So we just launched our Closed Beta through FilePlanet yesterday. So far we've conducted quite a few playtests and have gathered quite a bit of information from the new players. We have also experienced a handful of bugs which we are already addressing through the Public Beta. I've been asked a lot of questions recently, such as:
"Is the FilePlanet Closed Beta the same build as the Public Beta 1 coming out on Friday?"
The answer is NO. Far from it. We are changing quite a bit of things by Friday.
Not only our we tweaking performance and gameplay, we'll be adding new content for the first public beta.
This includes 4 new levels:
So that'll bring us up to 7 levels on release day.
PUBLIC BETA 1.0 CHANGELOG:
I've also been asked quite a few questions in-game recently regarding the lack of content or what's to come. We have 4 scheduled Betas:
Release Date: December 11th, 2009.
Comes out THIS Friday. Features the core of the game (weapon functionality, player movement). It comes with 7 levels and one game mode ( Capture The Flag ). It only features HUMAN weapons. Also features things like Radio Commands, Melee Attacks, Firemode changing, and more!
Release Date: January 1st, 2010 (tentative).
This will introduce all of the Alien weapons. On top of this we'll be adding two smaller game modes ( Team Deathmatch & Deathmatch ) in order to help you wait for Beta 3 (the big beta!). 4 new levels are being released with Beta 2 - all of them are winter themed for the holidays!
Some details about Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch: There are NO classes. Everyone starts with a 'default starting' weapon (up to the server host, otherwise its the pistol). Weapons will be scattered around the level just like the good 'ol days. Oh yeah, everyone also has a jetpack. We will shortly introduce specific Deathmatch maps for this when they are completed.
Release Date: May 7, 2010 (tentative).
This is the big big beta. Featuring two new player classes ( Tech & Demo ), 10 new weapons, removal of all HL2 content, drivable vehicles, dinosaurs, 1 new game mode, 7 new maps!
(This will be an awesome beta!)
Release Date: Fall 2010
No details have been announced. We know what we are adding in it, we just aren't talking about it yet.
Also, we will be announcing a Orion Public Beta 1.0 Release Party event tomorrow afternoon. It will either be on IRC or SteamGroup Chat. If you have a preference, you better hop on our forums and let us know! And shortly after the release of Public Beta 1.0 we will be announcing a Level Design Competition - so start messing around with that SDK! And if you haven't already tried out the Pre-Beta 1 FilePlanet Closed beta, just go here to get your copy: Fileplanet.com
See you in-game soon!