The Backer Beta Has Landed!
TL; DR - Backer Beta news, Backer Beta FAQ
The Backer Beta is Here!
Paul here. It has been a whirlwind for everyone since we launched the alpha systems test in March. We’ve been soliciting feedback, bug reports, and acting on all of it in the intervening months. All of the comments we have received from you have helped us make the game better and brought us to this point - the release of the backer beta.
We’re excited because this time so many more of you get to experience playing the game for yourselves. The backer beta has a roughly 4-5x larger player base, and that’s something we’re very happy about. We’re thrilled for those of you who finally get to try the game out for yourself, and we’re looking forward to your feedback.
And there’s a lot of feedback to provide. The backer beta is a big slice that takes you through the beginning of the story, introduces you to the game’s core systems, and then lets you go play in that world for a little while. Character creation and customization, combat, exploration, puzzle solving, and (of course) dungeon crawling all await you.
Further on in this update is a FAQ for our beta backers. For those backers, please be on the look out soon for a CrowdOx email containing:
- Your Steam key for the beta test
- A PDF containing a letter from VP of Development Chris Keenan & beta test notes from QA Lead Daniel Dean
The FAQ at the bottom of this update should hopefully address any basic questions you have about the backer beta and getting access to it.
For all our backers, the release of the beta means that we are that much closer to our Q3 release date for the game. That’s almost upon us, so expect lots of news in the near future!
Backer Backer FAQ
How do I get my Steam beta key?
We are distributing our Steam beta test keys through CrowdOx. If you have completed your CrowdOx backer survey, you will receive an email from CrowdOx containing your key, along with an email containing a letter from VP of Development Chris Keenan and QA Lead Daniel Dean. Please be patient, as depending on how many emails need to be sent, it may take a little while for the system to fully process all of them. If you haven’t completed your CrowdOx backer survey, you can find more instructions on how to do so here.
I don’t want to use Steam. Can I get the backer beta on another platform?
We are only supporting it on Steam for the beta test, mainly because as an indie studio we don’t have the bandwidth to support multiple stores for a beta. Doing things this way allows us more time to work on the game itself and be reactive to player feedback. For the final game, you will be able to make a choice of which platform you want at a later date.
What operating systems does the beta test support?
While we are supporting more OSes for the final release of the game, the beta test is only available for Windows.
What are the recommended system specs to play?
OS: Windows 7/8/8.1/10 (64-bit)
Processor: Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 970/AMD 290 equivalent or greater
Storage: 50 GB
These requirements may change by final release as we continue to optimize the game.
Will my beta test key count as my final game key?
Yes. The beta test will unlock the full game upon release. If you prefer a GOG key at launch, we will offer you the chance to deactivate your Steam version and get a GOG key at a later date.
How do I report bugs or provide feedback for the beta test?
For beta backers, please see the email that will arrive with your Steam key. It contains a link to a page you can go to report bugs and provide feedback. For both our beta backers and everyone else, please visit our forums! We’ve set up a forum thread here for everyone to chime in with their thoughts (as well as track known issues).
Can I do Let’s Plays or stream the backer beta?
Yes! You are welcome to share your experiences with others, and if you have a Twitch or YouTube channel, you are also welcome to monetize your videos as well. Our only request is that you clearly state in your coverage that this is a beta look at the game, and it will change and improve before release.