Now, as some of you may have known, Nelson recently released a vehicle demo for UII in the form of closed beta keys to certain community members. One of these keyholders had a little conundrum which is best summarized here:
Now, I won’t make a comment regarding that specifically, but I think that while this demo was rather successful in getting valuable feedback, there really needs to be better communication to prevent mishaps like this from happening. Sure, it wasn’t strictly a rule to keep the demo on the down-low, but this could have been avoided rather easily.
Of course, as far as developers go, Nelson is extremely good with listening to the community and keeping in touch with them, but I think that an improved and more open level of communication would vastly benefit the quality of betas, as well as discussion on them, and therefore the community as a whole. Going forward, while the betas themselves should be kept within small test circles (to prevent misinformation from the majority of the lesser-informed in the community), there’s always room for Nelson to clear things up regarding our inquiries.
That said, you all better start asking him stuff, because this is the perfect opportunity to get some juicy information about his future plans.
This kind of behavior makes me sad, because now there is no way a random person like me could be invited to a test circle (Which as a game developer I would enjoy!). With great power comes great responsibility people.
I know that first imressions are important and all, but here we are asking for the beta to expect mistakes like all beta versions have. Because there’s 1 thing we know, is that if there’s a bug, you’ll do your utmost effort to fix it. Unlike some AAA titles like Bethesda.
So when we go in, we don’t expect to have fun because it’s just a few mechanics. For me, personally, I enjoy finding bugs and reporting them because it makes me feel like I helped polish this game. Which is something Unturned is good at, being a community-driven game (for 3.x at least).
It all comes down to your personal choice at the end. But that is just my reasoning as to why the beta doesn’t have to be polished, but if you prefer the beta being polished, then all the better. You’ve done your utmost effort to make this game as amazing as you could, and we could not appreciate that enough as a community. Can’t wait till you decide to give out the beta for an extra number of people.
Honestly, the keys would be good for people who have achieved the rank of regular on the forums. People who get this rank have shown that they’ve been actively adding feedback for the game, and would be the best candidates.