Gathering early feedback is crucial to know where your game needs some more tweaking. Getting your unfinished game in the hands of testers online isn’t hard, but there’s nothing like watching people tackle your game for the first time right in front of you. Good thing then that Outpost is offering all members of FLEGA, WALGA and ScreenBrussels to host their next live playtest for free.
Their gamecenters (located in Ghent, Antwerp, and Brussels) have the infrastructure to run the most demanding games (or unoptimised code) and are frequented by a wide range of game enthusiasts, who will be happy to share their feedback with your team.
Getting live user feedback is already super valuable, but on top of that you can use the event to generate extra visibility and build your community pre-launch. That way, you can invite players who might’ve never heard about your game to join your Discord channel or ask them to wishlist the game on Steam. Anything to drive up those discoverability metrics!
The only thing Outpost asks in return is you offer the testers a drink for their time. You can throw in access to a future build or beta as well, but you might want to tie that together with joining your Discord community.
Bringing people together isn’t as straightforward as it used to be, but a test event in July featuring Rise of Humanity showed Outpost is equiped to ensure everyone’s safety during these events. The game stations are separated by plexiglass walls and all equipment is thoroughly disinfected before another player jumps in. While the events are free, people need to sign up for them so there’s no overcrowding.
However, with COVID-19 on the rise again future events will always need to take current safety measures in account. Members who are interested in hearing about the possibilities of setting up a future playtest event, are encouraged to directly reach out to Outpost.