Piranha Games working on “stability” and “playability” before letting everyone onto servers.
Open Betas have become a crucial marketing tool for any burgeoning online game. It never used to be this way, and you’d think the word Beta would imply that what players are actually sampling is a game still in development but ho-hum.
Our complaints aside Piranha Games has decided to delight the forthcoming launch of MechWarrior Online’s Open Beta, due to feedback of the current Alpha build highlighting issues that the developer still needs to work on. Here’s there statement in full:
“We would like to let you all know that we DO listen and DO carefully follow the forums, Facebook, Tweets, PMs and support tickets. We have a team of committed staff whose entire job is to tell us these things.
Game development is similar to trying to steer a very large ship. To make changes in direction takes time and accurate judgement calls. Even after the decision to change direction has been made, it takes a lot of time to make sure the change is working and the direction is valid. A lot of the feedback on the forums specifically are in the pipe for implementation, but again it comes down to time to get them ready and tested before sending it out to you folks on the live servers.
That being said, we’d like to address the concerns and worries that many of you have regarding Open Beta, Match Making, Founder’s Premiums, Game Balance, New User Flow and the future of Community Warfare.
We have decided to push Open Beta back. We agree that the game’s current state of stability is not allowing us to get the latest experience across to new and veteran players alike. This is a short push back on the date and will depend on the stability and playability of the build.”
We were looking forward to sampling MechWarrior Online for the first time this Tuesday, but now we’re all going to have to wait a little while longer. Piranha Games do deserve a lot of credit for holding back the Open Beta’s launch, and we’re looking forward to getting out giant robot combat on soon…
Tags: MechWarrior Online
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