Ma'kal, on 13 March 2012 - 02:03 PM, said:
Well I agree with it being Q&A tomorrow. I don't expect closed beta to start until about May.. Also, because Mr. Murphy sucks means that we will see open beta in July. Of course if things are earlier I would be pleasantly surprised.
Cattra Kell, on 13 March 2012 - 01:44 PM, said:
Chances are if its before "summer" then it will be closed for in the recent interview Bryan said (and could be a slip of the tongue) that open beta is in the summer
I hope that I am not being overly optimistic.. But I do think some kind of closed Beta (Or maybe even Alpha) is sure to occur, and I fully expect it to happen sometime between now and May. I have played and worked in Alphas.. What they put on at GDC to me looked much closer to Beta than Alpha, but still probably in Alpha.. (Especially since Garth said it was "Pre-Alpha" last night..)
I say this since according to Bryan (And I think Russ), they only got the Ammo, Heat, and a few other things installed into the game (Within a week of GDC from the looks of it). So, they are obviously not far from the Alpha build on the Battle side. Although from the game play at GDC, I would say Mech combat looks real close to being Beta.
Other than the Battle side, though I would venture a guess that they probably have yet to flesh out the tech trees, mech trees, pilot trees, mech lab, etc.. and tie that back to the Mechs. So sure they have a lot of work there to do. That said, they have been pushing this fast.. and while one group works on the game, I am sure others work on the network side, gameplay side, MMO side, store side, etc..
That's a LOT of code to debug, and work out by July.. and who better than a bunch of dedicated Closed Beta (Or Alpha) testers
Especially since we wouldn't cost much (and in some cases be willing to pay for access). Just saying.. (Pick me.. Pick ME.. PICK ME....)
Edited by Chuckie, 14 March 2012 - 04:03 AM.