The Latest MMO Alpha and Beta News
Check out below the latest news from the MMO Alpha and Beta world to find out what’s been going on since last week!
Gigantic’s latest update, Exile in the North, just went live yesterday introducing an adorable new hero – Pakko the Jolly Brute. You can read more about the update in the latest official update notes or jump right into the game to throw some snowballs as Pakko, try out some of the gameplay changes or snag some of the new skins available with the update.
Wild Terra is hosting a special open test weekend between January 20-24! During this period, all players have free access to servers dedicated to PvP or Arena, a fast leveling event, daily treasure hunts and battles for extra rewards and prizes offered for bug reporting.
New details surfaced about For Honor’s upcoming closed beta. Between January 26-29, PC and console players will participate in the War of Factions, earning rewards for the game’s launch in the process. Ubisoft is now also offering an interactive, lore-based experience which awards a beta code upon completion, on the For Honor Scars website!
Indie PvP sandbox The Exiled is headed to Steam Early Access on February 23 after an intense round of alpha testing through the past few months. This means a live game online 24/7 for all players according to devs, with more details on the launch to be released soon.
In a twist of events, open-world sci-fi sandbox MMORPG The Repopulation is making a comeback after parting ways with its developer, Above & Beyond. The new owner is Idea Fabrik, the developer of the Hero Engine framework that the game was built on, and they intend to relaunch The Repopulation with a new content patch in Q1 2017, reassuring players that the game will certainly not be pay to win.
A new City of Heroes spiritual successor is now in development: Ship of Heroes is aiming to create a superhero MMO… set in space! You can read more about the game’s concept and sci-fi/superhero genre mashup in MassivelyOP’s interview with the CEO of Heroic Games or on Ship of Heroes’ official website.
Revelation Online has started its third closed beta test phase with a heap of content for players to tackle, from leveling up to 69 to exploring three new dungeons or participating in 3v3 ranked arenas, faction wars, territory wars or deathmatches.
The second closed beta for MU Legend will be taking place between February 21-28, focusing on localization implementation of the game’s five different languages as one of the main targets for feedback and improvement for this round of testing.
Conan Exiles devs have been addressing a large number of topics since last week. Posts on the official website detail the functioning of servers and mods, with more details on server wipes and their multiple rulesets offered via Reddit. A less technical dev blog took us through the importance of lore in the deadly but mysterious Hyborian game universe.
Upcoming MMO Lineage Eternal’s unique but confusing multiple character system was explained by Steparu in a great blog post that clarifies all questions prospective players might have had about this feature in its current form.
Pirate-themed survival sandbox game New Dawn is a new addition to Kickstarter. Aiming for a November 2017 release if funding goes through, the game is set in the 19th century and will put players in the role of South American natives fighting off invading pirates.
Also new to the crowdfunding scene is Throne of Lies, described as a “3D online-multiplayer social deduction game of mischief and betrayal, inspired by medieval politics and Werewolf/Mafia”. Groups of 7-15 players will track down the traitor among them, with features such as matchmaking, classes, and public execution aiming to set this online version apart from its tabletop counterparts.
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|
|Ark Park||Official Site||VR||In Development|
|Ashes of Creation||Official Site||Fantasy sandbox MMO||In Development|
|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|
|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|
|Heroes of Dire||Official Site||Turn-Based Strategy MMO||Closed Beta coming soon|
|Heroes of Rune||Official Site||MOBA||Open Alpha|
|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 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|
|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|
|Shards Online||Official Site||Sandbox MMORPG||Alpha starts January 13|
|Ship of Heroes||Official Site||Space and Superhero MMORPG||CoH spiritual successor|
|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. Early Access February 23.|
|The Wild Eight||Official Site||Co-Op Survival||Launches Fall 2016|
|Time of Dragons||Official Site||Action Shooter|
|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.
|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|
|Cloud Pirates||Official Site||F2P airship action MMO|
|Darkfall: Rise of Agon||Official Site||PvP MMORPG|
|Erectus the Game||Official Site||Browser Strategy MMO|
|Gwent||Official Site||Witcher-based CCG||Closed Beta starts October 25|
|Halo Wars 2||Official Site||RTS||Launch February 17, 2017|
|Lazarus||Official Site||MMO Roguelike|
|MU Legend||Official Site||MU Online sequel|
|One Tower||Official Site||Micro MOBA|
|Revelation Online||Official Site||MMORPG|
|Shattered Skies||Official Site||Open World Survival Shooter|
|SMITE Tactics||Official Site||TBS||TBA|
|Soul Master||Official Site||RTS/RPG Blend|
|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.
|AdventureQuest 3D||Official Site||3D MMORPG|
|Armored Warfare||Official Site||Vehicle Combat Shooter|
|BattleSouls||Official Site||MOBA||Available on Steam|
|Brawlhalla||Official Site||2D Platform Brawler|
|Centuries: New World Empires||Official Site||Online Strategy Game|
|Deadbreed||Official Site||Spooky Themed MOBA||Free-to-Play|
|Ever, Jane||Official Site||Jane Austen MMORPG||2016|
|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|
|PigBang||Official Site||Mobile MOBA|
|Orcs Must Die! Unchained||Official Site||Team Based Action|
|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.
|Abatron||Official website||RTS FPS|
|Antraxx||Kickstarter||Isometric Mech Shooter MMO||Canceled, goal not achieved|
|Chronicles of Elyria||Online store||Fantasy sandbox MMO|
|Citadel of Sorcery||Open Donation||MMORPG|
|Crowfall||1/ Open Donation
2/ Equity Crowdfunding
|Diabotical||Kickstarter||Multiplayer Arena FPS||Successfully funded, updates about closed beta to follow|
|Dogma: Eternal Night||Patreon||Vampire sandbox MMORPG|
|Dual Universe||Official website||Sci-Fi MMORPG|
|Gloria Victis||Open Donation||Medieval Sandbox MMORPG|
|Identity||Open Donation||Modern-Day Open World MMO|
|New Dawn||Kickstarter||Pirate survival sandbox open-world multiplayer|
|Nova Blitz||Open Donation||Digital TCG|
|Realm Zero||Open Donation||Fantasy MMORPG|
|Shadow’s Kiss||Patreon||Vampire-themed Adult MMORPG|
|Star Citizen||Open Donation||Space Simulator MMO|
|Throne of Lies||Kickstarter||3D online multiplayer deceit and betrayal|
|Valiance Online||Open Donation||Superhero MMORPG|