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Blog#29: What To Expect From Early Access Beta

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Blog#29: What To Expect From Early Access Beta

Keeping the code clean allows Internet startups to have stable but feature-incomplete Beta phases. This way they can implement features while observing real customers. Google famously left the Beta label on Gmail for five years and Minecraft had four million purchases before it left Beta. When Tiberium Alliances released, it had a Beta label for about six months because not all the features had been implemented yet. I still enjoyed playing Beta quite a bit, and yes I paid for it.

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The most important goal during Early Access Beta is the Crowdforging process.

We want the community to be involved directly in the features as they are being created and added to the game. Some of the player feedback will come from forums or direct email to and from the design team. Other feedback will be purely analytical - we will be able to track and see exactly how players are playing the game, and we hope to get some insight into what is fun for them.

That brings me to what I expect to be the toughest part of Beta - gameplay changes.

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The biggest reason the Beta is paid is that it is a real running MMO. We have bandwidth costs, server costs, a customer support team, and live operations to keep the servers online. We are running the Early Access period exactly the same way the final game will be run after Release, just on a smaller scale.

Not everyone wants to pay for Beta access while some of the major gameplay systems are still being developed.

If you choose to join us for Early Access Beta, we will make sure that you have a great time! A lot of the game systems will be implemented around you, and you'll be able to see them evolve and change to meet your needs. More importantly, we'll be paying lots of attention to your feedback and trying to make a game that facilitates your gameplay style - whatever that is.

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Early Access Beta requires a leap of faith for both the community and Goblinworks.

But this is how Pathfinder has always been developed -- in collaboration with the fans. We're excited to be part of that tradition. See you online!

Kickstarter: Pathfinder Online: A Fantasy Sandbox MMO

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Comments

  • VahraneVahrane Alpharetta, GAPosts: 375Member
         I'm definitely keeping an eye on this one. Finally, someone creating a sandbox mmo with a reasoably stable support base and straightforward development message. I really appreciate that their kickstarter's primary focus is on speed of development and release schedule instead of on extra features that seemingly should be included in the game anyway.
  • BlueMountainBlueMountain Philadelphia, PAPosts: 147Member

    I just want to see a fantasy RPG done right for once in my life.

     

    There are a couple of red flags up for me, sure. But Pathfinder might make it.

    Red Flags: Ryan Darcy (was of Eve) sometimes sounds like he wants DDO:Second Life. Second, he apparently has a pro-SOE take on what Sony did to SWG, and that worries me a bit.

    But then I look at the writers contributing to that superdungeon... and I'm like blown away.

    Ed Greenwood?

    Michael Stackpole?

    Just once, guys: do it right.

    To dream, perhaps to be.

  • KvalandurKvalandur Shreveport, LAPosts: 31Member


    Originally posted by BlueMountain

    I just want to see a fantasy RPG done right for once in my life.

     

    There are a couple of red flags up for me, sure. But Pathfinder might make it.

    Red Flags: Ryan Darcy (was of Eve) sometimes sounds like he wants DDO:Second Life. Second, he apparently has a pro-SOE take on what Sony did to SWG, and that worries me a bit.

    But then I look at the writers contributing to that superdungeon... and I'm like blown away.

    Ed Greenwood?

    Michael Stackpole?

    Just once, guys: do it right.


    From what I've read I'm pretty satisfied with what they have planned. I honestly believe they are going to make something really cool.
     

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