Paradox Interactive has begun looking for beta testers, but won’t say what they’re signing up to work on, at least until they sign the non-disclosure agreement. “Want to be involved in a beta test with us? We have limited spaces. We can't say more until the NDAs have been signed," the company pointed out on Twitter.
"We will be running a beta test in the very near future and need people to help us," the company states in the NDA. "We cannot give the name of the game at the moment until an agreement and NDA has been signed.” The document goes on to explain how “the purpose of this particular beta test however is to stress test the online capabilities of the game and to gather player feedback on this test. The beta test is limited and will run for only one week starting on September 5, 2022."
The news was first spotted by PC Gamer which noted how the upcoming beta test is being held by a brand new publishing company called Paradox Arc. The label is mostly focused on indie games, meaning that participants mostly likely won’t be getting a preview of the highly anticipated Victoria 3. Paradox Arc is focused on "deep, endless, and replayable games from smaller development teams." The first game released by the company was Across the Obelisk, described as a "co-op roleplaying deckbuilding roguelite.”
The process for participating is pretty simple. According to Paradox, players only have to “fill in your email, name, and Discord username and submit this to us before 10:00AM CEST on September 1. We will send you an email with a second form that will need to be filled in to automatically generate an agreement with Paradox. That agreement will be sent to you via our digital contract/ signature management application, Precisely. Carefully read and sign the agreement before the beta start date.”
The company goes on to say that “on September 5, you will be sent a final email with the final pieces of information to access the game, our Discord server, and a unique single use code to verify yourself on our Discord server that will grant you access to NDA locked discussion and feedback channels.”
This comes in the wake of news that Paradox has been attracting the ire of Crusader Kings 3 players over a recent price hike for some of its downloadable content. “Greetings, Rulers! As of September 13, we will be altering the prices of our Flavor Packs in order to reflect the overall value of this kind of content moving forward. This means that the current price point of these two products will increase from $6.99 to $12.99,” the company announced on the official forum for the game. “This of course is changed equivalent to the regional pricing of your area and may vary. This change will also be reflected in future flavor packs whose cost will be more in line with this price point.”
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