Microsoft: No public beta test event for Halo 4

If you were hoping that Microsoft might launch some kind of public multiplayer beta test for Halo 4 before it comes out later this year, prepare for bad news. As part of the weekly Halo Bulletin post on the Halo Waypoint website, Microsoft's 343 Industries has confirmed that Halo 4 won't have any kind of public beta test.

Two previous Halo games, Halo 3 and Halo Reach, offered some lucky gamers a chance to participate in a few weeks of multiplayer beta testing months before the full games were released. However, in answering a fan's question about such plans for Halo 4, 343 Industries' Frank O'Connor stated:

While we are testing Halo 4 code, gameplay, and systems at significant scale to get excellent data, input, and feedback, we are focused on polishing and shipping our experience for the duration of the year, and splitting resources to manage and build a beta is not on our schedule.

Halo 4 is the first game in the best selling Xbox first person shooter series that will be developed by 343 Industries, after the game's creator and original development team Bungie decided to move on after the release of Halo Reach in 2010.

The Halo Bulletin blog post this week also answers a number of other fan questions about Halo 4. Microsoft revealed the first in-game footage from the shooter earlier this week.

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Wombatt said,
I wonder how the numbers work when developers release a beta?
Do they find that they take less profits I wonder?

I think betas are pointless for something as popular as halo if their is no major change.. I think betas now are used more for marketing and network testing then anything else..

But they go on to say they have pretty much finished the game, and from now till septemberish time is just bug testing and network stress testing.

Xerax said,
But they go on to say they have pretty much finished the game, and from now till septemberish time is just bug testing and network stress testing.
No, I'm pretty sure only one level is just about done. The rest still need "polish," and I am pretty sure someone at 343 said that some levels still have plceholder textures. This is not "pretty much finished."

The Laughing Man said,
Probably a bad idea. More bugs would be caught and patched before the games final release.

I'm sorry, but these marketing gimmick "betas" were never a serious bug finding exercise. You can't have a proper beta test with just a single build over just a couple of weeks. This will have no effect on end product quality.

Ahmed Nefzaoui said,
343 Industries why u no release a PC version

Halo is a release exclusive for Xbox. Always has been, always will be. If you're lucky, you *may* get a PC port in a couple of years time, but don't hold your breath as the last version to do that was Halo 2.

Lucas said,
I'm not sure whether that's good or bad...?

Im guessing its going to be similar to halo 3 except bigger so they dont really need to test the stability of it..

Or could it possibly be that it will be released with some awesome new hardware around christmas?!.. Small chance the new xbox could be coming out and it would be impossible to do a beta test as it would not even work on the current xbox's.. it is strange

Lucas said,
I'm not sure whether that's good or bad...?

Good. In recent years, these "betas" have been nothing more than a marketing gimmick to sell another game (crackdown 2 for example) or service (fileplanet springs to mind), and not a serious exercise to root out and eliminate bugs. If they were serious, they'd last for several weeks if not months, not just a couple of weeks, and would have multiple builds being released over that time. A serious beta also asks for participants to apply, and vetted based on their answers to the questions on the application form (beta testing history, etc).

Edited by Ryster, Mar 10 2012, 3:13pm :