Crowfall discusses the true meaning of ‘pre-alpha’

    
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Take the high road in the high tower.

What is an alpha, really? What’s the dividing line between an alpha and a pre-alpha when both are playable? If a game has had a functional cash shop since the prior presidential administration but is still officially not launched, is it still in beta? These are the questions being addressed in the latest development dispatch from Crowfall‘s development team, and they’re questions with no firm answers. But there’s still plenty of room for discussion.

The short version is that Artcraft believes terms like “pre-alpha” are primarily useful for external conversation; internally, the build that’s being played is much further along than more technical alpha builds. The important point to note is that even in this early build, there are elements that can be changed, but there are also things that cannot be changed or simply will not be changed, despite the early test status. It’s something important to consider for the game’s early testing, as well as any other game you might test, a soft indictment of the very concept of the beta defense.

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FeveredDreamer
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FeveredDreamer

schlag sweetleaf Sooo I am a huge Crowfall fan, and am totally supportive of their approach to sharing info… but this song is epic.  More people should complain in verse.

camelotcrusade
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camelotcrusade

schlag sweetleaf I love that song.  Maybe they should stick to cabbages and kings.

schlag sweetleaf
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schlag sweetleaf

“The time has come,” the Walrus said,
“To talk of many things:
Of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax–
Of cabbages–and kings–
And why the sea is boiling hot–
And whether pigs have wings.

And how the term “pre-alpha”
doesn’t mean a thing.”

Lethality
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Lethality

But what comes before pre-alpha? And can it be sold? :)

Samizdat
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Samizdat

Estranged Samizdat Edany (AmberACurtis) No the internet was invented by Bungie so you could play Halo on it.

Perfect Hero
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Perfect Hero

Edany (AmberACurtis) They seem to “borrow” a lot for their game.

JohnT_NC
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JohnT_NC

Radfist “Once you stop wiping characters and progression, the game is launched”  That’s pretty much my definition also, with the caveat that it also needs to be equally available to everyone.  If it’s still limited to the beta testers or early access players, I wouldn’t call it launched yet.

Estranged
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Estranged

Samizdat Edany (AmberACurtis) Al Gore invented it.

Samizdat
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Samizdat

Edany (AmberACurtis) Right, and WoW was the first MMO.

Archebius
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Archebius

Edany (AmberACurtis) I think pre-alpha is a pretty general term in software development.