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Basilisk Games is excited to announce that Eschalon: Book III will launch worldwide on February 14, 2014.
Full Press Release is here: http://www.basiliskgames.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=8735
Edited: December 3rd, 2013
We are just finishing up with round 2 of alpha testing, which was a great success. Unfortunately, the success of Alpha testing was that it showed us there is still a lot to do before we can talk about beta testing and release dates.
Our most recent release window estimate was “Holiday 2013″. In order to avoid being lost in the chaos of Holiday Sales on Steam and other distributors, we would need to have the game out in early December. That’s a little over four weeks from now, which is simply unfeasible. We refuse to release a product until we feel it is finished properly, which means making a slight adjustment to our release window.
The best time to start beta testing will be after the holiday frenzy has worn off, since it’s not likely that we would get substantial feedback from testers during the weeks around Christmas. That puts beta testing in mid-January with a release date of 4-6 weeks after that.
We do apologize to everyone who has waited so long for the third Eschalon game. We thank you for being patient with us, and hope you know that this extra development time will make the game better in almost every way.
Edited: November 2nd, 2013
Book III has been officially Greenlit on Steam. We really appreciate all the votes we’ve gotten from you fine people. Thanks so much!
Edited: October 29th, 2013
With summer drawing to an end, we’ve gotten a lot of messages asking when Book III will be released. We apologize for not doing a Book III progress update sooner.
We just finished testing “Alpha 1″ and are fixing the problems that were uncovered during that session. We’ll be testing “Alpha 2″ October, with semi-public Beta testing in November.
Right now, Book III is scheduled to be released before the end of 2013. Our confidence is high that we will meet this goal. We should be able to drop an accurate release date when Beta testing begins.
Edited: September 21st, 2013
Need help with Eschalon: Book II? GameBanshee has posted an exhaustive database of Book II information, containing everything you might ever want to know about it, including a full walk-through. Really impressive stuff!
Edited: August 19th, 2013
Click on the YouTube link on the left to see it. Be advised that it does contain a couple spoilers, in case you are one of those kinds of fans.
Also, don’t forget to click ‘Yes’ on our Steam Greenlight campaign.
[UPDATE] Link to Press Release.
Edited: August 17th, 2013
We’ve made a Steam Greenlight page for Eschalon: Book III. If you want to see Book III on Steam (Windows, Macintosh and Linux) be sure to click the link below and give it a “Yes” vote!
Edited: August 15th, 2013
Spread the word: the Drunken Lizard Pub is back in business!
New user registration is disabled until we can get some new security in place. If you really want to join in on our grand re-opening, send us an email with your preferred username and we’ll create an account for you.
The old style is no longer usable, so we have to deal with the bright and cheery style for the time being. The Pub will slowly return to it’s dank old self in time.
Edited: August 2nd, 2013
We Tweeted earlier:
Getting closer every day. Doing alpha testing in August. Possibly beta testing by Oct. Patience, more info coming soon!
This led to us to receive several messages asking what’s the difference between Alpha and Beta testing? Well, each developer may answer this question differently, but for our own internal usage, we define these two stages as:
ALPHA stage: The main quest is completable start to finish, but several side quests are missing. Many maps are still missing details. Some secondary NPCs are not in place yet. Testing at this stage allows us to gain feedback on things like estimated play-through time and how the testers feel about the progression of the storyline. Major bugs are often uncovered which will need patched before Beta. Some early balancing takes place during Alpha testing. Not all developers actually test the Alpha version like this, but we have found that the feedback we get in this early stage is very, very helpful and can shorten the length of time we stay in beta.
BETA stage: The game is complete and not much will change before the release date. Testing at this stage is more about catching all the last minute bugs and spelling errors. We will focus more on balancing now, making sure the game is neither too difficult nor too easy for the testers. We can usually put a solid release date in place at this time, based on the response from the beta testers.
Edited: July 29th, 2013
Well, it turns out things have gone from bad to worse. All of our forum backups are bad. How is this possible? Well, as our forums grew large and bloated, our backups were timing out (on our host’s side) before completing, but we were never informed of this. Instead, we received a backup file which we assumed was good. It turns out they are all bad, with “unexpected end-of-file” errors.
We have to take the ultimate blame for not testing our own backups, and we do, but I cannot stress how disappointed we are with phpBB forum software right now. Lack of notification when backups were not completing properly, and no verification of data after a backup was completed. We will definitely switch to something else if we cannot restore this database.
Our only hope now is that our host may be able to restore a database for us from a few days ago. Cross your fingers!
Oh, and in case anyone reads this and thinks it affects our game(s), it doesn’t. This is our forums database we are talking about, not our game data. Our game data is triple-redundant backed up both on and offsite. Do not worry yourselves on this.
Edited: July 26th, 2013