Hi-Rez sets out 10 principles for Paladins’ beta

    
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Hi-Rez wants you to know that it isn’t a typical development studio, and as a result, its team shooter Paladins won’t be going through a typical beta testing process when its closed beta begins tomorrow.

In a new dev blog, the studio posted 10 principles that outlines how Hi-Rez typically develops and tests its games (including the upcoming Paladins). Among these principles includes the drive to start testing early, be open with the community, initially focus on fun, and “try lots of crazy s**t.” The studio promised that testers will have ways to get their friends in on the action as well.

Hi-Rez also said that it wants to make money without taking advantage of players: “We are extremely strong believers that free-to-play is a fantastic business model for gaming. But it needs to be done in a fair way that isn’t ‘pay-to-win.’ That’s harder to achieve than you may think, and bear with us as we balance the game around that philosophy. But I think people that have been with us for a while know that we work hard to build fair systems for our players and hugely respect the experience of players that never pay us a dime.”

Source: Dev blog. Thanks to Sorenthaz for the tip!
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ArbsX
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ArbsX

Polyanna Nah their Reinhardt looks more like a clone than their Dwarf.

SoMuchMass
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SoMuchMass

If I don’t get to Overwatch beta in the next week, I will try that out.  So if Blizzard is reading this, take that as a threat.

CloakingDonkey
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CloakingDonkey

Polyanna you could just go look yourself if you can stop yourself from worshipping Blizzard for 2 minutes.

It’s also a blatant ripoff of Gimli! Tolkien is rolling over in his grave right now due to this BLATANT ripoff… -.-

Polyanna
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Polyanna

Is that hero pictured above the only one that looks like a blatant ripoff from Overwatch, or is their entire stable going to be like that?

CloakingDonkey
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CloakingDonkey

Armsbend CloakingDonkey definitely not everyone. Japan doesn’t get it. Especially Nintendo :P

CloakingDonkey
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CloakingDonkey

Omedon she is pretty adorable.

Omedon
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Omedon

So they get a stay of execution until June!
(Honestly, I’m generally not a shooter guy, so I don’t *really* have a dog in the race, I just wanted to make the tracer joke… ‘Cause she’s adorable! ;) )

bayspoon
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bayspoon

Omedon The beta starts like…really really soon, and it’s only a 20 dollar buyin. Overwatch isnt even going to be out until next summer….

Omedon
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Omedon

Looks neat and all, but I’m afraid that by the time it’s released it’ll be “sorry luv, cavalry’s over there!”

BritoBruno
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BritoBruno

Sorenthaz DemonicPossession And, if Paladins delivers, Hi-Rez gets more money and can direct more resources for GA2 development and Tribes.
Win-Win-Win.