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Darkspore open beta kicks off

Tuesday, 29th March 2011 06:14 GMT By Brenna Hillier

If you have a couple of days to devote to helping stress test Maxis’ RPG, hit up Steam and sign up for the DarkSpore open beta.

BigDownload reports the beta will be free to download and play for all Steam account holders.

Four player co-op and two competitive match modes will be available – one on one, and two on two.

This is quite a short one, with EA planning to slam the doors shut on April 1, so get in quick.

Further beta tests were announced earlier this month after a release delay.

Darkspore is an action RPG strategy hybrid built on the Spore engine, and will launch for PC on April 26 in the US and April 28 in Europe.

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  1. DSB

    And it seems that Maxis have shot themselves thoroughly in the foot by releasing yet another user-hostile beta build that really just ends up pissing everybody off.

    Took me 20 minutes to get the thing running because it requires a command function to work on anything except 1024×768 resolution (YEAH, REALLY).

    At least me and the other guys know what we won’t be buying this April.

    Really, the game is extremely boring, and the creature creator is just as ugly and tedious as it always was. Get Torchlight instead.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Ireland Michael

    @1 Someone seems to have failed in comprehending what “beta” means.

    Hint: It doesn’t mean “early demo”.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. DSB

    Wow, you so clever, sir.

    See, that had completely passed me by.

    I think you fail to realize that the core gameplay elements are already defined in the alpha, at least going by standard software iteration principles, and as such, a boring beta is most often going to mean a boring game.

    Also, it’s golden within the month, which means we are driven to assume that it’s not an early beta. Also, at this point it should be obvious to anyone that a beta is going to be received by the public, as a reflection of the final product. Otherwise it would have no demo value, and as such, the developers are just as frighteningly wrong to release such a cumbersome build to potential customers.

    Basic common sense. Sometimes it helps.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. OrbitMonkey

    @3 This. A beta a month from gold might as well be called demo. Changes made at that stage could only be superficial at best.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Ireland Michael

    @3 And the whole point of a beta is to catch bugs like this. The sort of stuff that gets missed in early testing.

    People report it. It gets fixed. Beta.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. DSB

    @4 Well there’s no guarantee that it’s a current build, but the point is people will assume that it is.

    @5 Really Michael.

    You just know just as well as I do that open betas provide so much feedback from so many clueless individuals that none of it is really useable. They have their own Q&A team, with their own testers, doing the real work. If they get anything from this beta, it will be stresstesting and network systems testing. You have no guarantee that Molly from Holland even has her mouse plugged in right, her windows installed correctly, or drivers set up for her graphics card.

    This is just meant to generate business, and as such, they’ve done a pretty poor job of it.

    And the initial thing that I describe has nothing to do with bugs, nor does the gameplay. It’s designed to take a command on startup in that build, and for a playtester that’s no big deal. It will be for the average joe, though.

    If you’re showing a house with a flushing toilet, it doesn’t help your sale if you’ve turned the water off for the exhibition. ie you won’t have to type anything into the target line once you buy the game, but you will here – And that’s going to taint perception.

    The game has worked fine for me beyond figuring that out, but it’s just not a very fun game at its core. It’s slower paced than Torchlight, and it brings nothing new to the table except for a different definition of “gear” (as in limbs instead of clubs) and the ability to change your character on the fly. It’s still boring.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Ireland Michael

    @6 Thankfully, I don’t feel the need to be a tinfoil hatted cynic hiding behind a guise of “common sense”.

    #7 3 years ago