Core testers try out future WildStar beta content
Preparing for a massive game launch requires a lot of work, and WildStar, Carbine’s MMORPG, is no different. As the developers get ready for WildStar beta, they’re making good use of the closed testers already experiencing the game.
The closed testers are trying out content that WildStar beta testers will eventually get to play, according to Hewitt: “Last patch, we had them test out the Dominion content in order to get ready for a worldwide reveal (coming Soon™), and this latest patch will have them looking at the Exile content in preparation for beta!”
Hewitt also dropped some hints about events that will show up during the WildStar beta: “We also run some fun events with the core testers (which we’ll definitely repeat for beta testers), including one where we attempted to take down Metal Maw together. That particular event is memorable for me, as it culminated in a suspenseful finish where the players, with the help of the cheating cheaters on our QAlien Team, turned on my poor Dominion character en masse. Et Tu, Core Testers?”
Most people anxiously awaiting the WildStar beta are probably curious as to how someone can become a closed tester. Hewitt explained Carbine usually seeks out people active in the community. The original closed testers were picked up around the time of PAX Prime last year, when the developers invited some fans to test some very early content.
For WildStar fans, this probably sounds like a dream job. But remember that a closed tester’s life isn’t all fun with video games. They also have to test some unfinished content, wrote Hewitt: “For example, we recently let testers run through a half-completed zone, just to get an idea of the flow, even though the majority of quests in it weren’t finished (and some didn’t even work at all).”
For many gamers, testing out that kind of content would just lead to whining. As Hewitt explains in the post, it takes a special kind of person to want to dive into this kind of testing.
The full post can be read here. For the other WildStar Wednesday posts, check out Gamebreaker’s previous coverage:
- WildStar Wednesday Tester Returns
- Tester Explains WildStar Combat Telegraphs
- WildStar‘s Community Plans for 2013
What do you guys think? Could you fill the role of a closed tester? How will you respond to unfinished content in the WildStar beta? Are you looking forward to playing a role in the development of the game during the WildStar beta? Make sure to comment below.