World of Warships has NOT been released yet. There is still a need for an Alpha stage which will go to a closed beta, and open beta and then it will be released.
Currently it is said that the Alpha test will start in Quarter three of this year, but that is not a definite answer.
"Q: When will Alpha Test be started?
A: As soon as the game will require this stage of Development." - Vallter in F.A.Q. thread. FAQ Link
What is are the Alpha and Beta stages? (In general)
1) The Alpha stage is the first phase of testing. It is when main gameplay functionality is introduced and some parts are finished. Basically it is playable with the major features. The main focus of this stage is on finishing key points and fixing up a few bugs with it, mostly the obvious ones. This stage is also not released to the public, for many games only developers play it to find out problems but for World of Warships they offer the chance to be part of it. Also keep in mind that the game is not very stable at this time.
2) The Closed Beta stage is mostly about fixing up bugs and most problems have been fixed. This is where many gamers are allowed to try out the game (More than Alpha). Usually a game has this because not everything is found in the Alpha stage and with many more people they are much more easily found. Usually during a beta test many characters/possessions/etc will be removed/wiped and almost always at the end of the test. World of Warships will have a wipe just like World of Tanks and World of Warplanes in the future.
3) The Open Beta is when the game is released to the public and is considered an MMO (For WoWS) Anyone can get the game at this point and you may keep your characters after the full release (Not for WoWS). It is more about adding new features than fixing bugs/problems with the game.
4) The game's release is when there are no more testing stages, it is mainly about adding new features from there on (Like WoT). Like the open beta anyone can get the game at this point.
If you want to know more about World of Warships and what is planned read the FAQ/Q&A.
You can also ask questions on the Questions and answers #3
FAQ Link Q&A #3 Link
And again please understand that the game has NOT yet been released, nor has there been a test so please refrain from asking about it.
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Edited by Shermanm1a1, 21 February 2013 - 08:57 PM.