Camelot Unchained launches alpha, standalone builder

After a short delay to track down some bugs, Camelot Unchained’s alpha has begun for realsies.

“We are proud and happy to tell you that as of this writing, the alpha testing phase of Camelot Unchained has begun!” Mark Jacobs announced last night. “Starting tonight, we will begin regularly scheduled tests of our game.”

Jacobs said that on top of participating in the online alpha, testers will also get a “standalone building program” called C.U.B.E. with which to experiment, test, and create. “So, how’s that?” he wrote. “Not only are we opening alpha, but we are giving you a fun building tool that you can use without having to be in the main game! Testing an MMORPG only when the tests are being run? That’s so 20 years ago.”

[Source: Alpha announcement. Thanks to Tim, Dreda, and Amber for the tip!]
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Nanulak
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Nanulak

I want to start with…this is not my first Alpha, I have been around a while now and I have participated in a few alpha’s and beta’s in my time.  I seems I spend more time in game testing than actually playing the games.

Anyway as far as alpha’s go this is far more polished than what I have experienced in the past.  The world is actually solid and you can go about your gaming session without falling through the world or getting stuck in a wall.  Now don’t get me wrong, it is not perfect,but there are far fewer issues interacting with the world than any other early game development I have participated in.

The collision detection/physics seem to be working great, especially between the environment/characters and spell components.  Overall, they already have a game that is playable and works extremely well..so the games future seems very bright.

I am looking forward to the next testing phase….

Edany (AmberACurtis)
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Edany (AmberACurtis)

Walpurgisnacht Yes, there is an NDA, and because of that, No, there will be no streaming footage until CSE gives the okay. Mark said it won’t be long before he starts to show some footage, so… “soon”. :)

Vexia
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Vexia

Congratulations to City State who have been working so hard, the backers who helped fund the game, and the testers who are breaking everything for the benefit of the future! :P I hope to one day be a part of that future, but once the beta has arrived. This weekend as a reward to myself for surviving midterm exams, I’m going to get at least the basic builder’s tier and then later decide which one I’d like to upgrade to. “I Am Sorta Committed” sounds really interesting to me because I feel like I have a huge bias toward the Tuatha De Danann faction (I really wanna see that texture pack!), but the altholic in me is still a little bit nervous about never, ever being able to try the other realms on a different server.

Awer
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Awer

$250 to test the game in alpha? jesus christ

Walpurgisnacht
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Walpurgisnacht

Will gameplay be streamed and is there an NDA? I have been following this game for a few months and am very excited for it (along with Crowfall!). I would love to see how it plays.

Perfect Hero
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Perfect Hero

Is there any actual footage or is this one of those “take our word for it” things?

Mark Jacobs
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Mark Jacobs

PaganRites LOL, no worries. I’m sure we’ll misinform you at some point and we’ll call it even. :)

PaganRites
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PaganRites

Ahh ok. Well that makes sense. I thought I’d missed a very important development! I was misinformed. :P

Mark Jacobs
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Mark Jacobs

karmamule Mark Jacobs Nothing wrong with that. :)

Mark Jacobs
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Mark Jacobs

AilsaN10 And more. We have given them abilities and yesterday Tim taught them how to talk. Now, all they said was “Exterminate!” but it’s a start. :)