Beta transition planning

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Beta transition planning

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Hello everyone!

We’re approaching the end of September, and it’s time to give you an update about the Beta transition.

These last 6 months, our teams have been working really hard to provide you with a brand new game:

  • All the architecture of Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem has been remade from scratch
  • Environments, characters, items, creatures, animations, FX, design and art direction are all new and shiny.
  • We now have an enhanced code, which means fixing and optimizing will be easier for us, and hotfixes will come faster for you!

It also means that a lot of our old assets are outdated and don’t fit the actual architecture, so there is still work to do to have some features that were present during the Alpha phase.

We plan to deploy the Beta in several patches over time, starting with stress tests that we need, in order to check our servers’ stability and spot the most important issues related to Multiplayer implementation.

We did our best to achieve everything we promised you and release it for September, but the truth is: it’s not all done yet, and we need a little more time to make a clean and polished Beta release for everyone. For that, we’re once again calling for your help.

We came up with a plan to allow you to test the work we’ve already made in a controlled environment at first to ensure a satisfying release for everyone, matching our quality goals, and make you proud of supporting us.

So, how can you help? Simple! You just have to participate with your friends, and break everything 😊

Experimental Beta

The experimental part of the Beta will be in 2 technical phases of one week each. Between these phases, the servers will be closed to focus on bug fixing, then we’ll re-open them for the next phase.

Note that you will still be able to play the Alpha during all the testing phases and in-between until the Beta is released for everyone.

Phase 1 starts on October 11 and will last untill October 17, and you will be able to play the Beta if you follow these steps:

  • Open Steam and go to your game library.
  • Right click on Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem, and select “Properties”
  • Navigate to the “Beta” tab and select “experimental” from the combo box.
  • Close the properties window.
  • Play!

Once the experimental Beta is installed, you will be able to test the version, break it, stress it, and provide us with your crash files and bug reports on this dedicated forum.

Also, the Trello bug board is now purged and all known issues will be added on it too.

Although we will provide you with the list of available features once we approach the planned phases, we can already tell you now that you will be able to experiment Multiplayer with your friends during this Technical Beta!
The offline mode, however, will be deactivated on the technical Beta, so you won’t be able to play Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem’s Beta, without an internet access for the moment.

Phase 1 content

For this phase, you will be experiencing the new dungeon generation system and a few skills/weapons in solo and multiplayer. For that first test, we’re mostly interested in making a stress test for our servers to see how it interacts with our code in real conditions of use, and how the new dungeon generation system is fitting in this environment.

You will be able to discover a few revamped skills, a new character model, new animations and FX so you can have a glimpse of the gameplay we’ve worked on for you. The balancing will not be final for this version.

Phase 2 content

We will make several additions for this phases so you can continue testing the new Gameplay in a controlled environment, but we will tell you more about the phase 2 content as we approach the date of its release.

Beta release for everyone

We want to make sure that we can provide you with the best experience possible for Wolcen. We hope these tests will be enough for us to spot the most important issues, fix them to release the Beta for everyone, and finally shut down the Alpha quickly after Phase 2.

Of course, we will keep you updated on our progress, and tell you as soon as possible if we consider that additional time is required for testing. Although we’re a much bigger team now, we’re still smaller than ideal, and we hope that you can help us with these tests. Depending on your feedback and how many critical issues we have in the Beta, the final release date might be postponed. Like you, we strongly hope that it will not be needed, but we can’t shut this possibility if we want to be realistic and honest.

Beta future updates

We don’t plan to leave you without any updates once the Beta is out.

We will tell you more about the future Beta patches later, but some features will not be in the primary Beta launch and will be added through time, so we can polish them and give you something new to test while we continue working on the other Acts of the game for the Final Release.

We’re all eager to have your feedback about the new content you will be experiencing, we’ve put a lot of heart into it and we’re confident that you will appreciate it a lot.

As always, thank you for your support, for your patience, and see you very soon for more news on the first Beta phase!

Useful links :
Wolcen’s Global Roadmap: 2018 Edition
Wolcen’s Bug tracker
Wolcen’s Community Suggestions
Wolcen’s Official Website
Wolcen’s Official Facebook Page
Wolcen’s Twitter page
Wolcen’s Instagram Page
Wolcen’s Official Discord server
Wolcen’s FAQ

Help us fix crashes here

Community websites:
German Fan Site : wolcen-game.de
French Fan Site : Wolcen France

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This topic contains 22 replies, has 20 voices, and was last updated by  Valorous1 1 week, 1 day ago.

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  • #21464

    Suresh
    Participant
    Newbie

    Finally !!! . I cannot wait to get my hands on the Beta . All the Best Team . 20 more days to go for October 11 🙁

    #21465

    Suresh
    Participant
    Newbie

    I cannot wait to get my hands on the Beta . All the Best Team . 20 more days to go for October 11 🙁

    #21466

    Suresh
    Participant
    Newbie

    All the best team for the Beta . I cannot wait to play the Beta

    #21468

    Justin
    Participant
    Newbie

    You guys should make the Oct 11th date more well known to your player base…. it took me forever to find it in this…. I tried many different search engine searches and ways of wording the search just looking for a solid beta release date for the beta…. I recommend making an article title with Oct, 11th Beta start if you want more participants for more feedback

    #21469

    WonkoTheSane
    Participant
    Newbie

    Good morning!

    Will the Beta option also be available for all of us owners of the GOG version of Wolcen?

    #21470

    Dragnon
    Participant
    Newbie

    I am ready for the carnage! Totally looking forward to multiplayer wow!

    #21472

    PaulS
    Participant
    Newbie

    I think it will be available only on Steam not GOG… News are everywhere guys… You can check for the latest news below:

    Official Web Site: https://wolcengame.com
    Steam: https://steamcommunity.com/games/424370/announcements
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WolcenGame
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/WolcenGame
    Discord: https://discordapp.com/invite/3s4xBk?utm_source=Discord%20Widget&utm_medium=Connect

    #21480

    πΦπ
    Participant
    Newbie

    I can’t wait!!  I appreciate quality over quantity, so please take your time 🙂

    #21489

    thanik
    Participant
    Newbie

     
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    #21508

    Dai Vernon
    Participant
    Bishop
    Backer

    As a returning player and backer of Umbra, after 1.5 year without playing the game (that felt more like a technical demo than a game), I am really pleased with the changes.

    I still think the map system needs to be reworked (zoom in zoom out options and more precise), as well as the minimap but I guess it’s trial-error. I’m waiting for the long expected multiplayer mode to jum ip with a friend.

    Keep up with the good work!

    #21511

    BlackBartTX
    Participant
    Newbie

    After 350 hours put in testing the alpha, I’m super excited to see what we can break next, to help the team any way we can bring us all the best arpg out there. I speak for me alone, but I really appreciate the hard work you guys have put in.   If I had to critique one thing,  the American market is big on open communication about alot of the game development and progress and I think it would help the game gain more traction, hopefully, now that we are further along in the game development.  I’ve been active in the discord and checking the forums constantly trying to keep my viewers up to date on everything, but most are not as vigilant .

    Anyway, have an owl of a day, I hope to give real feedback on the beta soon!

    #21513

    Gawri
    Participant
    Newbie

    and yet again.. all the GOG players get screwed ….

    #21558

    DeathSmith
    Participant
    Newbie

    This same update is posted on the Wolcen page on Steam…and on their Discord server as well as both Facebook and Twitter. I don’t see how anyone would have trouble finding this thread lol great job on the game so far guys, love the new music >.<

    #21569

    Jargs
    Participant
    Newbie

    Is this “Beta” tab under Properties avaliable already? Not showing here for me yet…

    #21570

    Sam eSport
    Participant
    Newbie

    I was told the beta might be delayed by a few days, can we please have an official confirmation of the date -and- TIME please

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