When will the alpha phase start?
Alpha will start on October 26, 2017 with Stage 1. We will expand alpha in later stages.
How will the alpha work?
The alpha phase will be organized in stages. With every stage we will select more people to join the alpha. We will then test how the server performs with the added load, and fix bugs that come up. We will gather feedback from testers regarding features and performance, and work on improving the issues raised. This feedback influences when the next stage starts, and how many more people will be selected.
How can I be selected?
To be able to be selected for an alpha stage, you have to submit an application stating why you want to join. This is to make sure people don’t apply twice and to keep it fair for everyone.
See below on how to apply.
Why not give out keys?
We want to make sure that
- It’s not easy to apply multiple times; everyone has the same chance
- The people selected for alpha are motivated
- The entry for alpha can’t be transferred easily
- There is not too much unreasonable hype about getting access to alpha
Alpha keys have problems with the above. Applications help in addressing these issues.
How will selection work?
We will first filter out applications we consider to be spam. From the rest we will randomly select applications until all slots for the stage are full. The selection process will be random and automated, we don’t control who’s selected and who isn’t, and everyone has the same chance. Please don’t contact us asking to be selected, as we don’t control the process.
I haven’t been very active on the forums. Will this affect whether I’m selected?
No, it won’t. The selection process doesn’t favor anyone, and you will have the same chances whether you’ve spent a lot of time on the forums or not. The same goes for following on Twitter, subscribing on Youtube, etc. Everyone has the same chance.
What features and worlds will be available?
In Stage 1, Venture Explorer, Avant Gardens, and Nimbus Station will be available. In terms of features, everything needed to progress to Nimbus Station and join a faction will be available. Check out our videos for a demo of the features involved.
What will not be available?
In Stage 1, worlds after Nimbus Station, Racing, Battle of Nimbus Station, Return to the Venture Explorer and similar will not be available. We may also limit survival and properties to be single-player-only for the first stages. We will enable more features and worlds in later testing stages.
Will the alpha be open 24/7 or will it be restricted to certain times?
We are aiming for 24/7 access, but especially in the first stages we will have to close the server frequently to fix bugs and do maintenance.
When should I apply to be taken into account for Stage 1 selection?
The time window for selection for Stage 1 is September 30 to October 14. You can still apply afterwards, but your application will be counted towards a later stage, not Stage 1.
How many slots are there in Stage 1?
Stage 1 features 20 alpha slots. Later stages will have more slots; this is not the total number of the entire alpha phase. We want to start low with just 20 slots to be able to measure server load and fix potential issues early. How many slots the later stages will have depends on the results of the tests.
How will I know when I’m selected?
After the application time window for Stage 1 has ended, we will review applications and run the selection process. We will notify you via e-mail if you are selected.
What if I’m not selected?
Don’t worry! Even if you’re not selected for the first stage, you still have a chance in the next stages. Your application will count towards those too, so you don’t have to apply again.
How can I get into alpha? How can I apply?
Update: Alpha application phase is now closed. We’ll open up applications again when the server is ready for the next testing phase. Check our twitter for updates on server progress towards the next alpha. Thanks!