Pre-Alpha: What We’ve Learned, And What’s Next
September 16th, 2021
When a game company grows quickly in a short period of time, it is critically important to regularly recommit to its original vision and values. Not only does this help maintain focus, but it also aids in delivering on the promises made to future players. This was especially true for Singularity 6 when the announcement of our first game, Palia, received far more attention than we ever dreamed!
Because of this overwhelmingly positive reception, we received thousands more submissions for Pre-Alpha testers than expected. And although we were only able to welcome a small percentage of players into this phase of testing, it was an invaluable opportunity to examine not only our technical systems, but the aspirational seeds of the vision and values that had been carefully planted.
This early in the development of Palia, it is very important to everyone at the studio to remain attentive and engaged with our community. This involvement ranges anywhere from being available for questions in the Discord server to featured members of the team streaming live and sharing highlights of our favorite developments.
After catching 78,650 bugs, harvesting 76,431 crops, hunting 128,952 beasts, baking 153 pies, tilling an immeasurable amount of surface area, and identifying invaluable system errors, we gathered our players together in a live Community Night on Discord to reflect on their experience playing Palia on the final night of the Pre-Alpha.
Did players in fact see a “beautiful and intricate game that [became] a meaningful part of their lives”? Is it a “compelling virtual universe filled with rich and diverse social interactions”? And most of all, did our players “feel valued”, and a “true sense of belonging”?
While we have much more work to do to implement our pre-alpha tester’s feedback and suggestions, we are humbled and excited to share with you some of the early responses and snapshots that let us know that even this early in Palia’s development, we are staying true to the heart of our original vision and values.
We hope you enjoy these first glimpses into the heart of Palia, and please bear in mind these are all works in progress. In the meantime, be sure to let us know what you think on Discord, Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook!
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Pre-Alpha if our testers didn’t band together to prove out a few bugs….
If you submitted to test our Pre-Alpha but were not selected to join due to limited capacity, never fear! In the (SoonTM) future, we will be inviting even more testers into our next phase of testing. And if you haven’t signed up yet, but would be interested in future tests for Palia, be sure to sign-up at Palia.com to receive updates and alerts.
From the entire studio, a huge thank you to not only our pre-alpha testers, but everyone in our seedling community for your support. Please stay tuned as the story develops for more details from your friends at Singularity 6!