Dev says test events will start small but grow as release nears
The first public beta for the upcoming MMO The Elder Scrolls Online begins this month, according to the game’s website.
Developer ZeniMax Online is trying a slightly different approach with the beta for The Elder Scrolls Online. Instead of making a section of the game available for some people to play as much as they want, there will be scheduled beta events.
Each event will have a different focus. The developers “will be looking for feedback on specific areas, features, or other gameplay elements.”
At first, beta events will be relatively infrequent, and will mostly take place during weekends. As the game’s launch approaches, beta events will occur more frequently, and each will last longer. These longer events will allow players to give feedback on the more long-term aspects of the game, such as character progression.
The number of testers invited will also expand as the beta program progresses. According to the developer, “Our AvA tests will likely require thousands of participants, and stress tests will be even larger!”
Beta testers will be selected based on the needs for each event. For example, “We may invite players who indicated a preference for a certain type of content (PvE, PvP, crafting) or who reside in a certain territory for particular events, and for others, computer specs may play an important role.” It’s possible that some people will be invited to multiple beta events, most likely depending on how they fit into the desired audience for the various tests.
During and after each beta event, testers will be asked to fill out surveys and give feedback. The beta forums will also be open to allow for more feedback and discussion.
The Elder Scrolls Online is expected to launch this year, though no date has yet been given. You can sign up for the beta here.
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