News Item: A Brighter Age was Brilliant! (CBE2 Starts 7/30)
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Posted by ShinseiYama
Wednesday 23 July 2014 - 19:51:01

We’d like to say thanks for helping make our first ArcheAge Closed Beta Event, A Brighter Age, a great success!

This was an important test. It was the first time our launch hardware

and networks were load tested with real people, the first test for the

new backend software integration present in our version of ArcheAge, the

first load test for the store, and the first clean test of some of the

gameplay westernizations in ArcheAge.

We’d like to share as many details with you as we can about what we were testing and how it all went.

Our key giveaways all went extremely rapidly, and you turned out in

larger numbers, faster than any beta we’ve run before! So fast, that

the first servers filled up in 18 minutes. Usually when

we run a beta, even when things go quickly, we have an hour’s notice

that more might be needed. Not in this in case. This gave us important

practice at adding a new set of servers to a packed service.

While you were all playing on the servers, we were carefully

monitoring the systems behind the scenes and making modifications the

entire time. All of the hardware held up really well, and you helped us

identify one server that was having network issues, which we resolved

during the test.

You also helped us to identify and fix challenges with some of the

custom integration for our version! Some of you may have noticed issues

with logging in, or with the store showing 0 credits. Both of these were

due to one of the key systems integrated for our region. This was the

first time that integration had ever been tested under real load, and

making sure that all of the software and integration scales well is one

of the reasons for these progressive beta events. With your help, we

were able to identify and fix issues with that integration before the

end of the event!

During the event, we were also adapting our own anti-spam and

anti-bot software in real time. Our anti-spam software now handles

in-game mails. When spammers get caught and removed, the software

automatically handles any mails they’d sent prior to getting caught,

removing all traces from your in-game mailbox.

While you were playing, you were also giving us feedback on what you

liked, and didn’t like, with our version of ArcheAge. We really

appreciate all of the detailed feedback, both about things you liked and

would like to see improved. With your input, we’re reviewing a number

of systems with XLGAMES, including use of labor while you’re hunting and

looting, labor regeneration rates for online and offline players, and

the availability of Archeum. We’re also looking into the feasibility of

XLGAMES adding an ability queue and mouse inverting.

While larger gameplay changes will be ongoing over multiple builds,

bug fixes, smaller updates, security updates, and localization changes

are already in progress and on their way over to us for the next build.

We’ll also be tweaking the items on the store to give you more of what

you’re asking for! Remember, all of your credits will be refunded at

launch, and your spending and feedback helps us to customize what’s on

the store for you!

Based on the stability of CBE1 and the turnaround of key updates, we

are thrilled to be able to announce our second Closed Beta Event: Setting Sail!

Our second beta event will start at 10:00 AM PDT (GMT-7) on

Wednesday, July 30 and run through 10:00 AM PDT (GMT-7) on Monday,

August 4.
We expect it to be around three times as big as the

first Closed Beta Event. We’ll have more invites for those of you who

have signed up on the official ArcheAge website, and more giveaway keys

than before, so you’ll have a better chance to get in! In addition,

we’re holding a contest for you to win an opportunity to play on Alpha AND on Beta! As always, all Founders get into every Closed Beta Event!

We look forward to seeing you in ArcheAge!


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