Cyberstep is an awful MMO publisher. I say so because they are incredibly slow at getting their games from beta to release. I think they’re one of the only companies who performs character wipes after open beta, and runs through multiple open beta phases. Do they not realize that open beta is supposed to be the last step of beta testing? I remember when CosmicBreak – the 3D MMO Shooter with anime inspired graphics from CyberStep went into open beta like 4 months ago. I foolishly thought the game wasn’t going to wipe (After all, 99% of the time there aren’t any character wipes after open beta). So I committed to the game and leveled my character quite a bit. I sort of liked CosmicBreak because even though it was really cartoony, it reminded me of Exteel from NCSoft and GunZ from ijji. Exteel had joined the MMO Graveyard and shut down, so the only way I could remind myself of it was to play CosmicBreak. Since I first played CosmicBreak in its “Open beta” phase, it’s been 5 months and the game still isn’t released. A notice on the official site says that the game is scheduled to begin its FINAL open beta phase (yet another one) sometime in December 2010. I have a feeling that CosmicBreak is going to die well before it’s even released. Anyone who remotely enjoyed the game isn’t going to wait another 3 months just to play the dang game. Especially when there are so many other free to play MMO shooters. Why wait for CosmicBreak when you can play Mission Against Terror, League of Legends, or Battlefield Heroes instead. There are so many other free to play games, why wait so long to play just one?
CosmicBreak isn’t the only game that’s taking forever to release from CyberStep. Their other game – GetAmped 2 has been on hiatus since its first beta test nearly 6 months ago. Unlike CosmicBreak which has a final release date, GetAmped 2 has no such thing. No one is going to wait 6+ months to play a sub par fighting MMO when they could be playing games like Lost Saga or Zone 4: Fight District from OGPlanet. There are so many other fighting games, there’s no reason to wait for GetAmped 2. Especially since it’s likely never going to release. It’ll be joining the likes of Priston Tale 2 and Huxley: The Dystopia on the delayed MMORPGs list.
So what have I been playing instead of these games? I downloaded Rappelz from gPotato the other day and played it for a while. I actually sort of like it. I know it’s an older game, but I’ve never played it until now. I bet anyone who was even remotely interested in these two games (CosmicBreak and GetAmped 2) found another MMO or MMORPG to play by now. Especially with The Lord of the Rings Online from Turbine and EverQuest 2 from Sony Online Entertainment going free to play. Plus other awesome free to play MMOs like Fists of Fu, Vindictus, Iris Online and Dynasty Warriors Online have released since CosmicBreak and GetAmped 2 first began their beta tests. I’m sort of hoping War of Angels from GameWiz doesn’t suffer the same fate as CosmicBreak, as it’s a game I actually want to try.