Train2Game news: Paradox Interactive MMO Salem opens beta sign-ups, features permadeath

Train2Game students can now sign up to join the beta for Salem, the upcoming MMO from Seatribe and Paradox Interactive that’s set in the New World frontier.

One of the most interesting aspects of Salem is that the free-to-play MMO features a permadeath mechanic. The Salem beta begins soon and Train2Game students interested in taking part can sign up at http://beta.salemthegame.com/

“We’ve been getting Beta requests from gamers since we announced Salem and it’s great to finally be able to let people into the beta testing” saidSalem lead designer  Björn Johannessen.

“We’ve chosen to keep the sign up completely open, the more the merrier, and will do our best to listen to all feedback we get.” he added.

Find out more about Salem in the developer diary below.

Beta testing is an excellent way for Train2Game students, especially those on the Games QA Tester course to practice their bug hunting skills. In a recent interview with The Train2Game Blog, Brawl Busters developers Rock Hippo told us that beta testing is “crucial” to the game development process.

For more on beta testing, how it’s useful for Train2Game students, and opportunities to get involved with it, keep reading the Train2Game blog. There’s also much more from Paradox Interactive.

So Train2Game, what are your thoughts on Salem and its permadeath? Will you be signing up for a place on the beta?

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Train2Game news: Starhawk multiplayer beta now open to all

Train2Game Blog readers may have this blog post last month about the Starhawk multiplayer beta being open to PlayStation Plus subscribers.

The good news is that the Starhawk beta is now open to all PlayStation 3 users. To find out how to get involved, visit the PlayStation Blog. Developer Lightbox describe the beta as a “crucial step” as they test game balance, server traffic and general bugs

Find out more about the third person shooter in the Starhawk open beta trailer below.

Beta testing is an excellent way for Train2Game students, especially those on the Games QA Tester course to practice their bug hunting skills. Not only that, but in an interview with the Train2Game blog, Trion Worlds Senior QA Tester Karl Tars said that beta testing is potentially a way to get into the industry.

The Train2Game Blog will be sure to keep you up to date with the latest beta testing opportunities.

So Train2Game, will you be getting involved with the StarHawk public beta?

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Train2Game news: QA Testing “crucial” says Brawl Busters developer Rock Hippo

Train2Game students on the QA Testing course will be performing a crucial task during game development. That’s according to Brawl Busters developer Rock Hippo Productions who spoke to The Train2Game Blog in a soon to be published interview.

“QA is absolutely crucial to the development process. Something may seem like a good idea on paper, but we’ll never know for sure until we test it out.” Rock Hippo Productions Marketing Manager Flavio Caracas told The Train2Game Blog in an interview about their free-to-play combat title Brawl Busters.

Caracas added that beta testing is also a huge part of the game development process, and a helpful team of beta testers can provide great help to a studio.

“Beta testing allows us to involve our community in game balance decisions and with any bugs overlooked during QA.” He said.

“We’ve been very lucky so far with our community as they have been extremely helpful to us and new players during the open beta phase and our official release. We expect that to continue into 2012 and plan to involve them even more as the game progresses.” Caracas added.

Brawl Busters is a free-to-play multiplayer action combat title, which can be downloaded right here.

The full Train2Game Blog interview with Brawl Busters developer Rock Hippo Productions will be published in the near future.

So Train2Game, what are your thoughts on Rock Hippos comments on QA? How crucial is it to development? And can helpful beta testers iron out troubles in games?

Leave your comments here on The Train2Game Blog, or the Train2Game forum.

Train2Game news: Your chance to join the Brick-Force beta

Train2Game students have the opportunity to take part in the closed beta for Brick-Force, a sandbox shooter from German developer Infernum. The shooter appears to have a Minecraft like feel.

Those selected for the closed beta will be able to test playing Brick-Force from 28th February, with an open beta and full release following later this year.

“This sandbox shooter allows players to create worlds and maps that they’ve always dreamed of, brick by brick. They can also share these virtual playgrounds with the community and use them as the backdrop for fast paced shooter hunts against fellow players or computerized opponents” says the official blurb from Infernum.

Brick-Force is built using the Unity 3D engine and is a browser based title. Train2Game students who wish to participate in the Brick-Force closed beta can register on the official website www.brick-force.com

Beta testing is an excellent way for Train2Game students, especially those on the Games QA Tester course to practice their bug hunting skills. Not only that, but in an interview with the Train2Game blog, Trion Worlds Senior QA Tester Karl Tars said that beta testing is potentially a way to get into the industry.

For more on beta testing, how it’s useful for Train2Game students, and opportunities to get involved with it, see the Train2Game blog.

So Train2Game, what are your thoughts on Brick-Force? Will you apply for the Brick-Force closed beta?

Leave your comments here on The Train2Game Blog, or on the Train2Game forum.

Train2Game news: Your chance to join the Twisted Metal multiplayer beta

Train2Game students have the opportunity to beta test the upcoming PlayStation 3 exclusive Vehicle combat title Twisted Metal.

The Twisted Metal multiplayer beta is available to download for free from the PlayStation Store, and gives players a taste of the following:

  • 8 vehicles to choose from, each with their own unique special weapons.
  • 2 multiplayer modes: Classic free-for-all Death Match, and team-based Nuke mode—a Twisted take on Capture the Flag that’s brand new to the series.
  • Challenge mode, where you can practice with each vehicle to hone your destructive skills.

The Twisted Metal multiplayer beta on PlayStation 3 runs through to February 7th. The Twisted Metal series has been running since 1995 and has appeared on all generations of the PlayStation console. The current title is being developed by Salt Lake City based studio East Sleep Play!

Twisted Metal is scheduled for release later this month.

Beta testing is an excellent way for Train2Game students, especially those on the Games QA Tester course to practice their bug hunting skills. Not only that, but in an interview with the Train2Game blog, Trion Worlds Senior QA Tester Karl Tars said that beta testing is potentially a way to get into the industry.

For more on beta testing, how it’s useful for Train2Game students, and opportunities to get involved with it, see the Train2Game blog.

So Train2Game, what are your thoughts on the Twisted Metal series? Will you get involved in the multiplayer beta?

Leave your comments here on The Train2Game Blog, or on the Train2Game forum.

[Source: PlayStation Blog]

Train2Game news: Your chance to join the RiotZone open beta

Train2Game students have the opportunity to take part in the open beta for Mail.Ru Games tactical military MMO RiotZone.

RiotZone is a free-to-play, browser based title set in a tropical jungle where players take part in the civil war of fictional Latin American state Merania. You take control of one of two factions, The Red Alliance or the Coalition of the Crown, and fight for supremecy. RiotZone sees players train their soldiers, upgrade weapons and expand their base in single player and PvP missions.

Train2Game students who wish to get involved with the RiotZone open beta should visit www.riotzone.net, where much more information about the game is available.

Beta testing is an excellent way for Train2Game students, especially those on the Games QA Tester course to practice their bug hunting skills. Not only that, but in an interview with the Train2Game blog, Trion Worlds Senior QA Tester Karl Tars said that beta testing is potentially a way to get into the industry.

For more on beta testing, how it’s useful for Train2Game students,  and opportunities to get involved with it, see the Train2Game blog.

So Train2Game, do you think you’ll get involved with the RiotZone open beta?

Leave your comments here on The Train2Game Blog, or on the Train2Game forum.

Train2Game news: Gotham City Imposters open beta goes live

Train2Game students have the opportunity to get involved with the beta for Warner Bros. Gotham City Imposters, which is now open to anyone.

All Train2Game students need to do to be part of the Gotham City Imposters beta is download it for free from the PlayStation Store. The Gotham City Imposters beta runs from now through until 6th February 2012.

Gotham City Imposters is a download only FPS that pits vigilantes dressed as Batman against criminal gangs dressed up as The Joker. It’s a light-hearted multiplayer shooter that boasts massive customisation and plenty of unlockables.

Train2Game students who take part in the Gotham City Imposters beta participants are encouraged to leave feedback on the Warner Bros. forum.

Beta testing is an excellent way for Train2Game students, especially those on the Games QA Tester course to practice their bug hunting skills. Not only that, but in an interview with the Train2Game blog, Trion Worlds Senior QA Tester Karl Tars said that beta testing is potentially a way to get into the industry.

For more on beta testing and opportunities to get involved in it, see the Train2Game blog.

So Train2Game, will you be getting involved with the Gotham City Imposters beta? What are your impressions of the game?

Leave your comments here on The Train2Game Blog, or on the Train2Game forum.

Train2Game news: Guild Wars 2 beta scheduled for March

Train2Game students will have the opportunity to take part in a Guild Wars 2 beta later this year. That’s at least if they successfully apply for a place in ArenaNet’s testing programme.

The news came as part of a blog post celebrating the new Chinese Year of the Dragon, and revealed that the MMO is on schedule for release later this year.

“Today is Lunar New Year’s Day, and according to the Asian zodiac system, the first day of the Year of the Dragon. It’s an auspicious omen for all of us at ArenaNet, as we get ready to make this our own Year of the Dragon.” wrote ArenaNet Founder and President Mike O’Brien.

“According to tradition, the dragon embodies passion, independence, and ambition. We think it’s a perfect analogy for what we’re trying to accomplish with Guild Wars 2. We’re a company full of MMO and RPG fans, and we’ve set out to fundamentally rethink how you deliver an RPG experience online. So this year, the Year of the Dragon, let’s usher out old thinking – the tired old quest model, stiff repetitive combat, and monthly fees – and usher in the new.”

And the ArenaNet President added they will be rolling out a huge Guild Wars 2 beta in order to test the MMO in action.

“We recently finished our first closed beta test, and we’re now ready to hold progressively larger events. In February we’ll invite select press to participate in beta testing, and in March and April we’ll aggressively ramp up the size of our beta test events so that many of you will have a chance to participate.” said O’Brien

“And of course, this all leads to the release of Guild Wars 2 later this year.” He concluded.

The Train2Game Blog will be sure to bring you the latest news on the Guild Wars 2 beta, but Train2Game students can also keep an eye on the ArenaNet blog.

Beta testing is an excellent way for Train2Game students, especially those on the Games QA Tester course to practice their bug hunting skills. Not only that, but in an interview with the Train2Game blog, Trion Worlds Senior QA Tester Karl Tars said that beta testing is potentially a way to get into the industry.

The Train2Game Blog will be sure to keep you up to date with the latest beta testing opportunities.

So Train2Game, are you looking forward to Guild Wars 2? Will you be attempting to get a place in beta later this year?

Leave your comments here on The Train2Game Blog, or on the Train2Game forum.

Train2Game news: Beta testing “critical” to development says Planetside 2 Creative Director

Train2Game students will be aware that developing video games can be a long and complicated  process, in which QA Testing is hugely important.

However, no matter how many QA Testers a game has, sometimes it’s a beta that’s really needed to eliminate bugs and problems. Indeed, it’s something that’s particularly important for MMOs and Planetside 2 developer Sony has label beta testing as critical for that genre in particular.

“For MMO games beta is critical. There is a lot we can do to test gameplay and mechanics in studio, but getting the massive scale needed to ensure the game really works requires getting real players in.” Sony Online Entertainment’s Creative Director Matt Higby told NowGamer.

“It’s also critical to determine if our player progression curves are too punishing or too lenient, find exploits, balance issues and so on. Beta for us as a company is an incredibly critical phase of development.”

Higby also told NowGamer that during the Planetside 2 beta, Sony will be keeping a close eye on player feedback and that big betas have great benefits to game developers.

“Once we get to beta, we’ll be looking both at players’ direct feedback via bugs and message boards, as well as analyzing data that will be collected and aggregated.” he said

“The biggest benefits to a big beta are load and stress testing, testing across a diverse collection of hardware configurations, getting large sample sizes to determine if weapons and vehicles are balanced, and so on. We won’t be shipping anything until we’re all proud of it.” he added.

Train2Game students can apply for a place in the Planetside 2 beta here.

The Train2Game Blog has previously posted about the importance of beta testing, with Star Wars: The Old Republic developer Bioware stating that beta testers can really help with game development.

Beta testing is an excellent way for Train2Game students, especially those on the Games QA Tester course to practice their bug hunting skills. Not only that, but in an interview with the Train2Game blog, Trion Worlds Senior QA Tester Karl Tars said that beta testing is potentially a way to get into the industry.

Stay tuned to The Train2Game Blog, for the latest beta testing opportunities.

So Train2Game, are you looking forward to Planetside 2? Do you agree that beta testing is critical to the game development process?

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Train2Game news: Your chance to join The Settlers Online open beta

Train2Game students have the opportunity to join the open beta for Ubisoft’s The Settlers Online, a browser based free-to-play strategy game set in the Settlers Universe.

The Settlers Online combines the game design of The Settlers franchise with new features designed specifically for a web based browser game.

The English language version of The Settlers Online European beta is now open, and interested Train2Game students can sign up via the game’s official website.

The Settlers is a beloved, enduring franchise which strategy players from all over the world enjoy and it’s exciting to be able to offer those fans a new way to interact with the Settlers Universe,” said Publishing Director Thomas Paincon.

“The success of the free-to-play model is very encouraging and with the rollout of the English language European Open Beta beginning today, we are very optimistic about the future of the Settlers Brand.”

Beta testing is an excellent way for Train2Game students, especially those on the Games QA Tester course to practice their bug hunting skills. Not only that, but in an interview with the Train2Game blog, Trion Worlds Senior QA Tester Karl Tars said that beta testing is potentially a way to get into the industry.

The Train2Game Blog will be sure to keep you up to date with the latest beta testing opportunities.

So Train2Game, is The Settlers Online beta something you’ll be getting involved with?

Leave your comments here on The Train2Game Blog, or on The Train2Game Forum.