November Release for MOO3?
6:00 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story
Apolyton's site dedicated to Master of Orion III spotted a few new forum posts from Quicksilver and publisher Infogrames regarding a possible release date and limited beta phase. The strategy title has been through a long development period, with the two companies reevaluating their original Q1 2002 release date to give them time to refocus on making the game fun for fans of the series.
In one thread, Infogrames senior producer, Constantine Hantzopoulos notes they are hoping to now have Master of Orion III ready aroung the end of November. This is the most firm date we've heard in quite a while, so it's good to see the team is going to make it before the end of the year. Here's the word:
MOO3 is scheduled for a 4th Quarter release sometime after Thanksgiving; we're shooting for a Nov 26th street date (that '02 for you wiseguys!), but that may slip out by a week or so (depends on testing/QA blessing the game).Hantzopoulos also announces in the post they are opening up 25 beta testing spots for fans of the game to help get out the final gameplay tweaks. Another post in a different thread provides details:
We will be choosing about 25 people and those 25 people are not some industry "insiders"; they are YOU, the fans. There will be a FUN contest, and we will choose winners based on said contest sponsored by a cool website. I'm not giving you the details now, period, end of story, so take a chill. Details will be forthcoming within the next 2 weeks. You WILL have to sign an NDA and you WILL be expected to give solid consistent feedback. If you don't, you'll be dropped. It is also limited to the USA/CAN/Mexico because the LAWYERS say so. I have NO control over that. PLEASE do not bug me with questions on this; you'll all find out soon enough. OK!?! And you must be 18+.For a detailed explanation of the delays and the differences between a game being feature-complete and having balanced gameplay, be sure to read through both posts. IMG has contacted MacSoft for word on if this date will also correspond to the Mac version, also being developed at Quicksilver.
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