Beta

  • Behind the Scenes #5: Beta Progress

    The official site for Age of Conan has been updated with a new issue of Behind the Scenes. In this look we get an update on Beta.

    This week we take a look at how beta feedback shapes and improves the gameplay experience and development process.

    In this weeks update we wanted to go through some ot the process of change that goes hand in hand with the beta schedule. As you all know we are now in closed Beta internally, and we thought it would be interesting for people to hear about what we are working on and what is changing as we move through the beta process!

    Get clicking to read more! Are you planning to play Age of Conan? Share your thoughts on this and all your favorite MMOs in our Ten Ton Hammer Forums today!

    Beta, Official Announcements
    Mon, Nov 20, 2006
    LadySirse
  • A Look at the LoreMaster

    The official site for Lord of the Rings Online has been updated with a new player beta journal. Keep reading to find out about the Lore Master.

    For this week's Beta Journal, we asked our Beta participants to talk about the experience of playing as a Lore-master. Below are some of the impressions of playing this versatile class, whose knowledge of ancient lore makes the Lore-master a formidable opponent and ally.

    Get clicking to read the journal! Let us know your thoughts on this and all your favorite MMOs in our Ten Ton Hammer Forums today!

    Beta, Official Announcements
    Thu, Nov 16, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Misha Updates Us On Beta!

    Another update on the official site for Pirates of the Burning Sea brings us an update on beta in Misha's Developer Blog.

    I've managed to duck Aether since May but he finally caught up with me... I can't even begin to list all the changes to the Beta since May. We've added tons more people, established a regular schedule for the sessions and then changed that schedule, and I've got new GMs helping me to the point I no longer have to work the weekends to run the Beta. This makes for a much less cranky Misha!

    Currently, our schedule is very focused on North/South American availability. If you're a Beta tester not in my hemisphere, chances are you can only play once per week. By far, the most whining I hear from Beta testers is that they don't get to play, er, test often enough. ;-)

    Don't miss out...Keep reading to learn what else has changed in beta! Are you going to don your pirate gear and jump on into Pirates of the Burning Sea? Let us know about it in the Ten Ton Hammer Forums today!

    Beta, Official Announcements
    Thu, Nov 09, 2006
    LadySirse
  • WoW CM Messiah talks Burning Crusade balance...

    And this time, he's through playing Mister Nice Savior:

    Today I am going to firmly plant my feet on what many would call the
    wrong side of the fence. I consider it “the other side” of the fence. I
    am doing this for no other reason than I like being a devil’s advocate.
    If you disagree with me fine, that’s OK, all I ask is you read this and
    think about the points.

    With that I am going into rant mode on the topic of fair and balance
    rewards in the World of Warcraft and the Burning Crusade...

    It's that independent, slightly crotchety take we've come to know and love from Byron "Messiah" Mudry in this Burning Crusade Beta Journal at Byron's blog: Messiah's Digital Haven.

    Beta, Official Announcements
    Tue, Oct 31, 2006
    Ethec
  • Pirates of the Burning Sea hits a milestone...

    Yarrr! Them lubbers at Flying Lab Software be signallin' that their MMO, Pirates of the Burning Sea, has just set anchor in th' port of harbor they be callin' "Milestone 22". Plenty of missions await ye beta players, not to mention enough new port content to ballast yer bilges. But hold on to yer fancy britches... what's all this about a duel?

    Content creation is getting an extra-special twist in this milestone. When creating content for levels 15-30 a while back, each Mission Designer was given the responsibility for creating all the content for a single port in the game. This time around, Content Lead Jess Lebow (formerly the Guild Wars World Designer) has assigned every Mission Designer a nemesis – another member of the department – and asked each opposing pair of Mission Designers to create dramatic tension by developing competing storylines for the level 31-50 content. Every story will have two distinct sides as Flying Lab pits Mission Designer against Mission Designer as dueling partners in creating intriguing storylines for high-level players.

    Some additional highlights from Milestone 22 include the following: 

    • Extensive work on Avatar Combat styles for swords and rapiers

    • Extensive high-end, faction-based content for players level 30 to 50+
    • The addition of 200+ new missions
    • The addition of new environments, like black markets, jails and taverns as well as numerous new ports, villages, and frontier towns for British, French, Spanish and Pirate factions

    Ye can see more about "Milestone 22" in th' official press release.

    And if ya aren't in the Burning Sea beta, don't get yer neckerchief in a knot. Set sail for the Ten Ton Hammer forums- where ye can discuss the game 'til yer heart's content.

    Beta, Official Announcements
    Tue, Oct 31, 2006
    Ethec
  • Dreamlords Takes Important Step Into Beta

    As the headline states, it's been announced that Dreamlords has entered into the closed stages of Beta testing.

    Dreamlords reaches Beta!

    One of the truly unique titles of 2006 has now reached the Beta- testing stage. After two years in development by the Swedish studio Lockpick Entertainment, Dreamlords is finally ready to take on the masses.

    Dreamlords is now in closed Beta and the features planned for release are in place. The open Beta is still some time away to accommodate for balancing and further content implementation. We are still accepting applications as more testers will be admitted throughout the Beta phase.

    As a completely independent production, Dreamlords is not going to be like any other game. It combines the fast-paced action of the RTS-genre, the long term tactics of the strategy games and the vast depth of the MMORPGs. We encourage all gamers who are tired of sequels and WWII games to try something different, Dreamlords is a must-try for any gamer looking for a new online experience.

    Featuring the most sophisticated web interface yet seen in a game along with a competitive RTS 3D game client Dreamlords provide incentive and opportunity to play from anywhere at anytime. Being a massively multiplayer online game Dreamlords takes the next big leap in strategic multiplaying.

    In the weeks to come more information about Dreamlords and its features will be made public. Stay tuned for further development as the Beta progresses.

    Beta, Official Announcements
    Fri, Oct 20, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Epic Stress Test Time!

    ArchLord is almost here according to Codemasters. They have announced an End of Beta Event. Beta keys will be given to all those that request them!

    Codemasters Online Gaming is pleased to announce the launch of its Epic Stress test.

    We want to give as many players the oppertunity to take part in what is sure to be an amazing battle. Taking part is easy: visit www.archlordgame.com/requestakey in order to get a key if you are not already a member of the BETA team. All you need do now is join up to one of the four champions guilds:

    Brumhart - Champion of Zylok
    Ziann - Champion of Anchorville
    Evengarda - Champion of Tullan
    Gaiahon - Champion of Terranoa

    Get clicking to get the rest of the details! Is ArchLord the game for you? Tell us why in the forums right here at Ten Ton Hammer.

    Beta, Official Announcements
    Wed, Sep 27, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Beta Journal #1: Bandits on Lomshir Plain

    Are we breaking the NDA? Noooo! This is sanctioned. Brad McQuaid, Executive Producer of Vanguard: Saga of Heroes, asked his beta testers if they'd like to write up some of their beta experiences to share with Vanguard fans. Shayalyn jumped at the chance. So we've got a journal for you, live from Vanguard's Beta 3! How did Shayalyn and her group defeat a bunch of bandits on Lomshir Plain, including their boss? Very carefully, as it turns out. You'll have to read the journal to learn more.

    "I’d tried pulling these raiders myself before finding a group. As a Psionicist, I’m very capable of crowd control. But I hadn’t been prepared to see four of them rushing me. At the time, I turned tail and sprinted off to safety. Now, heading back toward the camp, I was glad that I was in good company. This time I had a Rogue, a Warrior, and a Blood Mage at my side. I felt sure we’d be able to handle this particular adventure."

    What are you waiting for? Get clicking to see this new exclusive feature! Share your thoughts with us in the Vanguard Ten Ton Hammer Forums.

    Beta, Official Announcements
    Wed, Sep 20, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Sign Up Now!

    The official site for EQ2 now has a happy announcement that Beta Registrations are now open! You could be playing as soon as Wednesday the 20th!

    Sony Online Entertainment is pleased to announce that signups for beta testing of Echoes of Faydwer, the 3rd expansion for EverQuest II, are now open. Prospective adventurers can sign up and have a chance to see or even play as the Fae, the new playable race in Echoes of Faydwer, as well as tour the new zones, many of which are taken from the original EverQuest, such as Greater Faydark, Steamfont Mountains and Butcherblock Mountains.

    Get clicking to learn more! Tell us about your thoughts on this expansion in the forums at EQ2 Ten Ton Hammer.

    Beta, Official Announcements
    Mon, Sep 18, 2006
    LadySirse
  • EoF beta begins!

    The beta for Echoes of Faydwer, the highly anticipated November expansion to EverQuest 2, is now open! Current EQ2 subscribers are invited to apply:

    Sony Online Entertainment is pleased to announce that signups for beta testing of Echoes of Faydwer, the 3rd expansion for EverQuest II, are now open. Prospective adventurers can sign up and have a chance to see or even play as the Fae, the new playable race in Echoes of Faydwer, as well as tour the new zones, many of which are taken from the original EverQuest, such as Greater Faydark, Steamfont Mountains and Butcherblock Mountains.

    Sound good? Apply at the EverQuest 2 official site, and for all your EQ2 information needs, turn to none other than the Ten Ton Hammer EverQuest 2 Community Site!

    Beta, Official Announcements
    Sat, Sep 16, 2006
    Ethec
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