These days, it's common for most any big title to provide gamers with a beta test. That multiplayer needs to be tested, ya know!
But don't expect a beta for the upcoming Assassin's Creed III . Although Ubisoft had betas for the last two AC entries ( Brotherhood and Revelations ), the developer won't be creating a test for the new one. During a recent XboxGameZone interview with multiplayer game director Damien Kieken, we learn the reasons behind that decision:
"To be honest, it’s something we want to do every year because we get community feedback that helps us tune the game. It is also a good reward for the community that has followed us from the beginning. But doing a beta takes a lot of time. We’d need to polish a version, submit it to the platform holders and support it when it’s out. And all the time put into the beta doesn’t go into the final game. Because we wanted to push so many things into the game, we took the hard decision to favor the final game content instead of doing a beta and we believe it will be favorable in the end."
We're okay with that. While the multiplayer should be plenty entertaining, many will agree that this franchise has always been more about the epic single-player experience. And we have to remember that with time and resources dedicated to a beta, Kieken is right about having that much less to throw at the final product. …yet another example of how multiplayer may potentially have impeded the progress of campaign quality this generation.