Bioware re-inviting group one testers for beta weekends

By Stephany Nunneley
15 September 2011 23:28 GMT

Bioware has an update on open beta weekends for Star Wars: The Old Republic, with community manager Stephen Reid stating that all original weekend beta testers will be getting an invitation to participate in future beta weekends.

While the new build of the game is being tested in-house for the moment, and announcement regarding the relaunch of the beta weekends will occur once internal testing finishes.

According to Reid, the reason new invites are being sent out to testers from group one, was due to issues noticed at the time.

“Why are they being re-invited? Because we feel for a significant proportion of those invited to test during beta testing weekend one, they did not have an optimal testing experience,” he wrote. “As I mentioned before, we had some issues, including some people not receiving an invite, and others being unable to get the client in time because of issues with their acceptance of their invite.

“With those factors in mind, we felt that because many people did not experience the game, it was worthwhile to re-invite everyone.

“Where does that leave everyone who hasn’t been invited to test yet? First, I realize that we previously stated if people were invited to test, they would not be invited again. Although that policy may change in future, we’re not changing it right now. However we feel that this situation is unique enough that we’re re-inviting this weekend’s testers. We expect this to be a one-off situation. I hope anyone who’s waiting to get into testing realizes that if they had similar issues, we would ‘do the right thing’ by you too.

“Second, it’s important to realize as we’ve said before that future Game Testing Weekends are planned to be much, muchlarger than the first. This weekend’s entire testing population is actually just a small fraction of the total number we’re planning to invite to the next weekend, and our number of invites will go up after that. ndeed, we’ll probably just increase our numbers overall and add the re-invited testers onto that total number.

“In summary, we had some issues and we wanted to ensure those invited to test, got to test. This is, we feel, a unique and one-off situation, but it’s also the right thing to do.”

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