Day 708 to Day 714: Closed Beta #2, UX/UI and new Features
Closed Beta #2
Well, we completed our 2nd beta. This one has generated a lot more interest than the first one. We have already had 528 new beta testers, joining the 366 from the first closed beta. We are again getting lots of great feedback, with over 290 bug/suggestion reports. We will have a busy 2 weeks ahead of us as we get these sorted out, and hopefully many of them implemented before the next beta. It is interesting seeing the dynamics that crop up every beta. The last beta there was a bug that allowed owners of companies to pay themselves whatever they wanted, and bankrupt the company, going into a hole. Well with that fixed up, this beta, there are now companies that run out of money, and aren’t paying their workers. Every beta tester in the system is helpful in discovering the different dynamics in the game. So, we really appreciate all those who have taken the time to participate.
UX/UI Web Designer
Well, we have been using a part-time front end developer to do most of the User Interface work, but with crunch time here, and a lot more User Experience and User Interface work to do, we have hired a full-time UX/UI Web designer to get the final look and feel for all the pages, as well as make sure that the experience is good for all. We look forward to seeing the updated UI that Daniel brings.
Features vs. Release Date
As we continue through beta, and the feedback grows. It is always a struggle to figure out which features we can or should implement versus how much time it will take to actually accomplish it, and how will it impact our release date. Obviously minor features can be added, but some of the suggestions have some major impact on gameplay, and I must say that it is a struggle, to try to make the game full featured, without making it so overwhelming that it won’t get done. So, if a feature you suggested doesn’t make it into our first release, it may be that we are just considering it in the future.
Citizen of the Week
Our Citizen of the Week this week is D0m0n0 for his tireless work this weekend, not only testing out WorldAlpha over the weekend, but also being very active on IRC in answer questions that other beta testers have. Congrats D0m0m0! You have 1,000 EarthBucks coming to you when the game starts.
Great game, got to play a little more this time then first closed beta. Cant wait for the 3rd!
December 12, 2012 | Shade
good luck to the crew !!! :}
December 11, 2012 | Ivan Yordanov
sa sé pour toute de moune:kosa fé don a nou ossi ygagne fé le SON !!! j aime tous
December 11, 2012 | Mxllefrani
Great job and good incremental progress. Still looking forward to this. :)
December 10, 2012 | Alias
TYTY! :P Hope it helps the game!
December 10, 2012 | d0m0n0
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