This thread deserves to be pinned.
Beta in this game simply means final alpha so Knight tier can access it. The naming is irrelevant beyond that.
A lot of betas are simply the final game released a week before the final game to test multiplayer.
At other times, a final release is simply a beta test, and they try to patch things in months later… No Man’s Sky most recently.
Then you have the perpetual early access games that never get out of alpha/beta as an excuse to be a buggy mess.
I guess I’ll comment on this once in a while so it won’t drown below the other topics…
I aint scared Ill BUMP this bitch up too.
Normally I would agree with that the OP is stating but I’d feel that Warhorse has itself in a pickle here. From my observations of whats recently happening about Kingdom Come and the opinions of its backers and watchers the game itself does pose symptoms of previous fallouts of kickstarted and Hyped games (i.e Mighty No.9 and No Man’s Sky. 2016 is the year that got into the eyes of many fustrated consumers, it’s hard not to expect the virtrol from critisising the BETA itself.
The problems of the BETA is that it still felt like an ALPHA. Whilst the game itself starts to hold up weight with it’s impressive map, working combat system and a playable questline, it’s riddled with Optimisation problems, game-breaking bugs, unpolished audio, and such. Optimisation is very, very bad and even with low settings and a decent hardware, I still get 15 FPS every now and then.
For a BETA, expectations will be higher, and while I understand Warhorse wants to stop working on BETA to focus on their game and that was meant for backers, people are fickle when it comes to definition about the difference of ALPHA and BETA.
Even with the BETA phase, it has to have at least some level of Polish, which I see that ire some of the backers and buyers.
That being said though, I am not entirely disappointed by it. The devs decision to focus fire on finishing the game is wiser than spreading out resources and create an unpolished one at that. And in steam and the forums, the response of the devs are generally amiable compared to many other failed projects that often got the flip. For a span of almost 3 years accomplishing what they currently have is a huge undertaking, it looks on par than most current gen games, and the combat system is solid.
What Warhorse is getting themselves into is too much ambition. With kickstarter promises and rewards it will boggle their ability down to either catering to all on a weak product or disappoint other parts of supporters. I feel that Warhorse can pull this off if they play their cards right, that is if they do.
The freshness of a ‘realistic’ RPG is what they seem to tout these days, and I hope for their sake, they can put that part right.
And oh, more update videoes please, helps to put out the flames.
Next one will be here in 2 days. And it will be very informative.
Oh yeah! forgot Rick posted about it on the steam forums.
For the new people
I’m going to start bumping this every week so I STOP seeing people posting stuff about the beta.
bump 10 ch
In an theme to most pre-showed games, BETA is an word which little people can’t understand.
Today most ppl thinking that a game which was shown on E3/GamesCom has to released in that state…
3 years before the final release. And then everyone is wondering why it isn’t same game anymore XD
For me it’s less about the differences between beta and alpha, and the intent behind having a beta or an alpha. Typically a beta exists because the developers are nearing completion of a product and want to get it in the hands of users so they can identify issues with the product and ensure that the fixes put in place to correct said issues actually… well… correct those issues.
What concerns me about this approach to beta is they’re essentially saying “K, thanks for the input, we don’t need you anymore. Time for feedback is closed, we’ll see you at launch 6+ months from now.”
Problem with that is, many things can, have, and will change over that time span, and they’re shutting users out of the ability to continue to aid them in ensuring they’re on the right track with meeting expectations.