the best damn everything sim”. Plans for the upcoming CitizenCon are also mentioned. If you missed these posts but want to know more detail, we recommend watching the video interviews and reading the original articles: here-1 and here-2. Additionally, GamersNexus will have a new post published today featuring the first half of their interview with technical director Sean Tracy.
- Sandbox MMO Wild Terra is starting to roll out Steam keys for players who purchased early access before the game was available on Steam: Dukes should already have their keys, while Earls follow in October or November. All other kit owners will receive their keys in December, when the game is officially launching, but players who want to join Wild Terra sonner can still upgrade their kits ahead of launch, benefiting from a 20% discount.
- Although we are waiting for more details before adding this game to our list, it appears that party-based RPG Wasteland 3 will offer a co-op feature for the first time since the beginning of the series! InXile Entertainment is launching a Fig crowdfunding campaign for $2.75M next week. Although Wasteland 3 will offer a rich offline single-player experience, this installment in the series adds a new multiplayer feature that will enable two players to join forces or sabotage each other in synchronous and asynchronous play.
- We also have an update for console players! Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare has announced its multiplayer beta testing schedule. The multiplayer beta takes place during two weekends. PlayStation 4 players who preordered the game start on October 14 at 10am PT / 1pm ET and finish on October 17 at the same time. Both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players who preordered the game can join the second beta weekend from October 21 to October 24 at 10am PT / 1pm ET. Unfortunately, PC players aren’t getting a beta test although the game will also be released on PC.
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|
|Stash||Official Site||Multiplayer Turn-Based RPG||Backer Alpha|
|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.
|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 to follow|
|Dual Universe||Campaign||Sci-Fi MMORPG|
|Gloria Victis||Open Donation||Medieval Sandbox MMORPG|
|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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