The private Alpha has been running for around 3 months now and will continue to do so while we get the game ready for Beta.
Although updates to this blog and the Facebook page have been lacking, the Alpha has been very busy and is progressing well!
You can follow the progress of Alpha more closely on the Alpha website.
Video uploaded by Alpha players
Some of the Alpha players have been uploading gameplay footage, so we thought we’d share a few of those videos here.
Two strong Syntis fleets go head to head. The advantageous angle of the attack proves too strong and the defending fleet is obliterated (only turreted weapons and rockets can fire outside of a ships front facing firing arc – which is why the defending fleet needs to maneuver before being able to retaliate fire with all weapons). Credit JH R.
Syntis vs Mankind in deep space. The Mankind fleet has a numerical advantage but the weaker hulls are unable to stand up to the level of the attack. Credit JH R.
A detailed walkthrough from the perspective of a well-established empire. Credit Manni-Gaming.
What’s been going on in Alpha?
Alpha is the first time anyone outside of the immediate development team has been able to play Beyond Dark, which as expected turned up a number of bugs which we’ve been busy resolving.
At the same time, our developers have been able to add features and content to the game in parallel to the bug fixing, to keep things moving forwards. Some of the screens shown in player videos have already been updated as part of our UI overhaul, with more changes to come over the next couple of weeks.
To find out more, visit the Alpha website and click the Release notes link at the top of the page.
There’s still a lot to do to get the game from the current Alpha state to one suitable for Beta. There is no specific timeline as to when this will be just yet, but we’ll keep you updated and let you know more when we can.
In the meantime, when possible we’ll get some more Alpha invites sent out to random Beta subscribers (should be in the next couple of weeks).
Thanks for your continued patience and support!