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The announcement of the projected Beta 1 start date should be next week or soon after. I expect the actual date to be multiple months from then.Tamanous said:Today's weekly update stream mentioned the next announcement is Beta. They aren't quite ready yet however. Within 2 weeks I would hope but it's likely a combo of getting the code in place along with aligning the new hires and team structure.
I'm not sure what the 3rd announcement is about which is after the Beta announcement. MJ stated that he is aware the backers are adamant about getting a beta date the company can stick with and that is their goal.
I don't see why that would put any pressure on CSE. Battleroyale is really a completely different genre than CU's RvR. Merely having several hundred players involved in a battle doesn't make a game a direct competitor to CU.Torval said:A BattleRoyale game is launching on SpatialOS soon that touts 400+ player battles that look good. I think that is going to put a bit of pressure on CSE to get their engine done and out there for people to see, and if not it should.
Mark will need to be very careful about adding PvE after launch. There are quite a few backers who will be intensely angry if there is a repeat of DAOC's TOA expansion which added a large amount of effectively mandatory PvE in order to remain competitive in RvR.Onodrim said:Could always be added after release ... like a game goblin army invasion or some such calamities ... random orcish zergs terrifying citizens and whatnot