- I've had access to the Pandaria beta for several weeks now. Downloaded the client, copied over characters, have yet to log in.
- The Diablo III open beta is this weekend. In fairness, I suppose I would be more interested in this if I hadn't already made my purchasing decision on this game when I picked up the annual pass. I've known for a while now exactly when my "invite" is arriving - the launch date of May 15th.
- Tera has a complicated rollout schedule. The game is in open beta this weekend, with a pre-order promo allowing players to retain one character per server into the headstart (which will open it up to the full eight character slots per server) and launch. I don't see it written down anywhere whether open beta players who subsequently pre-order get to keep their character, but I assume this is likely. So, at least this pre-head-start thing will potentially not be wiped. Even so, I'm not in any hurry. My decision to wait on SWTOR paid off with a more polished game, a lower price tag, and a clear choice of which server to pick after the dust settled on the launch.
- Further out on the horizon are more betas for games like Secret World and Guild Wars 2 (both of which are already distributing keys through various means), and more titles upcoming.
Saturday, April 21, 2012
There is a lot of beta going around these days, and I couldn't be less excited. To name a few: