We have some exciting news this week in a short newsletter
so please read carefully!
Empires Beta 0.5 starting early February!
plans are that in around two weeks we will start Beta0.5
where we will be testing new server code. Throughout
this phase 3,200 testers will be invited to join the
beta program. We have introduced this phase to ensure
that, going forward, we have as stable a code base
and beta as possible. You can't build a house without
good foundations after all! Once the Beta0.5 code
has proven itself we will quickly start adding in
the features needed in Beta1 and future beta phases.
will be a relatively short test before we start the
much more playable Beta1 test. Beta0.5 will strictly
be a server stress test and so other than exploring
the world there will be little for players to do,
so don't worry too much if you miss out. We will individually
mail selected testers closer to the time with instructions
on how to join and download the client.
Testers are being selected
based on a variety of equipment and other specific
considerations of the operations team. If you aren't
selected this time you will still have many chances
to be selected before Dragon Empires is released.
We expect Beta0.5 to last four
to six weeks and once complete, Beta1, featuring monsters,
quests, combat and advancement, will begin!
Letter from Gadsolme
may be the middle of winter here but as soon as
the blossoms appear on the tree and flowers begin
to bloom I shall be off to pursue my favourite
are pleased to announce that next month Sam (aka 'Satine')
will be assisting the Development team for a couple
of months. Sam's extensive knowledge of the game from
her current role in Codemasters will be a real asset
to our Beta testing. Current testers know Sam from
the Beta message boards and chat where she has been
active in helping with problems and organising tests.
We look forward to her involvement in the development
of Dragon Empires.