Aegis Kleais, on 08 June 2012 - 09:47 AM, said:
Hey! Confirmation of an Open Beta! Looks like they WILL be letting in everyone down the line. That should be a great stress test.
I wonder if they're calling the July 17th date the "Open Beta". It wouldn't really qualify as "open" since to my knowledge the founders packs list "early access to the beta" as a perk, so it couldn't be the day that the public is allowed to join the beta. And the very fact that it's the day that only select people who've chosen to purchase a pack can join, that still qualifies more as a "Closed Beta".
It seems that instead of calling July 17th early access and a few days later the actual release, they're calling it Closed Beta and Open Beta. So while the reality is that the game is going live, they're going to call it beta and pretend it isn't a live game.
ZekeTheZealot, on 08 June 2012 - 09:51 AM, said:
another round of invites, another Pending alert. *sigh* ...I suppose i shall have to continue being patient.
As far as the closed and open beta debate, it sounds like the beta will still be "closed" for a few weeks come July 17, but will be running on the new "open beta" build. so all previous data will be purged, starting a clean slate, but access will still be limited to those who bought a founders pack, at least for a few weeks. Then the floodgates will be opened and the beta will be wonderfully, blissfully "open"
Yes its rather annoying in my opinion, rather than coming out and releasing the game, they're calling early access and launch, closed and open beta. Just call it what it is! July 17th is Early Access, July 20th or 23rd is Launch Day, stop faffing about with this closed/open beta nonsense.
CoffiNail, on 08 June 2012 - 09:56 AM, said:
I would guess July 31st to be Open Beta, maybe August 1st. Gives the founders two weeks in the beta as their early access. I am guessing that it would be a closed portion of open beta, which makes no sense I know, but most open Beta's would get reset before it goes open, so access for a closed beta and access to the inception mechs would mean it got wiped, so I am guessing it will be early access to what would be the open beta? HA I think i just confused myself.
Well July 17th is a Tuesday so I rather expect them to either launch the 20th which is Friday, in order to get the weekend players going. Or for them to launch on the 23rd which is a Monday so that they can give the Founders a weekend and avoid having to work through the weekend doing launch related troubleshooting.
Yes everyone is getting confused because PGI seems to be misusing the terms closed/open beta to drive up interest instead of calling it what it really is. In reality July 17th is early access to the live servers running the launch build not a closed beta that will get wiped after testing is done. Open beta is the game going live, but with the hype of being "beta" instead of the expectations of a launch.