FAQ / PLAYTESTING
1. HOW IS FRACTURED TESTING STRUCTURED?
Our plan for Fractured Alpha and Beta testing is to host several time-limited testing phases until the game reaches full release.
Testing phases are going to be numbered sequentially, starting with Alpha 1, 2, 3, etc. followed by Beta 1, 2, 3, etc. The whole bunch of Alpha tests will be split in two groups (Phase 1 and 2), and so will Beta tests. Moreover, Alpha 1 is preceded by a special testing phase called Pre-Alpha.
2. HOW DO I GET ACCESS TO TESTING?
Access to testing at different stages of development (Alpha Phase 1/2, Beta Phase 1/2) was included as reward in the pledge packs of our Kickstarter campaign.
Now that the campaign is over, pledge packs can be bought directly on our store.
3. CAN I UPGRADE MY ACCESS RIGHTS?
Yes. If you purchase a pledge pack, you can upgrade it to a higher one (if available) at any time.
For instance, if you own a Founder pack, which gives you access to Beta Phase 1, you can upgrade to Patron (Alpha Phase 2 access), Knight (Alpha Phase 1 access), or anything above that.
4. HOW DO I GET INTO THE PRE-ALPHA?
You can't purchase access to the Pre-Alpha. Keys are going to be awarded to the most active players in the community, specifically:
- Players who rank highest in The Foundation.
- Players who have won one or more drawings, disregarding whether they are in the TOP X or not. The more drawings won, the more likely it is to get the key, but even one is enough to have chance.
More details regarding Pre-Alpha access can be found in this post.
5. WHEN WILL PLAYTESTING BEGIN?
The Fractured Pre-Alpha is currently ongoing - multiple waves of invites are being sent over time to players eligible according to point 4.
Alpha 1 is planned to start once the Pre-Alpha is over, most likely in March 2019.
6. HOW LONG WILL TESTING PHASES LAST?
Initial testing phases, such as Alpha 1 - Test 1, will likely last no more than a couple weeks. Over time, testing phases are expected to last longer – it's perfectly possible the ones before full release could last 2 months or more each.
The downtime expected between testing phases will vary. We'll try to prevent that from being more than a couple months anyway.
7. IS THERE AN NDA ON PLAYTESTS?
There won't be any NDA on playtests. You'll be able to stream, make YouTube videos and spread game content any way you like. In fact, you are invited to do so!
The only notable exception to this is the Fractured Pre-Alpha. Content of the Pre-Alpha can't be divulged, and all players getting into it have to sign an NDA.
8. I'M A CONTENT CREATOR, CAN I GET ACCESS?
We're going to create a program for influencers and content creators through which you'll be able to apply to receive a key. In the meantime, if you own a YouTube or Twitch channel or are a member of the press with a significant userbase, you can get in touch with email@example.com directly.
9. HOW DO I DOWNLOAD THE GAME?
You can't download the game yet. The link to do so will be made available in your account management page if you have access to the testing phase running at that time.