Recent Open Betas Prove Popular with Players

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Recent Open Betas Prove Popular with Players

Those who tried out the Doom open beta over the weekend were likely not disappointed, but the good news is that, those who have been playing and enjoyed it can get one more day's worth of open beta access at no charge.

The open beta was set to conclude at 11:59 on April 17, but was extended for an extra 24 hours to close out on Monday at the same time. No reason was immediately visible as to why, though reports suggest quite a bit of movement in terms of downloads. Popularity might be a good reason, and it's actually one that keeps in spirit with other recent developments.

The Doom beta wasn't the only one that proved to need an extension, as Halo 5's Warzone Firefight mode's open beta took an expansion of its own, adding an extra day to play.

Open beta is a good idea in general, as it draws in potential players and allows a system to be tested under the strain of a player base. It can also open up some potential new input from players outside the company, players that only care about the quality of the end product with no regard for internal politics. That's valuable insight, though with the game's launch date a little less than a month out, there's only so much that can be done to change it at this stage of the game.

Its fullest value may be realized as a marketing tool. Gamers having gotten a taste of the action have now had their appetites whetted for the full version. While the full version really isn't on display here--this was just a multiplayer beta likely to crash test the servers--it's still going to be look enough at the controls and get an idea of what the full game will be like. That's good news for the game itself, and may give a few players that much extra reason to buy in. It also poses a risk of turning off some potential buyers in advance, but this risk is comparatively slim.

It's a good news / bad news sort of scenario, but Bethesda et al must believe in the potential. There's reason enough to keep going, and for now, keep going they shall.


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