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The MMO Alpha and Beta List: September 30, 2016

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!

Smash And Grab

  • 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!

Find links to everything new to the MMO Alpha and Beta List this week and much more in the list below. Look for this icon: new-flag-round-orange-29x12 to see everything we added this week.

 

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
    Absolver
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
new-flag-round-orange-29x12 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-flag-round-orange-29x12 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

 

Early Access

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.

  • Ark survival evolved
    ARK: Survival Evolved
Arena: Cyber Evolution Official Site Sports MOBA
ARK: Survival Evolved Official Site Dinosaur Survival
ARK: Survival of the Fittest Official Site Multiplayer Online Survival Arena Free-to-Play
Asteroids: Outpost Official Site Sci-Fi Sandbox MMO
Atlas Reactor Official Site Arena RTS
Battlerite Official Site Team Arena Brawler
Beyond the Destiny Official Site Sci-Fi MMORPG
Boundless Official Site Voxel Sandbox MMO Previously Oort Online
Colonies Online Official Site Sci-Fi Sandbox MMO
Crossout Official Site Post-Apocalyptic Vehicle Combat
Day of Infamy Official Site WW2 Shooter
DayZ Official Site Zombie Survival
Descent: Underground Official Site Multiplayer Sci-Fi Shooter
Divergence: Online Official Site Sandbox MMORPG
Divided We Fall Official Site Team Strategy Game
Energy Heroes Official Site Third-Person Shooter MOBA
Faeria Official Site Tactical Strategy Card Game
Games of Glory Official Site Shooter MOBA
Gloria Victis Official Site Medieval Sandbox MMORPG
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: Just Survive Official Site Zombie Survival
H1Z1: King of the Kill Official Site Battle Royale Survival
Immune Official Site Post-Apocalyptic Sandbox
Islet Online Official Site Sandbox MMORPG
Jeklynn Heights Official Site Match-Based Multiplayer
Kings and Heroes Official Site First-Person Co-Op Action RPG
Labyrinth Official Site CCG RPG
Lifeless Official Site Zombie Survival
Line of Defense Official Site MMOFPS Launch 2016
Linkrealms Official Site Sandbox MMORPG
Moving Hazard Official Site Team-Based Shooter
MyDream Official Site Sandbox MMO
Naval Action Official Site Naval Sandbox MMO
Novus Inceptio Official Site Sandbox Survival MMO
Of Kings and Men Official Site Medieval Multiplayer Strategy
Osiris: New Dawn Official Site Space Survival Adventure Starts Septemebr 28
Out of Reach Official Site Survival Sandbox
Overpower Official Site MOBA-Style MMOFPS
Pathfinder Online Official Site Sandbox MMORPG
Reign of Kings Official Site Medieval Sandbox MMO
Riding Out Official Site Horse MMO
Robocraft Official Site Vehicle Combat Shooter Free-to-Play
Rust Official Site Survival MMO
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)
new-flag-round-orange-29x12 SMASH+GRAB Official Site Competitive team-based online fighter
Star Citizen Official Site Massively Spaceship Simulator
The Black Death Official Site Medieval Survival MMO
The Isle Official Site Dinosaur Survival
The Repopulation Official Site Scifi Sandbox MMORPG Temporarily Offline
The SKIES Official Site Post-Apocalyptic MMO
Toxikk Official Site Arena FPS
TUG Official Site Sandbox Survival
Utherous Official Site Fantasy Sandbox MMORPG
Wild Terra Official Site Isometric Sandbox
Xsyon Official Site Sandbox Apocalypse

 

Closed Beta

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.

  • Top MMOs to look forward to 2016 Albion Online Closed Beta Royals game art mmogames
    Albion Online
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
Gigantic Official Site MOBA
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

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.

  • Paragon
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

 

Crowdfunding

MMO and MOBA related crowdfunding events taking place through Kickstarter, IndieGoGo, or open donations through a game’s website.

Abatron Campaign RTS FPS
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
Sacrament Patreon Indie MMORPG
Shadow’s Kiss Patreon Vampire-themed Adult MMORPG
Star Citizen Open Donation Space Simulator MMO
Valiance Online Open Donation Superhero MMORPG

 

Giveaways

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 closed beta preview

 

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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