Thanks for everything so far - it's time to let anyone who wants to get into the beta jump in.
While we are asking people who want to play the game early to pre-order it, we're guaranteeing that you'll be able to get a game by offering a two-for-one deal. This means that you can definitely play the game with anyone that you want to.
Prices will be announced on the day, and you'll be able to get the game from Frozensynapse.com
There is going to be a tutorial (as well as hopefully a new tutorial vid) available to start you off. I'm also going to write some documentation and there will be experienced beta testers around to help you out when you start playing.
Here's the feature-list:
CURRENT BETA STATUS (12/04/2010)...
Also, for those people who asked, we will have both "I can see where enemies are all the time" (Light) modes and "I need line-of-sight to see an enemy" (Dark) modes available in this version.
The game is on course for a release at the end of this year (or early next depending on how things go around that time) so there is still a while to go on development. Our plan was always to open pre-orders and let people play as soon as the game looked good and played well - we have quite a bit of polishing to do (and the single player Campaign mode to work on, of course!) but everyone is enjoying playing the game so it's time to share it.
At the moment, Ian and Bin are chasing bugs and testing the server in preparation for our new players. We have a couple of other tweaks to do this week but we seem to have set things up well for a final testing phase on this version. I'm confident people will really enjoy it - our friends at Reading Uni and Nottingham, all the journalists we've unleashed on the game and everyone we have showed it to so far have got really fun first games out of it.
We will definitely be working constantly on the game, listening to your feedback and tweaking things as we go - that's the whole point of keeping the thing in development. We want to maximize the potential this game has and we're looking forward to seeing some new players - it will be amazing if people are able to pre-order and support what we're doing.
Cheers - I will be back with more very shortly.