recent projects ive been on have had QA for their entire length (3yrs + ) , at the end its 100’s of people in multiple time zones , pretty much the entire team fixing things (again 100’s) , and we close down changes over the end phase and slowly lock out various teams (art , characters , vfx) to enable to engine/code teams to nail down the hard to fix things and properly analyse the game to pin point optimisations.
eventually we may enforce that every code fix is double checked by another coder , and specific repro steps are undertaken by specialist QA to ensure the changes hasnt broken something unexpected.
and it’ll still have a day zero patch , day 15 patch being worked on as soon as its gone gold (the version that goes on the dvd)… this is across multiple formats , especially hard on pc .
and the forums go ballistic if they find an issue as they have no idea whats already going on , and they are entitled to as theyve spent money buying it.
would anyone expect a game to get released once the front end is ready ? , while the rest of it is unfinished ?
when massively multiplayer games have an open beta , its probably because its already had many many months of a QA team playing on it , its very hard to QA a project that needs people to log in across the world and test the servers…
an individual bug may only be found when the game has been running for 18 hours , on a particular area of the game , specific platform with 75% of the pickups … to recreate that AND then check if the fix has worked takes a long time.
it wont get released until its ready , and even then likely to have issues.complaining on a forum wont speed that up .
I hope many principles from doing QA on games is being done on this , many are pretty standard for QA but i dont know the scale involved , it certainly isnt going to be similar to any big AAA console title which has many millions of $$$ involved. QA happens on pretty much everything , can you imagine something that has critical safety involved too ?
time to chill out people. a few people on a forum saying its ok is not ELEKTRON saying its ok to release . I could say its fine , i have no problems either , I’m not even on the test list , I have no clue.