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Industry and Media Twisted the word ‘Beta’ with Gears of War 4

Rod Fergusson, the head of The Coalition who is tasked with the latest installment of the Gears of War franchise came out and discussed his disappointment in the mainstream media on how they have handled the Gears of War 4 Beta release. According to Rod, the media have ‘twisted’ the meaning of the word Beta to mean ‘Pre-Release Demo’, which is a misrepresentation of where they are in development. Rod also pointed out that the game is far from a technical masterpiece and that they should have called it an Alpha so that they media could grasp the idea of where they are at this point.

“The industry has taken the word beta and twisted it to mean ‘pre-release demo’. The community thinks they should be a highly polished demo. We are really focused on saying we’re pre-alpha right now. I even joked that we should call our beta an alpha just so people understand where we are and that we are actually looking for feedback and we’re actually testing systems.”

The goal of the Gears of War 4 beta was to test the online component of the game before release. Rod noted to interviewers earlier that the game which was being played by testers was an early build and was not representative of the final game. This didn’t stop the media from declaring the Beta as a full on representation of what the final game would look like, and called out their disappointment with the visuals.

Gears of War 4 will release on October 11th on Xbox One.


David Whitaker
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