SWTOR had over 1m hours of testing last weekend
16 November, 2011
In an article about the tens of thousands of beta testers participating in over a million hours of playtime last weekend, there were also a couple of other interesting things said also. This is from a Eurogamer interview with BioWare co-founders Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka yesterday.
BioWare is still reinforcing the limited launch concept, regardless of EA's previous statements to downplay the need for this move. It is likely to prevent those multi-hour queues (IMO).
BioWare will limit the availability of the game in an effort to ensure that smooth launch - a tactic Zeschuk said will help boost The Old Republic's stability.
"One of the ways we can ensure the service is good is we're not selling beyond a certain point," he said. "Like, at a certain point it'll sell out. We will release more units based on the stability of the service, then we will turn that dial carefully. For example, through Origin we can very quickly and responsibly add more units depending on availability.
"Everyone's cautiously optimistic. We're all very paranoid."
Something else I saw was a plural reference to upcoming tests. Does this mean 2 beta tests over the next month, or is it referring to Early Access as a test in itself:
(Zeschuk) "Against that we're testing. This weekend we had a big test - tens upon tens of thousands. One crazy number is we had over a million hours of testing over the weekend. It was a huge test, and there are even bigger ones coming. The key thing is for us to take those learnings, apply them and make the service really stable. We're happy with the game."
I would have thought there were more than "tens of thousands" of betas last weekend. Hmm. The next semi-open beta is going to jump by a factor of 10+. Maybe 20+? From say 50k betas to 2 million? I'm both excited and scared