Betawatch: October 25 – 31, 2014

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Elite: Dangerous’ beta 3 went live this week with bug fixes and new features like player-driven interdiction, asteroid mining, and philanthropy missions. What else is new in the land of MMO testing?

  • Trove’s open beta will launch on November 5th; no more wipes are planned.
  • Remember the Otherland MMO? It’s totes back from the dead and back on our list.
  • Pathfinder Online’s early enrollment has been delayed indefinitely.
  • Valiance Online launched a Kickstarter.
  • Blizzard regaled Warlords of Draenor watchers with TV commercials and four dev blogs on Nagrand’s development.
  • Motiga says Gigantic’s alpha will be adding “thousands of new testers” this fall.
  • BioWare delayed closed alpha for OARPG Shadow Realms.
  • Line of Defense’s Derek Smart recapped the ongoing test phase.
  • The Crew will roll out its second closed beta test on November 6th.
  • Blade & Soul will enter open beta in Taiwan in November.
  • Moonlight Blade Online’s beta has been postponed up to 10 months for a combat system rework.

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Warlords of Draenor beta ending on November 3

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After 5 months of alpha and beta testing, the Warlords of Draenor beta realms are scheduled to be shut down permanently on Monday, November 3 at 4:00 p.m. PST. As per tradition, there will be an in-game event to say goodbye to the beta. This is scheduled to happen at 2:00 p.m. PST on the same day, though no specifics have been offered up yet. Read more…

Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade announces $15 pioneer founder packs

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Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade has just announced a new founder pack option, the pioneer pack. Pre-order founder packs running from $ 40 to $ 450 went live last June, but the newly announced pioneer packs cost only $ 15. They’re aimed squarely at gamers “who want to contribute to the founder’s program [...] without as much of an investment,” says Behaviour Online’s Miguel Caron.

The game’s planned hybrid model will restrict free-to-play gamers to the Ork Boyz faction. Pioneer packs “extend the Ork experience” with perks including an Ork-only character slot, 15,000 RTP, badges, gear, and the opportunity to pay for access to the game module planned for early 2015.

[Source: Behaviour press release]

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SMITE Nu Wa Water Dancer Skin Reveal and Giveaway

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Subscribe to SMITE‘s youtube today to unlock the New Nu Way Water Dancer skin and goddess herself! Get the details here.

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See Stormthrone’s first gameplay teaser

storm See Stormthrones first gameplay teaser

Hearing is one thing, seeing is another. Today we’re no longer just hearing about R2Games’ Stormthrone but getting our very first glimpse at actual gameplay (as measured in nanoseconds of video).

The studio released a teaser trailer that highlights the game’s PvP battles, co-op mode, and loot system. Currently the game is accepting alpha signups, although the official site has some minigames for fans to earn in-game goodies for their future characters. You can check out the teaser after the break!

[Source: R2Games press release]

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Hearthstone patch notes and November card back

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