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 will be 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) will be included as reward in the pledge packs of our upcoming Kickstarter campaign. Cheaper packs grant access close to full release, while more expensive ones grant access since Alpha 1.
Once the Kickstarter campaign is over, pledge packs will be put on sale on this website and you'll be able to buy access here.
3. CAN I UPGRADE MY ACCESS RIGHTS?
Yes. If you've purchased a pledge pack, you can always upgrade it to a higher one, disregarding when or where you've bought it.
For example, you might buy a Founder pack on Kickstarter, that gives you access to Beta (Phase 1). Then, once the campaign is over and Kickstarter pledges have been integrated with Fractured accounts, you could upgrade that pack to Patron, that gives you access to Alpha (Phase 2).
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. We can’t tell how many exactly, but it's safe to say everyone in the TOP 100 will get a key.
- 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.
5. WHEN WILL PLAYTESTING BEGIN?
Alpha 1 is set to start in December 2018. The Pre-Alpha will take place before that, most likely a month or two, but we aren't ready to give you the exact date yet.
6. HOW LONG WILL TESTING PHASES LAST?
Initial testing phases, such as Alpha 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 will 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.