One giant playtest to rule them all, of course. A playtest more terrifying and powerful to behold than all the others!
That’s right! It’s time to mark your calendars and set out your comfiest adventuring clothes...
WHAT: We’re running our biggest concurrency test yet to see how Palia handles a huge number of online players. Concurrency, for those not immersed in the super-cool-and-definitely-not-nerdy Game Dev Lingo, essentially means ‘players logged in at the same time.’ And we’re hoping for a lot!
Just wait, there’s more: we’re inviting over TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND new players to join us for this totally chill and definitely not at all chaotic* playtest!
*Levels of chaos may vary. Like, a lot.
WHO: 200,000 invites, including all past Alpha Testers. There is still time to sign up and fill out the survey to throw your hat in the invite pool! Filling out the survey increases your chance of being selected.
WHEN: July 6th, 2023 - from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Pacific Standard Time.
WHERE: In... Palia! In Palia. The game we're testing. That one.
HOW: Here is your mission - read it carefully!
A quick note: Once you receive your invitation to Palia via email, it will direct you to your Account creation page. When you create your account, please update your email opt-in settings in the Subscriptions section to make sure you receive all emails from us moving forward. Otherwise, you will not receive further instructions!
And finally: This Alpha test, like our other Alpha tests, is strictly under NDA. Please do not share your experiences, screenshots, thoughts, etc outside of the (soon to be very large) group of play testers!
Are you now thinking to yourself, “Wow, I love chaos!” and “I now have many additional questions!” Never fear, we have a quick and cheeky FAQ for you below!
I’m a returning Alpha Tester! Do I have to sign up for this test too?
Nope! All Alpha Testers are being invited back for this test! (Please come back! You were there when the deep void magic was written. You just get us, ok?)
I’ve already signed up on the website but I’ve never been invited to test! Do I need to sign up again?
If you've already signed up for our playtests, there is no need to sign up again! But if you're not sure if you signed up, there is no harm in doing so again.
Is there anything I can do to increase my chances of getting in?
When you sign up to playtest Palia, you have the option of taking a survey. Taking the survey increases your likelihood of being selected for this test. (It’s tough for spam bots to take surveys, so this helps us make sure our invites are going to real people who want to play Palia. Like you!) As with our other playtests, we can’t guarantee an invite, but thanks for sticking with us! We really appreciate it.
I received my email, and accidentally messed up my account somehow/forgot my password/released a hoard of Chapaas into my computer room! Help! What do I do?!
Oh no! Okay, don’t panic. Please reach out to our incredible Player Support team and they’ll help get you sorted through any account or Chapaa-related issues.
Why are your Alpha tests under NDA?
Have you ever worked on an exciting project, something you thought was really cool, and you didn’t want to show it to anyone before you felt really good about it? It’s like that. We’re really excited about what we’re building in Palia but we want to make sure it’s ready before everyone sees it.
Hey, I watched the trailer! This isn’t like a normal MMORPG!
You’re right! It’s a Cozy MMO! While it’s still a multiplayer game, Palia leans more toward the cozy side of gaming - think decorating your house, cooking and crafting, and exploring a fascinating new world. If you want to learn a little bit more about what playing Palia is like, we have these blog posts to check out here:
What can I expect? How do I get ready?
This is a great question that we can’t answer fully without risking too many SPOILERS, but here’s a quick little primer: You can expect a cozy multiplayer experience in a magical new world with a bunch of new friends. You can expect some technical abnormalities (™), visual bugs (™), and maybe even A Return of The Void (™). And, probably, some surprises! It’ll be great! Let’s find out together! You can expect a bunch of laughs. You can definitely expect to be a part of testing a new game and helping us get it a little further along toward being open to everyone!
Please remember to read your email to make sure you’re completely prepared!
Got through all of that? Awesome, nice job! You totally deserve a high five, but those are pretty tough through a blog post. Instead, let's shell-ebrate with some calm fishing vibes. Thanks for joining us!