Leaks are a challenge for every game. Here's how it generally works: You identify people who are excited about your game, and map that interest to their machine's ability to play that game. Then you invite them into your house to provide critical feedback on your development team's hard work.
This relationship is governed by a few things, not the least of which is an NDA, or Non-Disclosure Agreement. In our case, It's a legal agreement that is digitally signed by the chosen beta tester. It basically states that by signing the agreement, the tester promises not to share anything they learn about the WildStar beta with the public.
Sure, the NDA is an important document. It is a legal arrangement between us, and our testers. But there's a more important contract we need to discuss: the social contract we have with our testing community. This is an agreement founded on trust and a genuine excitement to invite people that aren't beholden to a Carbine paycheck to join us in our efforts in making the best MMO possible.
Carbine as a studio isn't afraid to talk about what isn't working. We aren't afraid of critical feedback. Sure, we love positive feedback, but we crave intellectual discussions around the fundamentals of MMO development, and today's MMO player has evolved into one of the most savvy, experienced and knowledgeable consumers known to gaming.
We love games too, and we live to have these discussions with our testers on a daily basis. Candor and openness is natural to our process, and we've followed through on our commitment to transparency in many ways, and in several places, across the internet. We will continue to do so moving forward.
Now, to my point: The beta patch notes for WildStar were leaked by a current beta tester. Our core fansite supporters have, out of respect for Carbine, opted not to share that leaked information, knowing it was a violation of our mutual trust.
So with a mind towards fairness to those people who have maintained that trust, we're taking the leak public in an official capacity. No, we won't be doing this every time. Yes, we want to remove the person/s who leaked this information from beta. Yes, we want to avoid future leaks.
Yes, we want to openly discuss areas of our game that require critical feedback. We'd just like to do it on our terms.
In the end, this is about trust and respect. We trust and respect our community, and refuse to let this particular bad apple spoil this entire bunch.
So, here you go. The M30 Patch Notes.
Enjoy, won't you?
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