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Phase 2 testing begins

Postby Chris » Fri Nov 26, 2004 12:10 pm

Finally the full game is ready for testing...and today we began phase 2 of our beta test program. A small number of phase 1 testers were selected and upgraded to phase 2, and are now able to download the full game in beta form and play it to death. (Phase 1 involved hardware testing the demo level...phase 2 is full game testing).

Note that if you're a phase 2 tester but can't get the download yet, it's because we don't enable your account until your NDA comes back to us. Once we receive your NDA in the post you will be sent an email giving you instructions. So far around half of the phase 2 NDAs have reached us.

We will be picking more phase 2 testers as time goes on...but we wanted to start slow to iron out any serious problems with a small, focussed group of testers. We will also continue to launch phase 1 betas, and to continually add more applicants to phase 1 of the beta test so they can test the demo for us.

Currently the Win32 and Mac versions are both well into phase 1 testing, and phase 2 testing began on both those platforms today. Linux phase 1 will be starting up soon, with phase 2 following. Our plan will be to have Win32 and Mac versions ready to buy on day 1, with Linux following a little while later. If you didn't know already, the Mac version of Darwinia will be published worldwide by Ambrosia Software.

One final thing, we're running slightly behind schedule with phase 2, so the release date for the full game is now estimated to be February 2005.
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Postby Hektik sniper » Fri Nov 26, 2004 12:12 pm

edit - nm, yay for phase 2 \o/
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Postby Darksun » Fri Nov 26, 2004 12:13 pm

Chris, you release the Darwinia beta the same time I get HL2, how could you? My head is going to explode! :P
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Postby Hektik sniper » Fri Nov 26, 2004 1:01 pm

god damn, i love you guys. This is so beautiful, and just at the right time after i finished HL2 3 times as well :)
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Postby Starfyre » Fri Nov 26, 2004 1:58 pm

All you evil people who already finished HL² missed out on all the wonderful tiny details.

And no, I'm not going to tell which.

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Postby Hektik sniper » Fri Nov 26, 2004 1:59 pm

Yeah well, im getting my new pc in a week, so i plan on playing through it and finding all the extra stuff then.
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Postby prophile » Fri Nov 26, 2004 2:07 pm

Good for IV!
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Postby ixplode » Fri Nov 26, 2004 7:00 pm

Excellent. Another chance to play an amazing game; i was kinda bummed that i missed my chance since i just found out about this game < 1 week ago.
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Postby D Dude » Fri Nov 26, 2004 8:25 pm

Cool.

Glad I could help with phase 1.
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Postby Lord_Doskias » Sat Nov 27, 2004 2:18 am

aw, i live in america. my NDA wont get there until theres's nothing left to find! damn the american postal service and their laziness! i shoulda fedexed it
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Postby Andcarne » Sat Nov 27, 2004 2:32 am

There'll be plenty of bugs, I'm sure. It all depends on how picky you get. :wink:
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Postby Lord_Doskias » Sat Nov 27, 2004 2:36 am

well, i dont know what to say. i havent gotten an email about the nda, but i look at my second monitor here, and i see my dl of the full game is at 50%....
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Postby simonk » Sat Nov 27, 2004 5:43 am

I am sad also...was really hoping to get into phase 2...well...back to doing work instead then!
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Postby Andcarne » Sat Nov 27, 2004 7:28 am

Lord_Doskias wrote:well, i dont know what to say. i havent gotten an email about the nda, but i look at my second monitor here, and i see my dl of the full game is at 50%....


If you're able to download stage 2 (it should show up as a seperate item on the download page), then IV must have received your NDA. Maybe your e-mail got misplaced? Spam filter?

It might be a good idea to PM or e-mail Chris about it though.
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Postby Lord_Doskias » Sat Nov 27, 2004 7:42 am

thanks for reminding me! i was gonna pm chris. but no email at all. i would see it on the server period. theres none

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