The time has finally come to announce the opening of the floodgates - PBS will roll out to our temporary test server and you're all welcome to rip it to shreds during the following few weeks.

The server will open on Friday, 12:00 CEST, and you can already start preloading the test-client here. An important technical note I'd like to make: There's been a number of considerable changes in architecture, so it's important that you make this a separate installation! It is not recommended to install this over an existing Perpetuum installation or to try and skip ahead in preloading by using an existing datafile - this test client will only work with the test server! Other than that, it's the same old download-run-watch-progress-bar-login routine we all know so dreadfully well.

Now, this isn't the only thing to keep in mind. The test server, being somewhat different from the usual environment, needs a few things to be explained or taken note of:

  • If you have a valid, paid account when the test server opens up, your account will be valid for the test-server as well. On the other hand, we will not perform continuous syncing; if you're late for the party, you won't get in. (That doesn't mean we won't do syncing later, but you have to have your best puppy-eyes in store.)
  • The test server is subject to the same EULA/COC as the live one - be civil, even if something's broken (and oh yes, there will be blood).
  • PVP on the test server should be strictly consensual; we won't limit your options via technical restrictions, but assuming that you're on the server to test, breaking someone else's gameplay won't help any of us, and we might revoke your access if you keep continually disturbing other players.
  • For obvious reasons, some things will run in "cheat mode": The market will seed everything for low prices, you will get large amounts of EP and NIC, time-dependent processes will be sped up to minutes instead of hours, and robots will get automatically reimbursed after they've been shot. Of course this makes economic balancing difficult, but at the same time we don't want to wait two months for the first base to be built either.
  • The test server will cease operation as soon as we consider testing complete and deploy the patch to the final live server. No data will be migrated back.

There will be a separate forum for the testing server topics here, so please open topics or post opinions there instead of other forums so we don't have to fish all the ideas and death threats together from other forums.

That's all I suppose, happy preloading, testing, and Lord Have Mercy.

Comments for this post

1 Obi Wan Kenobi

first!

2 Cobalt

last!! no?

3 Ville

So we need to make sure we are all subbed up for a month prior to joining the test server =?

4 Cobalt

"paid account when the test server opens up" ... "we will not perform continuous syncing" so if your account is active when server opens, your good until next syncing i guess

5 DEV Zoom

Your account will not expire on the test server, so if you have a valid account when we do the sync tomorrow, you're good.

6 Sizzla

Awesome!
Will the changes of the indy patch also be incorporated on the test server, or only the PBS stuff?

7 DEV Zoom

Sizzla: yes, everything that was mentioned in the past few blogs.

8 Alexadar

its like "Happy birthday" for me

9 Khader Khan

consensual pvp? no means no guys!

10 Arga

Is it ok if we have multiple (valid) accounts to log them all in to the test server?

11 DEV Zoom

Arga: I don't see any reason against it.

12 doctor drillbit

nice!! multiple testclients still work like regular multiclient setups?

13 DEV Zoom

doc: yes

14 DEV Gargaj

doctor drillbit: Yeah, nothing has changed on that level.

15 doctor drillbit

double dev response, omg!!

16 DEV Gargaj

*hi5*

17 DEV Zoom

*brofist*

18 Lemon

Will i have access to all modules to thoroughly test the new modules and how they will effect balance?

19 DEV Zoom

Yep, all modules will be sold on the market for cheap monies.

20 Mistress

Ok here is my first feedback on how the industry changed affect things for me:

1) Material efficiency for factories is abysmal on alpha-2 now.

Even with all efficiency extensions maxed, which takes me almost two months of additional EP, I end up only 3% more efficient then I am now.

It also seems to me that relation has a far to great impact on efficiency. It always annoyed me to no end relation affects nearly everything to begin with, but this is downright and absolute silly!

It doesn't make any sense, it is forcing players to grind standing, even when they absolutely hate missions of any kind. I cannot get myself to go even do the rookie missions, they are that uninteresting! Missions should earn you something immediate and limited in scope. It should be rewarding in and of itself and not for the standing.

And standing in turn should affect hourly usage costs for using a facilities services and you should gain standing if you are a good customer, just like it is in the real world. There is no sane explanation while a factory becomes less efficient if you did not do missions for a faction. It is downright silly and is nothing but adding complexity for the sake of complexity!

In short, prices should be the flexible component and not the performance of facilities!

2) It has been written bots overall would get more expensive to make, and modules less.

By the looks of material costs, I estimate everything is going to get way more expensive! Especially when you take the issues of point 1 into account.

Please remove the unneeded standing complexity (now is the time) and keep things simple and logical instead of drifting of in a complex mathematical construction that tries to tie everything into one formula.

You are forcing us to do everything, but at the same time expects us to specialize this way.

21 Mistress

Sorry for the feedback here, I missed the new forum..will post there as well!

22 Shelts916

I have been trying to get this to work, i have downloaded it and saved it to its own test folder, but when i try to connect all i get is server not responding. Any idea's?

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