Normally when a MMO game reaches the open beta phase of its development cycle, it is pretty close to the version that will be released, minus a few changes and bug fixes. However it seems that Star Vault, the developers behind Moral Online, have decided to go into open beta while the game is no where near a complete product. Mortal Online entered the open beta phase a month ago today on Feb 1st 2010.
To me an open beta is that final extra push to get gamers excited about their game, to create buzz and to start lining up pre-order sales. But when it comes to Mortal Online, not only am I not excited about the game, it completely crushed all my expectations. Mortal Online was one of the top three games I was looking forward to in 2010, but after about an hr or so in open beta, I don’t think there is a chance in hell this game will even be released this year.
Almost nothing in the game is complete and in the 60-90 mins I spent in game, I couldn’t find one NPC that had any quests. [edit: there are no quests in Mortal Online, which I actually love, so don't flame me for this comment] The game looks great, but to be in open beta just seems silly to me at this stage of the games development. I can list all the incomplete features I found just in the short time I played, but even that would be a monster list.
Currently the games release date is stated as the first quarter of 2010 and with only a month left, I seriously hope they push that date way way back to maybe Q1 2011.