Those looking for mild juicy controversy need to go no further than the high-strung lands of Albion Online. This past week on Reddit, a poster accused a Sandbox Interactive guild member of showing favoritism by leaking advance patch information so that guildies could prepare for changes well in advance of the rest of the community.
The studio responded in the thread, confirming that a leak took place, but saying that it was from a tester or testers in a “closed combat test” and not a staff member. “The info leak described in the OP comes from closed combat tests that we run with selected players now and then,” Sandbox Interactive said. “While these tests are under NDA, any player taking part in such a test could in principle leak that info.”
Taking this incident as a wake-up call to the danger of having a source of helpful information shared with only part of the community, SBI promised that going forward it would publicly post the purpose and outcome of these closed tests to level the playing field.