Dauntless will be in an early Alpha state and the developers want you to give feedback even though it’s unfinished. For example, they may turn 500 people loose to fight only Drask for a day to properly balance his encounter. They may unlock a new weapon or armour set to test how well players perform in the heat of battle. There will be bugs, glitches, and unfinished content; it’s all part of the process.
Because Dauntless will still be a work in progress, the developers will be asking all Alpha participants to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) and to not share their access with anyone, to not stream the game, and to not create videos or screenshots of the game.
They believe in partnering with content creators and empowering them to express their passion for Dauntless, and later this year they will open Dauntless up for streaming, video creation, and other kinds of sharing. This will include supporting the community with video pre-roll packages, overlays, logos, and everything else you need to make the best looking content.
WHERE DO I SIGN UP?
Slayers eager to help should head over to their Alpha Sign-Up form. If you haven’t already, you’ll need to sign up for a Dauntless account as well.
They’ll be inviting players based on a variety of factors including hardware, geographic location, and favourite games. Part of testing their online infrastructure means starting with a small number of people. More invites will go out as we progress into the later stages of Alpha testing.
READY YOUR WEAPONS
Phoenix Labs are anticipating the first Alpha test will land in late April. After that, testing will continue on a steady cadence into summer. This is where the community can help them the most. Players’ feedback will be instrumental in helping us polish and improve the Dauntless experience before it goes into open Beta later this year.
On a personal note, this is a big moment for everyone at Phoenix Labs. They’ve been building Dauntless for years, and earlier this year was our first chance to share the Shattered Isles at PAX South and East.
We have signed up for the Alpha. What about you? Are you interested in the game? Are you signing up for the Alpha? Let us know in the comments below.