Examiner.com has taken a preview look of Book III and has posted their thoughts about it. Follow the link below for the article.
Beta testing information has been posted here.
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
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.
Book III has been officially Greenlit on Steam. We really appreciate all the votes we’ve gotten from you fine people. Thanks so much!
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.
Eschalon: Book II gets a positive rating of 90% at Grogheads. Thanks guys!
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