ArmA 3 Will Have a ‘Player Alpha’ After E3, Extensive Beta
Bohemia will offer a “community alpha” testing phase of ArmA 3 after it shows the game off at E3 this year — and if you like that, you’ll love to hear that there’s a big player beta test coming, too.
As VG247 reports, Bohemia Project Lead Dan Musil said the company is going to release a playable build of the PC exclusive, which it refers to as the community alpha. That will be open to players and made available for the purpose of shaping and honing content. It won’t include a ton in the way of assets, Musil said, and will instead focus on new game systems and the like and be used to gather player feedback.
“Ours is a large and complex game – being developed by a relatively small team – so we really appreciate your opinions, thoughts and feedback,” he said. And the early look at the engine and the technology will allow modders to get to work.
Musil said there would later be a more extensive beta of ARMA III, although he said the details haven’t been worked out yet and would be made available closer to launch.
All this community involvement sounds like a good idea. Bohemia recently announced it was delaying ARMA III until Q4 2012 because the game needed more development time, and by opening up early builds of the game, it seems the dev team might be able to get players to help with quality assurance early in the process.