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Don't think many games would be what we would be called an alpha state 15 years ago.  The alpha I played then was pretty unstable and missing a lot of features or things plain old not working for large groups of users.     Gamers over inflating severity of issues isn't anything new.

 

If such a closed beta for Bannerlord does happen soon that is a good thing.  Just have to wait 18 months after that for release date announcement :p

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Still no word on a release date for M&B2: Bannerlord, right?

https://steamcommunity.com/games/261550/announcements/detail/1723097746688457151

 

Found it funny this was news - they plan to have a closed beta. Well, I'd hope so.

What does beta even mean any more? Given the shove it out the door and patch it later state of the games industry these days, games are being released fully in states that would be called "alpha" in the past.

Alpha, beta, I think these terms are overused. I played, according to some freaks, "beta" of Pathfinder months after launch, yet I had enjoyable experience. Thing is - you can't expect game product without bugs, what matters is playable 'state'. To me even Bard's Tale IV was in playable state at launch if you would just reload the earlier save & actually taken care to save the game.

I think he was more refering to the so called Live Services, where you are buying empty shell and a promise in a roadmap, which may or may not ever come to fruition.

 

Anthem and Fallout 76 is a prime example of Early AAAccess.

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^ A little of column A and a little of column B.

 

The way I always understood it, alpha means playable, but not feature complete (a rather accurate description for a live service at launch) and beta means feature complete but in need of testing and balancing.

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I think of alpha of being in a state where you can test large things, or at least a core experience but features still missing. Beta is feature complete but still has reliability issues.

 

 

Then of course at my company, we just release stuff clients didn't ask for and/or stuff that doesn't work :p

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no interest in Borderlands for me anyway :)

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no interest in Borderlands for me anyway :)

 

I don't think I could go back to Borderlands after playing the sequels. Mechanically it would feel so stripped down and basic.

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Well Kotaku (you were warned) has a lengthy piece about Anthem's development.

 

The tl;dr is basically Anthem is Mass Effect: Andromeda 2.0: chronic lack of vision, Frostbite woes, bad leadership, and the game was eventually slapped together in the last year or so.

 

Oh, and DA:I apparently went through the same deal, albeit a little more successfully.

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The funny thing being that BioWare's response came literal minutes after the Kotaku article was published, in other words, it was a canned response written before they even bothered reading the entire thing based on the synopsis sent to them by Kotaku (which they didn't bother responding to). So yeah...

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The funny thing being that BioWare's response came literal minutes after the Kotaku article was published, in other words, it was a canned response written before they even bothered reading the entire thing based on the synopsis sent to them by Kotaku (which they didn't bother responding to). So yeah...

This is typical Bioware. Generic "we have received your feedback, please keep it coming" responses instead of properly addressing points has been their MO for years now. I expect them to do precisely nothing about the issues mentioned. Insulation is the word, I think. And maybe too many John Romeros on board?

 

I legit lol'd at the VB suggestion that Edmonton should take a page from Austin's gross mismanagement of SWTOR regarding how to run live services long-term. I guess if they haven't gone under yet, they must be doing something right... right? Heh.

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Still laugh at what EA is now as opposed to the ideal it had at the start

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At least the BL3 "exclusive" is only 6 months or so. Maybe by then most of the DLC will be out and hubby and I can play it in one shot so to speak, anyway. If it even has LAN. I hope it has LAN. If BL3 does away with LAN, no buy.

 

Still, the way things are going, looks like 2019 to mid-2020 is going to be pretty much zero "AAA" gaming. Not that I buy many AAA games anyway.

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https://www.pcgamer.com/borderlands-3-release-date-leak/

 

Another big win for Epic, perhaps

Meh, nothing truly new (as that was revealed by Randy in a twit last year). New thing is it's "only" a six month exclusive. But yeah, Take 2 and their subsidy, Private Division, which sucks for Obsidian fans, has  definitely decided to share their bed with Epic.

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Romero Games & Paradox are making a strategy game.

 

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.pcgamer.com/amp/romero-games-is-working-on-a-strategy-game-with-paradox/

 

No details yet, but I can only assume they're going to make me their bitch.

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No details yet, but I can only assume they're going to make me their bitch.

 

Paradox game so they'll just make you their b. Letters i,t,k and w will be available later as dlc.

 

That doesn't spell 'bitch', of course; but don't worry Modders Will Fix It.

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Paradox and Romero...so it'll be late and chopped into many DLCs ?

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