Devs Looking for Info -- Can You Help?

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Devs Looking for Info -- Can You Help?

Postby Consultant » Mon Jun 24, 2019 9:08 am

Hey, we're looking for some information, and it's likely that many of you will have, or can find the info we're looking for. What we want to know is the actual date (month and year) that the first closed Alpha or Closed Beta of some other MMOs took place (list below). And if you have a link to a source document that supports your data, that is awesome! But some of this may be stuff that you remember, because you participated.

So, first (this would usually be closed) Alpha or Beta for these games:

Dark Age of Camelot
Star Wars Galaxies
World of Warcraft
Everquest 2
Warhammer Online
Star Wars, the Old Republic
Elder Scrolls Online
The Secret World
Guild Wars
Guild Wars 2
DCUO
Path of Exile
Crowfall

If you know any of this, or can figure it out, we'd like to get your help. If there are both alpha dates and Beta dates, please tell us which one you have uncovered.

Thank you.

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Re: Devs Looking for Info -- Can You Help?

Postby olepi » Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:09 pm

I got into the closed beta of ESO in July 2013. I believe ESO early access was March 2014.
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Re: Devs Looking for Info -- Can You Help?

Postby Odee » Mon Jun 24, 2019 5:54 pm

Looks like the data you want points at October being the most often Closed Beta, and November/December for game release. Makes sense considering the holidays, and all.

Here are 3 that I played Closed Beta in from your list. I was also in Alpha for ST:O . :shock: ;)

Star Trek: Online - October 2009 http://www.tentonhammer.com/articles/st ... in-october

World of Warcraft
- October 2004, with release that November 2004

Everquest 2 - October 2015 With release on November 17th same year https://eq2wire.com/2015/10/01/everques ... pre-order/

EQ2 Prophecy - October 2017 for Prophecy https://forums.eq2wire.com/threads/welc ... ta.219644/

I also miss the 1998 hit MMO Aliens Online from GameStorm and Fox Interactive. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aliens_Online
The software was free to download and was automatically updated. Joining GameStorm for $9.95 per month was required to play the game. Online play was shut down in 2000 after the GameStorm network was sold to Electronic Arts :shock: :x There was just about as much hate mail, and anger sent to EA over this, as was seen when COH was shutdown.

Holy SMOKES it's available for single player! https://gamesnostalgia.com/en/download/ ... online/595
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Re: Devs Looking for Info -- Can You Help?

Postby Consultant » Mon Jun 24, 2019 6:47 pm

Awesome, please keep it coming!

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Re: Devs Looking for Info -- Can You Help?

Postby Dying Breath » Tue Jun 25, 2019 2:41 am

Quick look through the PoE wiki found a version history page here: https://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/Version_history
  • Alpha: January 1, 2010
  • Closed Beta: August 10, 2011
  • Open Beta: January 23, 2013
  • Launch: October 23, 2013

Crowfall has apparently been in pre-alpha for several years now. Launch date promises are sublimating to gaseous form :(
Per the Kickstarter updates, Pre-Alpha started August 2015: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cr ... ts/1335146
Their forums currently list Pre-Alpha version 5.92.2 as latest version, last patched 6/21/2019: https://community.crowfall.com/forum/16 ... uncements/



*edited to add Crowfall links

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Re: Devs Looking for Info -- Can You Help?

Postby Odee » Tue Jun 25, 2019 9:09 am

Awesome, please keep it coming!
that you posed this question, has me all giddy and excited for this year, being the coming out party year. :D :o :shock:
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