Open beta

Other (objects, etc.) concept

Employed an open beta phase at some point, allowing anyone to play the unfinished game for free for a time before release. Usually in hopes of stomping out all remaining technical issues but possibly also for marketing.


The first video game about Open beta was released in 2001.

Electronic Arts, Valve and Mortal Moments has published most of these games

Free-to-play MMO games should not be included as this is extremely common in them, though it is not required they're excluded.

This is also as opposed to closed beta where only people with invite, pre-purchase, press access, or similar could play it.

Sometimes claimed to be an excuse to release a buggy game, as microtransactions are often enabled at this point and not all games bother ever getting "out" of open beta.