It has been a long time. But the day of the public beta for Elemental: Fallen Enchantress has finally arrived.
How you will get it
If you were part of the original beta (pre-ordered the game) the game will automatically be added to your Stardock account this afternoon around 3pm EST. At that point, you can go to http://download.stardock.com to download and install it.
What is in the beta?
The beta includes an interactive tutorial plus the full sandbox game.
What are we looking for in this beta?
First and foremost, bugs. Specifically, video and sound related ones. And crashes. We always want to hear about crashes. In addition, we are interested in your suggestions to improve the game particularly in areas of user interface and game balance.
How are along is this beta?
It’s pretty far. The version you will be receiving is version 0.75. That said, there are a long list of known issues with it that you will likely notice immediately. For starters, you will likely see graphical glitches like this. It’s known and should be fixed by the first update which will be next Thursday.
What should you do if you have a problem?
If you run into a problem, like a game crash there will be a file in your \programdata\stardock\elemental – fallen enchantress direcotry. It’ll be a ZIP file which will contain a debug.err (always helpful) and a crash dump file. Send that to us at email@example.com subject: Fallen Enchantress report.
Also, if you have some sort of issue like even getting the game to start or something, in your \documents\my games\stardock\fallenenchantress directory will be the most recent debug.err. That will tell us all kinds of information about your system that we can use to troubleshoot.
How about those who want to get into the beta?
We will be gradually adding more people to the beta in the coming weeks. Eventually, anyone who bought Elemental: War of Magic in 2010 or earlier will get Elemental: Fallen Enchantress for free. Users who purchased War of Magic in 2011 will get a discount that they can use to purchase Fallen Enchantress and join the beta. For everyone else, we plan to open the doors completely in a few weeks.
We are very excited to hear what you think. There is no NDA on this so you are free to give your impressions (good or bad) as you see fit. We hope you like what we’ve done here. Let us know!
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