Why there is no 24/7 test-server right now (24/7 testing starts sometime after the next alpha)

  • Why there is no 24/7 test-server right now (24/7 testing starts sometime after the next alpha)

    Some people ask us why there is no 24/7 access to the game right now. There are two major arguments for it:


    Argument 1: 24/7 test server = live server
    • Having a 24/7 access to the game is like being "live"
    • The expectations of the users are almost the same as in a live environment
    • Meaning: the moment we go live with a 24/7 test server, our resources will go down significantly
    • This leaves less time available to design and implement new content
    • The size of our team means any time removed from development is a real blow to pacing.


    Argument 2: More "relevant" data
    • These alpha tests constitute the most focused events we can get, meaning that during these four weeks we have the largest possible player base, almost in the same way as on release
    • This delivers very valuable data, as it simulates better than anything else the real release and the problems connected with it
    • We get so much useful data and information out of the tests themselves
    • Also from all these players who are streaming on Twitch and YouTube, which is the best "play testing" you can get nowadays

    General Note
    Dont forget:
    • Alpha Test: We find big, game-breaking bugs and things that go wrong
      • and we make big changes to fix them
    • 24/7 Closed Beta: We find smaller bugs and do a lot of fine tuning
    Also, do not forget that we have already started doing a lot of smaller tests in between with selected users under very controlled conditions

    To sum it up:
    • The game is at a state where we are still making major game changes (hellgates, missions, economy changes).
    • These changes require all our development resources to get them implemented
    • Therefore right now the limited alpha tests are a very good mode
    • Which also deliver more relevant data and insights
    • Important: We're not saying a 24/7 test server is bad; it is just not the right time for it yet
    • Our 24/7 Closed Beta is close, starting as soon as possible after the next alpha!

    Kind regards,
    Stefan