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Overwatch beta sees 9.7m players

A record-breaking number of gamers played the beta for Blizzard’s upcoming release Overwatch. Over9.7m consumers tried the team shooter, making it Blizzard’s biggest ever beta. Not only that – 4.9bn minutes of gameplay (more than 81m hours) were played. Comparing this to the performance of other betas – over nine …

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Gears of War 4 dev: Consumers think beta means highly-polished demo

The studio head of Gears of War 4 developer The Coalition has said the industry has ‘twisted’ what multiplayer betas mean. Speaking to MCV, Rod Fergusson said that thanks to the industry’s misuse of the word, when consumers see ‘beta’, they think it means ‘demo’. The studio head said The …

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Testing times: top QA and localisation firms talk VR, porn and multiplayer betas

You’ve got to feel a bit sorry for bug testing and localisation companies. Every time an exec takes to the stage at E3 and reveals their company’s latest ‘awesome innovation’, you can picture teams at QA firms around the world holding their heads in their hands, knowing that this new …

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Oculus Rift launch is ‘like a beta’

The arrival of Oculus Rift was akin to a video game test launch, says GAME. The Rift was released via Oculus’ own website last week, although it was missing a couple of features – namely the special Oculus Touch controllers. And GAME boss Martyn Gibbs has played down fears that …

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6.4 million people played The Division beta

Ubisoft has revealed that the beta for its new online shooter IP The Division was played by a record-breaking 6.4 million gamers. It is the biggest beta for a new IP on ‘current generation platforms’. That’s PlayStation 4 and Xbox One to you and me. In doing so it beats …

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Overwatch beta returns with eSports-friendly options

The Overwatch beta returned from winter hibernation this week, boasting a new progression system, and a look at how competitive games will be established. The custom games mode, replacing private games to better communicate the aim of the tool, allows players and tournament organisers to create their own rulesets and …

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Rainbow Six Siege beta postponed days before launch

The open beta for the new Rainbow Six has been delayed due to technical problems. Rainbow Six Siege was granted a lengthy closed beta period, which was extended multiple times across September and October. A beta open to all PS4, Xbox One or PC users was planned to go live …

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