We're pushing pre-alpha a little further back to January 2nd when everyone is back from the holidays. We feel like this will benefit not only us, but the testers as well. Here's why:
1. Holidays - Family! When we set the original pre-alpha date we were in hyper work mode and weren't even thinking about the holidays, totally slipped our minds. Family time is important to us so we want to give everyone on the team time to spend with their families and catch up on some much needed rest. As @Noveltease (one of our esteemed pre alpha testers) and other testers have mentioned, they will not have a lot of time to play during our original pre-alpha test period as they will be with their families/vacation. Pre-Alpha is a critical test phase for us and we want as much feedback as possible from the limited amount of testers on board.
2. Optimization - Optimization on mid to lower end machines isn't exactly where it needs to be and that will affect the feedback we are looking to get during this pre-alpha. We are primarily using this testing period to garner feedback on our weapon mechanics and core gameplay, but if some of our testers are getting less than optimal FPS, it will reduce the quality of the feedback they give. Being someone who can't stand anything less than 60 fps, poor performance is very frustrating. This tiny delay will really help us bring up the performance on those lower end machines.
As a compromise for the delay, we will be extending the pre-alpha play period by one week and depending on how it goes, we may keep it open indefinitely.
A couple side notes - some of you have been asking about streaming during our pre-alpha phase. We are strongly considering it, but want to hold off on allowing it for the first few days just to make sure everything is running smoothly. After we're satisfied with how things are running we'll most likely remove the NDA. On top of that, due to popular demand and more than a few emails, we are working on reopening our PayPal campaign. Those of you who just heard about the game and want a chance to get in on alpha testing will have a chance to do so.
With that I want to wish everyone a very happy holidays and we'll be seeing you all in the arena very soon......
PS. We'll be posting more content including gameplay footage and screenshots of our redone arena to hold you over the holidays.