Sci-fi sandbox MMO Dual Universe’s pre-alpha launches September 30

Dual Universe today etched a date on its pre-alpha launch: September 30th. “Access to this first playable version of Dual Universe will be limited to Kickstarter and crowdfunding backers that have pledged at Gold Founder level and above, prior September 7th,” says Novaquark’s press release today, which characterizes the sci-fi sandbox as a “highly anticipated disruptive MMO.” The forums further explain that the originally planned alpha is in fact not actually ready, hence the pre-alpha label.

“You probably noticed that we’re calling this first public access Pre-Alpha and not Alpha, as originally intended. Why? Because we are not quite ready yet to switch the game into Alpha, but we still wanted to honor our commitment to our backers. This first public glimpse of the game won’t feature a proper game loop as we originally wanted but, after postponing the release a few months ago, we felt like a new delay was not appropriate. We think any additional delays, even though the game is not in the true Alpha state we had anticipated, would not be in keeping with the spirit of our commitments to our community and backers.

“We decided it would be better to give you access to the game at an even earlier state than to delay again. That it would be better to give you a look at where we are, rather than wait again for where we had hoped to be at this stage.”

The game most recently made headlines for scooping up a cool $3.7 million in funding from private investors, which combined with Novaquark’s existing investment and crowdfunding now brings the game’s funding tally up to to $7.4 million.

Dual Universe will be on display at this year’s PAX West, so stay tuned for that event, during which we’ll be meeting with the team!

Source: Press release, official forums
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Norbert Lichtenecker

just don’t fucking release unfinished Games, then ! No one needs a pre-alpha or alpha bare bone Game. Take your Time, do your Homework an release a working Title, If you need Testers Hire them, if you want a clean Game run a Quality Team, speaking for Myself, I miss the good old Days 20 Years ago when Company’s released a clean working Game Title and released a Patch 3-6 Months after to fix some minor Bugs. End of Story.

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Alex Malone

The terms alpha and beta have now completely lost their meaning when it comes to computer games.

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goatleaker

Early access, the slow, cruel death of the MMO genre.

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angrakhan

Why are they not ready to switch the game to alpha. Does anyone in the gaming industry expect any sort of complete game out of an alpha? They could release a broken, buggy mess, call it alpha, and I think everyone would look at it and say “yep, that’s an alpha”.

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Raimo Kangasniemi

Sadly that’s not the case – no matter how clearly it would be stated, many people still would complain about the state of the game and would end up misleading others.

If game is made playable, these people will just automatically have high standards set for it, no matter what it’s state is called, pre-alpha, alpha, beta or whatever.

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deekay_plus

but, after postponing the release a few months ago, we felt like a new delay was not appropriate. We think any additional delays, even though the game is not in the true Alpha state we had anticipated, would not be in keeping with the spirit of our commitments to our community and backers.

“We decided it would be better to give you access to the game at an even earlier state than to delay again. That it would be better to give you a look at where we are, rather than wait again for where we had hoped to be at this stage.”

shots fired! :O

Estranged
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Estranged

Cruise Missiles

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Raimo Kangasniemi

The more you pay, the less complete game you get to play: ;)

Jokes aside, apparently they feel the need to show that things are progressing, which is understandable.

But think if AoC, WAR etc would have got the kind of acceptance of being unfinished when pushed to the grubby hands of waiting gamers – what might have come out of them (and many other MMOs launching during those days)?

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deekay_plus

difference between those games and early access games is those games are advertised as “launched” not “alpha”.

as much as i hate the anti feedback meme of “IT”S ONLY ALPHA>BETA>LAUNCH” at least if you advertise it as alpha it’s more understandable to consumers when they get an alpha state for their money.

when you get a game advertised as ready for launch and it’s in a broken alpha state like aoc and warhammer were, then people tend to be less forgiving. and in the case of warhammer it never really improved in a substantial fashion, as i found out when i went back a couple years before it was shuttered finally.

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Melissa McDonald

Perhaps in the future we’ll have Pre-Pre-Alpha. This kind of makes me laugh, honestly. I feel for them. People take missed deadlines far too seriously sometimes.

“I’ve worked in the private sector. They expect results.” – Dr. Raymond Stantz

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angrakhan

Can’t wait for Post-Pre-Alpha-but-still-not-Alpha.

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MesaSage

“I’ve worked in the private sector. They manipulate results to best advantage.”

Fixed.

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