Today, Hi-Rez updated its Answer Center with the currently expected timeline for the release of Closed Beta. Hi-Rez continues to insist that the Closed Beta will begin when the game is ready, but the current schedule calls for initial testing to begin on JULY 24th. The Beta process requires that invited participants RSVP on Hi-Rez’s website, in order to ensure that spots are optimally allocated to those testers that will be active. Invites will be staggered over the next few weeks and will likely continue after the initial testing phase begins.
The exact timelines for Closed Beta Testing Phase 1 (CBT-1) could change based on Hi-Rez’s assessment of the games’ readiness. But, at present, the plan calls for Closed Beta Phase 1 to begin on July 24th, 2009.
Testing for CBT-1 will unfold over a series of short testing windows, each labeled CBT-1A, CBT-1B, etc. The servers will only be available for testing during the specified times for each test. The first weekend of testing, CBT-1A, will have separate test windows for “NEW BETA PLAYERS” and “CURRENT ALPHA PLAYERS”.
NEW BETA PLAYERS will test from FRIDAY JULY 24th AT 3 PM EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME through MONDAY, JULY 27 T 6 AM EASTERN.
CURRENT ALPHA PLAYERS will test on MONDAY JULY 27 OM 6PM EASTERN to MIDNIGHT EASTERN.
The dates and times of subsequent CBT-1 testing phases will be released as we progress further. However, generally, testing will be concentrated during extended weekends (FRIDAY THROUGH MONDAY).
When and how will I know if I made it into Beta?
Invitations for Closed Beta Phase 1 (CBT-1) will be sent in groups.
The first group was sent in late June and was primarily directed to existing Alpha testers. Subsequent invite waves will be sent during the weeks of July 8 and July 15, 2009.
In order to participate in the Beta, players that receive an Invite must RSVP by visiting the Global Agenda website and following the instructions in the invitation. Each invitation will include a date by which a player must confirm their participation prior to the invitation expiring. Once a player confirms their participation, additional information will be sent regarding the test program.