Another Beta In MarchFebruary 27, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Posted in Guild Wars 2, mmorpg | 16 Comments
Tags: Guild Wars 2, MMO, mmorpg
Guild Wars 2 announced this morning, in my case via Twitter but most peopled linked me to mmorpg.com, that the next beta phase would begin at the end of March.
Guild Wars 2’s next closed beta test is scheduled for late-March and will provide players with an opportunity to experience its deep RPG game elements, epic World v.. World battles and inviting social gameplay while helping the team load test the servers.
This is pretty great news. I think a lot of people really wanted to get into the beta as soon as possible after the recent frenzy of sign-ups. Sign-ups which by the way netted 1 million potential beta testers.
I think SWTOR allowed sign-ups for two years before they began heavy testing, eventually signing up far more than one million. Guild Wars however did it in about 50 hours, about 2 hours longer than promised to nab that last 10 thousand or so testers.
They even let us see their metrics on this page, live, from about 990k onwards.
The question now is, who will get into the beta?
Typically one of the most important tests is stress testing. It’s sometimes one of the last things you’ll do before release, seeing how many players can be on a server at once.
Guild Wars had different architecture than most MMOs but without any information as to how many people a Guild Wars 2 server can hold we’ll have to go by other games which typically house several thousand players.
One of the main things I think they’ll really want to test is World versus World. As such they’ll probably want enough people for 3 servers.
So the number of people I think will come down to how many people they can handle on each server. At least 5k seems to be a safe number, 10k being pretty optimistic.
So perhaps about 15k people will have access to the beta.
Of course March is just the next beta event. Arenanet has hinted that more events will follow.
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