Ship of Heroes discusses the difference between Alpha and Beta

    
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What makes an alpha? If your answer is “marketing jargon,” you’re not entirely wrong. But the team behind Ship of Heroes is going for a slightly more formalized definition, and it’s explained on the official site right now. In short, an alpha is when you have people who aren’t part of the development team running around in the game, because that’s when you can find the bits that are broken without developers who just know to avoid that stuff.

The team is also preparing for its next major alpha milestones, starting with a 50-player login test with everyone logging into a spot and running around. Assuming that goes well, it’s time to move on to the same thing with a full-fledged invasion, adding combat into the mix. If you’re curious about the exact divisions between alphas, betas, and closed vs. open status, check out the whole piece on the official site.

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ultorius

i dont understand the purpose of this game, in the best case it will look like and play like a realy bad version of champions online.At least city of titans looks better.Why not play champions online for free instead.

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smulb

it’s a futile exercise in bad design… have you seen the actual ship? it’s comedy. it looks like a cross between an arrow and a dildo. the name alone is bad.

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Chosenxeno .

I think the most important part of their press release is what they have said about optimization.

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smulb

this game is going to be DOA

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justin something

No. It’s really not. But it’s cool the way you cut and paste this comment on every article.

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smulb

what? every artcile? what cut and paste? i actually typed this.

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justin something

i assumed you did. but you say this a lot.

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smulb

you’re wrong. about me and the game.

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Utakata

To be clear, your message has always been the same. And we get you don’t like this title for whatever reasons. But that doesn’t mean it’s going to fail regardless how many times you assert it will without evidence.

…so save the trolling, And put your energies to some other game or thing you like. /shrug

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smulb

just because you don’t agree with me me doesn’t mean i’m trolling

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Utakata

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smulb

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Dread Quixadhal

Not sure why everyone feels the need to keep redefining the terms.

Traditionally, in software development, “alpha” testing meant the product was still being finalized and features might be added or removed at any time. “Beta” meant the product was now feature complete, and no major changes to the systems were expected.

So, if you were confident that your product would be well received, you tended to only invite the public into the “beta” stage, as this would help you balance systems and track down edge case bugs that your own QA department might not think to test.

OTOH, if you wanted feedback that might change features of your product, you invited people into the “alpha”, so you could still freely adjust the core systems without setting your timetable back.

Some products would move into beta too early and then have to move back to alpha after a major rewrite.

Why those definitions aren’t sufficient anymore, I have no idea. But I’m not a salesperson or marketer. :)