Hi Everyone! First we'd like to say we're very humbled to already see so much passionate interest for the Beta Testing of Salem. So, to make life a little less "up in the Air" we'd like to clarify the Beta (and Alpha) Testing dates we are working hard to deliver on.
Keep in mind these dates & schedules are not written in stone, and flexibility with test management and Developments needs will always come first, even if it's not the popular choice amongst the public, or internally. We will however, always communicate openly and honestly with our community to keep a mutually respectable line of communication we can all trust and count on.
- Alpha Testing (Currently the game is in Pre-Alpha and we'll need an elite handful of players with proven experience in similar kinds of MMORPG's to start this with us) - This will begin as soon as we reach Alpha which is trending towards the end of September. It'll begin with a very small hand picked group and then grow to size(s) that make sense for testing and participation.
- Beta Testing (This will be open to a much larger group with all those that were in Alpha Testing being grandfathered in and Haven & Hearth and Dreamlords: Resurrection players given priority) - This will start around the beginning of 2012 or when Alpha development is done and the game is ready for Beta Testing.
- Open Beta (This will be as it sounds, open to everyone by registering) This will happen once the game is in a state to handle a much larger player base.
This post will be updated when things change and hopefully helps clear things up. If no, feel free to post a question and we'll do our best to answer.