Combats Breach Of Trust With Clarity
It was an unfortunate inevitability, but it appears one of the testers for the Closed Beta of WildStar has either gotten too excited at the prospect of getting in-game or wanted some virtual bragging rights, posting the patch notes for the latest build of the game online. While the culprit is being identified, developers Carbine Studios have taken a rather classy approach by officially publishing the patch notes for everyone to see, continuing their intention of providing transparency for the fans.
In a post on the official website, community manager Troy "Aether" Hewitt admitted that these sort of challenges were always going to rear their head sooner or later, but while they still take the NDA agreements seriously they also want to provide the best experience they can to both current testers and those salivating at the thought of getting hands-on with the upcoming MMO.
Sure, the NDA is an important document. It is a legal arrangement between us, and our testers. But there's a more important contract we need to discuss: the social contract we have with our testing community. This is an agreement founded on trust and a genuine excitement to invite people that aren't beholden to a Carbine paycheck to join us in our efforts in making the best MMO possible.
Carbine as a studio isn't afraid to talk about what isn't working. We aren't afraid of critical feedback. Sure, we love positive feedback, but we crave intellectual discussions around the fundamentals of MMO development, and today's MMO player has evolved into one of the most savvy, experienced and knowledgeable consumers known to gaming.
We're not going to post the patch notes on-site, and will instead provide you with this link should you wish to see them in all their informative glory, which includes previously unannounced zones, revelations that the Spellslinger class (which fires spells with guns) will have a healing capacity, as well as other interesting tidbits. Admittedly, this isn't the first time Carbine have issued a statement with the aim of providing clarity on their work, as recently lead network & database engineer David Ray posted an article on how servers work for MMOs, as well as detailing exactly how WildStar will work in terms of authentication. If you fancy getting technical we recommend giving it a read.
We here at Dealspwn should be getting in-game once the media part of the Beta begins, so be sure to keep an eye out for our future coverage. In the meantime, you can put all of our previous WildStar coverage in your face by clicking here.