Battlecry Beta Launches Exclusively in Aus And NZ Next Year

Battlecry Beta Launches Exclusively in Aus And NZ Next Year

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Good news, Australian and NZ Bethesda fans, you'll be getting your hands on Battlecry before anyone else!

Bethesda were showing off its new free-to-play shooter Battlecry in full force at PAX Australia, 2014, and there were a lot of exciting announcements made about the game. The most exciting/disappointing of which (depending on where in the world you live) was the fact that Battlecry would be launching its closed beta in early 2015, exclusively in Australia. What is this crazy-upside-down world where Australians get video games before Americans?!

I had the opportunity to sit down with two of the leads behind the game, Rich Vogel and Lucas Davis, and as well as a full interview about the direction of the game (stay tuned for that later!), they offered a bit of insight into why they chose Australia for the beta test. "Australia has a small, hardcore gaming community that's easy to monitor," Vogel told me, adding that the fact that Australians all speak English means Bethesda can quickly and easily analyze their feedback.

The pair also explained that because the community is so small, they don't have to dedicate a huge infrastructure of resources, and can quickly make changes to the game. They said that Bethesda looked at a varitey of locations for which to start its limited beta test, and decided that this time, it was Australia's turn.

Of course, the very first question on my (and many people's) minds were "Will there be Australian servers?" to which Vogel responded with a resounding "Yes." The Australian servers for this game will be handled by Amazon's cloud-based network, right here on Aussie soil.

Vogel did add that the time difference between Australia and America would be a challenge, but one that's worth overcoming for a change to work with Australia's dedicated gaming community.

Australians and New Zealenders can sign up for the beta here, and Americans (along with the rest of the world), will just have to wait until later in the year.

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Yeah they had a massive booth of it at PAX Australia.

You could line up to play the game and there was a guy narrating the entire thing as one of players screens was shown of as a massive screen for people to watch.

I have to say it looked pretty cool.
Although I ended up watching a lot of it as I was waiting in line for Splatoon (it was across from the Nintendo booth).

This pleases me greatly. Well played Bethesda, you have my attention.

Steven Bogos:

Of course, the very first question on my (and many people's) minds were "Will their be Australian servers?" to which Vogel responded with a resounding "Yes." The Australian servers for this game will be handled by Amazon's cloud-based network, right here on Aussie soil.

No proofreading? Jesus.

I think it's cool the Australians get something first for a change.

Sorry

Sabine Blochberger:

Steven Bogos:

Of course, the very first question on my (and many people's) minds were "Will their be Australian servers?" to which Vogel responded with a resounding "Yes." The Australian servers for this game will be handled by Amazon's cloud-based network, right here on Aussie soil.

No proofreading? Jesus.

I think it's cool the Australians get something first for a change.

Sorry mate, it's been a loooong day and i'm the only Escapist guy working here at PAX Aus...

Saying all australians speak english is a bit of a stretch.

I'd say at most 20% of them do :P.

Steven Bogos:
Sorry

Sabine Blochberger:

Steven Bogos:

Of course, the very first question on my (and many people's) minds were "Will their be Australian servers?" to which Vogel responded with a resounding "Yes." The Australian servers for this game will be handled by Amazon's cloud-based network, right here on Aussie soil.

No proofreading? Jesus.

I think it's cool the Australians get something first for a change.

Sorry mate, it's been a loooong day and i'm the only Escapist guy working here at PAX Aus...

No worries, I realize my post is harsher than necessary. It's those kinds of errors only proofreading can catch ;)

What, us North Americans won't get treated like we're the most important market in the world?! This is blasphemy, this is an outrage, heads will roll!

Seriously though, I think it's about time somebody remembered that there are gamers down under too, in today's age, the practice of region specific release dates seems a bit pointless (if anyone actually knows -why- they do it, I'll admit, I'd love to find out.)

 

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