We want YOU! It is time for our first “Diary Study” for The Settlers.
With our community platform “The Settlers Alliance” we continuously informed you about the development about the game, different game mechanics, introduced various buildings and asked for your opinion.
Now it is time to take it a step further and give the game in to your hands.
The first “Diary Study” is currently scheduled for the end of November, but enough with the introduction. Time for some details.
Diary Studies are a great way for us to get detailed feedback from a core groups of testers.
The first test will run for a period of 7 days and we are currently looking for “The Settlers” fans who are willing to play at least one hour a day, over the duration of the playtest, while providing daily reports and feedback.
This minimum playtime is a requirement to ensure that we receive valuable data about the current state of the game and certain features. You are not limited to one-hour playtime and will be able to test the game as long as you like over the duration of the test. However, the version for the first test will be limited.
How do I apply for the “The Settlers” Diary Study?
For our first diary study we will choose players using an application process. Please keep in mind that the application process is not a competition about who played the most, as we will always look for a variety of dedicated The Settlers players but also newcomers to the game and /or genre.
You must be 18 years old, able to play at least one hour a day plus additional time for reporting for the 7 days duration of the first test. Furthermore, we will only invite players registered on the “The Settlers Alliance” website. We expect that you are a constructive member of the The Settlers Alliance, as we do not tolerate any form of toxic or abusive behavior in our community.
To apply for one of the seats in an upcoming focus playtest, you have to write us an application, following the format below, to the following mail: E-Mail removed – application phase over.
E-Mail must contain (please copy the format below):
Title: Diary Study #1 – Your The Settlers Alliance Name
Nationality / Age / Gender
Your The Settlers Alliance Name:
Your display name from your Uplay account you used to register on Thesettlers-alliance.com
(Simply post a comment under the news to figure out your User Name)
Your current hardware:
CPU, RAM, Videocard, Operating System
DXDiag attached to the email would be optimal
Gametime (approximate playtime):
The Settlers Online playtime in hours:
The Settlers 1 playtime in hours:
The Settlers 2 playtime in hours:
The Settlers 3 playtime in hours:
The Settlers 4 playtime in hours:
The Settlers 5 playtime in hours:
The Settlers 6 playtime in hours:
The Settlers 7 playtime in hours:
What is your favorite The Settlers title and why:
Please describe your “The Settlers” playstyle:
For example: Building the perfect economy, watching everything coming together (slow build up), military focus, etc.
What is your most important feature/aspect about The Settlers:
Tell us your three favorite game genres:
Action; strategy; city building; RPG; adventure; etc.;
What other games do you currently or frequently play?
Game A; Game B;
What does focus playtest mean?
Diary studies are in-depth online play sessions from your own PC where you test & play the development build. Focus test sessions will run for at least a week and it is required that you play at least one hour each day in order to be able to provide us detailed feedback.
I can manage one hour a day for one or two weeks easily, but can I play longer?
While 1 hour is the minimum, you will be able to test the game for as long as you like during the test. Please be aware that the version for the first test will be limited.
What if I get invited but won’t have time during that playtest?
If you won’t be able to join that playtest due to specific circumstances, please let us know. This will give the chance for other testers to join the test.
What kind of feature will I be able to test?
During a playtest, we will test certain features of a current development build of the game. While we might test the whole game loop during certain tests, we will additionally test specific features and game content.
Are the playtests under NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement)?
As you can imagine, you will see many unreleased details in order to help us improve the game. As the content you will experience is not in a state representative of what the final game will be, we don’t want that any content from the focus playtests is getting shared with the public.
With the NDA, you acknowledge that you won’t share any details about the game or other internal information with the public.
Is there an age requirement?
While we know that many fans across all age groups enjoy The Settlers, you need to be at least 18 + for all playtest sessions under NDA, which includes all current focus playtests.